Here's the first review of the book. The capitals on THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME are actually in the review. As far as the book being a bit short...it's actually one of the longest books in the series. But as I've noted before, there's a lot of material left out that will be posted here in weeks to come...
[Note: as you'll read in the book, John Fry was the engineer for Radio City. The band actually produced the album.)
From UNDER THE RADAR magazine / Winter 2009
Bruce Eaton: 33 1/3 Presents Big Star's Radio City (Continuum)
The 33 1/3 series is always a fun read for record obsessives and Bruce Eaton's coverage of THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME here is no exception.
Eaton speaks to Alex Chilton, surviving bandmates, producer John Fry, Chris Bell's brother and other regulars in the Ardent / Big Star crew, doing a good job of presenting different viewpoints on the who/what/why. You get background on those involved, their convergence at Ardent Studios, and a rundown of track particulars. There's also some content for the geeks: amplifier details, drum mic setup etc.
Much has been made of the drama and tragedy surrounding Big Star–and you can't escape some of it–but the focus here is music. It's clear everyone involved loved being in the studio, and would have been there, perfecting their craft, regardless of the other factors, Any fan of the album will find this a quick, worthwhile read, if a bit short.
By J. Pace