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Being There [CD]

Wilco Audio CD
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After seven studio albums, various collaborations and countless days on the road over the past 15 years, Wilco tried something new before starting work on its eighth record, The Whole Love, due Sept. 27 on dBpm Records: The Chicago band took a vacation. Staying off stage for most of the latter half of 2010 was the longest break from touring that bandleader Jeff Tweedy has had in a career ... Read more in Amazon's Wilco Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Feb 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002N7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Misunderstood 6:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Far, Far Away 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Monday 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind) 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Forget The Flowers 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Red-Eyed And Blue 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century) 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What's The World Got In Store 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hotel Arizona 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Say You Miss Me 4:070.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Sunken Treasure 6:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Someday Soon 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight) 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Someone Else's Song 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Kingpin 5:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. (Was I) In Your Dreams 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Why Would You Wanna Live 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Lonely 1 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dreamer In My Dreams 6:430.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Wilco's follow-up to A.M. impresses first with its size: 19 tunes fill the double-album package, and the packaging unfolds like a larger-than-life 1970s-era gatefold album cover. But the love affair with the artwork is short-lived, fading as the music takes center stage, making plain the band's overwhelming stretch into innumerable styles. Jeff Tweedy's love of pop and the mechanics of making pop albums is clear almost immediately, as he and his cohort utilize the studio to create and manipulate undertows and snaky recorded elements throughout many of their tunes (a keyboard touch, a guitar's flair, a cymbal's unexpected crash). There are the plainspoken acoustic numbers, recalling Tweedy's tenure in Uncle Tupelo, and there are also unwinding swoops of tinted, guitar-heavy rock--one of which collapses into chromatic jabs at a piano only to resolve in silence on "Sunken Treasure." Oodles of influences fill Wilco's collective mind, and they're perfectly content to pile the trace elements atop each other and make scrambled pop perfection. --Andrew Bartlett

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Perfection 18 May 2004
By Cowpunk
Format:Audio CD
Listening to Wilco has become what can only be considered as an absolute delight. The way that Tweedy and company weave together genres and styles so effortlessly is often breath-taking.
The most surprising element about Wilco's music (and this album is the best example of this) is the way in which they manage to retain their pop sensibilities throughout often complicated seemingly detached sonic landscapes. The first track on disc 1, Misunderstood, is a perfect example it manages to initially confuse the ear into thinking it is listening to a radiohead B-side before rewarding every doubt with a beautifully simple lament of confusion and longing, and it is in this juxtaposition that the true beauty emerges. You begin to wish that you had written this song and when you see the chords you are fooled momentarily into thinking you could have. Before i digress into the conclusion i should mention some of the highlights. Red Eyed and Blues emerges as a contender from the middle of disc 1 and Sunken Treasure introduces disc 2 to amazing effect. I often judge an albums greatness based on the first and last songs and this does not disappoint on that level either, when 'the Lonely 1' ends you think there is no way they can top that for a finale, you would be wrong.
Each of the 19 songs has merit and class taking you into backwater Nashville one moment, then into the Midwest for a spell then into the dark recesses of the mind the next. It is in this blend of styles that the excellence of the album lies, yes some of the songs stand out on their own but like all good coffee, it is all in the blend. Being There is at its best when listened to as it was intended, from start to finish.
It is truly a fantastic double album up there with, Exile on Main St. and in some ways similar. Buy it and listen to it on repeat until you want to write a review on Amazon, then and only then will you know how i feel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect homage to all things past 14 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
Following an indifferent reception to Wilco's debut album "A.M", and chastened by the success of Jeff Tweedy's former band member Jay Farrar, this double album reaffirms the brilliance that was the hallmark of Uncle Tupelo, Tweedy's former band. With Jay Bennett ably assisting with the songwriting, Being There is a double CD romp through all that is best about American music. A blend of country, roots rock, 1970's rock and roll and soulful blues, this album established Wilco as the foremost purveyors of genuine Americana amidst so many other pale imitators.
The dynamics across each tune are stunning - from Misunderstood, where acoustic guitars give way to ragged Crazy Horse style feedback, through to the Rolling Stones-esque rock and roll tunes (Monday, Outtamind (outta sight)) Wilco create beautiful renditions of music from an age gone by but manage to keep it sounding fresh and contemporary through clever arrangement and Tweedy's vocal yearnings. Rather than repeat this sound on their next album, Wilco moved in favour of a more rock orientated sound for Summerteeth. However, if you are looking for a definitive homage to old school American rock and roll/country, there is no better album for you to own. As well as being a fascinating history lesson in music, it stands head and shoulders above most other albums of this type released in the 1990s. Long after people have forgotten that bands such as the Counting Crows existed, someone somewhere will still be playing this album to death.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco get there 31 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album provides many of Wilco's greatest moments and represents the best album of their formulative years. Wilco are a band that suffuse country sensibilities with any number of styles; hard rock, bluegrass you name it. I ought to confess now that I am a devout Wilco fan; I've seen them at the Astoria a few years back and own six of their albums. Yet, although this is the album I keep coming back to, this is the album that has several defining Wilco moments. Wilco's sound has evolved since this early album, shedding much of the alt-country tag and moving into more progressive territory.
The first half of this album is divine. Anyone who is sceptical to start with will instantly be won over by listening to Misunderstood, the opener which dispels any notions that this is a superficial or what you see is what you get album. It starts off with a Radiohead like fuzz intro, then gives way to a beautiful, touching melody. The lyrics are heartfelt and intimate; 'when you're back in your old neighbourhood the cigarettes taste so good'.
Many of Wilco's best moments come when they use just two chords and simple chord changes. The country acoustic styles suit the band very well. Red Eyed and Blue is a greast illustration of this, just Tweedy's singing and the guitarist's strumming. Forget the Flowers is another typical country rock track, with twangy guitar lines intertwining and a ukulele behind. The Lonely One is another soft, acoustic number, truly poetic and elegant. The potency of Tweedy's lyrics are fully revealed and the song becomes as much about the words as the music.
However, that isn't to say Wilco can't work outside the box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Georgeous melodies and heartfelt lyrics make being there an excellent reference point within America's much vaunted 'alt-country' scene. The songs here are accesible and bear the scrutiny of repeated listening. Tweedy's voice is distinctive and genuine and the surrounding tunes are varied and often pull hard on the listeners heartstrings. This is an excellent precursor to the magnificent Summerteeth and any fans of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Byrds , Big Star etc will find satisfation. The only down point being that less tracks would have made a stronger impression. However this is a minor quibble....go buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars crucial alt country, incredibly influential!
The most important, essential Americana album, yet only a signpost of where this band were going next, Jeff tweedy shows his mastery of the roots and frees himself to become the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr R Briggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Bought this hoping for more like the wonderful 'Save the Flowers' (see the great live Youtube vid at Farm-aid.) Unfortunately, not the case- or maybe I'm too old school. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter Clifton
4.0 out of 5 stars A vital record
This is an extremely important record to me - I fondly remember my urgency in picking this up when it was originally released. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by K. K. Jakubczyk
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting There
A much more ambitious album than "am", with a mixture of pop, rock and country with some rather difficult on the ear but expressive acoustic guitar work. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Stalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (1997):
Wilco - Being There (Reprise)
Wow! Jeff Tweedy and the boys have made a very special, very ambitious album - a huge advance on their not-too-shoddy "A.M. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Leicester Bangs
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near there
I understand the album is named after one of the leader's favourite films, the eponomous Peter Sellers movie. Well that's pretty strange to start with. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2009 by Gizmophobic
5.0 out of 5 stars If you still love rock and roll
The album that introduced me to Wilco and still my fave by them, Being There is a glorious, sprawling celebration of the redemptive power of rock and roll. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by J. Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Being Bland.
It is a great rock and roll tradition that on being delivered a double album record companies generally argue for it to be edited to a single album and that is exactly what... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2008 by Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers'
5.0 out of 5 stars Alt Country's Locus Classicus
This is without a shadow of a doubt the finest Wilco album. It is a masterpiece in every way a collection of songs can be considered so. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2008 by Conor Maguire
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it's cracked up to be
Wilco's bumper double album parallels The Rolling Stones' 'Exile On Main Street' in giving them the chance to run through every shade of their styles and influences, from the... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2006 by D. J. H. Thorn
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