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

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text on sticker): 8 88072 09652 3
  • 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)...

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Radio City (LP, Album, Sonic pressing)Ardent Records (2)ADS-1501US1974
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Radio City (LP, Album, Promo)Ardent Records (2)ADS-1501US1974
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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
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Radio City (LP, Album, Reissue)Big Beat RecordsWIK 54Europe1986
  • mhnien's avatar
    Edited 20 days 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.
        • DelboRecords's avatar
          Gorgeous piece of vinyl with great sound. Agree with the descriptions below: it's that 70's vinyl, radio sound: a little less dynamic, smoother. It's pleasing, it still has punch, and the guitars do not come off as harsh or piercing, as they sometimes do in the CD version, which I had thought was rather good.
          • SirVinyl's avatar
            This posting states MONO, and the label says STEREO in the pics. Which one is the error?
            • chrisberens's avatar
              Edited one year ago
              A very good pressing, if not the greatest. I was hopeful it would best my bright sounding UK twofer pressing (, but it lacks that version’s sparkle, punch and clarity. This version seems more midrangey, and has a little bit of a hollow presentation, with less focus on images within the soundstage. Overall it sounds good and more pleasant, with less of that bright edge than the UK press. The expense of that pleasantness is that it sounds a little bit murky by comparison, but not enough to be a problem. I didn't notice any speed or pitch issues, and in fact confirmed this with tap tempo using a metronome app on a couple tracks, where they showed almost exactly the same bpm.
              The cover art is also fine, but offers a bit less luster than my other copy, even if the band photo has greater clarity. Everything looks very authentic, and probably a lot like an original Ardent would have looked when new (even the labels, which a treat the UK press doesn't offer).
              If this was my only copy, I’d be completely fine with it, but it won’t replace the UK pressing for me. Given the cost difference between these two versions these days, this one is definitely a good bargain.
              • larrian's avatar
                This press sounds beautiful. It's very quiet and they rolled back some of the high end compared to the 2011 ardent press I have, but I find that to be more pleasant. It seems to have a wider soundstage and more detail overall. The artwork looks exactly the same as that version, which I always thought looked pretty good. The back photo is blurred a bit, but that's the style as far as I can tell.
                • tjordache's avatar
                  This might be really nitpicking (hey aren't we all) but I found the artwork on this version to be weirdly saturated and blurred compared to, say, the 4MWB version. They get a bad rap sound wise but the artwork is always top notch. I do dig the tip-on sleeve Craft worked up for this issue though even if the reproduction of the photography is somewhat wonky. I do think the 4MWB version sounds sharper overall. They may have gotten one pressing right in their entire catalog, it could be Radio City.
                  • markrichardson's avatar
                    I bought and returned two copies of this because both were badly warped (could still be tracked), will now keep an eye out for a good used copy.
                    • JQuick69's avatar
                      Beautifully pressed- flawless in this regard. Now the nitpicking: the high end has been rolled back on this probably to appease the $100 & under stylus crowd. The tape master sounds worn here and there- I hear tape flaws that are not present on the early 90s CD master. The sleeve is almost a quarter inch too tall- it won’t fit in my record shelves which have no wiggle room. WTF?



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