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Big Star

Nothing Can Hurt Me

12" LP

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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me traces the origins and history of the legendary band from the late sixties with lead singer Alex Chilton sky-rocketing to stardom at the age of sixteen with The Box Tops and their #1 hit, The Letter to the serendipitous meeting of Chilton and local Memphis singer-songwriter-guitarist, Chris Bell; through the tumultuous recording of the groupes three landmark albums, #1 Record, Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers (Ardent Records); culminating with their implosion due to failed record sales, personal breakdowns and the tragic death of Chris Bell in 1978. This vinyl version features all previously unissued versions of classic Big Star songs. It was mastered from analog source by Larry Nix & John Fry at Nix Mastering, Memphis, TN


Originally released as a limited-edition double-LP for Record Store Day 2013, the soundtrack to the Big Star documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me certainly does appeal to vinyl-besotted pop fanatics. Not one of these 20 songs are present in their familiar, original mixes: there's an occasional demo, many rough mixes from the time, and plenty of movie mixes dating from 2012, the year Nothing Can Hurt Me started screening at various film festivals across the United States. There are a couple of non-canonical rarities here -- the minor-key dirge "Better Save Yourself" and Alex Chilton's delicate acoustic "All We Ever Got from Them Was Pain" -- but this album is all about subtle differences from the well-known, well-loved mixes. To Big Star obsessives -- who are unapologetically the audience for this collection -- there are enough slight, interesting alterations from the known to make this worthwhile: certain vocals are unpolished, some guitars are pushed to the front of the mix, a few sections feel slightly extended, chatter is added to the beginning of Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos," which is given a slightly bigger, cinematic mix. Nothing changes or illuminates history but it's just enough to thrill diehards, the kind of fan who knows the original by heart so any deviation will be noted and appreciated. Maybe it's not enough to warrant an enthusiastic recommendation, but it's easy enough to discern whether this is an album you should hear: if this collection of alternate mixes and variations sounds like something you need to hear, it is; if it sounds like a mere curiosity, that is also true. Know yourself well enough to know which camp you belong.

Additional Information

Artist Big Star
Track Listing 1. O My Soul (Demo, 1973) 2. Give Me Another Chance (Control Room Monitor Mix, 1972) 3. In The Street (Movie Mix, 2012) 4. When My Baby s Beside Me (Alternate Mix, 1972) 5. Studio Banter (1972) 6. Try Again (Movie Mix, 2012) - Rock City 7. My Life Is Right (Alternate Mix, 1972) 8. The Ballad Of El Goodo (Alternate Mix, 1972) 9. Feel (Alternate Mix, 1972) 10. Don t Lie To Me (Alternate Mix, 1972) 11. Way Out West (Alternate Mix, 1973) 12. Thirteen (Alternate Mix, 1972) 13. You Get What You Deserve (Alternate Mix, 1973) 14. Holocaust (ROUGH Mix, 1974) 15. Kanga Roo (ROUGH Mix, 1974) 16. Stroke It Noel (Backward Intro, 1974) 17. Big Black Car (ROUGH Mix, 1974) 18. Better Save Yourself (Movie Mix, 2012) Chris Bell 19. I Am The Cosmos (Movie Mix, 2012) Chris Bell 20. All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain (Movie Mix, 2012) - Alex Chilton See all 21 tracks on this disc

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