yeah looks cool, tho the whole record store day thing kinda bums me out. there are so few record stores anywhere near me! ugh. and when i did go to a record store day thing a year or two back, they didn't have any of the "special" releases I wanted!
― tylerw, Friday, 4 March 2011 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
Big Star’s Third to be Performed Live in NYC
― the Hogg who would be Boss (will), Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:25 (2 years ago) Permalink
One can only imagine the track sequence repercussions.
― taco al pastorius (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
oh man a real test pressing! that's like the Big Star Golden Ticket
― sleeve, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
Got the boxset for my birthday! Man this sounds good. Love the piano on "Every Day As We Grow Closer". Listening together with the giver now (only 10 songs into the first disc) - thx love :)
― willem, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink
was just listening to that first disc. great, great stuff. and it just gets better!
― tylerw, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink
I just listened (like, an hour ago) to that 1974 boot posted above---it's good! The band sounds down (gear stolen'll do that). But the "Candy Says" is really nice, scuzzy & aching.
― Euler, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
cool, yeah, i love that recording. almost comical, them having all their equipment stolen. a band with bad luck! but it's impressive that chilton can make borrowed equipment sound so good. and the "candy says" is pretty nice, too bad there isn't a studio version of that one!
― tylerw, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
is there anything different about this "test pressing" version of third that's gonna be available on record store day?
― Bleeqwot the Chef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
here's the info:
What the heck is Big Star Third, anyway? To be honest, it’s the kind of thing a doctoral thesis could be written about: a “lost” record re-discovered years after it was recorded, one that has seen many track listings, titles and album covers, a classic, an enigma.
Third comes from sessions with Big Star’s Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens and a bevy of session musicians, recorded with producer Jim Dickinson in 1974 and early 1975. Whether it was actually intended to be a Big Star album is up for debate, but a couple hundred test pressings made in 1975 clearly list it as Big Star III, as does the original tape box (now lovingly reproduced here for you). Until the cavalcade of reissues began in 1978, all that existed were those test pressings. And since that time, it has been reissued and resequenced into something other than what the original product was: a 14-track pressing of pure bliss.
We here at Omnivore have decided to transport you back 36 years, to a time and place where this platter of polyvinyl chloride was all that existed–a truly faithful replica of that Ark of power pop goodness (complete with replicas of the original tape box, tracking and lead sheets, mastering card and pretty white blank label). This limited edition is being cut from the original assembly reel, on the same lathe at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis and by the very same engineers who cut it the first time, Mr. Larry Nix and Mr. John Fry! Pressed on high quality vinyl at RTI, this should be the definitive version of this album.
To make things even more special, in the worldwide, limited run of 2,000 copies, five copies of the original test pressings (courtesy of Jody Stephens) will be inserted into the mix. Which means not only that you can listen to a bit of history—but if you’re lucky you could own it, too. To make things even cooler, those five copies have been signed by Jody, original mastering engineers Larry Nix and Ardent’s John Fry.
Third time’s the charm, indeed.
― tylerw, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
woah talk about winning the lottery if you got an actual test pressing.
damn i want that bad, record store day is getting so stupid but there is some good stuff, really want this, the pink floyd thing, and the arthur russell reissue
― Bleeqwot the Chef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
yeah i want a lot of the record store day stuff this year, too! but i probably won't even make it to a record store ;_;
― tylerw, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
hmmmArtist: Big Star with John DavisAlbum: Live Tribute to Alex Chilton EPFormat: 7 inch 33-1/3 rpm vinylRelease Date: 6/2011Description: This 7-inch 33-1/3 rpm vinyl was produced to give people a little peak into the special night that was the Big Star tribute to Alex Chilton that took place in Memphis on the night of May 15, 2010 at the historic Levitt Shell.Here's a message from Big Star drummer Jody Stephens about this special item:“For our last performance as Big Star, Jon, Ken and I had some very good friends join us to celebrate the music and lives of Alex, Andy and Chris on May 15, 2010. The performances really tell the story of what happened and how we all felt about that evening at Memphis' Levitt Shell. The idea of trying to release the show in its entirety was overwhelming in the sense of time and effort needed for all performance clearances. So I thought, first artist first: John Davis was the first of many wonderful guest artists to join us on stage. He wailed on three songs: "In The Street," "Don't Lie To Me" and "When My Baby's Beside Me." These were just the right amount songs (and time) for an EP release. So with mastering engineer Larry Nix and Big Star's engineer, John Fry, and our Neumann cutting lathe all residing in the Ardent Studios building how could we not cut vinyl?“We hope to release more of the show down the road. Thank you.”-Jody Stephens
― tylerw, Thursday, 28 July 2011 19:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm in no place to judge people's weight issues or anything, but JON AUER GOT HUGE.
― Johnny Fever, Thursday, 28 July 2011 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
He didn't avoid parties, apparently.
― Dave Zuul (Phil D.), Thursday, 28 July 2011 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
the biggest star
― tylerw, Thursday, 28 July 2011 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
"a little peak into the special night"
Arrrggghhh. Is it that fucking hard to proofread a press release these days?
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 28 July 2011 20:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
― buzza, Thursday, 28 July 2011 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
― answering_machine, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_7SK2yeqR_4kind of bored by the narrative approach of "why wasn't this band more popular" but maybe that won't be the whole shebang. also a little bored by that effect on photos that makes them "move" or whatever. but who am i kidding, i'll watch this.
― tylerw, Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
hmm what's the track at the end...? I didn't recognize it (and yes I have the box set) Agree about the ho hum angle but otoh ... studio footage!
― The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
have i forgotten how to get youtubes to show up?sounded like an early version of "ST 100/6" maybe? definitely not on the box set.
― tylerw, Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
also a little bored by that effect on photos that makes them "move" or whatever.
Ken Burns much?
― citation needed (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
well i dunno, this is not just panning over a photo laboriously a la burns, but kinda like cutting up the elements in the photo and zooming out to give it a sort of 3-d effect? there's probably a name for it. just feel like i've seen it a lot lately.
― tylerw, Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
first place I recall seeing it was The Kid Stays in the Picture
― The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah...i think maybe it's in the beatles documentaries too? the ones that came w/ the reissues.
― tylerw, Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
^^me too. i thought it was pretty neat for a bit but then it got old. and yeah, way overused these days.
― 2012 republican presidential nominee II: Hot, Ready and Legal! (will), Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah, i mean, it looks cool kind of, but it also just screams to me "we don't have any really good footage of this band!" which then calls into question the existence of a documentary in the first place.
― tylerw, Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
This doc sounds like a great one
for me to poop on
― velko, Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
Picked up the box for $20 at Bullmoose in Maine - a cut-out with a slice through the bar code! I'm as impressed as everyone else. One thing to c orrectc itt - the live disc sounds great, not bootleg quality at all!
Has anyone done a comprehensive A/B comparison between the released versions and the alternate mixes? I don't hear significant differences in many of them.
Was anything left off the box that can be found elsewhere? What's unique to the Ardent comp?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
afaik, the demo of Big Black Car that's included on the Ardent comp is unique to that release. and it's great too. some of the alt mixes on the box set are pretty similar to the released versions, yeah. haven't done an a/b comparison. & yes! the live disc sounds great.
― tylerw, Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
Don't have either in front of me at the moment, but the ardent thing has an extra Icewater track and an exclusive snippet of Alex singing "Don't Worry Baby".
― Lady Writer, Male Seether (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
in other news, looks like that big star doc is showing at sxsw http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FS12365
― tylerw, Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
i feel like i'm really late to the party, but i'm just starting to get into big star for real. i've given #1 record a shot several times over the last decade but could never get into it that much, other than the big obvious stuff like Thirteen and September Gurls. but this time i skipped straight to Third and i love it, particularly the last half. over on the What is the original track sequence for Big Star's third record? thread (which prompted me to check out Third, incidentally), it seemed like the original tracklist is the way to go, even if it wasn't what Chilton intended for release:
i love the descent into o dana, big black car, holocaust and then kangaroo. Kangaroo, especially. what a fantastic song.
also, way upthread someone linked to a good article that focuses on Alex Chilton from 1975 to 1981. that link is now dead, but it's still online at http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/crawdaddy/2011/07/alex-chilton-1975-1981.html . the reason i mention it is that there was some brief discussion upthread about whether or not the lyrics of "Jesus Christ" are ironic. fwiw, the article says:
With less inspired results, Tiven had Chilton and company run through “Jesus Christ”, a song Chilton had recorded for Third. “I thought that was a really good song,” Tiven says. “When we did it, Alex sang it in a German accent and sang, ‘You’re going to rot in your grave tonight, Jesus Christ.’ He was really trying his best to be as offensive as possible.”
― Z S, Friday, 10 February 2012 20:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
So, you have the cd with #1 Record AND Radio City on it, then?Cuz Septembur Gurls is on Radio City while Thirteen is on #1 Record.I had a similar experience to you, but it was Radio City that really clicked for me. It's an all time favorite now. I think it's a perfect record. After picking up the box set, though, I love it ALL. The demos of the Radio City songs and the Third songs are really great, check them out.
― Trip Maker, Friday, 10 February 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink
i don't actually own #1 record or radio city, i was just going off of memory and thought both songs were on #1 record. i'm planning on returning to those records at some point (Radio City in particular, i haven't given it a fair chance), but for now i'm just going to take my time with Third and let it soak in.
― Z S, Friday, 10 February 2012 20:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
the demos of the Third material on the box set really put the lie to that album being half-assed/messy/drug-addled madness. Chilton's arrangements are clear as day.
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
I mean sure there are weird production choices and touches and a lot of the delivery is off-the-cuff but the songs themselves have very definite structures
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh man, i should check that out. in the allmusic review of Kangaroo it mentions that Chilton recorded the guts of it on a single track, just 12-string guitar and vocal, and all of the other stuff was added the next day. i'd love to hear that original middle of the night version, although i love the washes of chaos of the recorded version too.
― Z S, Friday, 10 February 2012 20:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
if there's a solo 12-string demo version of Kanga Roo (similar to those for Stroke it Noel, Big Black Car, Downs, Jesus Christ etc), it's not on the box set. The liner notes to the ryko reissue go into how Kanga Roo was recorded - iirc Jim Dickinson said Alex had overdubbed the mellotron and feedback and some other stuff all one channel as a deliberate challenge/test of Dickinson's patience and mixing skills
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 21:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
my other favorite anecdote from the Ryko reissue was about using a basketball as a snare drum for Downs
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 21:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
i got all 3 albums on some weird german 2cd many years ago... the tracklist for sister/lovers is 17 tracks long and really weird...
― and the answer is: Opinions differ. (stevie), Friday, 10 February 2012 21:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
Kizza me You can't have meJesus Christ Downs Whola lotta shakin' going on Thank you friends O, Dana Femme fatale Stroke it, Noel Holocaust Nighttime Kanga-roo For you Take care Blue moon Dream lover Big black car
― and the answer is: Opinions differ. (stevie), Friday, 10 February 2012 21:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
that is weird. and plus, it loses the back to back order of Holocaust into Kanga-roo (Kanga Roo? Kangaroo?) which works so well not only because they're both in the same otherworldly bleak territory but also because the beginning of Kangaroo uses an almost identical melody to the one in Holocaust.
― Z S, Friday, 10 February 2012 21:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Holocaust chords are "borrowed" from Yoko Ono's "Mrs. Lennon" fwiw
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 21:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
I need "Blue Moon" near the end, find orderings where it's not p hard to follow
― Euler, Friday, 10 February 2012 21:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
similarly, I find any arrangement that doesn't put Stroke it Noel first absolutely baffling
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
haha I love the Ryko opening with "Thank You Friends"
― Euler, Friday, 10 February 2012 21:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
never knew this, fwiw. mind's on crooked now.
― Little GTFO (contenderizer), Friday, 10 February 2012 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
it's pretty blatant - same key, tempo, piano part, etc.
― max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 February 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink