If you put together a pantheon of most cult-ish albums of all time, Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers" would have to land somewhere near the top. The album emerged from somewhat sordid circumstances, sat on the shelf for years and never sold much when it was finally released. But "Third" nevertheless left quite a vapor trail, profoundly influencing R.E.M., The Replacements and most of the rest of the American underground rock generation of the 1980s.
One of those descendents, Chris Stamey, is overseeing a live performance of "Third" next week, dubbed "Stroke It, Noel: A Fully Orchestrated Performance of Big Star's Third Album," which should be amazing. See some thoughts from Big Star drummer Jody Stephens in the preview from Sunday's paper.
ADDENDUM (12/9/10): Cool pics from rehearsal.