As we previously noted, Sept. 2 saw the reissue via Stax Records of Big Star’s “#1 Record” and Radio City albums, remastered from the original analog tape.
Liner notes for the records come courtesy of former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who has some thoughts up at Salon.com today about Big Star.
“I discovered Big Star the same way I discovered much of the music I love — by listening to Peter Buck’s record collection,” he notes. “I knew immediately that I had just heard one of my favorite bands, a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock ‘n’ roll bands should sound. A band who wrote all the songs, from flat-out rockers to achingly beautiful ballads that were still somehow rock songs. Songwriting has always been, for me, the most vital gauge of a band’s quality, and these guys were clearly masters.”
It’s a thoughtful meditation on a Memphis act that never got its big break but still created something remarkable anyway, and Mills ends with this:
“Big Star took me on a trip. From Memphis, Tennessee, we went way out West, all the way to India, hanging out the whole time in the back of a car with Morpha, Daisy and a bunch of September girls. I may not have gotten what I deserved, but I found out what it was worth, and it’s still one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.”