18 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Memphis’ Box Tops tore in and out of pop consciousness between 1967 and 1971. This superb collection documents the young blue-eyed soul group’s ride, from hit-song wonders (“Cry Like a Baby,” “The Letter,” and “Soul Deep”) to glorious near-misses (especially the chugging “Choo Choo Train” and beautiful takes on Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” and Lee Dorsey’s “People Gonna Talk”). It’s easy to marvel at the teenaged Alex Chilton, whose cigarette-husky voice sounded like it belonged to a years-older black soul shouter. Devotees of Big Star will adore the early Chilton-penned numbers here too, such as the brassy-cool “Together” and the soul-psych popper “I See Only Sunshine.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Memphis’ Box Tops tore in and out of pop consciousness between 1967 and 1971. This superb collection documents the young blue-eyed soul group’s ride, from hit-song wonders (“Cry Like a Baby,” “The Letter,” and “Soul Deep”) to glorious near-misses (especially the chugging “Choo Choo Train” and beautiful takes on Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” and Lee Dorsey’s “People Gonna Talk”). It’s easy to marvel at the teenaged Alex Chilton, whose cigarette-husky voice sounded like it belonged to a years-older black soul shouter. Devotees of Big Star will adore the early Chilton-penned numbers here too, such as the brassy-cool “Together” and the soul-psych popper “I See Only Sunshine.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

JoeyJoJoShabbadoo ,

The Box Tops -1960's manna

With the recent passing of Alex Chilton, it brought to mind songs that are permanently etched in my brain...Cry Like a Baby and The Letter take me back to West Market Street in Philadelphia, with the sun filtering through the El tracks...there is nothing that will ever replace the sounds of 1960's AM radio and this stuff is the mother lode.

TheGoodHumorManZippy ,

"The Aeroplane will get me there in 5 hours…" by Anthony J. Maldonado

Alex Chilton charms young listeners as he delivers a classic vocal track that would set the way for future performances with Big Star. The vocals are tinged with the kind of urgency that convinces the listener of his sincerity in this classic rendition.
Adam Duritz, who befriended Chilton in the ___s, said that Alex "sang rock & roll songs with … stark honesty & vulnerability ", which is probably the reason that he was hoping to sing and record on the Counting Crows' version of "The Ballad Of El Goodo"… Make sure to check out "Don't Lie To Me" and "When My Baby's Beside Me" from the album entitled: _#1 Record_ by Big Star, easily the two catchiest songs on the album with irresistible hooks and defiant lyrics, while simultaneously maintaining the same sincere expressions of love, desire, satisfaction… well, be the judge for yourself! Also, you may have heard a cover of "In The Street" from the same album on the TV Smash: "That 70s Show" from the turn of the century! (You remember, right? During the credits… it's the theme they all sing along to while driving Red's car. All these songs are available on iTunes! What are you waiting for?

rmkhoury ,

If you like the Rascals, you will love Alex Chilton!

Anyone who thinks this band is a one-hit wonder cannot count. I know, I know. The Letter. But if you listen to this album and don't find a new musical hero in Alex Chilton, then I will kill myself. Go ahead. I dare you. This is life and death.

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