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Big Star: Third (PVC 7903)

Jim Green, Trouser Press, January 1979

AT LAST, THE third chapter of the Big Star story comes to light. In fact, it comes in two editions, US and UK, but for once having the English import is a distinct disadvantage. The Third Album (Aura AUL 703) lacks four of the best tracks on the US release, substituting 'Downs' (an exercise in weirdness) and a fair take of 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' on which Alex is backed by members of the Killer's band. In addition, the American LP is programmed far more sensitively, and packaged with more care.

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