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Anodyne Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks

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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: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B00008DCSZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,493 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

Customer Reviews

Uncle Tupelo combines two of the best vocals in Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy.
Ryan Turner
And more than likely these songs would have sounded very different if these two great talents weren't in a band together.
Scot Phillips
Whether you're a fan of country, rock, or alternative, you will love this album.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James F. Colobus on 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 By "snooprobb6" on 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 By Whitey D on 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 By Mike Smith on 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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