Wilco’s ‘AM’ and ‘Being There’ getting deluxe reissues

Rhino Records will reissue Wilco’s first two albums — A.M. and Being There with expanded remastered deluxe editions on December 1st. Each album will be expanded with rare and unreleased music that will be new to even the most dedicated fans.

A.M.: Deluxe Edition includes the original album plus eight unreleased bonus tracks and will be available on CD and double LP. Being There: Deluxe Edition features loads of never-before-heard songs, alternate takes and live performances and will be available as a five CD collection and four LP set. Fans are also invited to purchase the album directly from wilcoworld.net, where they will have access to exclusive colored vinyl limited to 2,500 copies of each album. Digital formats of both albums will also be released on the same day.

After his former band Uncle Tupelo broke up, singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy took the bulk of the band-most notably bassist John Stirratt and drummer Ken Coomer-and quickly recorded Wilco’s 1995 debut, A.M. The album includes several fan favorites like “Casino Queen” and the funny-sad ode to drunk driving and unrequited love, “Passenger Side.”

The new Deluxe Edition offers up eight unreleased bonus tracks that feature an early version of “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” and “When You Find Trouble,” which is the last studio recording made by Uncle Tupelo. In the album’s liner note, Stirratt writes “Listening back to records 15 to 20 years later, I’m always taken with the confident but guileless quality of bands in their 20s, that strange mixture of innocence and conviction, and this is one of those records…we were barely a band at that point, just trying to make some noise.”

With its sophomore effort, the double album Being There, Wilco maintained the gravitas of roots music it established on A.M. without being hemmed in by it, creating the 21st century version of folk music it later perfected on records like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and The Whole Love. Being There mixes happy-go-lucky rockers (“Monday”) and ballads (“Red-Eyed And Blue”), with two signature songs from the Wilco canon – “Misunderstood” and “Sunken Treasure.”

The Deluxe Edition builds on the original with 15 bonus tracks released for the first time, including alternate versions of tracks “I Got You” and “Say You Miss Me.” The CD and digital version also features Wilco’s 20 song performance at the Troubadour from November 12, 1996, combining songs from A.M. (“I Must Be High” and a full-throttle punk version of “Passenger Side”), Being There (“Kingpin” and “Forget The Flowers”) and a few Uncle Tupelo tracks (“The Long Cut” and “Gun”). Also included on all formats are four songs the band played on radio station KCRW on November 13, 1996. As a touring band, many of these songs can be found on Wilco’s current set-list as notable fan favorites that have evolved over the years.

Wilco - A.M.: Deluxe Edition

A.M.: DELUXE EDITION – CD | 2 LP

1. I Must Be High
2. Casino Queen
3. Box Full Of Letters
4. Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
5. Pick Up The Change
6. I Thought I Held You
7. That’s Not The Issue
8. It’s Just That Simple
9. Should’ve Been In Love
10. Passenger Side
11. Dash 7
12. Blue Eyed Soul
13. Too Far Apart

Bonus Material

14. When You Find Trouble – Uncle Tupelo
15. Those I’ll Provide
16. Lost Love – Golden Smog (Take 1 Vocal 2)
17. Myrna Lee
18. She Don’t Have To See You” – Golden Smog
19. Outtasite (Outta Mind) – Early Version (Take 6)
20. Piss It Away
21. Hesitation Rocks

Wilco - Being There: Deluxe Edition

BEING THERE: DELUXE EDITION 5 CD | 4 LP

CD 1: 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

CD 2: 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

CD 3: Outtakes/Alternates/Demos

1. Late Blooming Son
2. I 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

CD 4: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part One)

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

CD 5: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part Two)

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

Live On KCRW 11/13/96

8. Sunken Treasure
9. Red-Eyed And Blue
10. Far, Far Away
11. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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