Being There [Deluxe Edition] [5 CD]

Being There [Deluxe Edition] [5 CD]

by Wilco

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Overview

While Wilco's debut, A.M., spread its wings in an expectedly country-rock fashion, their sophomore effort, Being There, is the group's great leap forward, a masterful, wildly eclectic collection shot through with ambitions and ideas. Although a few songs remain rooted in their signature sound, here Jeff Tweedy and band are as fascinated by their music's possibilities as its origins, and they push the songs which make up this sprawling two-disc set down consistently surprising paths and byways. For starters, the opening "Misunderstood" is majestic psychedelia, built on studio trickery and string flourishes, while "I Got You (At the End of the Century)" is virtual power pop, right down to the handclaps. The lovely "Someone Else's Song" borrows heavily from the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood," while the R&B-influenced boogie of "Monday" wouldn't sound at all out of place on Exile on Main Street; and on and on. The remarkable thing is how fresh all of these seeming clichés sound when reimagined with so much love and conviction; even the most traditional songs take unexpected twists and turns, never once sinking into mere imitation. "Music is my savior/I was named by rock & roll/I was maimed by rock & roll/I was tamed by rock & roll/I got my name from rock & roll," Tweedy sings on "Sunken Treasure," the opener of the second disc, and throughout the course of these 19 songs he explores rock as though he were tracing his family genealogy, fervently seeking to discover not only where he came from but also where he's going. With Being There, he finds what he's been looking for. [Being There was released in a five-CD Deluxe Edition in 2017, featuring the original album remastered on the first two discs; a third disc of outtakes, alternate takes, and demos; and a 20-song live performance recorded at the Troubadour on November 12, 1996 on the fourth and fifth discs. The fifth disc also includes four additional songs from Wilco's appearance on radio station KCRW the day after the Troubadour show.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2017
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227943493
catalogNumber: 563215
Rank: 84138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilco   Primary Artist
Jay Bennett   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Ken Coomer   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Max Johnston   Banjo,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Stirratt   Bass,Piano,Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Tweedy   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Egan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Greene   Violin

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Doug Sahm   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jay Farrar   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Jim Rondinelli   Engineer
Martin Stebbing   Engineer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Lou Whitney   Engineer
Scott Fritz   Engineer
Shannon Ward   Packaging Manager
Mike Heidorn   Composer
Chris Sheppard   Engineer
Skip Bryant   Engineer

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