Wilco continues to make excellent records and play shows that stir the soul, but the group invented the terrain it continues to explore more than 20 years ago with its first two albums – A.M. (1995) and Being There (1996). On December 1, Rhino will revisit those landmark albums with remastered versions of the originals expanded with rare and unreleased music that will be new to even the most dedicated fans.

A.M.: Deluxe Edition includes the original album plus eight unreleased bonus tracks and will be available on CD and double-LP, and can be  pre-ordered here. Being There: Deluxe Edition features loads of never-before-heard songs, alternate takes and live performances, and will be available as a five-CD collection and four-LP set: which can be pre-ordered here.  Fans are also invited to purchase the album directly from wilcoworld.net, where they will have access to exclusive coloured vinyl limited to 2,500 copies of each album. Digital formats of both albums will also be released on the same day.

After his former band Uncle Tupelo broke up, singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy took the bulk of the band—most notably bassist John Stirratt and drummer Ken Coomer—and quickly recorded Wilco’s 1995 debut, A.M. The album includes several fan favourites like Casino Queen and the funny-sad ode to drunk driving and unrequited love, Passenger Side.

The new Deluxe Edition offers up eight unreleased bonus tracks that feature an early version of Outtasite (Outta Mind) and When You Find Trouble, which is the last studio recording made by Uncle Tupelo. In the album’s liner note, Stirratt writes “Listening back to records 15 to 20 years later, I’m always taken with the confident but guileless quality of bands in their 20s, that strange mixture of innocence and conviction, and this is one of those records—we were barely a band at that point, just trying to make some noise.”

With its sophomore effort, the double album Being There, Wilco maintained the gravitas of roots music it established on A.M. without being hemmed in by it, creating the 21st century version of folk music it later perfected on records like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and The Whole Love. Being There mixes happy-go-lucky rockers (Monday) and ballads (Red-Eyed And Blue), with two signature songs from the Wilco canon – Misunderstood and Sunken Treasure.

The Deluxe Edition builds on the original with 15 bonus tracks released for the first time, including alternate versions of tracks I Got You and Say You Miss Me. The CD and digital version also features Wilco’s 20-song performance at the Troubadour from November 12, 1996, combining songs from A.M. (I Must Be High and a full-throttle punk version of Passenger Side), Being There (Kingpin and Forget The Flowers) and a few Uncle Tupelo tracks (The Long Cut and Gun). Also included on all formats are four songs the band played on radio station KCRW on November 13, 1996.  As a touring band, many of these songs can be found on Wilco’s current set-list as notable fan favourites that have evolved over the years.

A.M.: DELUXE EDITION

CD Track Listing:

  1. I Must Be High
  2. Casino Queen
  3. Box Full Of Letters
  4. Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
  5. Pick Up The Change
  6. I Thought I Held You
  7. That’s Not The Issue
  8. It’s Just That Simple
  9. Should’ve Been In Love
  10. Passenger Side
  11. Dash 7
  12. Blue Eyed Soul
  13. Too Far Apart

Bonus Material

  1. When You Find Trouble” – Uncle Tupelo
  2. Those I’ll Provide
  3. Lost Love – Golden Smog (Take 1 Vocal 2)
  4. Myrna Lee
  5. She Don’t Have To See You – Golden Smog
  6. Outtasite (Outta Mind) – Early Version (Take 6)
  7. Piss It Away
  8. Hesitation Rocks

A.M.: DELUXE EDITION

LP Track Listing:

Side One

  1. I Must Be High
  2. Casino Queen
  3. Box Full Of Letters
  4. Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
  5. Pick Up The Change

Side Two

  1. I Thought I Held You
  2. That’s Not The Issue
  3. It’s Just That Simple
  4. Should’ve Been In Love
  5. Passenger Side

Side Three

  1. Dash 7
  2. Blue Eyed Soul
  3. Too Far Apart
  4. When You Find Trouble – Uncle Tupelo
  5. Those I’ll Provide

Side Four

  1. Lost Love – Golden Smog (Take 1, Vocal 2)
  2. Myrna Lee
  3. She Don’t Have To See You – Golden Smog
  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind) – Early Version (Take 6)
  5. Piss It Away
  6. Hesitation Rocks

BEING THERE: DELUXE EDITION

CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album

  1. Misunderstood
  2. Far, Far Away
  3. Monday
  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  5. Forget The Flowers
  6. Red-Eyed And Blue
  7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
  8. What’s The World Got In Store
  9. Hotel Arizona
  10. Say You Miss Me

Disc Two: Original Album

  1. Sunken Treasure
  2. Someday Soon
  3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
  4. Someone Else’s Song
  5. Kingpin
  6. (Was I) In Your Dreams
  7. Why Would You Wanna Live
  8. The Lonely 1
  9. Dreamer In My Dreams

Disc Three: Outtakes/Alternates/Demos

  1. Late Blooming Son
  2. I Got You – Dobro Mix Warzone
  3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Alternate
  4. Far Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)
  5. Dynamite My Soul
  6. Losing Interest
  7. Why Would You Wanna Live – Alternate
  8. Sun’s A Star
  9. Capitol City
  10. Better When I’m Gone
  11. Dreamer In My Dreams – Alternate Rough Take
  12. Say You Miss Me – Alternate
  13. I Got You – Alternate
  14. Monday – Party Horn Version
  15. I Can’t Keep From Talking

Disc Four: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part One)

  1. Sunken Treasure
  2. Red-Eyed And Blue
  3. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
  4. Someone Else’s Song
  5. Someday Soon
  6. Forget The Flowers
  7. New Madrid
  8. I Must Be High
  9. Passenger Side – Punk Version
  10. Passenger Side
  11. Hotel Arizona
  12. Monday
  13. Say You Miss Me

Disc Five: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part Two)

  1. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  2. The Long Cut
  3. Kingpin
  4. Misunderstood
  5. Far, Far Away
  6. Give Back The Key To My Heart
  7. Gun
  8. Sunken Treasure (Live On KCRW 11/13/96)
  9. Red-Eyed And Blue (Live On KCRW 11/13/96)
  10. Far, Far Away (Live On KCRW 11/13/96)
  11. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Live On KCRW 11/13/96)

BEING THERE: DELUXE EDITION

LP Track Listing:

Side One

  1. Misunderstood
  2. Far, Far Away
  3. Monday
  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  5. Forget The Flowers

Side Two

  1. Red-Eyed And Blue
  2. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
  3. What’s The World Got In Store
  4. Hotel Arizona
  5. Say You Miss Me

Side Three

  1. Sunken Treasure
  2. Someday Soon
  3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
  4. Someone Else’s Song
  5. Kingpin

Side Four

  1. (Was I) In Your Dreams
  2. Why Would You Wanna Live
  3. The Lonely 1
  4. Dreamer In My Dreams

Side Five

  1. Late Blooming Son
  2. I Got You – Dobro Mix Warzone
  3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Alternate
  4. Far Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)
  5. Dynamite My Soul
  6. Losing Interest

Side Six

  1. Why Would You Wanna Live – Alternate
  2. Sun’s A Star
  3. Capitol City
  4. Better When I’m Gone
  5. Dreamer In My Dreams – Alternate Rough Take

Side Seven

  1. Say You Miss Me – Alternate
  2. I Got You – Alternate
  3. Monday – Party Horn Version
  4. I Can’t Keep From Talking

Side Eight

  1. Sunken Treasure
  2. Red-Eyed And Blue
  3. Far, Far Away
  4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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