This week we have a relic album by the incomparable Alex Chilton of Big Star along with a hit single from the band he first fronted at age 16, The Box Tops.
Alex Chilton - Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions
We’re big fans of the Big Star legacy and they’re fascinating singer/songwriter Alex Chilton, so when this “lost” album was reissued properly we were pretty damn excited (Along with their newly US released documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me). The songs on this album are the subsequent results from his frustrations with the record industry after his first gig with The Box Tops ended sour. Full of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and blatant references to those who had ultimately jaded him at a very young age, the songs are definitely early templates for Big Star and his solo career after.
The Box Tops - The Letter
The Box Tops, then known as The Devilles, were a studio created band with the producers writing and arranging the songs while a group of upbeat teenage musicians performed them. Local singer and High School talent show star Alex Chilton was recruited as their singer and in less than a year The ‘Tops had landed at Number-One on the international charts, selling over a million copies. You’ve most likely heard this song more than a few times but dang, it’s good. We included the B-Side for good measure as well.