Alex Chilton ‘A Man Called Destruction’ Reissued

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As lead singer of the Box Tops and co-founder of Big Star, Alex Chilton already had a place in rock history when he returned to Memphis’ Ardent Studios and a reconstituted Ardent label in 1995 to record A Man Called Destruction, a mix of originals and covers, with a full horn section. Featuring a mixture of garage rock, jazz and R&B, A Man Called Destruction landed Chilton a spot on Late Night With Conan O’Brien performing the album’s “Lies.”

A Man Called Destruction will re-appear via Omnivore Recordings on August 25, complete with seven previously unissued tracks from the original sessions and new liner notes from journalist and author Bob Mehr.

The title is making its vinyl debut. The first pressing will be a translucent blue double album, which includes all of the bonus tracks, a download card, and Bob Mehr’s essay in the gatefold sleeve. Pre-order it here.

Related: A Big Star best-of collection will be released on June 16

Watch Alex Chilton performing “Lies” on Conan O’Brien’s show

Alex Chilton is worshipped by a rather substantial cult for his stunning pop-rock with his early 1970s band Big Star and as the lead singer for the Box Tops, who scored a #1 hit with “The Letter” in 1967. Chilton was reared within the Memphis music scene and made soulful pop records with some of the city’s best songwriters, producers and players.

Alex Chilton

A Man Called Destruction Track Listing
Sick And Tired
Devil Girl
Lies
It’s Your Funeral
What’s Your Sign Girl
Il Ribelle
You Don’t Have To Go
Boplexity
New Girl In School
You’re Lookin’ Good
Don’t Know Anymore
Don’t Stop

Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks:
Devil Girl (Double-Track Vocal)
Don’t Know Anymore (Rough Mix)
Give It To Me Baby (Take 3)
You’re My Favorite
(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do
Please Pass Me My Walkin’ Shoes
Why Should I Care/It’s Your Funeral

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