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Chris Bell - The Complete Chris Bell (Ltd Edition Box Set) (Omnivore Recordings)


RELEASED: 24th November 2017
Limited Edition 6 x Vinyl LP Boxset

Format:  Limited Edition 6 x Vinyl LP Boxset

PLEASE NOTE: Outer box has been graded as VG+ as there is a dent to one middle of the front opening edge. Box is still sealed. Price has been lowered accordingly (Photos on request) 

Complete recordings of Big Star co-founder Chris Bell, most of the material making its vinyl debut. Includes previously unheard 1975 interview from London—exclusive to this set!

After co-founding and subsequently leaving Big Star, the world only received two tracks of new music from Chris Bell during his lifetime—a 1978 single on the Car Records label run by Chris Stamey (dB’s, Sneakers) titled “I Am The Cosmos” b/w “You And Your Sister.” Before co-founding Big Star, Bell played with several bands in Memphis, and though much music was recorded, nothing was released.

The early Chris Bell-related recordings were compiled by Omnivore in a CD/Digital release titled Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star, released in July 2017. Those recordings now make their vinyl debut in the first two LPs of The Complete Chris Bell as Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star and Rock City – See Seven States.

Bell’s post-Big Star recordings have long been well-known as an album first compiled by Rykodisc in 1992, and titled I Am The Cosmos. In September 2017, Omnivore issued the original I Am The Cosmos tracks on LP, newly remastered and cut at Ardent Studios. Also released at the same time was a comprehensive 2-CD/Digital deluxe edition of the album, including all known post-Big Star recordings. The freshly remastered I Am The Cosmos vinyl is included in The Complete Chris Bell as the third LP with the additional recordings from the 2-CD deluxe edition making up the two volumes of Outtakes & Alternates as LPs 4 & 5 with all the material making its vinyl debut.

Rounding out The Complete Chris Bell is an exclusive sixth LP that will only be available in the boxed set. It includes a never-before heard 1975 interview with Barry Ballard. Ballard interviewed Bell in London, and has graciously allowed the use of his original tape for the transfer and restoration so it could be included in this set. Bell’s remarks on everything from his solo recordings to Big Star are revelatory!

The Complete Chris Bell was produced and compiled by Grammy®-Award winner, Cheryl Pawelski, Ardent Studios’ Adam Hill and Grammy®-nominated producer, Alec Palao. It was freshly remastered by Grammy®-Award winning engineer, Michael Graves, and the vinyl cut on the original lathe at Ardent Studios in Memphis by Chris Jackson and Adam Hill.

Liner notes are by co-producer, Alec Palao, and Bob Mehr (music critic for the daily Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal, and author of the New York Times Best Seller Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements. The booklet also features previously unseen photos and memorabilia, plus a special excerpt from the forthcoming HoZac Books release There Was A Light: The Cosmic History Of Chris Bell And The Rise Of Big Star by Rich Tupica.

The Complete Chris Bell boxed set will be a one-time pressing with individual volumes potentially broken out in the future as demand warrants (excluding the 1975 London Interview LP which will be exclusive to the boxed set).

The entire project was developed with the oversight of the Estate of Chris Bell and should serve as the definitive collection of the massively influential Chris Bell!


Disc 1 - Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star Featuring Chris Bell 
A1 All I See Is You
A2 Look Forward
A3 The Reason
A4 Oh My Soul (Backing Track)
A5 Feeling High (Alternate Backing Track)
B1 Feeling High
B2 Sunshine
B3 Psychedelic Stuff
B4 A Chance To Live
B5 Germany
B6 All I See Is You (Alternate Backing Track)

Disc 2 - Rock City See Seven States 
C1 Think It's Time To Say Goodbye
C2 I Lost A Love
C3 The Wind Will Cry For Me
C4 My Life Is Right
C5 Lovely Lady
D1 The Answer
D2 Introduction
D3 Sunday Organ
D4 The Preacher
D5 Shine On Me
D6 Try Again (Original Mix)

Disc 3 - I Am The Cosmos 
E1 I Am The Cosmos (Original Single)
E2 Better Save Yourself
E3 Speed Of Sound
E4 Get Away
E5 Make A Scene
F1 Look Up
F2 I Kinda Got Lost
F3 There Was A Light
F4 Fight At The Table
F5 I Don't Know
F6 Though I Know She Lies
F7 You And Your Sister

Disc 4 - Outtakes And Alternates, Volume 1 
G1 I Am The Cosmos (Extended Alternate Version)
G2 Better Save Yourself (Alternate Mix)
G3 Speed Of Sound (Alternate Version)
G4 Get Away (Alternate Version)
G5 You And Your Sister (Alternate Version)
H1 Make A Scene (Alternate Version)
H2 Look Up (Acoustic Movie Mix)
H3 Fight At The Table (Alternate Mix)
H4 I Don't Know (Alternate Version)
H5 Speed of Sound ( Alternate Version/Backing Track)

Disc 5 - Outtakes And Alternates, Volume 2 
I1 You And Your Sister (Acoustic Version)
I2 Untitled Acoustic Instrumental (Movie Mix)
I3 Stay With Me
I4 In My Darkest Hour
I5 So Long Baby (aka Clacton Rag)
I6 Fight At The Table (Outtake Track Partial Vocals)
J1 You And Your Sister ("County" Underdub Mix)
J2 Get Away (Outtake Track)
J3 Better Save Yourself (Outtake Track)
J4 I Am The Cosmos (Alternate Backing Track With Piano)
J5 Untitled Electric Instrumental (Movie Mix)

Disc 6 - Interview With Barry Ballard, London 1975 
K1 Interview, Part 1
L1 Interview, Part 2
L2 Though I Know She Lies (Movie Mix)
L3 I Am The Cosmos (Acoustic Mix)