Tuesday, July 2, 2013
CD Review: New Documentary And Soundtrack Show Another Side To Big Star's Legacy
Now, to set the record straight, Magnolia Pictures will be releasing the feature length documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" on July 3. The film follows the band during their initial commercial failure and their rising success as on of rock's music greatest cult bands. Along with the movie comes the soundtrack, released by Omnivore Recordings on June 25. The soundtrack brings together 21 previously unheard recordings by the band during their seventies hey-day. Each of the band's early records made Rolling Stones' Top 500 Albums Of All Time countdown and all are represented here with classic alternate mixes and modern movie mixes.
Beginning with the 1973 rough demo of "O My Soul" you get a feel for a band on the brink of stardom as shown in the documentary. The band's first album is covered intensely with nine of the album twelve songs featured on this soundtrack in one form or another. One of the things that fans will enjoy hearing is the studio talk between members of the band leading into the songs. Big Star's most well-known song, "In The Streets" was remixed for the movie, but still resonates the teenage rock angst of the original song. The rough mixes of songs like "Holocaust" and "Big Black Car" show the band still feeling their way the songs that would later become staples in their legacy. The soundtrack also includes a couple of solo efforts from the late-Chris Bell ("Better Save Yourself" and "I Am The Cosmos") and the acoustic, heartfelt ballad, "All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain" from the late-Alex Chilton. The soundtrack finishes up with one the band's biggest studio effort, "September Gurls" which has been considered a "power pop classic" by Rolling Stone magazine.
To find out more about the "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" movie and soundtrack, please visit bigstarstory.com.
Posted by JP's Music Blog