21 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anthology may not be an apt word to describe this collection of Uncle Tupelo recordings since fan favorites like their gripping cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Sin City" and Doug Sahm's "Give Back The Key To My Heart" are strangely absent. But then again, Greatest Hits would be another misnomer since the seminal alt-country trio didn't have any real hits outside college radio. Still, this sequence of songs, outtakes, demos, and alternate versions successfully display Uncle Tupelo's uncanny chemistry, unarguable talent, and unfortunate tension that broke up the band and subsequently birthed Wilco and Son Volt. The country punk anthem "I Got Drunk" is here in all its dipsomaniac glory as is the flannel-flying, fist-pumping "Chickamauga." And the moving "Sauget Wind" could be the band's apex with its slow waltzing rhythms, slow burning distortion, and heart destroying words. Jeff Tweedy's hayseed version of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is another fun cover, but the band's humble rendition of the Carter Family's "No Depression" still stands to serve as the spark that ignited the indie-twang movement of the '90s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anthology may not be an apt word to describe this collection of Uncle Tupelo recordings since fan favorites like their gripping cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Sin City" and Doug Sahm's "Give Back The Key To My Heart" are strangely absent. But then again, Greatest Hits would be another misnomer since the seminal alt-country trio didn't have any real hits outside college radio. Still, this sequence of songs, outtakes, demos, and alternate versions successfully display Uncle Tupelo's uncanny chemistry, unarguable talent, and unfortunate tension that broke up the band and subsequently birthed Wilco and Son Volt. The country punk anthem "I Got Drunk" is here in all its dipsomaniac glory as is the flannel-flying, fist-pumping "Chickamauga." And the moving "Sauget Wind" could be the band's apex with its slow waltzing rhythms, slow burning distortion, and heart destroying words. Jeff Tweedy's hayseed version of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is another fun cover, but the band's humble rendition of the Carter Family's "No Depression" still stands to serve as the spark that ignited the indie-twang movement of the '90s.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

dcarlson ,

Best Country Band Ever

Even though this album is missing Uncle Tupelo's best songs such as: Blue Eyes, Acuff Rose and even No Sense In Love'in, it still shows the true colors of Uncle Tupelo as being the best country band ever. A perfect mix of Rock and Country collide together to make the solution to alternative. I fell in love with this band the first time I heard "Screen Door" which is an instant classic, nothing Jeff Tweedy has written has matched the feeling that song gives off. It became clear to me that this was the greatest country band of all time when I heard "Gun", "Still Be Around", "The Long Cut", "W'e've Been Had [Live]" and "Black Eye". This album is truely a country classic. Rock on Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy... Rock on!

Jezziee ,

Great band!!!

It must have been 1991 or so when I heard Uncle Tupelo playing on one of my friends CD players. Since then I've been a huge fan and still listen to them even know. This is by far one of the best "best of" I've heard. If you are looking for some more good music check out Son Volt.

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Some of the most unique, musically diverse and ground-breaking music that you'll ever hear.

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