I Am The Cosmos (Discontinued)

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I Am The Cosmos (Discontinued) - Vinyl Record

by Chris Bell

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4 Men With Beards
180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed
Big Star co-founder Chris Bell was recording this solo album at the time of his death in 1978. Previously unreleased on any format, this 'Great Lost Album' clarifies Bell's role in the band's sound and secures his own place in pop history.

Bell died tragically in a car crash in 1978, and only one single ('I Am The Cosmos'/'You And Your Sister') was released in his lifetime, on Chris Stamey's tiny Car label. Both single sides are included here, along with newly-discovered alternate takes. The fifteen tracks highlight Bell's ethereal vocals, his uncanny sense of song structure and insightful, melancholy lyrics, all of which illuminate his often-overlooked contribution to Big Star. I AM THE COSMOS features rare photographs and liner notes by Chris's brother David Bell. Recorded all over the world (including sessions at the famed Chateau D'Heurville and Air studios), I AM THE COSMOS is a haunting pop masterpiece ripe for discovery.

1. I Am The Cosmos
2. Better Save Yourself
3. Speed Of Sound
4. Get Away
5. You And Your Sister
6. Make A Scene
7. Look Up
8. I Got Kinda Lost
9. There Was A Light
10. Fight At The Table
11. I Don't Know
12. Though I Know She Lies

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