A few posts ago I offered up the Radio City brain puzzler of whether or not the running order of the album could be improved by moving one of the last two songs on the album (Morhpa Too and I'm In Love With A Girl) to a different spot on the album. (These are the things that cross your mind when you spend two years studying one record album.) A few of you weighed in on the matter so now I'll offer my thoughts (all in fun of course). I agree that you get used to hearing an album a certain way and it becomes hard to imagine it being any different. One of my favorite albums of all-time is Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On. After I'd burned the American LP version into my brain over many years I bought an English version and found it had different songs and a different running order. It never seemed right to me. I bought the CD when it came out and found that it was a combination of both versions. I had to make a copy that matched the original US version. That's Then Play On to me. And Radio City will always be just as it was released. After a while your ears make connections and find a logic in the flow of songs that goes beyond even what the artists intended.
As I write in the book, I think that I'm In Love With A Girl is the perfect song to end the album. It has the same expression of teen innocence as Thirteen from #1 Record, a song Alex wrote in NYC and brought with him when he joined Big Star. In a sense it closes the loop on Big Star as the band envisioned by Chris Bell. Morpha Too? I can hear it actually leading off the album – brief little intro and then, whap!, O My Soul. Or before September Gurls. But in the end...perfect where it is.