Rhino Records is revisiting The Replacements’ Twin/Tone Records years with a limited edition 4 LP box set titled, The Twin/Tone Years on Tuesday, August 11th as part of Record Store Day’s “Vinyl Tuesday” initiative. The set comprises the alternative rockers’ first four releases pressed on vinyl for the first time in more than two decades.
Each set will be individually numbered and limited to 8,000 copies. The collection features Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), the Stink EP (1982), Hootenanny (1983) and Let It Be (1984).
Later this year, Rhino will also release a second vinyl boxed set that highlights the four albums the band recorded for Sire Records between 1985 and 1990.
The Replacements signed with Minneapolis-based Twin/Tone Records in 1980. Over the next four years, the band helped shape the future of alternative rock with its “Left of the Dial” sound and notorious live shows, where the band often danced the razor’s edge between brilliant and belligerent.
Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars, Tommy Stinson, and brother Bob Stinson started out in Minneapolis playing in basements and garages before Peter Jesperson signed the band to Twin/Tone Records in 1980. Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash arrived a year later with songs like “Takin’ A Ride,” “I Bought A Headache,” and “Shiftless When Idle.”
The band returned in 1982 with the Stink EP. The indelible lead track “Kids Don’t Follow” is bolstered by the whiplash rhythms and sneering defiance of “God Damn Job” and “Dope Smokin’ Moron.”
The band began to expand its musical horizons the following year on Hootenanny. There were rockers – “Mr. Whirly” and “Color Me Impressed” – but also the moody groove of “Within Your Reach,” the slurry shuffle of “Treatment Bound” and “Loveline,” a swinging vamp on the want ads.
The group’s final Twin/Tone album, Let It Be (1984), brought all of the ‘Mats’ strengths together. It’s recognized today as one of the greatest albums of the 1980s thanks to classic tracks like “I Will Dare,” “Androgynous,” and “Unsatisfied.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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