BIG STAR - Keep An Eye On The Sky (2009)
Big Star is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly twenty years later and is active today.
"Keep An Eye On The Sky" spans 1968 to 1975 and the collection uncovers a trove of unreleased demos, unused mixes, alternate versions of songs, and a 1973 concert recorded in Memphis. The lavish packaging includes extensive liner notes, rare and never-before-seen photos, and insightful essays about the cult of Big Star and the band's history. Spotlighting the band's roots, the box set opens with several songs recorded before Big Star formed, including 'Try Again,' one of the first songs Bell and Chilton wrote together. Big Star inspired a fevered allegiance among fans of power pop, giving rise to a cult of believers who spent decades spreading the gospel. Their enthusiasm turned this obscure Memphis pop band-one that got little airplay, sold few records, and only played a handful of times-into a remarkable rock and roll resurrection story. Big Star's trek from obscure Memphis band to standard bearers for an entire genre of music has never been fully mapped-until now.
DISC 1: 01. Psycheldelic Stuff [Original Mix] - (with Chris Bell) 02. All I See is You - (with Icewater) 03. Every Day As We Grow Closer [Original Mix] - (with Alex Chilton) 04. Try Again [Early Version] - (with Rock City) 05. Feel 06. Ballad of El Goodo, The 07. In the Street [Alternate Mix] 08. Thirteen [Alternate Mix] 09. Don't Lie To Me 10. India Song [Alternate Mix], The 11. When My Baby's Beside Me [Alternate Mix] 12. My Life is Right [Alternate Mix] 13. Give Me Another Chance [Alternate Mix] 14. Try Again 15. Gone With the Light 16. Watch the Sunrise [Single Version] 17. St 100/6 [Alternate Mix] 18. Preacher [Excerpt], The 19. In the Street [Alternate Single Mix] 20. Feel [Alternative Mix] 21. Ballad of El Goodo [Alternate Lyrics], The 22. India Song [Alternate Version], The 23. Country Morn 24. I Got Kinda Lost [Demo] 25. Back of a Car [Demo] 26. Motel Blues [Demo]
DISC 2: 01. There Was a Light [Demo] 02. Life is White [Demo] 03. What's Going Ahn [Demo] 04. O My Soul 05. Life is White 06. Way Out West 07. What's Going Ahn 08. You Get What You Deserve 09. Mod Lang [Alternate Mix] 10. Back of a Car [Alternate Mix] 11. Daisy Glaze 12. She's a Mover 13. September Gurls 14. Morpha Too [Alternate Mix] 15. I'm In Love With a Girl 16. O My Soul [Alternate Version] 17. She's a Mover [Alternate Version] 18. Daisy Glaze [Rehearsal Version] 19. I Am the Cosmos - (with Chris Bell) 20. You and Your Sister - (with Chris Bell) 21. Blue Moon [Demo] 22. Femme Fatale [Demo] 23. Thank You Friends [Demo] 24. Nightime [Demo] 25. Take Care [Demo] 26. You Get What You Deserve [Demo]
DISC 3: 01. Lovely Day [Demo] 02. Downs [Demo] 03. Jesus Christ [Demo] 04. Holocaust [Demo] 05. Big Black Car [Alternate Demo] 06. Manana 07. Jesus Christ 08. Femme Fatale 09. O, Dana 10. Kizza Me 11. You Can't Have Me 12. Nightime 13. Dream Lover 14. Big Black Car 15. Blue Moon 16. Holocaust 17. Stroke It Noel 18. For You 19. Downs 20. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On 21. Kanga Roo 22. Thank You Friends 23. Take Care 24. Lovely Day 25. Till the End of the Day [Alternate Mix] 26. Nature Boy [Alternate Mix]
DISC 4: 01. When My Baby's Beside Me - (live) 02. My Life is Right - (live) 03. She's a Mover - (live) 04. Way Out West - (live) 05. Ballad of El Goodo, The - (live) 06. In the Street - (live) 07. Back of a Car - (live) 08. Thirteen - (live) 09. India Song, The - (live) 10. Try Again - (live) 11. Watch the Sunrise - (live) 12. Don't Lie To Me - (live) 13. Hot Burrito #2 - (live) 14. I Got Kinda Lost - (live) 15. Baby Strange - (live) 16. Slut - (live) 17. There Was a Light - (live) 18. ST 100/6 - (live) 19. Come On Now - (live) 20. O My Soul - (live)
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