Published May 26, 2009While there may already be a new series of Big Star reissues on the way, news has broke that fans of the seminal power poppers can expect a whole lot more from the band this fall. Come September 15, the reissuing minds of Rhino will be releasing a four-disc box set from the group, reportedly gathering up material recorded between 1968 and 1975.
As Blurt reports, this means a number pre-Big Star outfits from members Alex Chilton, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens and the late Chris Bell will be included in the as-yet-untitled set. And with the actual Big Star material, it will be made up of "mostly rarities and previously unreleased material," a source close to the project told the magazine.
Apparently, many live recordings are featured as well, including a Memphis concert circa 1972 or '73 shortly after Bell left the band. "This might be the best-ever live recording [of the band]," the source said. In usual box set fashion, a hefty book will come with the release, which is chalk full of rare photos and presumably some words over 100 pages.
There are also online rumours floating around that the Rhino imprint Handmade will reissue a limited edition, expanded reissue of Bell's classic solo album, I Am the Cosmos, which was originally released via Rykodisc in 1992. The new Cosmos reissue will reportedly come as a two-CD collection and feature various outtakes and alternate versions.
Rhino is expected to officially announce the details of the Big Star box set shortly.