Friday, December 14

Big Star Third live 2012, London

Various Artists
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
London, UK
May 28, 2012

audience recording (VG++; very clear house sound, transferred from master tape)

MASSIVE THANKS to Pike1957 for recording, mastering and sharing this historic show
Ray Davies takes the mic while Chris plays & directs, London, May 2012
photo by nick hider via Flickr
REPERCUSSION: Chris played bass and collaborated in other ways with Alex Chilton in the late 1970s. [See the page at this blog describing the many connections between Chris, Alex and The dB's]. Since 2010, Chris has been organizing and leading live orchestral performances of Big Star’s Third. Mitch Easter is one of the players in the core ensemble.

Pike1957 says: "This recording captures a fully-orchestrated performance of Big Star's legendary third album (aka Sister Lovers) and other gems from the band’s timeless catalogue, featuring Charles Cleaver, Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Jody Stephens (Big Star), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star). Special guests: Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Sharon Van Etten, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Robyn Hitchcock, Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Sondre Lerche, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), and others."

SETLIST (lead vocalists for each song noted in parens): 
Part I
01 - [intro]
02 - Nature Boy (John Bramwell)
03 - [announcement]
04 - Kizza Me (Mitch Easter)
05 - O Dana (Ira Kaplan)
06 - For You (Jody Stephens)
07 - Nightime (Alexis Taylor)
08 - Jesus Christ (Mike Mills)
09 - Big Black Car (Jon Auer)
10 - Take Care (Ira Kaplan)
11 - Stroke It Noel (Norman Blake)
12 - Femme Fatale (Sondre Lerche)
13 - Downs (Robyn Hitchcock) [Mike Mills bouncing a basketball as                                                                                       percussion!]
14 - Dream Lover (Sharon Van Etten)
15 - [announcement]
16 - Blue Moon (Jody Stephens)
17 - Holocaust (Django Haskins)
18 - You Can't Have Me (Sharon Van Etten)
19 - Kanga Roo (Brett Harris)
21 - Thank You Friends (Jody, Jon, Ken Stringfellow & others)

Part II
22 - [intro]
23 - I'm In Love With A Girl (Sondre Lerche)
24 - Thirteen (Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris & more)
25 - Give Me Another Chance (Norman Blake)
26 - I Am The Cosmos [Chris Bell cover] (Jon Auer)
27 - There Was A Light (Ken Stringfellow)
28 - You And Your Sister (Brett Harris)
29 - Daisy Glaze (Ken Stringfellow)
30 - The EMI Song (Smile With Me) (Ira Kaplan)
31 - The Ballad Of El Goodo (Sondre Lerche)
32 - September Gurls (Mike Mills)
33 - [Ray Davies intro]
34 - Til The End Of The Day [Kinks cover] (Ray Davies)
35 - [Ray Davies chat]
36 - The Letter (Ray Davies)
37 - [audience]
38 - Back Of A Car (Jon Auer)

Part I

Part II
That's Mitch Easter, second from left
photo by The Guardian
The Guardian published a most excellent, in-depth preview of the show, quoting Chris, Mitch and many others involved in the project. Recommended, and it's HERE. Also a great Q&A with Chris about Alex Chilton from Uncut is HERE at the Big Star Third site.    

Enjoy 3 pro-shot videos by Creato Destructo from a  Big Star Third Live performance in 2010 Kanga Roo
Big Black Car (link to Vimeo)


  1. Thank You! Finally, a copy with decent sound! Bless you!