For those of you that only know the name Alex Chilton by-way-of a song by The Replacements, allow me to quickly give you a crash course. Chilton was a teenage, hit-maker in The Box Tops - later fronting the amazing, Memphis band - Big Star. He passed away in early 2010, but not before leaving behind a large body of solo LPs and a reunited Big Star.
Back in the late 60s, after leaving The Box Tops, and prior to the formation of Big Star, Chilton recorded a batch of songs. On January 10th, Omnivore Recordings pays tribute to the man, with a beautiful release of these recordings. Free Again: The '1970' Sessions collects 20 songs on the CD version, and if you order directly from Omnivore, you can get your hands on a special 7" that comes with the LP version - check that out here.
If you read my Most Anticipated Albums Of 2012 Guide, then you know I am anxiously awaiting this record. I immediately fell in love with the first track released from it - 'The EMI Song (Smile For Me).' Please enjoy it below.