Rutlefan, on 04 January 2018 - 02:40 PM, said:
A thought experiment... Big Star's Third (aka, Alex Chilton's Sister Lovers) was recorded in 1974 but not released because of label disinterest (convinced of its lack of commercial appeal). Another label acquired the tapes and released it in 1978, without the involvement of either the band or producer. It picked the songs to include, of the many recorded, leaving some out, and the song order. Other "unofficial" versions would follow over the years with still different songs and song orders. Eventually, an "official" version was released in 1992, with the original producer's involvement, and supposedly Alex Chilton's approval, that is claimed to have captured the vision the band had had for the album, which the earlier releases had, to greater or lesser extents, failed to capture.
So... for those who insist PeW is an '80s album, is Big Star's Third, recorded in 1974, a '90s album, as it's first official release was 1992? Say the tapes had sat for another two years and the first unofficial release was 1980 instead of 1978; would that make it at earliest an '80s album by any logic?
Personally, I think the torturous history of Big Star's 3rd shows that the decade of an album has to be defined by that in which it was recorded, otherwise, you can be left with a ridiculous assertion that this Velvet Underground-inspired '70s masterpiece is a '90s album because that's when it was first officially released.
A 90s album of 70s music?