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  • Summary: The four disc set contains demos, mixes, alternative versions of songs, and a 1973 concert in Memphis from the '70s cult band.
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  1. With only three official albums to its name, Big Star doesn’t seem like a natural for the box-set treatment, but 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The songs here represent more than just a band; they represent the myth, the sound of “beautiful losers,” as Buck describes them, making good on the promise their sound always presented.
  4. Spanning the years 1968-75, this exquisitely designed four-disc boxed set gathers a treasure trove of rare gems.
  5. In summation, though, there is not much you could ask for in a Big Star box set that is not included here.
  6. Keep an Eye on the Sky--which expands Big Star's three early-'70s albums with a bevy of demos, alternate takes, and a complete 1973 live set--shores up the band's legend for a new generation.
  7. Rhino’s new Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky seems like it was put together as much to please Big Star fans as it was to introduce newcomers to the band.

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  1. RobertL.
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    This superbly compiled collection proves once and for all that Big Star truly were the most under-rated band in Rock history. The music here This superbly compiled collection proves once and for all that Big Star truly were the most under-rated band in Rock history. The music here has endured throughout the decades thanks to it's timeless quality. An essential collection for any serious music fan. Expand
  2. TiagoA.
    Sep 27, 2009
    10
    It's amazing album.Everybody should hear this.
  3. RichardL.
    Sep 28, 2009
    9
    this is the best box set i've ever listened to. if i had to choose a box set to play right before committing suicide, this would be it. this is the best box set i've ever listened to. if i had to choose a box set to play right before committing suicide, this would be it. i would slit my wrist with a smile on my face. Collapse