wilco fans - suggest an album for me

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -

    i already own uncle tupelo's best of, but am considering checking out some stuff by wilco.

    i caught their concert on the show sessions at west 54th and liked what i heard.

    since i'm going through columbia house, my choices are

    1. yankee hotel foxtrot
    2. summer teeth
    3. being there
    4. a.m.

    so, all thoughts or opinions welcome.

    thx!

    [edit] i also have some billy bragg/wilco options

    1. mermaid ave
    2. mermaid ave v.2
     
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    i wouldnt call myself a huge wilco fan, but i quite enjoy yankee hotel foxtrot, being there is ok but i prefer the former.

    CJ
     
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    A.M. is one of my favorite records. Being There is a very good follow-up. I never cared for Summerteeth, but most people around here would recommend it in a heartbeat, and I would never talk anyone out of buying it. The same goes for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - the Wilco diehards are very passionate about them. And I dig them too - I just prefer their original alt-country sound.

    Do you own the four Uncle Tupelo albums? No Depression, Still Feel Gone, March 16-20, 1992 and Anodyne - they've just been reissued and remastered. Jeff Tweedy is also part of Golden Smog - Down by the Old Mainstream is a very good release. And you should definitely check out Trace from Tweedy's former bandmate Jay Farrar if you haven't already.
     
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    hmm...looks like i can't go wrong regardless of which album i choose. i think columbia house lets me sample snippets, so maybe that will help too.

    i only have uncle tupelo's best of cd. haven't dived deep enough into them yet to get the individual albums. i wouldn't call myself an alt-country die hard yet, but the more i listen the more i like.

    btw, how does the uncle tupelo history go? they started as UT, then split into wilco/???.
     
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    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. nuff said.
     
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    YHF is the first Wilco record I heard, and I love it...but if I were recommending one for a new listener, I would go with Being There.
     
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    I rank em in this order

    1) Being There
    2) Summerteeth
    3) tie: Mermaid Ave 1, A.M.
    5) Mermaid Ave 2
    6) YHF

    as for history Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy formed Uncle Tupelo together... when they split Jay went on to form Son Volt and Jeff, Wilco
     
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    Further, Son Volt has disbanded, and Farrar has put out two solo albums and an EP. While I like his solo stuff, none of it has been able to top Son Volt's Wide Swing Tremolo. The "best" album from all of the above bands is a topic of endless debate. To each his own.

    If you're just getting into the Uncle Tupelo sound, I would start with Wilco's A.M. They get farther away from the "alt-country" sound with each album, so you might as well begin with the album that sounds most like Tweedy's U.T. stuff. I spin Yankee Hotel Foxtrot least out of all the Wilco albums.
     
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    Favorite Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne
    Favorite Wilco: I prefer Mermaid Avenue (Volume 1), to any of Wilco's proper albums; among their own stuff, Being There is my fave
    Favorite Sun Volt: Trace

    You should also check out Whiskeytown (fave album: Stranger's Almanac). The good news is that Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary and her husband are reforming the band and going back to the studio. I think Adams' stuff in Whiskeytown is better than his solo stuff, and that the last Whiskeytown album (Pneumonia) is better than either of his solo albums. Just MHO.
     
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    In turn, Ryan Adams' solo stuff is better than almost anything on Top 40 radio or MTV these days. [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed! [​IMG]
     
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    I consider myself a HUGE Wilco fan.

    It all depends on which Wilco you prefer. The first two albums are more straightforward, the last two, a bit more ambiguous. Being There is excellent - there are so many great songs on it. That being said, I have go with Summerteeth as the best Wilco record. It has it all from She's a Jar to Candy Floss. Its brilliant, IMHO. YHF is an extremely close second.

    Oh, and their free EP on their website is damned good too.
     
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    Actually, I would get Wilco's albums in the order you listed. Plus it's still linear, just backwards.

    UT Anthology doesn't do justice. Definitely pick up all four UT albums.

    And as someone else mentioned, the first Mermaid Ave. is a must.

    Have you listened to Son Volt too? While AM kinda floundered and Wilco got their feet, Son Volt's Trace was an instant classic upon release.
     
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    I listened to most of Wilco's albums as they were released, but never really got into one until YHF.
     
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    hmm..

    looks like being there, a.m. and (possibly) mermaids v1 will be my first foray. thx for the suggestions guys (and the nice history summary scott) - it is much appreciated.

    i've heard of son volt, but never knew their history. i may have to check out trace too.

    i need money...
     
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    Scott, I love the choice of lyrics in your signature. Thanks for the fascinating history! [​IMG]
     
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    welp, i received being there -- and am very happy. what a great album. i didn't even realize it was a 2-cd set. :b

    there are a couple of songs that may be a little too "twangy" for me, but by far, most of these songs are great. what i really like is how "genuine" these songs feel. while i'm a big electronic music fan, i just feel like this kind of music has more heart 'n' soul.

    it's truly refreshing.

    thx for the recommendation guys.

    i think i may try son volt next... [​IMG]
     
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    My favorites in order from your list of choices are:

    1. Summerteeth
    2. Being There
    3. A.M.
    4. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

    ...but I like them all, so you can't really go wrong. Of the two Mermaid Avenue CDs, I think Wilco makes a stonger showing on the second one. They are both good, though, especially if you also like Billy Bragg.

    Regards,
     

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