We are so happy to pass along to all of you an opportunity to add this box set to your music collection. It is from Rhino and it is called BIG STAR: KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY. It is available as a thank you at the $100 premium level while supplies last for the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive.
Allmusic – 4 ½ of 5 stars
“…tells the story of America's greatest cult band this side of the Velvet Underground in a complete and affecting fashion.”
Rolling Stone – 4 ½ of 5 stars
“the four CDs of Keep an Eye on the Sky are the last word on Big Star's ultimately glorious lifetime…”
Pitchfork – 9.3 out of 10
“Big Star aren't just rock's greatest cult band; they were arguably rock's first cult band.”
“These four discs ultimately do what any good box set should do: In tracing the band's trajectory from power-pop progenitors to post-pop tinkerers, Keep an Eye on the Sky presents a history of the band that could not be gleaned from the albums themselves, using finished studio tracks along with demos and rarities to give a fuller picture of the musicians, their dynamic, and their songs.”
Entertainment Weekly – Rating: A
“Anyone who still needs convincing will find the case for Big Star's legendhood made beyond a reasonable doubt on Keep an Eye on the Sky.”
The Onion AV Club – Rating: A
Keep An Eye On The Sky has plenty to offer both neophytes and longtime fans, dropping demos, alternate mixes, and selections from Bell and Chilton’s pre-Big Star work alongside album tracks and the two stunning sides of the only solo work Bell saw released before dying in a car accident in 1978.
Mojo Magazine - #2 Reissue of 2009 (#1 was The Beatles Remasters)
New Yorker – “In the decades since Big Star failed to ascend to celebrity, the group has continued on as it once was: the ultimate cult band, brilliantly haphazard.”
Magnet Magazine – “As a career retrospective and unreleased/rarities compilation, you couldn’t do much better than Keep An Eye On The Sky.Tiny Mix Tapes – “The songs here represent more than just a band; they represent the myth, the sound of “beautiful losers,” as Peter Buck describes them, making good on the promise their sound always presented.”
No Depression – “It shows all the enthusiasm of a band ready to conquer the world, all the influences coming from a whole youth spent listening to every record they could come across, all the shadows of the overhanging disaster and all the darkness deriving from human and creative failures that will mark all the coming years. The glue is, as always, rock’n’roll and Keep An Eye On The Sky is the closest thing I could imagine to a monument to all its beauty, all its dreams and all its poetry.”Pop Matters – “It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to declare Keep an Eye on the Sky an indispensable cornerstone of any serious music fan’s collection, and one of the greatest box sets ever assembled. Finally, Big Star get their due chance to shine.”
The Onion AV Club – “Big Star was, in other words, the perfect band for the times, and yet the times rejected Big Star.”
· 98 tracks, 55 of which were previously unreleased.
· 100 page book of photos and articles.
· In these 98 tracks you can hear what turned artists as diverse as Cheap Trick, R.E.M., and The Replacements into Big Star fans.
You can call us at 389 - 5678 or 1 - 800 - 456 - 7810 or pledge on-line at www.kmsu.org