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Chris Bell — Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star

Chris Bell — Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star

Chris Bell

Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star

Release date: July 7, 2017


The beginnings of Chris Bell and, eventually, Big Star.

While Chris Bell is best known for his posthumous classic “I Am The Cosmos,” and as a founding member of the legendary Big Star, his story did not begin there. Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star featuring Chris Bell delivers the origins of his incredible, influential and far too short career.

This 22-track collection is the first of its kind to chronicle music made by and with Bell before Big Star’s iconic #1 Record—from bands with imaginative names like Rock City, Christmas Future, Icewater, The Wallabys, and more. It examines Bell’s progress as a writer, performer, and engineer leading up to Big Star in which the sounds and roots of Big Star are completely evident. Coupled with the previously issued Alex Chilton compilation, Free Again: The “1970” Sessions, these two releases provide a look back into the evolution of Big Star.

Featuring 6 previously unissued tracks, Looking Forward’s packaging also contains photos and liners from Grammy®-nominated writer (and set Producer) Alec Palao, as well as quotes from Bell’s bandmates (Jody Stephens, Terry Manning, Tom Eubanks, Steve Rhea) and collaborators (Alan Palmore, Ardent Studio’s John Fry), telling the story of how this true talent came to be, who he was, and what he means to us all. A talent we celebrate to this day.

Chris Bell’s post-Big Star material will continue to unfold and be explored throughout 2017. But, to truly understand the sounds that influenced so many, one only needs to be Looking Forward.


    CD / Digital Track List:

  1. Think It’s Time To Say Goodbye – Rock City
  2. All I See Is You – Icewater
  3. My Life Is Right – Rock City
  4. Feeling HIgh – The Wallabys
  5. Looking Forward – Icewater
  6. The Wind Will Cry For Me – Rock City
  7. Psychedelic Stuff – Chris Bell
  8. The Reason – The Wallabys
  9. I Lost A Love – Rock City
  10. A Chance To Live – Icewater
  11. The Answer – Rock City
  12. Lovely Lady – Rock City
  13. Sunshine – Icewater
  14. Introduction – Rock City
  15. Sunday Organ – Rock City
  16. The Preacher – Rock City
  17. Shine On Me – Rock City
  18. Try Again (Movie Mix, 2012) – Rock City
  19. Germany (Backing Track) – Icewater
  20. Oh My Soul (Backing Track) – Icewater
  21. All I See Is You (Alternate Backing Track) – Icewater
  22. Feeling High (Alternate Backing Track) – The Wallabys

Cat: OV-223

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