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Wilco - Being There

(5CD Box Set)

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5CD Deluxe Edition includes Original Album, 15 Previously Unissued Demos, Outtakes & Never Before Heard Songs, KCRW Session, Live at The Troubadour Set and Liner Notes by Steve Hyden

Wilco's boundary expanding second album Being There (1996) turned 21 in 2017, so it's officially old enough to go out there and have one on its own. To celebrate, this new deluxe 5CD reissue adds a 15-pack of bonus tracks including alternate versions of "I Got You" and "Say You Miss Me," plus never-before-released recordings like "Dynamite My Soul" and "Better When I'm Gone." Also included is Wilco's 1996 session from KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show and the band's raucous 20-song set from the Troubadour in Los Angeles, November 12, 1996. In-depth liner notes from journalist Steven Hyden are the proverbial straw that stirs the drink.

Motivated by leader Jeff Tweedy's desire to improve on his band's debut A.M. and informed by numerous life changes including the birth of his first child, Being There begins a cycle of creativity and ambition in Wilco's career that has yet to let up. Far more mature and advanced than anything Tweedy and Co. had done before, the eclectic double album finds the group moving beyond straightforward country-rock and embracing a gambit of styles that encompass power-pop, romantic balladry, barroom-brawling rock, and immersive psychedelia. A journey that is ultimately about finding solace in rock n' roll, Being There is a seminal record in every sense and it has only bettered with the passage of time.

The late Jay Bennett, a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who joined the band before the recording sessions, is also largely responsible for the artistic growth. His keen pop sensibilities and keyboard playing expand Wilco's core rootsy sound, while Tweedy pushes himself as a songwriter. Introspective, surreal, and personal, tunes such as the explosive "Misunderstood" and meditative "Hotel Arizona" signal the arrival of a singular talent coming to terms with his own anxiety, restlessness, and dreams. And the band is up to the challenge. In addition to blending myriad sounds, Wilco gets more comfortable with the studio and adorns several arrangements with horns, strings, and hand claps.


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CD1 - Original Album
  1. Misunderstood
  2. Far, Far Away
  3. Monday
  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  5. Forget The Flowers
  6. Red-eyed And Blue
  7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
  8. What's The World Got In Store
  9. Hotel Arizona
  10. Say You Miss Me
CD2 - Original Album
  1. Sunken Treasure
  2. Someday Soon
  3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
  4. Someone Else's Song
  5. Kingpin
  6. (Was I) In Your Dreams
  7. Why Would You Wanna Live
  8. The Lonely 1
  9. Dreamer In My Dreams
CD3 - Outtakes/Alternates/Demos
  1. Late Blooming Son
  2. I've Got You (Dobro Mix Warzone)
  3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Alternate)
  4. Far, Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)
  5. Dynamite My Soul
  6. Losing Interest
  7. Why Would You Wanna Live (Alternate)
  8. Sun's A Star
  9. Capitol City
  10. Better When I'm Gone
  11. Dreamer In My Dreams (Alternate Rough Take)
  12. Say You Miss Me (Alternate)
  13. I Got You (Alternate)
  14. Monday (Party Horn Version)
  15. I Can't Keep From Talking
CD4 - Live at the Troubador 11/12/96
  1. Sunken Treasure
  2. Red-eyed And Blue
  3. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
  4. Someone Else's Song
  5. Someday Soon
  6. Forget The Flowers
  7. New Madrid
  8. I Must Be High
  9. Passenger Side (Punk Version)
  10. Passenger Side
  11. Hotel Arizona
  12. Monday
  13. Say You Miss Me
CD5 - Live at the Troubador 11/12/96 + Live On KRCW 11/13/96
  1. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  2. The Long Cut
  3. Kingpin
  4. Misunderstood
  5. Far, Far Away
  6. Give Back The Key To My Heart
  7. Gun
  8. Sunken Treasure
  9. Red-eyed And Blue
  10. Far, Far Away
  11. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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