During the course of a sensationally erratic career Big Star released four albums: #1 Record (1972), Radio City (1974), Third / Sister Lovers (1978) and In Space (2005). Each featured a different line-up and each was strikingly different, musically, from the others. Yet all of the first three albums were revered by a broad consensus of music critics, industry tastemakers and future rock stars. Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and original bass player Andy Hummell have all passed away but their incredible legacy lives on through their records.
#1 Record was a seductive blend of melodic rock-guitar songs (“The Ballad Of El Goodo,” “When My Baby’s Beside Me”) and sensitive love ballads (“Give Me Another Chance,” “Try Again”), astutely described by their record label as “being from the same school as the Byrds, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren.” The album was greeted with a chorus of critical acclaim. “Even the prettiest tunes have tension and subtle energy to them, and the rockers reverberate with power,” wrote Rolling Stone.