VARIOUS ARTISTS – ” Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s THIRD Live… And More “

Posted: March 4, 2017 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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An array of famous Big Star fans which includes members of R.E.M, Wilco and Yo La Tengo  united to pay tribute to the group’s music in a new live film and album “Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live…and More”.

The 90-minute concert movie, which is scheduled to make its theatrical debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival on March 16th, is just one part of a package that’s being made available April 21st in multiple configurations. In addition to the deluxe two-CD/Blu-ray package, which bundles the songs and film together with liner notes by esteemed critic Anthony DeCurtis and the dB’s member Chris Stamey, fans can also pick up an audio-only CD version.

Having recently made its worldwide premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, this concert film (plus 2-disc companion album) 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 a collective of immensely talented fans, who assembled at Glendale, CA’s ALEX Theatre in April 2016 to record and film an epic performance.

The fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an amazing cast, whose membership includes latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and others. Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of WilcoIra Kaplan of Yo La TengoRobyn HitchcockDan Wilson of SemisonicBenmont TenchJessica PrattBrett HarrisDjango Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz are among the guests who are joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multi-track tapes from Ardent Studios for this event. Carl Marsh, who wrote the original orchestrations, conducts.

A tribute gig that quickly came together in the wake of Big Star co-founder Alex Chilton’s untimely passing in 2010 and performed several times since ,the Thank You, Friends performance honors Chilton’s legacy in general as well as Big Star’s classic “Third” LP in particular. Filmed in April 2016 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif., the set featured a lineup including a number of Big Star acolytes.

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone joined the ensemble alongside Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock Dan Wilson from Semisonic , and longtime Tom Petty sideman Benmont Tench and singer Jessica Pratt,all supported by a full chamber orchestra led by the Kronos Quartet and conducted by Carl Marsh, the arranger responsible for putting together the album’s original orchestrations.

Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live…and More is available soon.

“Thank You Friends: Big Star’s THIRD Live…and More” 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 a collective of immensely talented fans, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, and, of course, Big Star.

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