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Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. VincentBig Star

Live in Memphis


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The newly re-formed Big Star made its debut on 4/25/93 at Missouri University. That gig, documented on the live album Columbia, set the stage for something of a second life for the power pop icons, with The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer filling out the lineup. Live in Memphis finds the band back in its hometown a little over a year from that inaugural performance. At 20 tracks, Memphis is six songs longer than Columbia, and the additions are essential. Most are coversa rollicking cover of The Kinks’ “Till the End of the Day,” a version of “The Girl from Ipanema” only Alex Chilton could deliver, and a perfect pop rendition of Dick Campbell’s “Patty Girl.” Elsewhere, non­-Columbia Big Star tracks “Jesus Christ” and “Big Black Car” help make Live in Memphis a necessary add to your Big Star collection. (

Author rating: 7.5/10

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