I’ll keep this simple – a timely package:  the iconic artwork of the three wise men looking at the neon Big Star logo.  First seen as an Ardent Records promo poster in 1972 for #1 Record, then for greeting cards through Ardent and now as the cover art for a special 10″ vinyl release from the good folks at Omnivore Recordings.  Can Big Star have a more apt Chrimble track than “Jesus Christ”?  No.  So here it is a single, coupled along with a few audible treats.

You get the “standard” version from 3rd; you get the demo version – now, that should be good enough.  BUT you also get more…  Two instrumentals, previously unreleased – each by Chris Bell; one electric and one acoustic.  You finally get the long-sought “Another Time Another Place & You”, which was heard in the film Big Star:  Nothing Can Hurt Me and there’s a version of “Thank You Friends” known as the “t.v. mix”.  Seven songs!  That would be more than appreciated by me, if I found it under my Xmas tree (if I had an Xmas tree).

Look for a copy – that’s part of the fun.  Oh – and this is merely a sample of a forthcoming “complete sessions” boxset for Big Star’s 3rd.  THAT should have you paying attention…





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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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