Columbia Marks Uncle Tupelo's Legacy
Alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo will be the subject of an upcoming single disc retrospective, due April 9 via Columbia/Legacy. Collecting all of the key tracks from the group's first three RockvilleAlt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo will be the subject of an upcoming single disc retrospective, due April 9 via Columbia/Legacy. Collecting all of the key tracks from the group's first three Rockville Records releases, the 21-track career overview, titled "Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology," will also feature several songs from the band's Sire/Reprise swansong "Anodyne," plus seven rarities, including one previously unreleased track.
As tipped here in May, the rights to the three Rockville releases reverted back to the band in recent years. Those albums will be reissued by Columbia/Legacy in remastered editions with extra tracks either late this year or in early 2002. A label spokesperson says various band members have been assisting in the process of evaluating potential bonus material.
Throughout its existence, the Belleville, Ill.-based Uncle Tupelo was comprised of principal songwriters Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy and rounded out by drummers Mike Heidorn and Ken Coomer, and multi-instrumentalists Max Johnston and John Stirratt. Internal strife splintered the band in 1994, with Farrar going on to form Son Volt and Tweedy founding Wilco. The group's legacy carries on: No Depression, the leading alt-country monthly magazine, took its name from Uncle Tupelo's debut album.
In addition to four excerpts from that set, "Anthology" collects two rarities from the same era, including the commercially unavailable demo "Not Forever, Just for Now," and the band's sought after 7" single "I Got Drunk." Along with three tracks culled from Tupelo's 1991 second album "Still Feel Gone," the retrospective offers a previously unreleased cover of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
Further rarities include the 1992 "Sauget Wind" single and its flipside, "Looking for a Way Out (Acoustic Version)" which was recorded live at New Jersey station WFMU on July 29, 1990.
The set is rounded out with four cuts from the group's Peter Buck-produced "March 16-20, 1992" album, the aforementioned "Anodyne" tracks, a 1993 cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Effigy" from the "No Alternative" benefit album, and a live version of "We've Been Had," recorded at Chicago's Vic Theatre in October 1993.