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I love Yankee Hotel Foxtrot but haven't got round to the other albums.
Which stuff is good/worth listening to?
Forget Wilco and start at the very beginning! In fact, don't forget Wilco, just listen to them after listening to Uncle Tupelo.
That's seven albums to get through before I even get back to YHF.
I'll give some Uncle Tupelo a listen though.
There's plenty of great stuff beyond them, but I'd suggest check around the other two albums from that trio before anything else.
Still Feel Gone and March 16-20, 1992 are amazing albums
In Wilcoland, Being There, Summerteeth, Mermaid Avenue #1 and A Ghost is Born are all top. Really though they're all worth listening to except maybe AM.
Is hearing the evolution of the sound. If you want to stay with Wilco, I'd agree that Summerteeth and A Ghost is Born are probably their best albums after YHF. I like AM a lot, but I'm in a minority. Being There is classic depressive alt-country, Summerteeth is a genius pop album with dark undertones, Ghost is Born is similar to YHF, Sky Blue Sky is way more of a classic rock/country album (I don't much care for it), Wilco (The Album) has some good tunes but doesn't really work for me, and The Whole Love gets back to a more experimental sound with some long jams.
The three Mermaid Avenue albums are all worth listening to, but definitely at the more traditional end of the Wilco sound.
Based on love of YHF I'd go with AGIB and TWL to start, then Being There, Summerteeth, W(TA). Then the others if you like.
of it is worthwhile....a good cross-section, you might try Kicking Television, the double disc live album.
... YHF > SUMMERTEETH > A GHOST IS BORN > THE WHOLE LOVE > BEING THERE > SKY BLUE SKY > WILCO (THE ALBUM) > A.M.
where Tweedy teamed up with a pre-Wilco Glenn Kotche and Jim O'Rourke are pretty good too. Quite jam-y though.
And then some Uncle Tepulo and work my way through.
Thanks for the suggestions.
The live versions of the A Ghost Is Born songs are vastly superior there. Then i would procede with Summerteeth and Being There
...then it's well worth checking out the 'I Am Trying To Break Your Heart' documentary which covers the making of the album with associated record label and band turmoil. It was on YouTube last time I checked.
But not watched the whole thing.
Will check it out.
some great outtakes/alternative versions - Venus Stop The Train and Magazine Called Sunset are great
Whenever people start a "Greatest songs that never made an album" thread I always mention Cars Can't Escape. The lyrics always put a lump in my throat.
Thanks for the suggestions all.
you'll struggle to find four albums back-to-back from any band as truly brilliant as Being There/ Summerteeth/ YHF/ A Ghost Is Born.
I also love their debut AM (though I'll be in the minority there) and the rest since A Ghost Is Born has some fantastic moments, check out album closer One Sunday Morning from their last album.
Also one of the best live bands around.
And, yes, Uncle Tupelo are incredible also.
God i feel so jealous of you discovering all this music for the first time.
Summerteeth for the first time!! FUCK!!!!!!!! :-D
Thats a great feeling discovering a truly great band with a big back catalogue
Genuinely transcendental music
...I had a boot but happy to pay for the official release. Tempted to check out some of the other Roadcase releases.
Take it you're familiar with the Owl & Bear website with its healthy assortment of bootlegs?
Nels Cline is very quickly becoming a favourite guitarist.
watch their Ashes Of American Flags DVD. His guitar work on Impossible Germany is utterly magnificent.
Best video on YouTube
I also love his soloing on Ashes To American Flags (from the DVD)
There's a great video of his setup on Youtube somewhere too.
He has the coolest and weirdest gear.
apart. This makes me very sad. Such a good quality t-shirt.
the Mermaid Avenue records. Thats a collaboration between Wilco and Billy Bragg writing songs based on Woody Guthrie words. Some essential material there (One by One, Airline to heaven, California Stars.
(I hate Billy Bragg). Let me dig it out.
Really enjoying it so far.