Big Star, Nobody Can Dance

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A must for all power-pop geeks.

Proof that the Norton Records universe encompasses more than just sleazy R&B, warped rockabilly and greasy-ass garage (not that there's anything wrong with that), this collection of fifteen Big Star live tracks and rehearsal takes is a must for all you power-pop geeks out there. Recorded in 1974, shortly after the release of the band's classic Radio City album, these fiery performances reveal that Alex Chilton and the boys were perfectly capable of replicating the ringing majesty of songs like “In the Street,” “O My Soul” and “Back of a Car” in a live setting. And their heavy rearrangement of Chilton's Box Tops hit “The Letter” is pretty cool too.