Sunday, March 18, 2007

243. Big Star - #1 Record (1972)

Track Listing

1. Feel
2. Ballad of el Goodo
3. In the Street
4. Thirteen
5. Don't Lie to Me
6. India Song
7. When My Baby's Beside Me
8. My Life Is Right
9. Give Me Another Chance
10. Try Again
11. Watch the Sunrise
12. St 100/6


Ahh, a nice little album of near perfectly crafted pop-rock. Unfortunately this wasn't very popular at the time it came out so it was pretty much under the radar until quite a bit later when people like REM started listing them as influences. And you can tell, it doesn't sound that particularly modern, but there are plenty of elements here which would be picked up by later bands and so its influence is unarguable.

This album is probably best known by the general public as the album which has the original version of the That 70's Show opening titles in the track In The Street. There is, however, a lot more to be found here and with the exception of a couple of tracks like Don't Lie To Me which sounds almost like something out of Slade it is a pretty nifty album.

The song Thirteen is particularly affecting as a portrayal of early teen love. The production in the album is also really good with the sounds of the individual instruments coming out very cleanly. In the end it is a lovely album with some very, very strong tracks which make the few misses completely excusable. So get it from Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Thirteen
2. The Ballad of El Goodo
3. In The Street
4. Feel

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

It was released in 1972 by Memphis-based Ardent Records. Though many critics praised the album's elegant vocal harmonies and refined songcraft (frequently drawing comparisons to the British Invasion groups of the 1960s, including The Beatles, The Kinks and The Who), #1 Record fared quite dismally in terms of commercial success. In 2003, the album was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The singles released from the album were "When My Baby's Beside Me" and "Don't Lie To Me". The B-side of the former included a version of "In The Street" which until 2005 was only available on the single. It's now included on the 20 Greats from the Golden Decade of Power Pop compilation CD.

Thirteen for all you Harry Potter fans out there... or ignore the video: