Keep an Eye on the Sky Overlooked in their '70s prime, these Memphis natives have long since been recognized by critics and fellow musicians as power-pop pioneers. Anyone who still needs… Keep an Eye on the Sky Overlooked in their '70s prime, these Memphis natives have long since been recognized by critics and fellow musicians as power-pop pioneers. Anyone who still needs… 2009-09-15 Big Star Rock
Music Review

Keep an Eye on the Sky (2009)

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POWER-POP PIONEERS Big Star
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 15, 2009; Lead Performance: Big Star; Genre: Rock

Overlooked in their '70s prime, these Memphis natives have long since been recognized by critics and fellow musicians as power-pop pioneers. 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, a four-disc retrospective. The 
 spare demos, crystal-clear concert recordings, and handsomely produced liner notes are a fan's delight, but it's the three original albums included here — 38 haunting ballads and fist-pumping anthems, some in unreleased mixes, each one a gem — that still shine brightest. A

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Originally posted Sep 16, 2009 Published in issue #1067 Sep 25, 2009 Order article reprints