Prime Music

Buy New

Includes FREE MP3
of this album.
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
$4.19 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Sold by SNUBS2011.

More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Being There [CD]

WilcoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

Price: $11.36 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 19 Songs, 2008 $7.99  
Audio CD, CD, 1996 $11.36  
Vinyl, 1996 --  
Audio Cassette, 1996 --  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Misunderstood 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Far, Far Away 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Monday 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind) 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Forget The Flowers 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Red-Eyed And Blue 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century) 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. What's The World Got In Store 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hotel Arizona 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Say You Miss Me 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Sunken Treasure 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Someday Soon 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight) 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Someone Else's Song 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kingpin 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (Was I) In Your Dreams 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Why Would You Wanna Live 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Lonely 1 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dreamer In My Dreams 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

Amazon's Wilco Store


Image of album by Wilco


Image of Wilco


Low Key -- from the Tweedy album Sukierae


After seven studio albums, various collaborations and countless days on the road over the past 15 years, Wilco tried something new before starting work on its eighth record, The Whole Love, due Sept. 27 on dBpm Records: The Chicago band took a vacation. Staying off stage for most of the latter half of 2010 was the longest break from touring that bandleader Jeff Tweedy has had in a career ... Read more in Amazon's Wilco Store

Visit Amazon's Wilco Store
for 34 albums, 5 photos, 5 videos, and 2 full streaming songs.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Being There + Summerteeth + A.M.
Price for all three: $26.76

Buy the selected items together
  • Summerteeth $8.41
  • A.M. $6.99

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: October 29, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002N7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

1995 two CD release from the American Roots/Pop band led by Jeff Tweedy.

Wilco's follow-up to A.M. impresses first with its size: 19 tunes fill the double-CD package, and the packaging unfolds like a larger-than-life 1970s-era gatefold album cover. But the love affair with the artwork is short-lived, fading as the music takes center stage, making plain the band's overwhelming stretch into innumerable styles. Jeff Tweedy's love of pop and the mechanics of making pop albums is clear almost immediately, as he and his cohort utilize the studio to create and manipulate undertows and snaky recorded elements throughout many of their tunes (a keyboard touch, a guitar's flair, a cymbal's unexpected crash). There are the plainspoken acoustic numbers, recalling Tweedy's tenure in Uncle Tupelo, and there are also unwinding swoops of tinted, guitar-heavy rock--one of which collapses into chromatic jabs at a piano only to resolve in silence on "Sunken Treasure." Oodles of influences fill Wilco's collective mind, and they're perfectly content to pile the trace elements atop each other and make scrambled pop perfection. --Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By B
Format:Audio CD
Six years before the much lauded masterpiece "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", Wilco released "Being There", an ambitious double album that utilized many of the foundations of rock & roll, yet made them sound fresh. Also, if you heard "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and scratched your head at the whole "alt. country" label they're saddled with, it may make more sense after listening to this.

First off, I should say that "Being There" could've fit onto one disc. But once you hear it, you'll see why they put it onto two. For instance, "Misunderstood" and "Sunken Treasure" open Disc 1 and 2, respectively. Each one clocks in at nearly 7 minutes, and utilize similar structures; slow building epics that climax in blasts of psychadelic/avant-garde guitar noise. They both function as centerpieces, and simply work a lot better, aesthetically, as opening songs.

"Monday" is a hard rockin' Rolling Stones pastiche if you'll ever hear one. Deliciously catchy and fun, it'll be stuck in your head for days. "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" and "I Got You" are both carefree, infectious power-pop at its best. The former also appears on Disc 2 as "Outta Mind (Outtasite)" with a toned down, Beach Boys-like arrangement (check out the great vocal harmonies in the background).

"Hotel Arizona" is a personal favorite of mine that blends swirling, atmospheric textures with traditional folk, pop, and rock elements.

Whereas most of the songs have a very subtle country sound, "Far Far Away" and "Forget The Flowers" are pure county-western, twangy guitar and all.

Best of all is the melancholy/bittersweet "The Lonely 1", a reflective ballad (about the whole rock & roll lifestyle) that combines gentle accoustic guitars, piano, and strings.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Being There' better than anything it references May 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wilco is probably capable of making a great album of just about any genre imaginable, but on Being There they went with a genre that is impossible to describe. Often said to 'borrow' from various great records of the late 60s and early 70s, Wilco really does sound more different than you'd get the impression they do. No song is made up simply of one influence, and influence never goes ahead of pure songwriting genius.
The opening track on Being There, 'Misunderstood,' as with many other tracks on the double CD, has been compared countless times to other songs and records. However, with every reviewer thinking it sounds like one thing, it's hard to imagine Wilco ever really just went out and made any songs based on just one person's music. 'Misunderstood' is an amazing way to start off an album, but it shines not just because of the noticeable influences, but mainly because of Jeff Tweedy's lyrics and voice along plus the incredible talent of the rest of the band. If you think 'Hey that sounds like The Beatles,' or 'Hey that sounds like John Lennon' before you think 'Wow, that was an incredible song,' then there is something seriously wrong with you.
After the booming finish of the heartfelt story of a musician returning home in 'Misunderstood,' the records moves on to the somewhat more upbeat, although more mellow 'Far, Far Away,' and then on to '70s rockers' 'Monday' and 'Outta Sight (Outta Mind). While when you think about it lyrics in the latter song are not exactly happy ('Well okay, I know you don't love me but you'll still be thinking of me,') the song still seems very upbeat and certainly isn't trying to depress you.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Alt-Country July 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Being There" is often called Wilco's masterpiece, but in many ways it is merely a precursor of things to come. Not yet in full Brian Wilson mode, and still working within its country roots, "Being There" is a highly enjoyable blend of American styles. The album features some of their most convincing hard rock, not to mention the achingly beautiful "Far Far Away."
My only complaint (and the reason "Being There" doesn't merit 5 stars) is that some of the material should have been left out. The first disc is strong from start to finish - a virtual masterpiece. However, around the middle of the second disc, the music becomes rather tedious - the rockers grating, the ballads uninteresting. With some careful editing, "Being There" could have easily been a single-disc masterpiece.
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco's masterpiece December 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Wilco is a terrific band, and I wholeheartedly enjoy all of their releases...but "Being There" is their finest endeavor, and their one album that will best stand the test of time. There are times when Wilco seems more like "Jeff Tweedy feat. Wilco," and "AM" and "Being There" offer the most input from Bennett et al., which really results in a much more diverse-yet-cohesive sound than on, say, "Summerteeth," which is sonically beautiful, but the lyrics often seem mismatched with the music. That said, Tweedy is the principal songwriter here, and this album catches at a point where he's more articulate than on some UT releases and "AM," but he's obviously still a little self-conscious, and are less explicitly personal than what "Summerteeth" would later produce. Most of the Uncle Tupelo-related angst is released in the first track: "Take the guitar player for a ride/cuz he ain't never been satisfied/he thinks he owes some kinda debt/be years before he gets over it...I'd like to thank you all for nothing, I'd like to thank you all for nothing at all." "Being There" is about a lot of things, I'm sure, but most obviously and most powerfully, it's an detailed trip through a very vulnerable folksinger's relationship psyche. The album gets lonely, joyful, melancholy and wistful all on the first disc and reexamines them all again on the second. It's a perfect documentation of a relationship, never overstated and very subtle. After this album, it may be a little hard to go back and listen to your Cure cds; all the emotion that you hear in Robbie Smith's tortured voice and lush instrumentation is there in Tweedy's hushed sighs and delicate guitar licks. Instrumentally, the album is also quite diverse. Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Marginal
I like Wilco, and Sky Blue Sky is one of my favorite albums. But this is mostly noise. There are times when you just want to tell them to shut up because it hurts to listen to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with any Wilco album
Fantastic band all around. Worth it.
Published 1 month ago by 33north
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys rule.
These guys rule, this album is no exception.
Published 3 months ago by Jim Falzone
5.0 out of 5 stars The thinking listener's alt-country
This is a recording that reveals its depth with repeated listenings. While it does rock hard in a few places, it is best suited for an introspective evening with headphones and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars great double album
Love Wilco and this is a great album, the beginnig of the man ychanges the band will go through in their line up and sound. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ryan J. Vanacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Replaced the first Wilco album I ever bought from almost 20 years ago. Thanks Wilco for always making me sing and smile.
Published 10 months ago by hhh
5.0 out of 5 stars youthful optimistic uncorrupted
This is way better than Yankee Hotel and later albums. It is youthful optimistic and uncorrupted. I often like the earlier albums of each band. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beatrice Izzey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco steps outside the box
This was the first Wilco album I purchased from when they were still somewhat "country". I wasn't sure what to expect but I wasn't disappointed at all. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!

Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!

Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!
Published on December 26, 2011 by Marcelo Fraglioni
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (1997):
Wilco - Being There (Reprise)
Wow! Jeff Tweedy and the boys have made a very special, very ambitious album - a huge advance on their not-too-shoddy "A.M. Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by Leicester Bangs
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category