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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Psycheldelic Stuff [Original Mix] [#] 3:04
  2. All I See Is You 3:29
  3. Every Day As We Grow Closer [Original Mix] 2:27
  4. Try Again [Early Version] [#][Version] 3:37
  5. Feel 3:32
  6. The Ballad of El Goodo 4:18
  7. In the Street [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 3:02
  8. Thirteen [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 2:36
  9. Don't Lie to Me 3:08
  10. The India Song [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 2:23
  11. When My Baby's Beside Me [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 3:27
  12. My Life is Right [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 3:17
  13. Give Me Another Chance [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 3:27
  14. Try Again [#] 3:32
  15. Gone With the Light [#] 2:44
  16. Watch the Sunrise [Single Version] [Version] 3:10
  17. ST 100/6 [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] :54
  18. The Preacher [Excerpt] [#] :56
  19. In the Street [Alternate Single Mix] [Version] 3:00
  20. Feel [Alternative Mix] [#][Version] 3:33
  21. The Ballad of El Goodo [Alternate Lyrics] [#][Version] 4:29
  22. The India Song [Alternate Version] [#][Version] 2:09
  23. Country Morn 3:12
  24. I Got Kinda Lost [Demo] [Demo Version] 4:03
  25. Back of a Car [Demo] [Demo Version] 2:47
  26. Motel Blues [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 3:03
  27. There Was a Light [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 3:43
  28. Life is White [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 3:18
  29. What's Going Ahn [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 2:13
  30. O My Soul 5:38
  31. Life is White 3:18
  32. Way Out West 2:50
  33. What's Going Ahn 2:41
  34. You Get What You Deserve 3:06
  35. Mod Lang [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 2:47
  36. Back of a Car [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 2:47
  37. Daisy Glaze 3:49
  38. She's a Mover 3:13
  39. September Gurls 2:47
  40. Morpha Too [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 1:28
  41. I'm In Love With a Girl 1:48
  42. O My Soul [Alternate Version] [#][Version] 5:09
  43. She's a Mover [Alternate Version] [Version] 3:17
  44. Daisy Glaze [Rehearsal Version] [#][Version] 3:52
  45. I Am the Cosmos 3:43
  46. You and Your Sister 3:10
  47. Blue Moon [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 2:08
  48. Femme Fatale [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 2:50
  49. Thank You Friends [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 2:46
  50. Nightime [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 2:13
  51. Take Care [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 1:35
  52. You Get What You Deserve [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 3:20
  53. Lovely Day [Demo] [Demo Version] 1:51
  54. Downs [Demo] [Demo Version] 1:26
  55. Jesus Christ [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 2:28
  56. Holocaust [Demo] [#][Demo Version] 3:36
  57. Big Black Car [Alternate Demo] [#][Demo Version] 4:41
  58. Manana [#] :46
  59. Jesus Christ 2:20
  60. Femme Fatale 3:29
  61. O, Dana 2:35
  62. Kizza Me 2:43
  63. You Can't Have Me 3:18
  64. Nightime 2:52
  65. Dream Lover 3:33
  66. Big Black Car 3:37
  67. Blue Moon 2:06
  68. Holocaust 3:48
  69. Stroke It Noel 2:06
  70. For You 2:44
  71. Downs 1:51
  72. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On 3:23
  73. Kanga Roo 3:46
  74. Thank You Friends 3:06
  75. Take Care 2:48
  76. Lovely Day [#] 2:07
  77. Till the End of the Day [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 2:13
  78. Nature Boy [Alternate Mix] [#][Version] 2:38
  79. When My Baby's Beside Me [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, 3:28
  80. My Life Is Right [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 3:24
  81. She's a Mover [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 197 4:06
  82. Way Out West [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973 2:41
  83. The Ballad of El Goodo [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, Januar 4:20
  84. In the Street [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 197 2:50
  85. Back of a Car [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 197 2:40
  86. Thirteen [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] [L 3:01
  87. The India Song [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] 2:24
  88. Try Again [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] [ 3:18
  89. Watch the Sunrise [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 4:01
  90. Don't Lie to Me [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1 4:09
  91. Hot Burrito #2 [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 19 3:49
  92. I Got Kinda Lost [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 2:56
  93. Baby Strange [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973 4:10
  94. Slut [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] [Live] 3:34
  95. There Was a Light [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 3:24
  96. St 100/6 [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] [L 3:55
  97. Come On Now [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] 1:53
  98. O My Soul [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973] [ 5:42
  99. Thirteen [Alternate Mix] [Live][Version][Multimedia Track]

Review

As the object of intense devotion for so many fans, it's fitting that Big Star receive a box set designed for the intensely devoted: four discs containing every song the band cut in the '70s, often present in slightly alternate mixes or versions in addition to the originals, a clutch of solo songs from both Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, as well as a handful of pre-Big Star cuts by Icewater and Rock City, all topped off with a live disc culled from a three-set stint at Memphis' Lafayette's Music Room in January of 1973, not long after Bell left the band. Excepting subsequent reunions in the '90s and 2000s, no corner of the band's career remains untouched on Keep an Eye on the Sky and rarities are abundant, with 55 of its 98 tracks previously unreleased. This is a staggering statistic but it's also misleading, for 20 of those cuts are from the live disc and the rest are either alternate mixes, alternate versions, or demos -- there are no unheard songs, aside from an excerpt of Rock City's "The Preacher." Of these, only a handful are markedly different either in their lyrics or attack, with all finding the songs and even arrangements essentially intact, even in their demo form. Consequently, Keep an Eye on the Sky contains fewer revelations than it initially appears, which isn't to say it lacks any: the earliest demos for 3rd are by and large lighter in tone than the album (although there's no way "Holocaust" ever could seem cheery), a testament to how much a song can change during the recording process. In a way, all of Big Star's career is a testament to the recording process. They were a creature of the studio, not stage, having free rein at Ardent Studios, where they stayed up into the next morning tinkering at the same set of songs. This resulted in the crisp, sterling sound of 1 Record and the deliberately looser Radio City, as well as the sliding, sprawling mess of 3rd, but it didn't result in outtakes -- it resulted in alternate mixes and instrumental scraps, the stuff that enthralls fetishists, sometimes justifiably so. Those are the listeners who will find Keep an Eye on the Sky most rewarding, but anybody who has loved the band will find something to cherish here, whether it's the crackerjack live show -- which provides roaring covers of the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Hot Burrito 2," T. Rex's "Baby Strange," and Todd Rundgren's "Slut" (later revived 20 years later on their reunion concert), as well as a startlingly effective take on "The India Song" -- or merely the context of the set, which tells the story of America's greatest cult band this side of the Velvet Underground in a complete and affecting fashion. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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