The list of seminal artists who have produced a fan perceived “sell out” album, only to have it later be lauded as groundbreaking by a future generation of fans, would include pop touchstones as timeless as The Beach Boysʼ Pet Sounds, The Rolling Stonesʼ Let It Bleed, Van Morrisonʼs Tupelo Honey, Leonard Cohenʼs I’m Your Man and maybe even The Clashʼs London Calling. !

In 1989, when what we called indie rock was called college rock or alternative music, kids were wearing “Corporate Rock Sucks” t shirts. The Replacements however, had just celebrated their ten year reunion and were working on their second major label album, Don’t Tell A Soul. At the top of those ten years, The Mats were not 20 year old punk rock kids but rather 30 year old artists who had performed dozens of songs a hundred different ways and touring with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Sometimes The Replacements performed songs which were shockingly tight, pronounced and practiced while other times they were the lovable drunk punk rock kids pulling themselves out of a sonic tailspin only seconds before crashing to the ground. Essentially, if you were really paying attention, the band, their live show and discography had always been an everything at once cultural grab bag of the growing up in America experience, be it lonely pop or snotty punk.

This wasn’t their sell out album or a calculated marketing ploy but a case in which age and experience became strikes against them to a core fan that wasn’t happy unless they were screaming at the walls. They may have lost some fans on this album, but 20 years later anyone who is serious about pop or punk music in general, or The Mats in particular, can appreciate the beauty and sophistication in songs such as “Achin’ to Be” and “I’ll Be You”, two tracks which not only stand the test of years and fickle fandom but represent some of the finest moments of all of the band’s offerings.

ORG Music has gone back to the original analogue master tapes to cut this premium vinyl release. We pulled the tapes from the Warner Bros vaults and gave them to Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering and pressed it on premium weight European vinyl at Furnace MFG. The art work has been reproduced from the original art mock ups and every attempt has been made to not only maintain the original quality, but to ensure that this edition is will be the definitive vinyl version in every way for future fans and old fans alike.

  • This remastered edition is the definitive vinyl version in every way for future fans and old fans alike.
  • Heavyweight 180g vinyl made with high-quality European vinyl

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