Big Star - Radio City
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Though not a commercial success at the time, it is now recognised as a milestone album in the history of power pop. Critically acclaimed upon its release, the record sold poorly, partly due to a lack of promotion and the distribution problems of the band's struggling record label, Ardent Records. The album includes "September Gurls" and "Back of a Car", which remain among the most famous Big Star songs. Largely lacking co-leader Chris Bell, Big Star's second album also lacked something of the pop sweetness (especially the harmonies) of their debut #1 Record. What it did possess though was Alex Chilton's urgency (sometimes desperation) on songs that made his case as a genuine rock & roll eccentric. If #1 Record had a certain pop perfection that brought everything together, Radio City was the sound of everything falling apart, which proved at least as compelling.