Thursday, June 5, 2008

Big Star - #1 Record - 1972


The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as "influential" is that you've probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you are hearing Big Star's debut album for the first time decades after its release (as, inevitably, most people must), you may be reminded of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers or R.E.M., who came after — that is, if you don't think of the Byrds and the Beatles, circa 1965. What was remarkable about #1 Record in 1972 was that nobody except Big Star (and maybe Badfinger and the Raspberries) wanted to sound like this — simple, light pop with sweet harmonies and jangly guitars. Since then, dozens of bands have rediscovered those pleasures. But in a way, that's an advantage because, whatever freshness is lost across the years, Big Star's craft is only confirmed. These are sturdy songs, feelingly performed, and once you get beyond the style to the content, you'll still be impressed. -AMG

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3 comments:

vex_voxtone said...

All I can say is that any serious music listener should own first two Big Star albums in their collection ... and this LP is an absolute must and RNR masterpiece.
... I never travel far without my little BIG STAR ... ;))

matt said...

simply the best

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one, been meaning to hear it for quite some time - Pop Rock On.

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