After co-founding Big Star, the world only received two tracks of new music from Chris Bell during his lifetime — a 1978 single on the Car Records label, run by Chris Stamey (dB’s, Sneakers), “I Am The Cosmos” b/w ”You And Your Sister.” He tragically died in a car accident in December of that same year.

However, those were not the only tracks Bell had recorded in his post-Big Star years. In 1974 and 1975, Bell worked in the famed Château D’Hérouville near Paris, France, and later recorded at both Shoe and Ardent Studios in Memphis. The material recorded during that period was finally released in 1992 as I Am The Cosmos – to great acclaim – and was issued on LP by the good people at Omnivore Recordings in 2017.

Due to popular demand, the LP returns in a new pressing on translucent blue vinyl. The packaging contains liner notes from set co-producer Alec Palao as well as Bob Mehr. All Chris Bell projects are approved and overseen by Chris’ estate, run by his brother, David.

With renewed reverence for his work in Big Star, as well as a look back at his earlier work with a biography from Rich Tupica (There Was A Light), the stars have aligned. This new vinyl edition of I Am The Cosmos arrives for long-time fans, as well of those who are just discovering the magic of Chris Bell.

I Am The Cosmos (blue vinyl edition) is currently available

By Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years - as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, freelance journalist, producer, manager and working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star, traveling down South and his orange Gretsch. He's pretty groovy!

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