99 Songs, 5 Hours 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alex Chilton and Big Star were one of the most overlooked groups of the ‘70s and one of the most posthumously celebrated. The band has since reformed, but hardcore fans have been dreaming about this incredible boxed set for years. Ninety-eight tracks, many of them never before released, encapsulate their entire ‘70’s career. The set begins with the members’ earliest efforts — Chris Bell’s raw “Psychedelic Stuff” and his Icewater’s Badfinger-influenced pop “All I See Is You” — following through to each of the albums, replicated with previously unreleased alternate mixes where possible, demos, and unreleased tracks. A stunning and essential live set from January 1973 at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis captures the band after the release of their debut album and Chris Bell’s departure in true power-trio form, with an acoustic set from Chilton that survives the audience chatter. The previously unreleased essentials are too numerous to nail down but the demos for “Back of a Car,” “Motel Blues,” “There Was a Light,” “Femme Fatale” and “Nighttime,” the rehearsal version of “Daisy Glaze” and the entire live show are good places to start.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alex Chilton and Big Star were one of the most overlooked groups of the ‘70s and one of the most posthumously celebrated. The band has since reformed, but hardcore fans have been dreaming about this incredible boxed set for years. Ninety-eight tracks, many of them never before released, encapsulate their entire ‘70’s career. The set begins with the members’ earliest efforts — Chris Bell’s raw “Psychedelic Stuff” and his Icewater’s Badfinger-influenced pop “All I See Is You” — following through to each of the albums, replicated with previously unreleased alternate mixes where possible, demos, and unreleased tracks. A stunning and essential live set from January 1973 at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis captures the band after the release of their debut album and Chris Bell’s departure in true power-trio form, with an acoustic set from Chilton that survives the audience chatter. The previously unreleased essentials are too numerous to nail down but the demos for “Back of a Car,” “Motel Blues,” “There Was a Light,” “Femme Fatale” and “Nighttime,” the rehearsal version of “Daisy Glaze” and the entire live show are good places to start.

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