Monday, October 22, 2007

405. Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers (1978)

Track Listing

1. Kizza Me
2. Thank You Friends
3. Big Black Car
4. Jesus Christ
5. Femme Fatale
6. O, Dana
7. Holocaust
8. Kangaroo
9. Stroke It Noel
10. For You
11. You Can't Have Me
12. Nightime
13. Blue Moon
14. Take Care
15. Nature Boy
16. Till The End Of The Day
17. Dream Lover
18. Downs
19. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On


Big Star are crumbling, they aren't caring that much about the music anymore, they are not giving a fuck about making a big splash with their last album, and so they produce a work of greatness, better than any of their earlier albums.

This is a truly amazing work, it runs the gamut from the exulting like Thank You Friends to the wrist-slashing like Holocaust, and all of it done perfectly. The fact that they are letting go in this album actually makes it sound like a very up to date thing, the songs sound timeless, I know this is a term bandied about but it is true, this album could have been done 10 years earlier in 1968 or thirty years later in 2008.

Some tracks stand the test of time better than others of course, but it is also nice to see the band tipping their hat to their influences with some truly beautiful covers of Velvet Underground, Nat King Cole and The Kinks in here. And the you have the arrangements which are equally brilliant, with strings floating above many of the tracks ethereally.

Track Highlights

1. Holocaust
2. Nature Boy
3. Take Care
4. Femme Fatale

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Third takes the original Big Star sound and abstracts it, with synthesizers, strings and saxophones emerging from the mix. The album deals with bitterness, loneliness and emotional devastation, but does so in a way that retains some elements of pop music, as on "Thank You Friends," which features female backing vocals reminiscent of those found on Elvis Presley recordings of the late '60s. "Kanga Roo" and "Holocaust" have often been compared to some of the raw recordings of Yoko Ono and John Lennon. "You Can't Have Me" is akin to a deconstructed song by the Who, and the halting ballad "Dream Lover" contains the famous line about "Beale Street green." Although many critics regard Radio City as the definitive Big Star album, Third is perhaps the most innovative album the group ever recorded, and influenced many subsequent bands, including Primal Scream and His Name Is Alive. In addition, the album contains what are arguably Alex Chilton's finest vocal performances.

It was listed in David Keenan's "The Best Albums Ever...Honest" by the Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald. In 2003, the album was ranked number 456 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

It was ranked #1 at the Top 30 most heartbreak albums by NME.

Some one's making a Doc about Big Star:

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