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Anodyne [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks]

Uncle Tupelo, Uncle TupeloAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00008DCSZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slate
2. Acuff-Rose
3. The Long Cut
4. Give Me Back the Key to My Heart
5. Chickamauga
6. New Madrid
7. Anodyne
8. We've Been Had
9. Fifteen Keys
10. High Water
11. No Sense in Lovin'
12. Steal the Crumbs
13. Stay True (bonus track, previously unreleased)
14. Wherever (bonus track, previously unreleased)
15. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (bonus track, previously unreleased)
16. Truck Drivin' Man (bonus track, live)
17. Suzy Q (bonus track, live)

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Product Description

Before Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo already had one masterpiece in 1991's noisy and tense Still Feel Gone, but this album, the band's major-label debut, had even grander ambitions. Replacing the group's grungy guitar with soaring lap and pedal-steel fills, plus fiddle and mandolin breaks both sweet and raucous, Anodyne is overflowing with a spacious grandeur that alludes to, and then makes it own, everything from the Band and the Stones and Neil Young (both as a solo artist and with Crazy Horse) to old Acuff-Rose songs--all of which is just to say that it's among the best roots-rock records ever made. The 2003 remastered and expanded edition offers three unreleased tracks from the original sessions plus a pair of live covers from a 1993 Chicago show. --David Cantwell

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Irreparable Rift August 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
By now it should be apparent that, irrespective of genre, two brilliant songwriters can coexist within the same band for only so long. Such collaborations may last but a few months, as in the case of the early incarnation of Metallica that featured both James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine, or as long as several years in the cases of the dynamic duos that fronted the Beatles (ok, George Harrison made them a dynamic trio of songwriters) and Uncle Tupelo. Ultimately, however, a band with more than one ingenious songwriter is destined to fission.
Luckily, in the case of Uncle Tupelo, childhood friends Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy were able to work together long enough to produce four excellent studio albums, the last of which, Anodyne, represents their most remarkable artistic achievement as a songwriting team.
The proceedings start out well enough with the mournful "Slate" and hoedown worthy "Acuff-Rose". However, the meat of the album starts on the third track, "The Long Cut", which is the first in what seems like an endless stream of classics to come. "Give Back the Key to My Heart" manages to be sweet, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. As perhaps the finest and most rocking song UT ever recorded, "Chickamauga" features a several minute blistering guitar solo outro that soars to the rarified heights achieved before by only a handful of bands such as Pearl Jam on "Alive" and Pink Floyd on "Comfortably Numb". After the frenzied glory of "Chickamauga", the laid-back country pickin' on "New Madrid" comes almost as a relief. "We've Been Had" snags the riff from Springsteen's "Crush on You" and does great things with it. "Steal the Crumbs" is a wonderfully mellow closer.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the decade January 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I rarely give 5 star reviews, if only to make a point that few CDs actually deserve them. But this disc is truly special. While all of Uncle Tupelo's previous works hinted at their amazing potential, it all came together here. Whether you're a fan of country, rock, or alternative, you will love this album. They incorporate country, folk, blues, rock, punk into one of the great demonstrations of purely American music. If this sounds like a die hard UT fan going overboard, that's understandable, but I really believe this is a phenomenal CD, worthy of anyone's attention. Its amazing to think of what they could have accomplished if they hadn't broken up after this album. Maybe they knew it would be nearly impossible to match.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A raw, passionate parting shot October 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Upon the first listen to Uncle Tupelo's 1993 album Anodyne, the aura of something coming to an end is clear. Nearly every one of Farrar's songs contain lyrics hinting at separation: "The time is right for getting out while we still can", "No sign of reconciliation", "We can't seem to find common ground", and finally "No more will I see you". In hindsight, we should have seen Uncle Tupelo's demise as clearly as we should have seen Kurt Cobain's suicide. But we didn't, and that only makes the music more haunting and timeless.
As splintered as some Tupelo albums are, it is ironic that Anodyne is cohesive and flows effortlessly from track to track. Jeff Tweedy clearly caught up with Jay Farrar on the album, his songs emitting the buoyant and upbeat antidote to Farrar's mournful ballads. The frenetic energy of the band's early days is gone, replaced with a more balanced and subdued mix of rock and country. The band's sophistication has always stood in contrast with its age, but while listening it's hard to imagine that this band has only been releasing albums for 4 years. While Anodyne is UT's first release on a major label, it retains the raw edge of earlier releases; this can be attributed to the band's standards of getting the songs down live in one take. Mistakes are clearly audible and some parts could be tightened, but the deficiencies actually add to the quality and credibility of the album creating an achingly vulnerable atmosphere. Remarkably, the orchestration is stunning in most places and you have to remind yourself that there were no overdubs or studio trickery in place. Mandolins and guitars drive in sync, lap steel floats over the mix, bass hooks abound creating a sound that at the same time soothes and rubs against the grain of your eardrums.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cure for all depression October 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Depending on what dictionary you use, you'll find different defintions for the word "anodyne."

One says "anodyne" means "a cure for all depression."

Another says it means "soothing, calming."

Another: "a medicine that relieves pain."

It can be a noun, or an adjective.

In all these definitions, it fits this album perfectly. This, Uncle Tupelo's last (and best) album together, "Anodyne," will cure those depressed by a lack of beautiful music, it will soothe and calm those who have wasted their time on music less melodious and less mournful, and will relieve the pain of those who have their hearts broken with no one to tell their sorrows to.

This album is full of songs of struggle and longing, hopefulness and the feeling of being betrayed, acceptance and resignation. The cover version of "Give Back the Key to My Heart" will lodge itself in your brain for weeks. "New Madrid" with its banjoish, country road, "Driving on 9" type of feel will make you rush to your car keys and out the door, slamming the screen door behind you. And "No Sense In Lovin'," with its lilting steel guitar and walloping lyrics will reaffirm your suspicion that Jeff Tweedy is among the greatest songwriters of all time. (It has to be Uncle Tupelo's best song.)

"There's no sense in lovin'


Who hates themself."

This is the last album of a great band full of great musicians. Listening to it, one is filled simultaneously with the sadness that this band may never play together again and a joyful knowledge of the great music that both of this band's main songwriters (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Jay Farrar of Son Volt) would go on to write on their own.

I love this album. (My daughter's NAME is Anodyne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound
I've just gotten back into vinyl LP's, and have owned this record in CD format for years. Upon first listen with my new Pro-ject turntable, I was blown away. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album
Together they are even better than Wilco and Son Volt. Wish the band would do a reunion sometime. Country Punk at
it's finest. Part of the St. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars Jay vs Jeff
Well I recently found out there's 2 bands called Son Volt and Wilco, and that those bands were linked to the band Uncle Tupelo .... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Uriel Miramontes
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album
The shame is that these guys broke up. The title track is moving as hell and really hit me. The rest of the album is solid and if your looking for something a little off the path... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Macskinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I really liked this album although I think I am more partial to the Still Feel Gone sound. Fans of alternative country will enjoy this album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding breakthrough album
I gave this 5 stars because it sounds great, there are plenty of liner notes to read, and I'm a huge fan and sorta biased.......

Great art comes from pain. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by thecthonian
4.0 out of 5 stars The best thing Jay and Jeff ever did.
Uncle Tupelo was one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time. Sucessfully merging rock and roll with Gram Parsons-esque country, folk, and bluegrass, their... Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by Parkansky
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Road music
I kick myself for missing out on Uncle Tupelo the first time around, I just never got exposed. Now after a heavy dose of Jay and Jeff, and Jay without Jeff, after lots of years... Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Douglas Ball
3.0 out of 5 stars Alt-highlights
UT and Anodyne are heavily cited as a pillar of alt-country influence, and while that may be true, a few penned rockers and weepers have come to outweigh the majority of... Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by IRate
2.0 out of 5 stars does not live up to the praise.
2.50 out of 5 stars.

Lyrics look good on paper but, are hurt by a solid mediocre voice with a faux southern accent I could do without. Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by gmfjr
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