Big Star - #1 Record

 (Clarity Vinyl)


Classic Records (Ardent)



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AARD 2803Q

200 Gram Vinyl Record

200 Gram LP

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Seemingly snake-bit from the start, Big Star's pure creative side exploded with their first two albums, both of which would eventually become icons of American Power Pop. This Memphis foursome, originally founded by Chris Bell in 1971 and joined shortly thereafter by the legendary chameleon Alex Chilton, would suffer due to personnel issues and distribution problems by their label, delaying their place in musical history. One of the ultimate cult bands in popular music, #1 Record and Radio City would both influence artists-to-come such as Tom Petty, R.E.M., The Replacements and The Bangles, to name just a few. Both titles placed within Rolling Stone magazine's poll of The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

1. The Feel
2. Ballad of el Goodo
3. In the Street
4. Thirteen
5. The Don't Lie to Me
6. The India Song
7. When My Baby's Beside Me
8. My Life Is Right
9. Give Me Another Chance
10. Try Again
11. Watch the Sunrise
12. ST100/6

Customer Reviews (4.75 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

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posted on 01/21/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: agn
I agree with reviewer Preston. Overall great sound - what vinyl should sound like.

Clarity vinyl is an eye-opener

posted on 12/13/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Preston
The SVP-II Clarity vinyl formulation (almost clear) is stupendously quiet, much more so than any other type of vinyl I've listened to. Amazingly silent: instruments and voices explode from a jet black background. Regarding Classic's pressing quality (mentioned by another reviewer), I haven't had the same experience. This title had a single pop. Period. Otherwise, no record noise at all. I wish all other (audiophile) pressings used this type of vinyl. My experience has been that colored (but translucent) or clear vinly sounds noticably quieter than black vinyl. Any record that costs over $30 should be required to use this stuff - or clear vinyl - because it makes a huge difference.

The music speaks for itself: brilliant.

An already powerful recording is upgraded

posted on 09/03/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: The Magic Stranger
This seminal record was made by Stax and the original pressings sound great. its hard to imagine but Classic Records has managed to upgrade the already punchy powerpop quality.

Brilliant album and great sound, but disappointing pressing

posted on 01/20/2010
4 Stars
Big Star were a fantastic band that received far less attention than they deserved. I'm glad "That 70s Show" generated interest in their music. In my opinion, #1 Record is a bit better that Radio City, though they are both incredible.

As for my review of this LP, the sonics are great, as are most Classic Records LPs. However, also like most Classic Records LPs, the pressing quality was a disappointment. It seems like they put a great deal of work into their records, from obtaining the rights to some all-time great albums to doing a fantastic job with the mastering. What I can't understand is why Classic Records seem incapable of producing a flat record with an adequately-sized spindle hole and a minimum of manufacturing defects. If you're going to charge as much as, say, Mobile Fidelity, then your quality control should match that of Mobile Fidelity! I suppose as long as I and others buy their records, not much will change.

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