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Big Star - LiveOmnivore Recordings is greeting autumn with projects from a couple of, well, big artists. By big, we mean perhaps the biggest cult band of all time – Big Star – and if that’s not big enough, how about the drummer from one of the biggest rock bands in the world? As in, Roger Taylor of Queen? On October 27, Omnivore will issue the first-ever retrospective of Taylor’s solo work in anticipation of the November 11 U.S. release of his complete, all-encompassing solo box set, The Lot. On November 4, the label brings fans the only professionally-filmed complete concert from Memphis’ favorite power-poppers with Big Star – Live in Memphis.

Live in Memphis continues the Big Star story with the premiere on DVD, CD, DD, and 2-LP vinyl (with download card) of the band’s performance of October 29, 1994. That evening, Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies ran through a packed set of Big Star classics and covers in front of an appreciative hometown audience. Filmed at the New Daisy Theatre, Live in Memphis includes Big Star favorites such as “Thank You Friends,” “September Gurls,” and “The Ballad of El Goodo,” plus the late Chris Bell’s “I Am The Cosmos,” and songs from T. Rex (“Baby Strange”), The Kinks (“Till the End of the Day”), Todd Rundgren (“Slut”) and even Antonio Carlos Jobim (“The Girl from Ipanema”). All told, the audio editions have 19 songs, and the DVD has 18, eliminating “Fire.”

Though the concert was billed as Big Star’s farewell, it was far from it – the band continued to tour together for another 16 years until Chilton’s untimely death in 2010. Big Star – Live in Memphis includes liner notes from filmmaker Danny Graflund, Ardent Studios’ producer John Fry, Jody Stephens, Jon Auer, and Ken Stringfellow in the CD, LP, and DVD packages. In addition, the first pressing of the LP will be pressed on colored vinyl, with standard black to follow. This once-in-a-lifetime chronicle of the one and only Big Star is due on November 4.

After the jump, Omnivore is going ga-ga with Queen’s Roger Taylor! Plus the full track listings and pre-order links for all titles!

Roger Taylor - BestWith Queen, drummer Roger Taylor wrote or co-wrote hits like “Innuendo,” “Radio Ga Ga” and “Under Pressure,” but outside of the theatrical rock band, he’s recorded five critically-acclaimed if under-the-radar solo albums. Roger Taylor: Best, due in stores on October 27, is an introduction to Taylor the solo artist, drawing from those five releases with 18 tracks. These span the period from his first single, “I Wanna Testify” (recorded during the sessions for Queen’s sixth studio album, 1977’s News of the World) through his most recent offering, 2013’s Fun on Earth. In between, the anthology samples tracks from U.K. Top 20 release Fun in Space (1981), Strange Frontier (1984), Happiness? (1994), and Electric Fire (1998). This set will be available on both CD and as a double-LP vinyl set.

If you’d like to hear those five solo albums complete, Omnivore has something for you, too! In 2013 in the U.K., Taylor issued The Lot, a massive 12-CD/1-DVD limited edition box set including his entire solo discography – that means his five albums, of course, but also all three albums from his band The Cross (released between 1987 and 1991), every unique single version, non-LP single and remix, plus previously unreleased material and a DVD of live performances, videos and more. Omnivore is bringing The Lot to the U.S. on November 11 for the first time – and it’s staggering one-stop shopping from one of the driving forces behind one of the most beloved rock bands of all time.

Taylor’s Best arrives first on October 27. The week after, Big Star’s Live in Memphis drops, with The Lot due one week later on November 11. You can peruse the track listings to these Omnivore releases below!  Pre-order links will be added for Amazon as soon as they become active; in the meantime, you can also place orders directly via Omnivore!

Big Star, Live in Memphis (Omnivore, 2014)

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 

DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 

Vinyl with Download Card: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. 

  1. In the Street
  2. Don’t Lie to Me
  3. When My Baby’s Beside Me
  4. I Am the Cosmos
  5. Way Out West
  6. Till the End of the Day
  7. The Ballad of El Goodo
  8. Back of a Car
  9. Fire (*)
  10. Daisy Glaze
  11. For You
  12. Baby Strange
  13. Feel
  14. September Gurls
  15. Big Black Car
  16. Thank You Friends
  17. The Girl from Ipanema
  18. Patty Girl
  19. Slut

All tracks previously unissued

(*) Not included on DVD

Roger Taylor, Best (Omnivore, 2014)

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Future Management (You Don’t Need Nobody Else)
  2. I Wanna Testify
  3. Let’s Get Crazy
  4. Magic is Loose
  5. Strange Frontier
  6. Man on Fire
  7. Beautiful Dream
  8. Nazis 1994
  9. Foreign Sand (with Yoshiki)
  10. Everybody Hurts Sometime
  11. Happiness
  12. Surrender
  13. Where Are You Now?
  14. A Nation of Haircuts
  15. Tonight
  16. No More Fun
  17. The Unblinking Eye (Everything is Broken) (Single Version)
  18. Sunny Day

Roger Taylor, The Lot (Omnivore, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. Link TBA)

CD 1: Fun in Space

  1. No Violins
  2. Laugh Or Cry
  3. Future Management
  4. Let’s Get Crazy
  5. My Country I & II
  6. Good Times Are Now
  7. Magic Is Loose
  8. Interlude In Constantinople
  9. Airheads
  10. Fun In Space

CD 2: Strange Frontier

  1. Strange Frontier
  2. Beautiful Dreams
  3. Man On Fire
  4. Racing In The Street
  5. Masters Of War
  6. Killing Time
  7. Abandonfire
  8. Young Love
  9. It’s An Illusion
  10. I Cry For You (Love, Hope And Confusion)

CD 3: Happiness?

  1. Nazis 1994
  2. Happiness
  3. Revelations
  4. Touch The Sky
  5. Foreign Sand (With Yoshiki)
  6. Freedom Train
  7. ‘You Had To Be There’
  8. The Key
  9. Everybody Hurts Sometimes
  10. Loneliness…
  11. Dear Mr. Murdoch
  12. Old Friends

CD 4: Electric Fire

  1. Pressure On
  2. A Nation Of Haircuts
  3. Believe In Yourself
  4. Surrender
  5. People On Streets
  6. The Whisperers
  7. Is It Me?
  8. No More Fun
  9. Tonight
  10. Where Are You Now?
  11. Working Class Hero
  12. London Town, C’mon Down

CD 5: The Cross – Shove It

  1. Shove It
  2. Cowboys and Indians
  3. Contact
  4. Heaven For Everyone
  5. Stand Up For Love
  6. Love On A Tightrope (Like An Animal)
  7. Love Lies Bleeding (She Was A Wicked Wily Waitress)
  8. Rough Justice
  9. The Second Shelf Mix

CD 6: The Cross – Mad: Bad: And Dangerous To Know    

  1. Top of the World, Ma
  2. Liar
  3. Closer to You
  4. Breakdown
  5. Penetration Guru
  6. Power to Love
  7. Sister Blue
  8. Foxy Lady
  9. Better Things
  10. Passion For Trash
  11. Old Men (Lay Down)
  12. Final Destination

CD 7: The Cross – Blue Rock

  1. Bad Attitude
  2. New Dark Ages
  3. Dirty Mind
  4. Baby It’s Alright
  5. Ain’t Put Nothin’ Down
  6. The Also Rans
  7. Millionaire
  8. Put It All Down To Love
  9. Hand Of Fools (Out Of Control)
  10. Life Changes

CD 8: Fun On Earth (Box Set Version)

  1. One Night Stand!
  2. Fight Club
  3. Be With You
  4. Quality Street
  5. I Don’t Care
  6. Sunny Day
  7. Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)
  8. I Am The Drummer (In A Rock N’ Roll Band)
  9. Small
  10. Say It’s Not True (With Jeff Beck)
  11. The Unblinking Eye (Abridged)
  12. Up
  13. Smile
  14. Dear Mr. Murdoch (Nude Mix)
  15. Whole House Rockin’

CD 9: Solo Singles 1

  1. I Wanna Testify
  2. Turn On The TV
  3. My Country (Single Version)
  4. Man On Fire (Extended Version)
  5. I Cry For You (Single Remix) )
  6. Strange Frontier (Extended Remix)
  7. I Cry For You (Extended Remix)
  8. Two Sharp Pencils (Get Bad)
  9. Nazis 1994 Radio Mix
  10. Nazis 1994 Kick Mix
  11. Nazis 1994 Schindler’s Mix Extended
  12. Nazis 1994 Makita Mix Extended
  13. Nazis 1994 Big Science Mix
  14. Foreign Sand – (With Yoshiki) (Single Version)
  15. Final Destination (With Yoshiki)
  16. Everybody Hurts Sometimes – Live At Shepherds Bush Empire 1994
  17. Old Friends – Live At Shepherds Bush Empire 1994

CD 10: Solo Singles 2


  1. Pressure On (Single Version)
  2. People on Streets (Mashed)
  3. Tonight – (Dub Sangria)
  4. Keep A Knockin’ – (Man Utd CD Single)
  5. Surrender (Radio Mix)
  6. A Nation of Haircuts – (Club Cut)
  7. London Town C’mon Down – (Single Mix)
  8. Surrender – (Live At Cyber Barn)
  9. No More Fun – (Live At Cyber Barn)
  10. Tonight – (Live At Cyber Barn)
  11. One Night Stand
  12. Woman You’re So Beautiful – Felix + Arty (Main Mix)
  13. Woman You’re So Beautiful – Felix + Arty (Mad Mix)
  14. Woman You’re So Beautiful – Felix + Arty – (Dancehall Mix)
  15. The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken) – Single Version
  16. The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken) – Almost Completely Nude Mix
  17. Dear Mr. Murdoch – 2011

CD 11: The Cross Singles 1

  1. Cowboys & Indians (7” Single Edit)
  2. Love Lies Bleeding – Single Remix (She’s A Wicked Wily Waitress)
  3. Feel The Force
  4. Shove It – (Extended Mix)
  5. Shove It – (Metropolix)
  6. Shove It – (Denniz Pop Remix)
  7. Heaven For Everyone 7” (Roger Taylor Vocal)
  8. Heaven For Everyone 7” (Freddie Mercury Vocal)
  9. Manipulator (Extended)
  10. Manipulator (Single Version)
  11. Power To Love (Extended Version)
  12. Power To Love (Single Version)
  13. In Charge Of My Heart (Single Version)
  14. Liar (Extended Remix)
  15. In Charge Of My Heart (Extended Version)
  16. Liar (Single Remix)

CD 12: The Cross Singles 2

  1. New Dark Ages (Single Version)
  2. Ain’t Put Nothing Down (Long Version)
  3. Man On Fire (Live)
  4. Life Changes (Single Version)
  5. Heartland
  6. Celebration – Jam Studios Session (Previously Unreleased)
  7. I Can Take You Higher – Jam Studios Session (Previously Unreleased)
  8. Out Of My Head – Jam Studios Session (Previously Unreleased)
  9. Passion For Trash – Jam Studios Session (Previously Unreleased)
  10. Top Of The World Ma’ – Extended Remix (Previously Unreleased)
  11. Shove It – U.S. Single Version

The Lot DVD:

Roger Taylor Solo:

  1. Strange Frontier
  2. Man on Fire
  3. Happiness
  4. Foreign Sand
  5. Surrender
  6. Nazis 1994
  7. The Unblinking Eye (Everything is Broken)
  8. Dear Mr. Murdoch


  1. Old Friends – Gosport Festival (1994)
  2. Man on Fire – Truro City Hall 1994
  3. Happiness – Truro City Hall 1994
  4. Everybody Hurts Sometime – Truro City Hall 1994

The Cross:

  1. Cowboys and Indians
  2. Cowboys and Indians (2 Drummers)
  3. Shove It
  4. Heaven for Everyone
  5. Power to Love
  6. Liar
  7. New Dark Ages
  8. Blue Rock – EPK

Interviews & Electronic Press Kits:

  1. Happiness EPK
  2. Electric Fire EPK
  3. Interview for Parlophone


Written by Joe Marchese

September 22, 2014 at 10:16

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