Counting the final disc of 2009’s “Keep an Eye on the Sky” box, there have been five live Big Star albums, outnumbering the power-pop legends’ studio output. It’s hard to imagine how “Live in Memphis” could be anything but redundant, especially since it features the lineup from 1993’s reunion document, “Columbia,” just a year and a half later. But “Memphis” crackles, showing a Big Star that’s loosened up since becoming an ongoing concern once more. Vocal confusion toward the end of the howling “Don’t Lie to Me” galvanizes the band thrillingly; where “Daisy Glaze” was dutiful and pretty on “Columbia,” the version here tears it apart. A few songs, including the ringing “Jesus Christ” and twee-pop cover “Patty Girl,” are new to the band’s Star live catalog. The kick-drum sound can be distracting (though Jody Stephens is otherwise on fire), and a thin-sounding “The Ballad of El Goodo” doesn’t do the song justice. But where “Columbia” was historically important, “Memphis” captures the same band letting it rip. (Out now)
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