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The Vinyl Guide

If you like records, just starting a collection or are an uber-nerd with a house-full of vinyl, this is the podcast for you. Nate Goyer is The Vinyl Guide and discusses all things music and record-related. Nate is a 40+ year vinyl collector, owns some of the most highly desired titles and enjoys them thoroughly. The Vinyl Guide is his journey through the history of music to speak with the artists and technicians who made music history and get the stories behind the records.

Jul 17, 2023

Jody Stephens shares memories of Big Star, vinyl & cover art for "#1 Record", "Radio City", "Third", Chris Bell & the master tapes, rare records, the upcoming Australian tour for "Those Pretty Wrongs" and more!

Topics include:

  • Jody has never been good with vinyl
  • “Those Pretty Wrongs” are coming to Australia
  • Continuing to use Ardent Studios
  • The Ardent logo and label design introduced with the Big Star debut
  • What happened to the neon star from Big Star album cover?
  • The cover photo from Big Star’s “Radio City” album
  • Big Star “Third” multiple album covers
  • Finding a new label for Big Star “Third”
  • Will vinyl be on the merch table for “Those Pretty Wrongs” Australia shows?
  • Pressing 250 Big Star “Third” records to find a new label
  • PVC Records release of Big Star “Third”
  • An aborted single of “The Ballad of El Goodo”
  • Rare Big Star records – Brazil EP
  • Mislabelled Big Star singles
  • Test pressings of “#1 Record” would have been handled by Chris Bell
  • The care and attention for cutting Big Star records
  • Inscription in the “#1 Record” runout groove
  • 1st pressings of “#1 Record” had a poster
  • Why was “O My Soul” in mono?
  • Was Chris still working on songs for “Radio City”?
  • Chris destroyed the Big Star multitrack tapes – “The India Song” multitrack may have survived
  • Chris Bell’s motivation for destroying the tapes
  • Was Chris Bell aware of the building legend of Big Star before his death?
  • Jody spoke to Chris about a Big Star reunion prior to his passing
  • Memories of Big Star live shows in early 70s
  • Live recordings of Big Star – Rock Writers Convention
  • How does Jody look back at the Big Star years?
  • Developing songs / material for “Those Pretty Wrongs”
  • Chris Stamey is still involved in Jody’s music
  • Jody’s memories of playing in Australia
  • Interview wrap up

See "Those Pretty Wrongs" in Australia, tickets & details are here.

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