Big Star ‎– Radio City

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ADS-1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, Mono) Ardent Records (2) ADS-1501 US 1974 Sell This Version
ADS-1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, Mono, Wes) Ardent Records (2) ADS-1501 US 1974 Sell This Version
ADS-1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, Promo) Ardent Records (2) ADS-1501 US 1974 Sell This Version
WIK 54 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE) Big Beat Records WIK 54 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
WIK 54 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE) Big Beat Records WIK 54 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
WIK 54 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE) Big Beat Records, Off Beat (5) WIK 54 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LILP 4.00270 J, LILP 4.00270 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, Whi) Line Records, Line Records LILP 4.00270 J, LILP 4.00270 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
WIKC 54 Big Star Radio City(Cass) Big Beat Records WIKC 54 UK 1987 Sell This Version
AK 029, Stax 60125 Big Star Radio City(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Akarma, Stax AK 029, Stax 60125 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
AK 029, 60125 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, RM) Akarma, Stax, Ardent Records (2) AK 029, 60125 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
STAX-60125 Big Star Radio City(LP, RM) Ardent Records (2), Stax STAX-60125 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
VICP-62292 Big Star Radio City(CD, Album, RE, Min) Stax VICP-62292 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
AK 029, STAX-60125 Big Star Radio City(LP, RM, dig) Akarma, Stax AK 029, STAX-60125 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
0888072315747 Big Star Radio City(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fantasy, Universal Music Group International 0888072315747 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
ADS 1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE) Ardent Records (2) ADS 1501 US 2009 Sell This Version
ADS1501, ADS 1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, 200) Ardent Records (2), Classic Records ADS1501, ADS 1501 US 2009 Sell This Version
ADS 1501, ADS1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, RM, 140) Classic Records, Ardent Records (2) ADS 1501, ADS1501 US 2009 Sell This Version
ADS-1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, TP, 200) Ardent Records (2), Classic Records ADS-1501 US 2009 Sell This Version
0602527417158 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Red) Fantasy, Ardent Records (2) 0602527417158 UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
ADS 1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, RM, RP) Ardent Records (2) ADS 1501 US 2011 Sell This Version
STX-35952-02 Big Star Radio City(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Stax, Ardent Records (2) STX-35952-02 US 2014 Sell This Version
4M241 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, 180) Ardent Records (2), 4 Men With Beards 4M241 US 2014 Sell This Version
0888072317321 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, RE, 180) Fantasy, Universal Music Group International 0888072317321 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none, ADS 1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Che) Concord Music Group, Inc., Ardent Records (2) none, ADS 1501 US 2018 Sell This Version
STX 3021, STX 3022 Big Star # 1 Record / Radio City(2xLP, Comp, M/Print) Stax, Stax STX 3021, STX 3022 UK Unknown Sell This Version
AK 029, 60125 Big Star Radio City(CD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) Akarma, Stax, Ardent Records (2) AK 029, 60125 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ADS-1501 Big Star Radio City(LP, Album, Mono) Ardent Records (2) ADS-1501 US Unknown Sell This Version

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jeremiah.wallis

jeremiah.wallis

August 21, 2018
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Che, none, ADS 1501
How does this pressing sound? Still plagued by harsh sibilance and distortion like the previous Concord pressing?
leftypem

leftypem

February 13, 2018
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, Mono, ADS-1501
Looks like the United pressed, Concord/Ardent 2011 version is getting a red/white split pressing from Newbury Comics. 500 pieces, shipping/in store Feb. 16, 2017.
andrwsmith

andrwsmith

January 13, 2018
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, Mono, ADS-1501
Can anyone recommend which pressings of Radio City and #1 Record to go with? It seems like there are quite a few to choose from and I can't find much info on all of the different versions.
blueboy66

blueboy66

November 24, 2017
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Red, 0602527417158
Nice edition, record is well pressed and sounds good, but a shame that the artwork is so cheap...
chriskooter

chriskooter

October 24, 2017
referencing # 1 Record / Radio City, 2xLP, Comp, M/Print, STX 3021, STX 3022
This is not a promo, or from 1973. It s simply one of the album's from the 1978 double reissue on Stax in the UK that has been found loose in a plain sleeve... This release https://www.discogs.com/Big-Star-1-Record-Radio-City/release/2212390
sodapowp

sodapowp

July 11, 2017
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, ADS 1501
This is a 2011 Reissue by Ardent Records / Concord Music Group. Sounds good!
hauntologist

hauntologist

June 30, 2017
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, Mono, ADS-1501
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.
jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

April 18, 2017
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, RE, ADS 1501

Just sold off my copy of this. Might have just been unlucky, but there was a ton of sibilance and distortion especially on Morpha Too and I'm In Love With a Girl. Pressing defect most likely. It drove me nuts for such a long time. I settled for the 4mwb pressing, and it's alright. At least I can breathe easy now when the last two tracks come on.
jchristiananderson

jchristiananderson

January 24, 2017
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, RE, ADS 1501
Get this while you can. As I understand it this reissue used the Classic Records plates. This version as well as the CR reissue are both long gone, and it's only a matter of time before this spikes in price. It's a solid reissue and far superior to the Four Men With Beards version.
andymontgomery44

andymontgomery44

January 12, 2017
referencing Radio City, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0888072317321
Hey! Any comments on the audio & pressing quality of these 2016 "Back To Black" Big Star reissues?
Thanks!!