Big Star ‎– #1 Record

Ardent Records (2) ‎– ADS-2803, Craft Recordings ‎– CR00211
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g

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A1 Feel
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
A2 The Ballad Of El Goodo
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
A3 In The Street
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
A4 Thirteen
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
A5 Don't Lie To Me
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
A6 The India Song
Written-By – Hummel*
B1 When My Baby's Beside Me
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
B2 My Life Is Right
Written-By – Bell*, Eubanks*
B3 Give Me Another Chance
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
B4 Try Again
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
B5 Watch The Sunrise
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*
B6 ST 100/6
Written-By – Chilton*, Bell*

Companies, etc.



180 Gram, all-analog reissue

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): CR00211 SIDE A MRP1981 J Powell 33543.1(3)... A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): CR00211 SIDE B MRP1981 J Powell 33543.2.(3)... B5
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Barcode: 888072096516

Other Versions (5 of 31) View All

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
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) Ardent Records (2) ADS-2803 US 1972 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
AK 028, 60025 Big Star #1 Record(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Akarma, Stax AK 028, 60025 Italy 1998 Sell This Version


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February 10, 2020
Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course. But this pressing/mastering does not sound muddy at all. An all analogue cut at a fantastic price. No need to fork out silly $ on a used Classic Records issue now.


February 3, 2020
edited 24 days ago

I bought this record with high expectations but as soon as the needle dropped I knew something was wrong. So I did some side by sides (with Classic & original) and I think this 2020 pressing is muddy and flat compared to the actual 2009 Classic pressings. It should be noted that the Classic stampers were used for a year or so for the regular Concord pressing as well and then new plates were cut sometime thereafter from a digital source for that pressing. The lackluster pressing most people have purchased in the last decade is actually more like a 2010 or 2011 pressing. There is an added printed barcode and it has a different trail-out matrix. This pressing may be superior to that and surely has to be better than the 4 men pressing.
After the Classic press I put on an EX original and it made this 2020 pressing sound like it had been mastered from an 8-Track that had sat on a television many years. Very muddy, very flat and terrible separation compared to the OG. My ears say go with Classic pressing if you can't get your hands on the original. I don't know why Craft didn't attempt to make it sound as crisp and big as the original, this is allegedly from the masters. Perhaps they are in a deteriorated state.
I just wasted $25 that could have been spent toward a good meal or given to charity. I am definitely not buying the new Radio City, there is no need to hear flat Big Star.
I usually live by rule of only saying nice things, but this very disappointing pressing has caused me to risk eternity just to tell you the truth.


February 1, 2020
edited 27 days ago
Wow this sounds superb. Nice flat, clean pressing (a few pops on side 1 on first play, but cleaned it again on Record Doctor and they are gone). I'm comparing this to the 2009 US repressing - - and this version is more nuanced than that one. Where this one really stands out is soundstage (much wider), clarity of instruments/vocals and lots more detail in midrange and high end. The 2009 release has a shade more on the low end, but I will be selling that one now because this AAA release has so much more clarity and detail and just simply comes to life more than the 2009 version. I have found that Chilton's vocals can be muddy in the mix on certain songs (like Don't Lie To Me) but here they stand apart in a good way. And Thirteen is spectacular ... never heard it like this before. Recommended.


February 1, 2020
All I want to know from this reissue is how it compares to the Chris Bellman cuts on Classic Records and later repressings.
Anyone got both?


January 25, 2020

Excellent sound all around. Craft has been doing a great job on their analog reissues. Recommended.


January 24, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
All analog mastering and it sounds incredible plus the poly lined inner sleeve and super clean vinyl, what a deal to hear the album like this. Cut using the original STAX lathe. Full, big splendid sound. Detail in the background harmonies, realistic drums, full low end, excellent dynamics. If there’s any criticism, yes it’s a tad bit on the bright side but that’s just a characteristic of the original recording. This remaster smoothes our those highs imo. Thirteen sounds soo goood. The instrumentation is brought to the forefront here. Thick tip on cover though. And MRP actually did a good job on the pressing. Flat, centered 180g vinyl, no clicks or pops. Not a bad decide. Also no download code for you vinyl purists...sorry.


January 23, 2020
Wonderful reissue! Great audio quality. Radio City sounds amazing as well.