If you're a Big Star fan, you've likely heard the news of the box set coming September 15th. Thanks to the people at Blurt for getting the details out first. Here's the link to Rhino
The Rhino site is streaming Lovely Day (which eventually became Strike It, Noel). One song that some of the Big Star band members mentioned as being one of their favorites when they were together that you don't see name-checked as much as some of the other covers they did was Lou Reed's Perfect Day from the Transformer album. Listen carefully and you might be able to hear a distant connection between the two songs. Or perhaps not...
I've heard the raw live recordings for the box set from early 1973 and they'll be worth the price of admission alone. A few observations....Andy Hummel stands out as a bass player who can not only lay down the foundation but also add melodic lines that add to the song a la McCartney and James Jamerson. Alex Chilton's folk and bluegrass roots from his time in NYC are quite apparent in his guitar playing. Given his simple guitar / amp / no effects set-up, he has no problem replicating his studio sound live. And as you might expect, Jody Stephens doesn't let the band slack for a second (he also has that Ringo "slow drag" hi-hat style down cold).
As always, thanks for the nice words about the book. If you can find your way to leaving a good review on amazon.com, it will be much appreciated.
Heard from Peter LaBonne...there should be a website going up shortly that has voluminous amounts of unreleased material (actually, pretty much everything he's ever done is unreleased) available for you listening pleasure. Will keep you posted.