06 November 2010

Sister Lovers

A few weeks ago we informed you that Mike Mills would be performing Big Star’s wicked third album Sister Lovers, together with a host of friends, fellow Big Star addicts – among them R.E.M.’s legendary producer Mitch Easter, another North Carolina luminary Chris Stamey, and many others. Thanks to Mark for unearthing more info about the upcoming shows, scheduled to take place on 9 and 10 December at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. According to Blurt, the event, inventively called “Stroke It, Noel” will be “more than just a band-playing-Alex-Chilton-songs.” Namely, Chris Stamey has painstakingly reconstructed the music’s original string and wind orchestrations:

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“The original written scores for the record were long missing,” Stamey says. “But John Fry at Ardent Records was able to supply us with elements of the original multitrack tapes. Composer Carl Marsh, who wrote the ground-breaking charts for the original record, used these tapes to precisely retranscribe his arrangements. And I’ve orchestrated anew some other elements of the recordings for the players, in order to recreate live some of the aleatoric studio effects. We’ve also been able to hear and match the inner workings of these glorious compositions in much greater detail this way. It’s been a fascinating process, and a real community adventure as well.”

The musicians Stamey is assembling will include Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), original Big Star member Jody Stephens, and Jeff Crawford and Charles Cleaver (The Tomahawks). North Carolina chamber pop group Lost in the Trees, as well as members of Birds and Arrows and the NC Symphony, will comprise the orchestra. Guest vocalists will include members of the Love Language, the Old Ceremony, Megafaun and others. In addition to performing Sister Lovers in its entirety, the band will play a few additional Big Star and Chris Bell selections during the show.

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Wow.

The good news is that a few friends have already bought tickets for these gigs, so we will have detailed reports shortly thereafter. happy


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