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Big StarRadio City

Label:Ardent Records (2) – ADS 1501, Ardent Records (2) – ADS-1501
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Repress
Style:Power Pop


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

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This is a repress of Big Star - Radio City which was packaged in a heavy Stoughton tip-on cover.
This version has a barcoded thin cardboard cover. This version is also distinguished by the ⓤ in the runout, identifying United Record Pressing, which is not on the earlier version.
Some copies have a barcode sticker on the shrink, covering the printed barcode.

Originally released in January 1974.

Manufactured under license or distributed by Concord Music Group.

℗ 1973 Stax Records. Inc.

Track A1 is Mono. All other selections Stereo.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 025218150118
  • Barcode (Text): 0 25218 15011 8
  • Barcode (Sticker on shrink ): 7 25543 84161 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): ADS-1501-A ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): ADS-1501-B ⓤ
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 32)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
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
Recently Edited
Radio City (LP, Album, Reissue, White)Line Records, Line RecordsLILP 4.00270 J, LILP 4.00270Germany1986
Recently Edited
Radio City (LP, Album, Reissue)Big Beat RecordsWIK 54Europe1986


DualSpaceOrphans's avatar
Edited 3 days ago
IMHO given that this is essentially the 2009 Classic Records, Chris Bellman-mastered release, pressed on lighter vinyl, these records are a steal. I have both, and find the difference very minor.
kernan05's avatar
if you absolutely need this album on vinyl quickly, this press will do. If you have the money to get the new press, an original, the classic records press, or the twofer, there's absolutely no point in getting this. Sound is decent, but gets really distorted. Labels are also pressed like shit as well. It looks like a bootleg. There is also absolutely ludicrous amounts of scuffing and wear on my BRAND NEW copy. Wouldn't recommend this at all.
johnnythevelvetguy's avatar
Saw a used copy of this in my record store thinking it was the most recent pressing. #1 Record was an excellent press so I obviously wanted to pick this one up as well. Once I got home, I realized it wasn't that pressing but the one found here. All was well as it wasn't the 4 Men With Beards pressing and there was no evident surface noise but there were still issues present. Right away, I noticed some loud sibilance on O My Soul and Life is White. Then came a skip on O My Soul which doesn't appear to be a scratch or anything. I've cleaned the record and examined the spot multiple times with the toothpick method and yet the skip is still there. Perhaps it's just my copy or maybe the previous owner did something to mess it up but the vinyl looks completely clean. My last disappointment with this pressing is that the sound quality is just OK. The Craft Recordings pressing of #1 Record really made the sounds sound vibrant and pop out of the speakers. Everything sounded clear and detailed but here, I found that Radio City was lacking in some detail. Some parts did sound loud and clear and others just sounded flat. Not the worst sound I've heard from a record but judging from what I've read about original pressings and the Craft Recordings pressing, Radio City has definitely sounded better than what this pressing has to offer. Others may be happy with their copy and that's perfectly fine but I'll probably end up trading this in and going for the Craft Recordings press.
leonthepro's avatar
Review of 2009 Repress:
The claims regarding this and the Classic pressings being sibilant I find to be somewhat exaggerated and most likely derive from the equipment.
In general, this is a harsh, loud and gritty recording, so there will be some of that if you want a true to the source experience. But at no point did I find it to be overbearing and whats likely gained over lesser cuts is some nice separation, clarity and bass at points when tracks are able to display it.
With a thin profile stylus the pressing should be among the best Stereo experiences you can get of this album.
Speaking of pressing quality these 2009 reissues are likely your best middle ground, using the Bellman Classic plates but with better vinyl and jacket than the 2011 repress done at United.

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Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
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sodapowp's avatar
This is a 2011 Reissue by Ardent Records / Concord Music Group. Sounds good!
jay_gord76's avatar
Pressing sounds fantastic. One problem I've noticed is right out of the plastic there was a significant skip on "September Gurls". No visible flaws in the vinyl but it skips in the same spot every time. I wonder if this is a common issue or if I just bought a bad copy.