I learned about Alex Chilton from The Replacements. My parents listened to The Boxtops, but Big Star was not on my radar until I had to figure out the lyric from the song, “I never travel far/without a little Big Star.” I realized that I recognized some of the songs, but I had a lot to learn. Thankfully, I followed that thread and checked it all out.
I never saw Chilton play live in any format, so this impromptu recording that recently surfaced is pretty incredible, especially given the circumstances of its existence.
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From the album notes:
Electricity by Candlelight is a live recording of Alex Chilton released this Fall by venerable indie label Bar/None. On the night of February 13th1997, Alex Chilton and hisband were getting ready to play their second set of the night at the Knitting Factory in New York City when the lights went out. What happened was this album, a spontaneous off the cuff performance by Alex on a borrowed acoustic guitar with his drummer Richard Dworkin sitting in for half the set. It’s Alex Chilton thinking on his feet, totally in the moment, bouncing songs and ideas off the folks that stuck around for a real, one-of-a-kind exchange.