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Radio City was Big Star’s sophomore release and followed '#1 Record' two years down the line, but suffered from the same frustrating commercial issues as its predecessor, mostly as a result of (the band’s label) Ardent Record’s struggles to stay afloat and an inability to distribute their artists successfully.
Fans familiar with the band’s first album will note that the sound of Radio City is a lot more rough and ready. This is generally attributed to the absence of Chris Bell, whose harmonies and production flourishes are notably absent from the record after he opted to pursue a solo career through the mid 70s, then sadly died at the age of 27 a few years on.
William Ruhlmann summed up the two albums succinctly, stating that it's "Alex Chilton's urgency (sometimes desperation) on songs that made his case as a genuine rock & roll eccentric. If ‘#1 Record' had a certain pop perfection that brought everything together, Radio City was the sound of everything falling apart, which proved at least as compelling."
A small preview from Spotify
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM
1. "O My Soul" (5:40)
2. "Life Is White" (3:19)
3. "Way Out West" (2:50)
4. "What's Going Ahn" (2:40)
5. "You Get What You Deserve" (3:08)
6. "Mod Lang" (2:45)
7. "Back of a Car" (2:46)
8. "Daisy Glaze" (3:49)
9. "She's a Mover" (3:12)
10. "September Gurls" (2:49)
11. "Morpha Too" (1:27)
12. "I'm in Love with a Girl" (1:48)
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Here at Instant Classic, as you’d rightly expect, we have vinyl fanatics of all persuasions. We’ve got a couple of pop fiends, a few indieheads, one diehard metalhound, one trap fanatic, two whose collections are composed almost exclusively of film scores and classical, and those of us who dabble in almost every pond, as long as that pond doesn’t contain any American heartland country. Anyway, we’ve compiled a list of Melbourne-based record stores that we think you would enjoy. Come see. Do you have a favourite haunt? 👇🏼 Pic by @xavier.james_