17 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the Replacements were never able to capture the total power of their live performance on studio tape, this album comes close, as the loose, pounding thunder of “Hold My Life,” “Bastards of Young,” “Left of the Dial,” and “Little Mascara” make their case for the band as one of the 1980s most affecting rock n’ roll bands. Singer Paul Westerberg sounds as if he’s on the verge of tears in the final moments of heartbreak that singe the album’s closer “Here Comes a Regular,” and a scared, lonely feeling permeates “Swinging Party.” Westerberg still comes out swaggering with “Waitress in the Sky” and “Kiss Me on the Bus,” each tune being complemented by wiry, unpredictable guitar solos from the band’s soon to be dismissed guitarist Bob Stinson. The 2008 reissue includes six bonus cuts, including an alternate take of “Here Comes A Regular” and two attempts at “Can’t Hardly Wait,” which would finally appear on the band’s next album Pleased to Meet Me. The acoustic version here is particularly spine-tingling and arguably the best take of the many that have surfaced over the years. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the Replacements were never able to capture the total power of their live performance on studio tape, this album comes close, as the loose, pounding thunder of “Hold My Life,” “Bastards of Young,” “Left of the Dial,” and “Little Mascara” make their case for the band as one of the 1980s most affecting rock n’ roll bands. Singer Paul Westerberg sounds as if he’s on the verge of tears in the final moments of heartbreak that singe the album’s closer “Here Comes a Regular,” and a scared, lonely feeling permeates “Swinging Party.” Westerberg still comes out swaggering with “Waitress in the Sky” and “Kiss Me on the Bus,” each tune being complemented by wiry, unpredictable guitar solos from the band’s soon to be dismissed guitarist Bob Stinson. The 2008 reissue includes six bonus cuts, including an alternate take of “Here Comes A Regular” and two attempts at “Can’t Hardly Wait,” which would finally appear on the band’s next album Pleased to Meet Me. The acoustic version here is particularly spine-tingling and arguably the best take of the many that have surfaced over the years. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

WHITESTRIPES333 ,

Possibly my favorite album of all time

A lot gets said about how the replacements are the only band that ever mattered, and how they changed so many people's lives. I was skeptical at first. I liked them, but they weren't my favorite band or anything. However, the first time I heard this album I knew it was something really special. It's not as well loved as some other 'mats records, but it is easily my favorite. This record changed my life, and it might change yours too. Do yourself a favor and buy it. There is the singing along, fist pumping, drinking with good friends, car-window down, bad day, good day, breakup, wedding, anytime album that i love dearly.

JTdesign ,

A Classic

I bought this record when it came out on vinyl. Not only has held it's own over time, but it is just as musically relevent today as it was back then.

This is worth the full-album download, but if you've only got 3 bucks to spend, get "Left of the Dial," "Hold My Life," and "Here Comes a Regular." After you realize how great those songs are, be sure to do the iTunes "Complete My Album" option.

Rockbow ,

This album taught me what music should be

I was fortunate enough to be in 8th grade in MN when this came out. 30 years later this is still one of my favorites. One of the few albums where every song is a winner.

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