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advise me on a beginners guide / where to start etc. cheers
everything is weak in comparison.
just buy that album, slay it for months on end, then buy the I Am Trying To Break Your Heart DVD, which is the best music documentry i've ever seen, and is about the making of YHF.
then maybe, if you ever get bored of YHF, look into some of their other records. Summer Teeth and A Ghost is Born are cool too.
Yes yes yes to this prescription.
live album, 2 cds, most of the best stuff imho. The first track has a slightly annoying bit, but other than that it's brilliant. Less than £8 (delivered) for over 2 hours quality music is a great deal too. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kicking-Television-Live-Chicago-2005/dp/B000BCE90O
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is probably the most obvious regular album to go with. But I'd start with the live album tbh.
good mix of old and new too
both are fantastic ... if you like them, then explore further - would suggest Summerteeth (poppy) then A.M. (country) then A Ghost Is Born (more experimental/noodly) - avoid Sky Blue Sky (dull) ... their demos, widely available, are highly recommended too
and that includes Sky Blue Sky.
As for where to start, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or Summerteeth.
Tempted to say start on Summerteeth then go for YHF - they're both immense.
I'm actually of the school of thought that Sky Blue Sky is better than Ghost too - but as a pair those earlier two absolutely rule.
which part made you think that?
they sound like a band of talented musicians trying to write an amazing, important record.
but all recommended highly. Via Chicago from Summerteeth is stunning.
I'm a superfan so maybe a little biased
My favourite is, perhaps predictably, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Absolutely stunning. It may not appear to be so great at first but you have to give it some time and let it sink in. It's not an album rewarding instant graitification and the hooks and subtleties require patience and repeated listens, which is perhaps why Reprise wouldn't release it. Probably the definitive album by Wilco.
Being There is terrific and features a lot more straight-up rockers and a country feel reminiscent of Jeff Tweedy's roots in Uncle Tupelo.
Summerteeth feels like their most 'pop' album to me. Terrific songs.
Sky Blue Sky is a lot better than people give them credit for. On the surface it might seem quite one-dimensional and perhaps even bland, but this probably due to the laid-back unassuming nature of the playing and instrumentation and production. Acoustic guitars are more prominent on SBS than on the previous two albums and Nels Cline's beautiful guitar solo's add a previously unheard delicacy and finesse to Wilco. Some of Jeff Tweedy's best songs are hidden away on here too.
Personally, I never got along with A Ghost Is Born. I just don't feel there are any striking songs on the album and the experimental elements feel forced and self-conscious to me. I don't know...loads of people seem to really dig it. Each to their own I suppose.
I would say that A.M is for completists only! :-0
Hope some of this info helps!
i also recommend checking out March 16-20, 1992 by Uncle Tupelo as there's some fine Tweedy action there as well.