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Well, they just released a 4 disc box set that includes a previously unreleased vinyl version of "Don't Tell A Soul".   Another disc of rare fucking goodies and 2 live discs from a show in 1989.  I haven't made it that far.  I can't get past the first two.  Holy shit it this thing good.  I haven't felt this good about a release in....well, a LONG time.  

From Pitchfork:   https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/the-replacements-dead-mans-pop/

COS: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/09/album-review-the-replacements-dead-mans-pop/

 

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I always loved Portland.  What a great song and so cool to see how it evolved.    And the booklet on the inside is incredible.  I ain't gettin' shit done in the office today.

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Al_4_ISU said:

Reallllyyyy liking this version of Don't Tell A Soul.

The version of "I'm Blind" is fantastic!  Wow.  I can't quit listening to it.  

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1 minute ago, hullabelew said:

The version of "I'm Blind" is fantastic!  Wow.  I can't quit listening to it.  

The Mats go Gospel Soul.  Hell yea.

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Don't Tell a Soul was an album a lot of old-line 'Mats fans didn't care for in part because the sound was polished up.  My attitude was that, while it wasn't as good as most (possibly all) of the Replacements albums that preceded it, it was still better than most of the other music coming out around that time, so ignoring it seemed silly.  And Westerberg wrote some legitimately great songs on that album -- Talent Show, They're Blind, Achin' to Be, etc.  I'll have to check out Dead Man's Pop.   

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Westerberg's songs have always been what hooked with me the Replacements (and you kind of have to like them if you're from the Upper Midwest and have remotely discerning taste in music), and he was still writing some really great fucking songs here.

I don't care much for the production on anything after "Let It Be" (I swapped out all the original versions on "Tim" for the demos), but there are still really good songs in this time frame.  Even "All Shook Down" has it's moments.

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Now we are talking....

Don't Tell a Soul was my favorite album during my college years. Wore the grooves off that one. 

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2 hours ago, Al_4_ISU said:

Even "All Shook Down" has it's moments.

Tommy seems to think it's Paul's zenith.  I don't entirely disagree, because it's the most realized album they did in terms of performance, but of course it's hard to ignore the songwriting from "Let It Be" on, even if earlier recordings and performances tend to be . . . well, they're "rough".

I dare a 'mats fan to look at this track list and call it anything but some of the best songwriting of its era:

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  1. "Merry Go Round" – 3:29
  2. "One Wink at a Time" – 3:02
  3. "Nobody" – 3:06
  4. "Bent Out of Shape" – 3:42
  5. "Sadly Beautiful" – 3:09
  6. "Someone Take the Wheel" – 3:37
  7. "When It Began" – 3:07
  8. "All Shook Down" – 3:16
  9. "Attitude" – 2:43
  10. "Happy Town" – 2:54
  11. "Torture" – 1:52
  12. "My Little Problem" – 4:09
  13. "The Last" – 2:54

 

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Westerberg's songs have always been what hooked with me the Replacements (and you kind of have to like them if you're from the Upper Midwest and have remotely discerning taste in music), and he was still writing some really great fucking songs here.
I don't care much for the production on anything after "Let It Be" (I swapped out all the original versions on "Tim" for the demos), but there are still really good songs in this time frame.  Even "All Shook Down" has it's moments.

When I saw them on tour for that album I heard what it could have/should have sounded like. Raw, noisy and powerful.


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14 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

I dare a 'mats fan to look at this track list and call it anything but some of the best songwriting of its era:

But is that really a Replacements album?

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1 hour ago, HenryJames said:

But is that really a Replacements album?

More or less.  It's a tautology of sorts -- if it doesn't sound like half the band is drunk and the other half is on crank, can it be a Replacements album?

I think Chris Mars is the only guy who didn't play a whole lot on the record, though.

Maybe it's Paul's best solo record.  That would be ironic -- the less the other 'mats play on his solo records, the worse sounding they get.

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On 11/6/2019 at 3:22 PM, Ths71 said:


When I saw them on tour for that album I heard what it could have/should have sounded like. Raw, noisy and powerful.


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So you saw 'em after All Shook Down came out, with Foley on drums instead of Chris Mars?  I was always curious how the shows on that last tour -- with the end in sight -- sounded.  I wondered if it sounded like they were throwing in the towel or thriving on the chaos. 

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So you saw 'em after All Shook Down came out, with Foley on drums instead of Chris Mars?  I was always curious how the shows on that last tour -- with the end in sight -- sounded.  I wondered if it sounded like they were throwing in the towel or thriving on the chaos. 

Yeah. 1991. I saw them in ‘87 and was lucky enough to catch them on a “good” night. One of most memorable shows in my illustrious concert going career. The ‘91 show was good but not at that level. Paul handled more of the lead guitar in ‘91. Sloppy at times but in a good way. They did a cover of Danny O’ Keefe’s “ Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues that was awesome.


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23 hours ago, Carl Spackler said:

So you saw 'em after All Shook Down came out, with Foley on drums instead of Chris Mars?  I was always curious how the shows on that last tour -- with the end in sight -- sounded.  I wondered if it sounded like they were throwing in the towel or thriving on the chaos. 

I have a bootleg somewhere of their final show in Chicago, and it was actually pretty good.  Even the finale of "Hootenany" where roadies start coming into the jam and literally replacing the members one by one.

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It is one of my big music-related regrets that I never saw those guys pre-breakup, either with their classic lineup or even after Bob Stinson got kicked out.  I did see them a few years ago after Paul and Tommy mended fences (Josh Homme on drums, and a guitarist whose name I can't recall offhand), and it was terrific.  But it also made me wistful that I hadn't caught them live in their glory days.  

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i think i may have gotten drunk just listening to the "If only if you were lonely" cut with Tom Waits

two sheets to the wind, jeez.

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On 11/6/2019 at 5:05 PM, jimmyjazz said:

Tommy seems to think it's Paul's zenith.  I don't entirely disagree, because it's the most realized album they did in terms of performance, but of course it's hard to ignore the songwriting from "Let It Be" on, even if earlier recordings and performances tend to be . . . well, they're "rough".

I dare a 'mats fan to look at this track list and call it anything but some of the best songwriting of its era:

 

All Shook Down is one of my favorites.  It is the CD I leave in the car for road trips.  

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Just now, withinyourreach said:

All Shook Down is one of my favorites.  It is the CD I leave in the car for road trips.  

I just realized my user name is a Replacements song.  I guess I don't post much.

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