William Ruhlmann: ‘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.’

Release Date: 1972
Duration: 37:02
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Contemporary Pop/Rock – Power Pop – Proto-Punk

 

Big Star – #1 Record Tracklist

Feel 00:00
Ballad Of El Goodo 03:34
In The Street 07:55
Thirteen 10:51
Don’t Lie To Me 13:25
The India Song 16:34
When My Baby’s Beside Me 18:54
My Life Is Right 22:18
Give Me One More Chance 25:25
Try Again 28:52
Watch The Sunrise 32:25
St 100 6 36:10

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