Big Star – Keep an Eye On the Sky (Box Set) – Do Not Buy From iTunes!

Big Star are one of my favorite bands of all time. For those who are not already familiar with the cult of Big Star, the band was formed in 1971 as the brainchild of Chris Bell and Alex Chilton. After their original masterpiece, #1 Record, failed to make a mark commercially, Bell left the band. Chilton went on to spearhead the next two albums – Radio City, a continuation of the debut’s masterful brand of pop, and Third, a deliberately harrowing album that antagonized itself from the mainstream before the opposite could occur. The group disbanded in 1975 leaving behind this trio of classic recordings.

Their music is expertly crafted, pure power-pop that synthesized the sweet and transcendent songwriting skills of the Beatles with the harmonious jangle of the Byrds as filtered through the rollicking qualities of bands like the Who and the Stones. Of course, despite the obvious influences, they were entirely their own band and the music always pointed towards the future as much as it paid homage to the past. The fact that Big Star has always evaded the radar of the mainstream has made them one of the quintessential cult bands whose influence on succeeding generations of indie bands is only surpassed by the Velvet Underground.

Anyway, the point of all this is that Rhino Records recently released a Big Star box set called Keep an Eye On the Sky. The set includes four discs covering the group’s three essential albums plus alternate takes and a live show from 1973. The set is also supposed to come with an extensive booklet filled with insightful essays and never before seen photos. I, however, was foolish enough to purchase this item on itunes who simply gave me mp3s of the songs with no digital booklet. Given the fact that I already have more than half of these songs, paying 50 bucks for a box set that lacks the booklet is a huge rip off. So, if anyone is actually reading this, I implore you to not buy this box set from itunes, and instead support the band through some other retailer. I repeat: do not buy this box set from itunes! They will rip you off!

Please enjoy this video of Thirteen [Alternate Mix] by Big Star
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One Response to “Big Star – Keep an Eye On the Sky (Box Set) – Do Not Buy From iTunes!”

  1. Steve Jobs Says:

    Being a blog writer myself, I really appreciate the time you took in wriitng this article. I am currently reading it on my Blackberry and will scan it once I get home.

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