Keep an Eye on the Sky (2009) 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
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Keep an Eye on the Sky (2009)

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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