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Stroke It, Noel: Big Star's Third In Concert (2-LP)

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Stroke It, Noel: Big Star’s THIRD in Concert celebrates the musical legacy of one of rock’s most influential bands – Big Star – and their legendary Third album. Experience this classic of late ’70s power pop through the prism of a collective of immensely talented fans, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, and, of course, Big Star 

The band’s devastatingly beautiful third album has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential records ever produced. Written and recorded when the Memphis band was primarily a studio project, consisting only of guitarist Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens, Third (or Sister Lovers, as it was alternatively known) had never been performed in public with the original string and wind arrangements. That changed in 2010, following Chilton’s untimely death, when friends and fans assembled from far and wide to play a fully-orchestrated gig in the artist’s honor. From there, the core players took the show on the road internationally, enlisting guest stars and orchestras in each city, and performing not only songs from Third, but also material from Big Star’s first two albums, #1 Record and Radio City. 

Recorded at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA in April of 2015, this 2-LP album features songs recorded for the original Third album, performed by Big Star’s Jody Stephens with members of the dB's, the Heartbreakers, Let's Active, the Old Ceremony, the Posies, R.E.M., Semisonic, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo, with special guests Kronos Quartet, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Blake Mills, and Jessica Pratt. The LP also includes six previously unreleased bonus tracks, including Chilton’s hit single with The Box Tops, “The Letter” and The Kinks’ classic song, “Till The End of The Day.” 

Order limit of one copy per customer, due to the limited nature of this edition.

Side One
1. Kizza Me (Feat. Jeff Tweedy And Django Haskins)
2. O, Dana (Feat. Jon Auer)
3. For You (Feat. Jody Stephens And Luther Russell)
4. Nightime (Feat. Jeff Tweedy)
5. Jesus Christ (Feat. Mike Mills)
6. Take Care (Feat. Ira Kaplan)

Side Two
1. Big Black Car (Feat. Jessica Pratt And Jon Auer)
2. Blue Moon (Feat. Jody Stephens)
3. Stroke It, Noel (Feat. Ken Stringfellow)
4. Femme Fatale (Feat. Jessica Pratt And Brett Harris)*
5. Downs (Feat. Robyn Hitchcock)
6. Dream Lover (Feat. Skylar Gudasz And Ken Stringfellow)

Side Three
1. Holocaust (Feat. Django Haskins)
2. You Can’t Have Me (Feat. Skylar Gudasz And Mike Mills)
3. Kanga Roo (Feat. Brett Harris)
4. Thank You, Friends (Ensemble)
5. Till The End Of The Day (Feat. Mitch Easter And Blake Mills)*

Side Four
1. Nature Boy (Feat. Django Haskins)*
2. I Am The Cosmos (Feat. Chris Stamey)
3. You And Your Sister (Feat. Pat Sansone)
4. Way Out West (Feat. Jody Stephens)*
5. The Letter (Feat. Robyn Hitchcock)*
6. The Emi Song (Smile For Me) (Feat. Ira Kaplan)*

• 2 LPs
• 180-gram black vinyl
• 2 pocket gatefold jacket, with printed inner sleeves
• Liner notes by founding member of the Big Star’s Third ensemble Chris Stamey