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Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology [CD]

Uncle Tupelo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000063X8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Depression
2. Screen Door
3. Graveyard Shift
4. Whiskey Bottle
5. Outdone
6. I Got Drunk
7. I Wanna Be Your Dog
8. Gun
9. Still Be Around
10. Looking For A Way Out
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
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Uncle Tupelo have received far more attention retrospectively than the band ever did while active. Maybe the best thing about this anthology, 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, galvanising 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. --Anders Smith Lindall,

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - the anthology has arrived 9 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
For those not in the know, Uncle Tupelo have rightly or wrongly often been credited with being the pivotal band of the “” movement. Forget that pidgeonhole, this is quality rock and roll music, pure and simple. This anthology tracks their progress from ‘country-punk’ rockers through to the more measured and mellow country-rock sound as heard on their last studio album, Anodyne.
Since Uncle Tupelo split, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy have gone their separate ways – Farrar to form the mournfully introspective Son Volt, while Tweedy departed and formed Wilco, one of the most important rock bands to come out of America in the last twenty years.. Uncle Tupelo were noticeable for harnessing the creative songwriting and power of both Farrar and Tweedy, and joining them to some awesomely hard-played rock and roll. Tupelo’s debut album, ‘No Depression’ (well represented here) spawned a cult magazine with the same name, as well as the ‘’ movement that elected Jay and Jeff the high priests of this new sound. If anything, the Stooges cover on this album tells you most about the patented collision of musical genres that Uncle Tupelo blazed a trail for.
Fans of Wilco and Son Volt that want to see where it all began would be well advised to pick this up – while the sound may lack the emotional gravitas of Son Volt’s later work, and the experimentation of Wilco, it’s great to hear these once close friends harmonising and ripping the place up with some electrifying country thrashing. Similarly, fans of bands as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams or Green Day will find something here that is fresh and engaging, with enough energy to keep you buzzing long after the songs have finished. Recently, talk has been of a possible Uncle Tupelo reunion – let’s hope not, and let’s savour the magic on this disc instead.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitting the Nail on the Head 16 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Compilations and anthologies usually disappoint, stringing together the "hits" with some third-rate covers and outtakes, but in the case of 89/93: An Anthology, one could make the argument that the putative "best of" outdoes any single album this band released. The best of their work is represented here, no filler, no "hits", oh wait, they didn't have any, but anyway, you know what I mean. This anthology seems put together for the hard-core fan, for the type who loves this band to death, for the kind (such as myself) who might get it into his head to sit down with a couple two, three, fifteen beers and play, say, "Moonshiner" fourteen straight times at top volume through the headphones until four in the morning.
The band's wide array of influences shines through here, from the cover of the almost pre-historic AP Carter anthem "No Depression" to the cover of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" to the Crazy Horse inspired romp-cover of CCR's "Effigy" to "Gun"'s "Tim"-era Replacements echoes.
I'd be remiss without devoting a sentence or two to what is my mind the most powerful song they ever recorded, "Moonshiner", which of course appears here. I could make a vain attempt to sound like a rock critic here in reaching for the necessary superlatives, but I'll instead say this: when I first heard this haunting, crushingly good cover of a traditional American folk song, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Simple as that.
Fear not the curse of the anthology with this one - you'll get twenty one fantastic rock and roll songs to keep you company for years to come.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Feel Gone? 22 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
A band who never achieved much acclaim whilst together have since risen to near legendary status in the Americana scene. The band split to form Wilco (Jeff Tweedy) and Son Volt (Jay Farrar).
Whilst the albums can show marked swings in the styles of the above 2 songwriters - songs can lurch from mellow acoustic ballads to punky trash tunes... and most of the points between, this "Best of..." collection doesn't suffer from this schizophrenia to the same degree, making it more accessible and immediate, which can't be a bad thing. The acoustic version of The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is great.
As an entry, this is a fine introduction to a great band. Sure, some people's favourite ablum tracks will be missing and they'll disagree with some of the inclusions but it's a compilation. As the style of the band varies from album to album, you can see which era you like best and go and buy the appropriate album if you want to hear more....
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5.0 out of 5 stars One great band begats two great bands. 28 April 2007
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
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Uncle Tupelo have an extensive influence, what with the countless innovations they made within their genres - blended hardcore with folk and country, resulting in what can only really be called punk/folk - and essentially pioneering alt-country, not least the two great bands they spawned on their breakup - the country-flavoured Son Volt and the more experimental Wilco, possibly the only second bands to equal their predecessor.

Every best-of collection is controversial. There'll be at least one song that every person feels they are missing here. But the fact of the matter is, the quality is superb throughout this single-disc collection; almost every song is a classic. The majestic 'Effigy' and 'Whiskey Bottle,' the euphoric rush of 'Graveyard Shift,' the stunning traditional ballad 'Moonshiner,' Tweedy's restrained but lovely compositions like 'Screen Door' and 'Gun.'

In fact, the only greivance that most people could have with this collection is the prominence of Tweedy's work. I am a Wilco loyalist rather than a Son Volt fan, but Jay Farrar was the superior writer for a great deal of Uncle Tupelo's career, and his songs should be about 2:1 to Tweedy's. Luckily, only each of their best songs are here, and several of Tweedy's most important compositions appear, such as the burst of maturity that was 'Blackeye,' a spidery, short acoustic tune that heralded some of Wilco's later work.

The two bonus tracks you can take or leave. The cover of Stooges standard 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' is fine, but not really necessary, and the demo of 'Outdone' is just as good as the original. But that doesn't really matter; what matters is that if you only need one Tupelo CD, you can make it this one; alternatively, you can use it as your way into one of the best country bands in history, just like I did.
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