Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me 12 inch
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Big Star weren't perfect. The word gets thrown around a lot, especially regarding to their debut, #1 Record, as if perfection were their triumph. They were a band of few, if any triumphs; theirs was a losers' history upgraded by the passage of time and the success of those they influenced. Big Star were marked by their lack of triumph. Big Star were roiling and volatile, a freak collision between a couple of college kids and an idle teen idol, who in every regard but artistic, failed their way through a career that barely qualified as such. How far Big Star fell into that wide chasm between what they wanted to be and what they were, that is what made them great. Nothing Can Hurt Me is the soundtrack for the new Big Star documentary of the same name. It contains unheard, alternate mixes from #1 Record, rough mixes from Sister Lovers, and other special mixes created for the movie, all bracketed by studio banter. They don't shine like the original album versions, but still, "When My Baby's Beside Me" is just as compelling even if this mix has more pish in the cymbals. You would have to be at least a six-out-of-10 on the Big Star nerd scale to hear specific differences without cuing up a Big Star album proper to check.