By Philip Cosores
If you are a fan of Big Star and were not alive in the ’70s when the band released their music, chances are you came into contact with the first two Big Star albums as one album, as #1 Record and Radio City have been combined and released as a two-for-one combo for years. Now they are finally being re-issued as two separate albums, just as they were originally released in 1972 and 1974, respectively.
Both albums will come decorated with new liner notes written by R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills, a fan and collaborator with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, who is the last remaining member of the band who played on these two albums.
“Songwriting has always been, for me, the most vital gauge of a band’s quality, and these guys were clearly masters,” says Mills in a press release. “Big Star gave you something satisfying to listen to, no matter how many times you heard them.”
Everyone still involved around these releases and this band is devoted to maintaining their legacy, from the head of the label on down, and fans of Big Star can rest assured that they will continue to be provided with the best quality representations of Big Star’s music that are possible. John Fry of Ardent Records testifies to this in the press release:
“All I can say is that these were the best projects I have ever worked with and the best artists and friends I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Fry said. “I love the music and the cast of characters: Chris, Alex, Andy and Jody. I think fans will be pleased by the sound and the packaging. They may have to turn the volume up a bit, since we did not want to remove the analog dynamic range. Sit back and enjoy the definitive digital versions of #1 Record and Radio City, two of my three favorite albums.”
Listen to Big Star’s “September Gurls” below: