WILCO – Stonesesque ‘BEING THERE’ Album Released 25 Years Ago

Back in time

29 October 2021

Band: WILCO (Chicago)
Who: Singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy‘s combo
Active: Since 1994 / 11 LPs so far

Anniversary album: BEING THERE 2nd LP
Released: 29 October 1996 – 25 years ago today

AllMusic wrote; “Being There’s 19 tracks are individually outstanding, and taken
together, they add up to a three-way cross between Neil Young’s Harvest, the Rolling
Stones’ Exile on Main St., and Big Star’s 3rd that still leaves room for some impressive
tricks of its own. If Being There isn’t Wilco’s best album, it’s the one that staked their
claim as an important American band, and it’s a rich, dazzling experience from
beginning to end.”
Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: First big Wilco triumph, several to follow.

Singles: Outtasite (Outta Mind) / Monday



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WILCO – Magnum Opus ‘YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT’ Released 20 Years Ago Today

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18 September 2021

Formed by mastermind Jeff Tweedy
and some old Uncle Tupelo mates
Active: Since 1996 / 11 studio LPs so far

Anniversary album: YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT – 4th LP
Released: 18 September 2001 – 20 years ago today

Pitchfork wrote: “After half a year living with a bootleg copy, the music remains
revelatory. Complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative,
noisy and somehow serene, Wilco’s aging new album is simply a masterpiece; it is equally magnificent in headphones, cars and parties… Beneath the great story of Yankee Hotel
Foxtrot, there are all the tropes and symbols and coincidences of a little mythology; but
under that is a fantastic rock record. And why tell you? You all already knew this.”

Full review here. Score: 10/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Jeff Tweedy is Chicago’s Bob Dylan.

Single: War On War…

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The towers in Marina City, a residential-commercial building complex
in Chicago, was the inspiration for the album’s front artwork.

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ – 4th LP By WILCO

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ by WILCO
Released: 18 September 2001 – the band’s 4th longplayer

ROLLING STONE review: “This is how screwed up the music business is in the early twenty-
first century: Last summer, after completing their fourth and best studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, alternative-country idols Wilco delivered the record to their label, Reprise. The company reacted as if the music was caked in anthrax, throwing the album back at Wilco and arranging for them to leave the label, immediately. ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ now arrives in stores, intact, on Nonesuch. Like Reprise, Nonesuch is a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner. Essentially, the mother firm paid for the album twice. I would love to see one of the suits explain that to the shareholders…”
– Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Probably their best longplayer (so far). Top-notch songwriting all the way. Fav tracks: Kamera / Radio cure / War on war / Heavy metal
drummer / I am the man who loves you

ALBUM in full…

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