Alex Chilton didn't start releasing any really terrible records until the late '80s, so seeing as this is from his first post-Big Star recording session-- at Ardent in 1975-- I think you're pretty safe here. I'll admit that I'd never even broken the seal on this one until I ripped it yesterday, not because I was afraid it would be a piece of crap, but because I'd already heard most of these songs on the copy of "Bach's Bottom" (the white vinyl Line Records pressing) that I had 20 years ago. Likewise, if you're any kind of Chilton fan, chances are you've had these songs in your possession in one form or another along the way.
Actually, I take that back, since the hilariously typo-strewn liner notes indicate that "(Every Time I) Close My Eyes"-- written by Alex's bandmate, Jon Tiven of The Yankees, whose LP I might subject you to someday if you're not careful-- appears here for the first time on vinyl. It's a decent enough pop number, too, even if it suffers a bit from being scrunched onto the innermost grooves of a 7-inch. Just as poppy but (thankfully) a bit more rockin' is "All The Time", which is pretty much the only song here that bears any resemblance to Big Star, mainly because of a Chris Bell guitar part that was dropped-in later.
Other than that, this EP presents Alex The Man at his most proto-new-wave-ishness, especially "Take Me Home And Make Me Like It" (not the version I like the best, but a strong runner-up) and the fuzzed-out "Free Again", one of my favorite love 'em-and-leave 'em songs. You'll also get some studio blather, chopped up to make Alex sound like a real waistoid ("I need a pain pill"), but I'm not falling for that one. Heck, you can tell by looking at the photo on the back cover that the man has pretty much never been burnt a day in his life. Straight and Alert!!
Alex Chilton -
"Take Me Home And Make Me Like It"
"All The Time"
"(Every Time I) Close My Eyes"
(these files are now listen-only)