Both essential titles reissued by Rhino this month and you can score ‘em both.
By Blurt Staff
It’s been a Big Star kinda year, what with sold-out live performances of the Chris Stamey-helmed Big Star’s Third, remastered reissues of #1 Record and Radio City and the archival release of CD and DVD versions of Live In Memphis (reviewed HERE). Oh, and let’s not forget Rhino’s reissues of the 4CD Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky, which arrived at retail last week (Nov. 11) and the deluxe version of Chris Bell’s I Am the Cosmos, due Nov. 24. Both titles were originally released in 2009 but had since gone out of print.
BLURT is going to give away two copies each of Keep an Eye on the Sky and I Am the Cosmos to a couple of lucky readers. Click over to our Contest Page for details or simply email us with your name and contact info and we’ll put your name in the hat. Send to: BlurtEditor (at) gmail.com
Ardent founder and Big Star producer John Fry, expressed his excitement for the reissues and commented, “The Big Star box is a unique collection of music and insightful liner notes that keep telling the story to an ever growing number of fans. The Chris Bell 2 CD Cosmos reissue is in my opinion the definitive collection of Chris’ solo work. We took great pains to use original analog sources and to master the CDs much as we would have done vinyl in the 70s. Enjoy the music and the story.” Founding Big Star member Jody Stephens added “I’m very glad to see the box set and Chris’ deluxe set reissued. Both [tell] stories, and in this case, stories as told through song and musical development are incredibly important.”
The two sets were highly lauded, both by the media and the record buying public, when first released. This very publication said that “KAETTS is for fans hungry to delve deep. And with 98 cuts altogether, deep is where you’ll go… featuring alternate mixes of songs whose LP incarnations were long ago burned into the memory banks of Big Star fans. Factor in an entire disc’s worth of live material recorded in a Memphis dive in January of 1973 (after Bell’s departure) and you’ve got the kind of box set that keeps on giving, no matter what the list price.” We also praised the Bell set, noting “It’s no less comprehensive in its scope and presentation, with an entire second disc’s worth of unreleased material… A fascinating study of a complex individual whose songwriting gifts were constantly on display.”
To purchase the Big Star and Bell titles, drop by your favorite independent record store—like (shameless plug dept.) BLURT’s sister business Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC, of course. If you don’t have a store nearby, you can go to the following links at Amazon.com: