Watch Big Star Doc Trailer; Chilton LP En Route

 

Another limited
edition album along the lines of the sold-out Big Star Third reissue this year.

 

 

Word arrived recently that new archival label Omnivore
Recordings would be releasing Free Again:
The 1970 Sessions
by the late Alex Chilton – Chilton and Big Star watchers
will remember the 1996 Chilton CD 1970 that was issued on the Ardent label; this one is a vastly expanded version
(details below) and hits stores on Jan. 12.

 

To help you get in the mood, you can check out this advance
movie trailer from the forthcoming Big Star documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me.

 

 

 

 

Back to the Chilton album, here’s the Omnivore product
description:

 

“In the latter months
of 1969, somewhere between the moon landing and the start of the Vietnam draft, the concerts at Woodstock
and Altamont, Alex Chilton decided to take
back his life. During that annus mirabilis, while the world experienced a
generationally sparked social, political, and cultural upheaval, the
18-year-old Chilton was in the midst of a revolution of his own. For the past
year, Chilton had been strapped in a creative, professional, and personal
straitjacket. He was the lead singer of a million-selling band, The Box Tops,
but felt like little more than a puppet of the group’s producers. In the era of
free love, he’d been pressured into a shotgun marriage and fatherhood. And he’d
ultimately come to see himself as the pawn of an unscrupulous business machine,
sent to grind it out on the road in a series of silly lip-synched TV
performances and one-night stands while someone else cashed his checks. As he
entered the studio that summer to make his first solo recordings, the man who
would come to define the very spirit of musical independence was still bound in
chains. At a time where liberation and self-expression were rallying cries,
Alex Chilton was about to break free.

 

Free Again: The
‘1970′ Sessions are the first solo
recordings from a post-Box Tops/pre-Big Star Alex Chilton. The album, mixed and
engineered by Terry Manning will be released as a 20-track CD featuring six
previously unreleased songs, and 12-track LP. The first 1,500 LPs will be
pressed on limited-edition clear vinyl (black vinyl thereafter). The first 500
LP orders from the Omnivore Recordings
webstore 
will come with a bonus 7″ that includes two additional
versions of the previously unreleased “All We Ever Got From Them Was
Pain” – the original mix and the demo. The album will also be available
digitally at all major online retailers, as well as the Omnivore Recordings
webstore.”

 
(Omnivore also has the Big Star Third
[Test Pressing Edition]
as a clear vinyl version now in a limited edition
of 500. Recall that the original version, released last April for Record Store
Day, sold out.)

 

 

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