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Tracklist

Stroke It Noel2:04
For You2:45
Kizza Me2:45
You Can't Have Me3:11
Nightime2:53
Blue Moon2:07
Take Care2:48
Jesus Christ2:38
Femme Fatale3:32
O, Dana2:35
Big Black Car3:37
Holocaust3:55
Kanga Roo3:47
Thank You Friends3:05

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jtm1967's avatar
jtm1967
This was cut from the original analogue assembly reel, on the same lathe that cut the original test pressing. The recent repress from 2022 was NOT. Do you homework before you buy.
heroinsaves69's avatar
heroinsaves69
I just read through the reviews here and I hate to be "that guy"...but... I had a sealed copy that I hadn't opened until last year. This thing is noisy, even after having been scrubbed with the Opera Consonance/Audio Intelligent wet vacuum system... musically, this is, of course, one of the masterpieces of the '70s, in all it's various versions... Even as a noisy pressing, I think this beats the Aura and PVC versions, but the best sounding version is the one compiled by Rykodisc in 1992, which was CD only. I don't know how 4 men with beards mastered this, or what source they used, but it is certainly different than the Rykodisc. I'm glad other people seem to have gotten better quality copies of this, so I am sticking this review out here as my personal experience. I've listened to this copy before and after cleaning, with Denon 103 and micro line ortofon carts, on two separate turntables, and it's Rice Krispies time, even after cleaning. I've avoided 4 men with beards due to quality issues back in the day, both with the quality of the pressing and the mastering on their White Light White Heat and Marble Index by Nico reissues, and this one continues the losing streak for me. YMMV, caveat emptor, etc. I'd put up with a digitally sourced reissue if it sounded like the Ryko and was pressed on clean vinyl...
pobox1967's avatar
pobox1967
very good pressing! very dynamic and detailed. feels very analogue.
I am not a fan of 4men LP's, but this one is the exception!
murihiku100's avatar
murihiku100
If you have listened to the orig usa copy on pic from 78 , this track listing doesn't have the same flow to me at all, also inserting whole lotta shaking don't make a whole lotta sense
I recall this copy when living in nz around 1980 like the cover but avoided purchasing it go for the usa track listing
murihiku100's avatar
murihiku100
3RD is Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, with Jim Dickison on the desk, my favourite lp
joshisjoshingu's avatar
Edited 3 months ago
This album is a national treasure. Big Star's first two albums definitely had a strong influence on the later Indie scene, but this album had a profound influence on it...its blueprint is inescapable here, especially considering recording was finalized in 1975! Alex Chilton bared his soul here and I'm so grateful that he did, because some of my favorite bands were inspired to make their own art as a result of the mental turmoil that he manifested into something beautiful. One half of the batch is melancholy and could bring one down in a certain state, while the other half is quite joyous and light-hearted! It's not divided up by sides, though, so you'll have to determine that on your own. :D
I got into Big Star through This Mortal Coil's covers of both "Holocaust" and "Kangaroo", so I'm thankful for their homage that led me to discover the work of Alex Chilton and co.
As others have said, even though it's a 4MWB pressing, it sounds lovely: lively, lush, and squeaky-clean playback. The track listing on this release, as compared to the first UK edition & US test pressings, is far superior imo. "Stroke It, Noel" as an opener, and the addition of "Big Black Car" & "You Can't Have Me"? C'mon now!

Most of you probably already have strong feelings about this album already.
However, if you came across this album and haven't listened to it yet, here's your validation to take the dive. Go for it-you won't regret it. :)
Adamnshame95's avatar
Adamnshame95
This pressing sounds really damn good. My one question: does this pressing actually have "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" on it? Despite the track listing saying so I didn't hear it.
motownloverphx's avatar
So happy to have gotten this pressing. Only 700 copies and it’s already out of stock at Newbury Comics. Sounds fantastic and I really like the song Holocaust.
mistermono's avatar
mistermono
So matrix info is different than the previous Omnivore releases. Is there any way to confirm that this cut is also AAA?
evan.vincent's avatar
evan.vincent
This album sounds fantastic. Nice and full. Quiet. Good soundstage. Dynamic pressing, mastering not slammed loud. But sounds great when cranked loud!