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The Ardent Records Story

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Label: Big Beat UK
Album: Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story
# Song Title   Time
1)    Geraldine - Ole Miss Downbeats
2)    If You Want Me You Can Find Me - Lawson & Four More
3)    Batarang - Avengers
4)    White Doors - The Wallabies
5)    Halfway Down the Stairs - Lawson & Four More
6)    Hands Are Only to See - Bitter Ind
7)    Surveyor, The - 1st Century
8)    Rocks - Terry Manning
9)    Up and Down Children - The Wallabies
10)    Not at All - Terry Manning
11)    Looking Down - 1st Century
12)    In 1852 We - The Honey Jug
13)    Patches of Dust - Goat Dancers
14)    Psychedelic Stuff - Chris Bell
15)    Free Again - Alex Chilton (Original Mix)
16)    All I See Is You - Icewater
17)    Every Shoemaker - The Badgers
18)    Miss Eleana - Sid Selvidge
19)    Lovely Lady - Rock City
20)    Every Day as We Grow Closer - Alex Chilton (Original Mix)
21)    Guess Things Happen That Way - Terry Manning
22)    Feeling High - Icewater
23)    EMI Song, The (Smile for Me) - Alex Chilton (Original Mix)
24)    Think It's Time to Say Goodbye - Rock City
1)    In the Street - Big Star
2)    Feel Alright - Cargoe
3)    When My Baby's Beside Me - Big Star
4)    My Life Is Right - Big Star (Alt Mix)
5)    Back of a Car - Big Star
6)    I Love You Anyway - Cargoe
7)    I Got Kinda Lost - Big Star
8)    Let Me Look at the Sun - Hot Dogs
9)    Mod Lang - Big Star (Alt Mix)
10)    She's a Mover - Big Star (take Alt Recording)
11)    I Walk the Line - Hot Dogs
12)    September Girls - Big Star
13)    Big Black Car - Big Star
14)    Lovely Day aka Stroke It Noel - Alex Chilton
15)    For You - Big Star (Original Mix)
16)    Downs - Alex Chilton
17)    Kizza Me - Big Star (Original Mix)
18)    Holocaust - Big Star (Original Mix)
19)    You and Your Sister - Chris Bell
20)    Love You (All Day Long) - Tommy Hoehn (Alt Mix)
21)    Thank You Friends - Big Star (Original Mix)
22)    Blow Yourself Up - Tommy Hoehn
23)    My Mind - Scruffs
24)    Don't Worry Baby - Alex Chilton
 



Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Alec Palao.
  • Memphis-based Ardent Records was an outgrowth of the legendary Ardent studios, whose clients were top-shelf artists from both sides of the Atlantic, but the label drew from a stunningly deep pool of local talent, eventually becoming best known for power-pop icons Big Star. THANK YOU FRIENDS is a two-disc collection that charts the course of the little label that could, following it from its lo-fi origins in the 1960s through to its `70s heyday and its partnership with Stax Records.
  • The first disc, covering Ardent's humble beginnings, is a treasure trove of psych/garage-rock rarities, including not only obscure names like The Goatdancers and Christmas Future, but also some of the earliest work of Big Star singer/guitarists Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. The second disc overflows with power-pop glory, featuring a wealth of classic Big Star cuts, as well as solo gems from Chilton and Bell, and some choice tracks from `70s power-pop cult heroes the Scruffs and Tommy Hoehn.

Professional Reviews
Spin (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This two-disc time capsule documents an organic, creative scene untroubled by mass appeal or outsider interference."

Uncut (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A degree of hard-nosed Anglophilia, coupled with a bittersweet sense of what might have been, are the prevailing themes of THANK YOU FRIENDS..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Engineer Terry Manning's '60s outings are uniformly engaging, as are the eccentric early cuts produced by Jim Dickinson for The Wallabies, The Bitter End and The 1st Century."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Well annotated, beautifully sequenced and obviously a real labour of love for all concerned, this will surprise and delight lovers of great pop music."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:13 May, 2008

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