Wilco-Being There [Deluxe Edition] [4 LP]
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Being There [Deluxe Edition] [4 LP]

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  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 teh World Got in Store
  9. Hotel Arizona
  10. Say You Miss Me
  11. Sunken Treasure
  12. Someday Soon
  13. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
  14. Someone Else's Song
  15. Kingpin
  16. (Was I) In Your Dreams
  17. Why Would You Wanna Live
  18. The Lonely 1
  19. Dreamer in My Dreams
  20. Late Blooming Son
  21. I Got You [Dobro Mix Warzone]
  22. Out of Sight, Out of Mind [Alternate]
  23. Far Far Away [Dark Side of the Room]
  24. Dynamite My Soul
  25. Losing Interest
  26. Why Would You Wanna Live [Alternate]
  27. Sun's a Star
  28. Capitol City
  29. Better When I'm Gone
  30. Dreamer in My Dreams [Alternate Rough Take]
  31. Say You Miss Me [Alternate]
  32. I Got You [Alternate]
  33. Monday [Alternate]
  34. I Can't Keep From Talking
  35. Sunken Treasure
  36. Red-Eyed and Blue
  37. Far, Far Away
  38. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Review

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 RB-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. [In 2017, Being There was reissued in a four-LP remastered Deluxe Edition featuring 15 previously unreleased bonus tracks.] ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi