Big Star ‎– #1 Record

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Feel 3:34
The Ballad Of El Goodo 4:21
In The Street 2:55
Thirteen 2:34
Don't Lie To Me 3:07
The India Song 2:20
When My Baby's Beside Me 3:23
My Life Is Right 3:08
Give Me Another Chance 3:27
Try Again 3:31
Watch The Sunrise 3:45
ST 100/6 1:01

Versions (26)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ADS-2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album) Ardent Records (2) ADS-2803 US 1972 Sell This Version
ADS-2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album) Ardent Records (2) ADS-2803 US 1972 Sell This Version
ADS-2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album) Ardent Records (2) ADS-2803 US 1972 Sell This Version
ADS-2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album) Ardent Records (2) ADS-2803 US 1972 Sell This Version
DOJOCD55 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album) Castle Communications PLC DOJOCD55 France 1986 Sell This Version
WIK 53 Big Star #1 Record(LP, RE, RM) Big Beat Records WIK 53 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LILP 4.00263 J Big Star #1 Record(LP, RE, Whi) Line Records LILP 4.00263 J Germany 1986 Sell This Version
WIKC 53 Big Star #1 Record(Cass, Album) Big Beat Records WIKC 53 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
AK 028, 60025 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Akarma, Stax AK 028, 60025 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
STAX-60025 Big Star #1 Record(LP, RM) Ardent Records (2), Stax STAX-60025 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
VICP-62291 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Stax VICP-62291 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
AK 028 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album) Akarma AK 028 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
028, 60025, none Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE, RM) Akarma, Stax, Ardent Records (2) 028, 60025, none Italy 2004 Sell This Version
0888072315730 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album, RE) Fantasy, Universal Music Group International, Ardent Records (2) 0888072315730 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
ADS 2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE) Ardent Records (2) ADS 2803 US 2009 Sell This Version
ADS 2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE) Ardent Records (2) ADS 2803 US 2009 Sell This Version
ADS 2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE, 200) Classic Records, Ardent Records (2) ADS 2803 US 2009 Sell This Version
0725543841513 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE, RM) Fantasy 0725543841513 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
0602527417899 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Yel) Fantasy, Ardent Records (2) 0602527417899 UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
STX-35951-02 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album, RE, RM) Stax Records, Ardent Records (2) STX-35951-02 US 2014 Sell This Version
4M240 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE, 180) Ardent Records (2), 4 Men With Beards 4M240 US 2014 Sell This Version
ADS 2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE, Gol) Ardent Records (2) ADS 2803 US 2014 Sell This Version
4M240 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pur) 4 Men With Beards, Ardent Records (2) 4M240 US 2016 Sell This Version
0888072317314 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE, 180) Fantasy, Universal Music Group International 0888072317314 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
ADS 2803, ADS-2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, RE) Ardent Records (2), Ardent Records (2) ADS 2803, ADS-2803 US Unknown Sell This Version
ADS 2803, ADS-2803 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, Unofficial) Ardent Records (2), Ardent Records (2) ADS 2803, ADS-2803 US Unknown Sell This Version

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hauntologist

hauntologist

June 30, 2017
edited 4 months ago
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, ADS-2803
Just wanted to drop in and post a review(s) of what is actually the lesser-known 1978 Stax UK two-fer pressing of "#1 Record" + "Radio City" s (i.e., this 2xLP: https://www.discogs.com/Big-Star-1-Record-Radio-City/release/2212390 ), with the hope that it may be helpful to anyone who may be fretting over the daunting prospect of hunting down original Ardent copies of these records--which, while prohibitively pricey since *at least* the early 2000s, will nowadays not only obliterate your wallet, but damn near take a few chunks of butt-cheek with 'em. Here goes….

Abbreviated review: The Stax two-fer UK pressing sounds very nice and, while not exactly a dollar bin record, is a vastly cheaper way of obtaining good-sounding, all-analog vinyl copies of the first two Big Star LPs.

Full review: ***CRUCIAL CAVEAT***: I *have not* compared the Stax two-fer with actual, physical copies of the original Ardent US pressings. I can’t afford those records, either. The best I could do was to compare the two-fer with FLAC vinyl rips executed by the highly respected ”pbthal,” whose contributions to What.CD (RIP) were once an essential element of what made that legendary (and legendarily exclusive) file-sharing site so great. In light of this fact, it is with *massive emphasis* that I assert that the following review is ***fraught with huge limitations*** and must be taken with a golf ball-sized grain of salt. With all these qualifications and potential pitfalls in mind, here’s the setup on which I conducted the A/B shootout:

McIntosh C29 preamp
McIntosh MC 2205 amp
JBL L100T3 speakers
Technics SL-1200mk2 + Shure M97xE cart + JICO SAS stylus (for playing the records)
Music Streamer II DAC (for playing the FLAC files)

I am unsure as to what pbthal’s setup was when he ripped the records--he constantly evolves and improves his setup--but one can safely assume that it was top-of-the-line. Also possibly noteworthy is that he used a white label promo copy of “Radio City.”

Regardless, I got the same impression from both shootouts: In each case, pbthal’s FLAC vinyl rips were a tad brighter than my phono setup, and *possibly* very slightly more detailed; if the latter were the case, it’d probably be due to pbthal’s superior phono setup, but it was very close, so I’m not even sure it’s the case at all. Comparatively, my phono setup was a bit (not a lot) warmer, but the soundstage was wider, and the music seemed somehow less mediated to my ears. All in all, I slightly preferred listening to the records to the FLAC files. But these nit-pickings aside, the main thing that struck me during the shootouts was how ***similar*** the physical records sounded compared to the FLAC files. If I hadn’t been so hyper-focused on it, I may not even have noticed a difference if, say, I were listening from another room and a mischievous leprechaun were switching back and forth between the FLAC files and the turntable each song. I might notice, but I’m not *sure* that I would. They simply sounded more similar than different.

Now, I should hasten to add, again, that there are glaring limitations to the very notion of comparing vinyl pressings by using FLAC files for one record and an actual record for the other--so glaring that I wasn’t even sure I was going to post this review at all. But when it comes down to it, I walked away from that shootout convinced that the UK Stax two-fer is a pretty damn good-sounding 2xLP, and is probably (although I’m obviously not 100% certain) quite comparable to the original US Ardent pressings. Might the Stax pressing have used, say, second-generation tapes? Maybe, maybe not. But even if so, they did a dang good job with them. Indeed, I also walked away from the shootout feeling like the Stax two-fer was a good-sounding record *in general*, and it actually sounded better than I expected beforehand, given the era during and circumstances under which it was created (I don’t know too much about the albums’ recording history, can’t help but assume that they didn’t exactly have Beatles- or Led Zep-level budgets when they originally recorded them).

My ultimate conclusion/recommendation: If you ever see the 1978 “#1 Record” + “Radio City” two-fer Stax UK pressing for a good price, grab it without hesitation. It’s a good-sounding pair of records, and it may be the last chance you ever get to hear Big Star in glorious analog in your very own living room.
AphexFlynn

AphexFlynn

May 20, 2017
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pur, 4M240
Anyone know how this pressing sounds? I saw that it was pressed by 4 Men With Beards and I don't want to waste my money on a terrible sounding record.
sound7online

sound7online

October 6, 2015
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, ADS-2803
Great album, great songwriting a pleasure to listen to - Fantastic to enjoy on sunny day in the car - The problem i have that i live in England not california so sunny days are limited.

I have this on CD and loaded on my ipod but really notice the volume changes from song to song - Some seem like they have been mastered loud then others quiet - the album just doesnt flow like it should - is this just the CD or does this happen on the LP as well? -
detroitbombs

detroitbombs

November 10, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, ADS-2803
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lonndoggie

lonndoggie

October 5, 2014
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, ADS-2803
I've got a copy of this, with a PROMOTIONAL sticker (but, sadly, none of the promo materials) and drilled out. Awesome sounding record.
kaic

kaic

September 22, 2014
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Yel, 0602527417899
the vinyl is nice and sounds good, a shame that the cover is so cheap
bscrawler

bscrawler

December 14, 2013
referencing #1 Record, LP, Album, ADS-2803
I Have an original Ardent Promo copy of this LP. Within the run out grooves is etched this sentence,'..The more you learn,the less you know.'