Big Star, "Keep an Eye on the Sky"

90 Billboard Rating

Big Star may not have achieved the level of success that many had predicted for the '70s Memphis band, but the group's meaty guitar hooks and Beatles-esque harmonies helped launch the power-pop subgenre and inspired acts like Cheap Trick, R.E.M., the Replacements and Fountains of Wayne, among many others. Spanning the years 1968-75, this exquisitely designed four-disc boxed set gathers a treasure trove of rare gems, including material by pre-Big Star groups Rock City and Icewater, choice solo cuts from Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and a variety of demos and outtakes from Big Star's trilogy of '70s titles, rounded out by 1974's "Radio City" and 1978's "Third/ Sister Lovers." The set's fourth disc features a January 1973 hometown performance opening for soul giants Archie Bell & the Drells.

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