ALEX CHILTON: Ocean Club ‘77: CD

A live recording of Chilton playing the titular New York club during the titular year. The sound and performance are stripped way down—I can’t tell if this is a great sounding audience tape or a barebones board recording—with him and a couple of friends running through some covers, some Big Star tunes, and a “new” song or two. The performance is fairly laid back on the whole, with some moments of potential radiance, such as on “September Gurls,” peeking through. Dunno that what’s here would convert the casual listener into fan, but fans will no doubt find much here to bask in. 

 –jimmy (Norton)