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#1 Record

Originally released in 1972, #1 Record is the debut album from Big Star, a critically acclaimed, Memphis-based band which is often credited with creating the power pop sound. Remastered from the analog stereo masters, this reissue will allow fans to appreciate #1 Record as a standalone CD this is the first time in many years that the CD version of the album will be sold independently of Big Star’s second album, Radio City. Packaging also includes liner notes penned by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, who cites Big Star as one of his biggest influences, and calls the album ‘a record of rich sonic textures, of declaration and vulnerability.’

#1 Record is the only Big Star album which has the combined writing power of both founders, Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. Fervent Anglophiles, Chilton and Bell employed a Lennon/McCartney style of collaborative songwriting to create their debut Chilton taking a visceral approach, often laying down guitar and vocal tracks in one take, while Bell added polish with overdubs and harmonies.

#1 Record has become widely recognized as a milestone album in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. In 2003, Rolling Stone included it in their ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list, while the publication included song ‘Thirteen’ in their ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ list the following year.

This reissue comes during a time of resurgence for Big Star, a band whose legacy has been widely recognized as of late, with a tribute record (Big Star Small World, 2006), a documentary (2012’s Nothing Can Hurt Me) and a touring live show, ‘Big Star’s Third,’ which features the sole-surviving original member of the band, Jody Stephens, on drums, guest vocalists, a chamber orchestra and a core band including Mike Mills, Chris Stamey of The dB’s, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and others. The ever-changing ensemble performs Big Star s third album Third/Sister Lovers, as well as favorites from the first two records.

In his liner notes, Mike Mills calls Big Star ‘a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock and roll bands should sound.’

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Anonymous says:

Find a Better Version This is a pretty thin and tenor-y version. If somebody tells me this is how it sounded back in the day I’ll listen but it’s not as good as mp3s of the album. Better off spending the money and doing it right, as I apparently didn’t. Not sure where to find a good remastered version but this ain’t it. This is also the only non-vintage record I own…I have old records I was gifted, old records I bought, and Sturgill Simpson and that’s it….this is the only new old record I have and the…

Anonymous says:

Children by the Million Sing for #1 Record It comes as no shock that #1 Record is a great album. I was glad to finally see it released on it’s own. My one complaint would be that I never was able to find out if this version was newly remastered. I did some research but never came up with a definitive answer. I thought with the new Mike Mills liner notes, it was going to be a brand new release with newly remastered sound. The album sounds great but it would have been nice to know if I was getting a newly remastered album or if a…

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