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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.
In 1974, Ardent released Radio City, the second and (for the moment) final Big Star album recorded by the trio of Chilton, Hummel and Jody Stephens after Bell’s acrimonious departure. A more pop-friendly affair, its best-known track, “September Gurls,” remains one of pop’s classic songs with its mesmerizing chorus and Chilton’s ringing guitar break sounding like the Byrds fused with the venom of the Kinks. “O My Soul,” “Back of a Car” and “Mod Lang” are cut from a similar cloth while “Life Is White” and “Way Out West” show the band’s slower side.