My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
#1 Record consists of tracks 1 -12.
Brief Background:#1 Record was recorded during the second half of 1971 and released in June of 1972. Upon release, it received great reviews, but sales were hurt by the inability of Stax/Ardent Records to adequately distribute the album.
What I think: Here it goes… any remaining credibility I may have…poof. I’m not a fan of this record or even Big Star in general. I’ve listened to it so many times and it has just never clicked. Part of it is that I’m not much of a fan of either Chilton’s or Bell’s vocal style. The other is I just don’t really like their Power Pop sound (The Raspberries on the other hand….). “The Ballad of El Goodo” and “Thirteen” are good songs, but “The India Song” and “Give Me Another Chance” are quite atrocious. The rest are just ok.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? The funny thing is that every band I like that existed after 1972 was influenced by this album. Without it existing, much of the music in my life may not exist. So I think it’s worth listening to. This is just one of those albums/bands that never clicked with me.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
#1 Record Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (62/253)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%