Big StarRadio City

Label:Ardent Records (2) – ADS-1501, Craft Recordings – CR00212
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Mono, 180g
Style:Power Pop


A1O My Soul
A2Life Is White
Written ByChilton-Hummel
Written-ByChilton*, Hummel*
A3Way Out West
A4What's Goin Ahn
Written ByChilton-Hummel
Written-ByChilton*, Hummel*
A5You Get What You Deserve
B1Mod Lang
Written ByChilton-Rosebrough
Written-ByChilton*, Rosebrough*
B2Back Of A Car
Written ByChilton-Hummel
Written-ByChilton*, Hummel*
B3Daisy Glaze
Written ByChilton-Hummel-Stevens
Written-ByChilton*, Hummel*, Stevens*
B4She's A Mover
B5September Gurls
B6Morpha Too
B7I'm In Love With A Girl

Companies, etc.



Red, black, and white hype sticker from Craft Recordings
All-analog mastering
Tip-on Sleeve
A1 is mono. All other tracks are stereo

From back cover:
Photographs by Bill Eggleston/Cenotaph January 1974
℗ 2019 & © 1973 Craft Recordings Made in U.S.A.

On label:
All tracks published by Koala/Birdees (ASCAP)

Runout details:
Variant 1 -- Both sides are etched.
Variant 2 -- Stamped vs etched state not specified
Variant 3 -- Both sides are etched. On side A '10#' has been scratched out
Variant 4 -- Both sides are etched.

Track A1 is listed as "O My Soul" on the back cover, and "O, My Soul" on the label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text on sticker): 8 88072 09652 3
  • Barcode (Sticker, scanned EAN-13): 0888072096523
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): CR00212 SIDE A MRP1982 J POWELL 33544.1(3)... A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): CR00212 SIDE B MRP1982 J POWELL 33544.2(3)... B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): CR00212 SIDE A MRP1982 33544.1(3)... J POWELL A7
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): CR00212 SIDE B MRP1982 33544.2(3)... J POWELL B7
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): 01# 10# CR00212 SIDE A MRP1982 33544.1(3)... J POWELL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): J POWELL 6# CR00212 SIDE B MRP1982 33544.2(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): 31# CR00212 SIDE A MRP1982 33544.1(3)... J POWELL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): 31# CR00212 SIDE B MRP1982 33544.2(3)... J POWELL

Other Versions (5 of 35)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Radio City (LP, Album, Sonic Pressing)Ardent Records (2)ADS-1501US1974
New Submission
Radio City (LP, Album, Promo)Ardent Records (2)ADS-1501US1974
New Submission
Radio City (LP, Album, Monarch Pressing)Ardent Records (2)ADS-1501US1974
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Radio City (LP, Album, Reissue, White)Line Records, Line RecordsLILP 4.00270 J, LILP 4.00270Germany1986
Radio City (LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Mono)Big Beat RecordsWIK 54Europe1986



  • danunterburger's avatar
    Sounds incredible. This and #1 Record are ingrained in my molecular makeup, but through the single-CD-with both-albums version from the 1990s. Bass and drums are really distinct and crisp. Harmonica and trebly guitar sounds are searing. Lower-end guitar sounds are thick and gritty. It's like I'm hearing this album for the first time after 10,000 listens.
    • guitarfreak1799's avatar
      Great sounding version! Sadly mine had a long patchy looking scuff across side 1. I found the high end on O My Soul to be a bit overbearing compared to the rest of the LP. Still a really great sounding all analog lp with an actual nice stoughton style cover.
      • MarquisSmith's avatar
        No denying it sounds great but also no denying it's an modernization. The description of playing back the master mixes for friends is one of searing treble, which is how the Larry Nix originals and the Bellman 2009 and repress versions sound. They leap out of the speakers. This version has a more conventional treble balance and hence is smoother, more midrangey, more spacious. A matter of taste but historical accuracy lies with other versions.
        • cpedro's avatar
          Slight edge over the 2011 - even with a slight warp that dnap - when are new pressings perfectly flat anyway?

          It’s dead quiet & you can turn this one up without getting a headache.
          • MalachiLui's avatar
            this sounds quite good. highs are a bit rolled off, yes, but crank this up and it sounds very good. no issues here with inner groove distortion. i also would've preferred a brighter sound more similar to the hi-res file currently available but this is also great, just different. would totally recommend this pressing.

            listening setup: rega p6, ortofon mc cadenza bronze cartridge, stein music 'the perfect interface' carbon mat, liberty b2b-1 preamp, hegel h95 integrated amp, elac debut b5 speakers.
            • e.n.goings's avatar
              Edited one year ago
              Super punchy and I bet it would sound great when blasted, though I don't think neighboring units would like that. I appreciate that, unlike my Craft #1 Record, this pressing seems to have consistent EQ from track to track. All the instruments are prominent enough in the mix. That said, to my ears the drums, vocals, and even guitar mostly sound overly compressed and distorted—not on just the inner-groove tracks, although the IGD is HEAVY. I know I'll probably get hate for saying this but I genuinely think my 3MWB 3rd is a better pressing than either of the Craft Big Stars. And that's very disappointing.
              • AdamSG's avatar
                Fantastic pressing. The most underrated band ever. Great clarity. Incredible.
                • mhnien's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  Yeah, it's back and it's worth the wait. It *is* different, but I dig this issue of Radio City. It's got a warmth and blend that makes it seem more of its time. Which to me is a bit weird; when I first heard RC (1990s, via the 2-fer CD), it sounded contemporary (probably cuz so many bands/producers/engineers worshipped at this alter) Compared to the 2011 reissue, it rolls off the treble and perhaps loses definition between instruments. My ears register the bright and trebly (ie, Chris Bellman cut, CD version, etc) versions as authentic. Now I have to keep both copies. And the CD. And the breakfast cereal. And the keychain.....
                  • m0wen's avatar
                    Back in stock at Acoustic Sounds as of today 7/20/22.
                    • SirBrad's avatar
                      I had been putting off picking this up since the day it was released. I was in my local record store a few weeks ago and saw it in the bins and passed once again. Later that night when I was home I was thinking about this again and figured I'd just grab one from Amazon or any other major online retailer. I couldn't believe it - I don't think this is quite OOP yet but there was literally nothing I could find 2 year after it's release date. I searched everywhere. Needless to say, the next day I ran out to my store and gabbed it from the shelf like I found gold. Crazy how some of these records are everywhere and you just keep putting them off and then suddenly they are extinct. I'm listening now and wow, it sounds so good. Glad I was able to grab one but I don't think I'd jump at overspending right now. I really doubt it's OOP. Probably just backlogged at the pressing plant. Hopefully that's the case.


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