Cheryl Pawelski worked her way from music fan, to stints with labels like Capitol, Rhino and Concord, to starting her own label, Omnivore Recordings, in 2010. The company’s goal is “preserving, curating and championing some of music’s greatest legacies.” The label has issued everything from the earliest recordings from the Beach Boys, called Becoming the Beach Boys, to a complete singles collection from Buck Owens, to the soundtrack to the seminal film Athens Ga – Inside/Out, and a recent Raspberries Live Album from their reunion.
A reissue of Big Star’s Third was their very first release, so in a way, things continue to come full circle with the release of Big Star founder Chris Bell’s only solo album, I Am the Cosmos, in its most complete form, containing six previously unreleased tracks. This is whetting everyone’s appetite for a Complete Chris Bell collection, containing every known recording the enigmatic singer/guitarist put to tapebefore and after Big Star, coming later in the year on vinyl.
We also chat how the label obtains the rights to certain reissues, like the Complete Rockin’ the Fillmore from Humble Pie.