Saturday, August 12, 2017

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Alex Chilton Solo Album

Singer/songwriter Alex Chilton (lead singer of the Box Tops & co-founder of Big Star) had a mildly successful solo career from 1979 to 1999. He released 8 solo albums during that period and Omnivore Recordings is reissuing his 1995 album "A Man Called Destruction" on CD and for the first time on vinyl.

The original 12-song album gets bumped up to 19 songs with the previously unreleased bonus tracks that were added to this new re-issue of the album. Of the 12 original tracks, 6 are penned by Chilton and the other 6 are cover songs, featuring many different genres that Chilton wanted to expand into. The rockabilly opener "Sick And Tired" breathed new life into Chilton's catalog as his vocals fit perfectly into the song's swinging rhythm. He injects energy into the album with the garage rock cover of "Il Ribelle" and the classic sixties style rock instrumental "Boplexity." The original album wrapped up with the blues of "Don't Know Anymore" and the Big Star sounding "Don't Stop."

The 7 bonus tracks added the to this new release, features four songs that were recorded during the same sessions, but did not appear on the album. Songs like "You're My Favorite" has the raw, rocking appeal, while Chilton's cover of "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" still seems like it's in the early stages of being worked on. The other 3 bonus tracks feature alternate takes and rough mixes that give a glimpse into Alex Chilton's love for making music. To find out more about this new re-issue of Alex Chilton's "A Man Called Destruction" album, please visit

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