Chris Bell I Am The Cosmos 7" RARE Car single Big Star
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Nov 19, 2010 Sold Date
Nov 9, 2010 Start Date
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Released in the US in 1978 on Car Records of New York City (CRR6) this is a pretty rare item, and the first (and only) solo single release by ex Big Star member Chris Bell (who died in 1978). "I Am The Cosmos" (covered, as was the b-side "You And Your Sister", by This Mortal Coil) is a startlingly beautiful song. "You And Your Sister" actually features fellow Big Star founder Alex Chilton too. Both tracks were included on the "I Am The Cosmos" album released by Rykodisc in 1992.

From Wikipedia:

"Bell concentrated on solo work after leaving Big Star, recording demos at Ardent Studios and Shoe Recording in Memphis with old friends including Rosebrough, Manning, Cunningham, Ken Woodley, and occasionally Chilton and Jim Dickinson. One of Bell's better known solo songs from this period is "You and Your Sister," featuring Bell's guitar work and vocals, Chilton's backing vocal, and Cunningham's string arrangements and bass work. In the 1970s, Bell also played in a group with local songwriter Keith Sykes.

During the late 1970s, a few of Bell's pop song lyrics began to reflect the influence of his interest in Christian spirituality. Although he released a single in 1978 on Chris Stamey's Car Records label, none of his solo material was released on a full length album during his lifetime. At this time, Bell worked at his father's restaurant and continued to grapple with clinical depression.

Bell died on 27 December 1978 at the age of 27 when he lost control of his small Triumph TR-7 sports car, sometime after 1 a.m. He was on his way home from his father's restaurant in East Memphis. The car struck a wooden light pole on the side of the road, killing him instantly. His funeral was held the next day, December 28, the birthday of former band mate Chilton."

Both the sleeve and the vinyl are in excellent condition.

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