"One thing that I just can't conceive, is how to let you go"

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3rd (album) by Big Star 

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3rd
3rd by Big Star (1978)
Overall rank: 489th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 308 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1978 (8th)
Top albums of the 1970s (123rd)
Top 500 albums of all time (489th)

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Big Star bestography

3rd is ranked 2nd best out of 12 albums by Big Star on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Big Star is #1 Record which is ranked number 438 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,584.

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80/100 (from 308 votes)
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02/10/2018 09:00
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From Brad1770 4 days ago
As a huge R.E.M fan I've had this album and band on my radar for a very long time (R.E.M have cited Big Star as major influencers).I finally got around to checking 3rd/Sister Lovers out and it did not disappoint . I love this album

The version I listened to was the 18 track version on SPOTIFY which included the 14 tracks here on BEA but in a different order plus 'Native Boy' , 'Till The End Of The Day' , Dream Lover' and 'Downs'. Every track on this album bar 'Native Boy ' and 'Downs' (both of which sounded incomplete) was sublime . I particularly loved the more atmospheric moody songs which make up the majority of the album

3 years ago in January 2015 BEA user JasonZaia posted an excellent comment outlining how he interpreted the album track order and inclusion considering Big Star never really completed this album .... please check out his post before reading on . So what I did was to order his suggested track listing on a Spotify Playlist and listened through . What I discovered was this order completely changed the album context making it a wholly moody atmospheric experience with all power pop elements removed, as I said previously I love the moody pieces and I loved this playlist

However I recon some power pop needs to be included to better represent Big Star as whole so as a result I would like to propose MY alternative track listing which leaves off the 3 weakest tracks 'O Dana' / 'Native Boy' & 'Downs'

Side 1
1/ 'Stroke It Noel' ( love this as an opener)
2/ 'Till The End of The Day' ( power pop inclusion)
3/ 'For You'
4/ 'Holocaust'
5/ 'Kanga Roo' (Holocaust and Kanga Roo need to stay together)
6/ 'You Cant Have Me'
7/ 'Thank You Friends' ( nice way to close side 1)

Side 2
1/ ' Kizza Me' ( power pop opener)
2/ 'Big Black Car'
3/ 'Nighttime'
4/ 'Jesus Christ' ( up tempo to break things up)
5/ 'Blue Moon'
6/ 'Dream Lover' ( gorgeous song a MUST inclusion)
7/ 'Take Care'
8/ 'Femme Fatale' ( this cover just seems to work as a closer )

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85/100
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From planetneutral 01/13/2018 03:34
I sense that this is an album I would really get into after three or four listens, even as it didn't overwhelm me on the first pass.
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80/100
From TheHutts 01/26/2017 19:40
Third/Sister Lovers is compelling and a surprisingly pleasant listen.
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85/100
From discojets1 12/25/2016 22:18
A very emotional album
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From buzzdainer 07/15/2016 18:28
Parke Putterbaugh of Rolling Stone once described this album as Alex Chilton's "untidy masterpiece" and noted that to listen to it is to be "plunged into a maelstrom of conflicting emotions." That seems about right. This is where the jangling guitars and power pop of Big Star's earlier work begins to fragment and fray, but in a way that is shatteringly gorgeous. My favorite track here is the stark twelve-string guitar ballad "Kanga-Roo," where Chilton's reedy vocals hint at the looming demise of one of rock's greatest and most influential bands.
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100/100
From flamingyesdept 06/19/2016 10:07
Being a huge Big Star fan, I have no idea why it took me so long to get into this record. But gracious I'm glad I eventually did. It's such a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs, with such a loose and almost maddening feel. With that said however, the album hangs together very well with a sense of coherence, impressive considering the album was never properly finished. Every song on here is brilliant, but the standout for me is the haunting Big Black Car. Nothing short of a masterpiece, though so are the other two Big Star discs.
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From Mattdup279 07/08/2015 20:08
So underrated on this site, and most everywhere for that matter! It's such a dark masterpiece, it sounds like a man at the end of his wits falling apart.
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95/100
From Mez123 05/20/2015 01:12
Finally properly released after so many years. Another masterpiece by this influential and underrated band. MEZ
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From babyBlueSedan 02/10/2015 02:45
If you haven't, you should check out the documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me. I enjoyed Big Star before watching it but never really got this album until then. This really is the sound of the band crumbling apart, and songs like Holocaust, Big Black Car, and Kangaroo are some of the most emotional, heart-breaking, schizophrenic songs I've heard. And Thank You Friends is probably the greatest "fuck you" song ever written. It's honestly my least favorite by the band, but they're one of my favorite bands so that's not saying much.
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From JasonZaia 01/27/2015 06:29
I hope I'm not committing any form of blasphemy by encouraging this, but considering the fact that Big Star's third album was ultimately abandoned due to lack of interest by the band members, I believe this creates a rather interesting opportunity for us fans to create the track listing however we see fit, in terms of both the amount of songs, and the order. Now, I know what you may be thinking, perhaps it's perfect the way it is, and yes, perhaps that is the case. But we all know there are many different track listings, all trying their best to create that 'flow' all musicians want. Personally, I've found this track listing to be the best (See Below). And with it, I think it ultimately stands as becoming the strongest Big Star album of the lot - that is, of course, if that wasn't already the case.

SIDE ONE:

1. Stroke it Noel
2. For You
3. Nightime
4. Blue Moon
5. Femme Fatale
6. Thank You Friends

SIDE TWO:

7. Jesus Christ
8. Big Black Car
9. Dream Lover
10. Holocaust
11. Kangaroo
12. Take Care
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