Radio City (studio album) by Big Star

Radio City by Big Star
Year: 1974
Overall rank: 860th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 431 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1974 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (187th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (860th)
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Big Star bestography

Radio City is ranked 3rd best out of 17 albums by Big Star on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Big Star is #1 Record which is ranked number 417 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,291.

Big Star album bestography « Higher ranked (690th) This album (860th) Lower ranked (10,928th) »
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Radio City track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 431 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 78.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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85/100
From 05/30/2023 15:22
Very good pop rock album that is criminally forgotten in the BIG PICTURE
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75/100
From 01/10/2023 23:39
This record is so consistent with every song being of a decent quality making the record feel very complete and cohesive. While it may lack the standout tracks their other records have that would boost this to the next level it still has some hidden gems that I revisit frequently. The production is outstanding as well with it sounding still so fresh to this day which makes for a smooth and enjoyable experience. The instrumentation can be a little basic in places and it isn't really a multi layered album but it does a great job at making simple very effective. Overall, this is an album I thoroughly enjoy to revisit and it makes for such easy listening.
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80/100
From 07/17/2022 14:37
Almost as good as #1 Record.
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80/100
From 04/29/2022 16:18
A very solid record and enjoyable listen.

At this point I prefer #1 Record as I think it has more standouts and memorable hooks. However the production on Radio City is absolutely brilliant. Somehow it balances a contagious feel of rawness and excitement while also providing an excellent bed for the songs to exist upon.
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80/100
From 01/14/2022 20:16
Sempre agradável!
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65/100
From 01/12/2021 03:51
After repeated spins, I find I'm just not that into this collection of songs compared to other Big Star releases.
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90/100
From 07/21/2018 12:42
As a direct sequel to the previous record, Big Star's 2nd album has the same catchy power pop sound that set them apart from other bands at the time. The band tried again to gain significant success, but alas, luck just wasn't on their side.
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70/100
From 05/19/2018 09:11
This album is a dead set classic , under rated , under appreciated & criminally ignored . Look no further than 'September Girls' , 'I'm In Love With a Girl' , 'She's A Mover ' and 'Life Is White' for proof

Thank you Peter Buck for opening my eyes to this wonderful band

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70/100
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From 01/26/2017 19:39
This has always been my favourite Big Star album. Radio City is slightly messy and off kilter, which gives it an extra edge; the last two songs gain impact through their presentations as rough demos.
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Best Albums of 1974
1. Red by King Crimson
2. On The Beach by Neil Young
3. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis
4. Crime Of The Century by Supertramp
5. Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt
6. Court And Spark by Joni Mitchell
7. Sheer Heart Attack by Queen
8. Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
9. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
10. A Tábua De Esmeralda by Jorge Ben
11. Queen II by Queen
12. Mirage by Camel
13. Radio City by Big Star
14. Autobahn by Kraftwerk
15. Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
16. Kimono My House by Sparks
17. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Brian Eno
18. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Richard & Linda Thompson
19. No Other by Gene Clark
20. Country Life by Roxy Music
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