Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Uncle Tupelo - 89/93: An Anthology

Amazon-Uncle Tupelo has received far more attention retrospectively than the band ever did while active. Maybe the best thing about this compilation, then, is that it ignores the myth and exalts the music. Issued eight years after the Jay Farrar/Jeff Tweedy split that yielded Son Volt and Wilco--and compiled with the participation of both parties--the anthology gathers its 21 tracks from every stage of the band's brief career. It's all here: lurching rockers like "Graveyard Shift" and "Outdone," ballads both rich ("Still Be Around") and raw ("Gun"), and more polished acoustic tunes, like the stark "Black Eye" and the bouncy "New Madrid," that came as Tweedy found his voice. There's also Farrar's definitive cover of the traditional "Moonshiner," and on "Chickamauga," his most desperate, galvanizing guitar solos. And, of course, there are the "hits" ("Whiskey Bottle," "The Long Cut"). Interspersed throughout are seven formerly hard-to-find songs, including covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Stooges, live versions of the album cuts "Looking for a Way Out" and "We've Been Had," and the non-album originals "I Got Drunk" and "Sauget Wind." To top it off, everything's been remastered, and the sonic upgrade does wonders to brighten up and animate the older material.
  1. No Depression
  2. Screen Door
  3. Graveyard Shift
  4. Whiskey Bottle
  5. Outdone (1989 demo
  6. I Got Drunk
  7. I Wanna Be Your Dog (previously unreleased)
  8. Gun
  9. Still Be Around
  10. Looking for a Way Out (acoustic version)
  11. Watch Me Fall
  12. Sauget Wind
  13. Black Eye
  14. Moonshiner
  15. Fatal Wound
  16. Grindstone
  17. Effigy
  18. The Long Cut
  19. Chickamauga
  20. New Madrid
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Stephen said...

Have you obtained the new Son Volt yet? I haven't heard many good things, but I'd like to hear it if you get your hands on it.

Honky Tonk Prison said...

Already bought the Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, but your selection, as usual, is excellent. Thanks for all the great music I've found here over the last couple months.

clarksalias said...

hey is it possible for you to re upload this? the link was removed