Includes Every Demo, Rough Mix, Outtake, Alternate Take and Final Master KNOWN TO EXIST for Big Star’s Legendary Third Album - 29 Previously Unissued Tracks and Essay by Bud Scoppa Extensive Notes From Original Participants and Artists Deeply Influenced by Big Star.
The collection boasts 69 total tracks, 28 of which are previously unheard session recordings, demos and alternate mixes made by producer Jim Dickinson and engineer John Fry. The set allows the listener to track the creation of the album from the original demos, through sessions to rough mixes made by Dickinson and Fry, to the final masters of each song. Besides the contextualizing main essay from writer/A&R man, Bud Scoppa, extensive notes from original participants and artists influenced by Big Star are also included: Mary Lindsay Dickinson, Mitch Easter, Adam Hill, Elizabeth A. Hoehn, Susanna Hoffs, Peter Holsapple, Gary Louris, Mike Mills, Cheryl Pawelski, Debbi Peterson, Pat Rainer, Danny Graflund, Jeff Rougvie, Pat Sansone, Chris Stamey, Jody Stephens, John Stirratt, Ken Stringfellow and Steve Wynn. Initially, the collection will be released in a 3-CD boxed set and digitally with three separate double LPs to follow, each vinyl volume representing a CD in the boxed set.
STAFF COMMENTS says: Initially it was only a certain few: people in bands, select journos, record company aficianados. But word-of-mouth is a powerful thing, the only thing if you're talking about cult records. Finally, forty years later, and all us big music nuts know about the glory, mystery and messed up beauty which is Big Star's third, stone cold classic LP. This is the definitive, no-stone-unturned, version. And it is majestic.