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Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the Copper Blue / Beaster & FU: EL (Deluxe Edition) reissues:

When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Store

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  • Audio CD (July 25, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009PP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Needle Hits E
2. If I Can't Change Your Mind (Solo Mix)
3. Try Again
4. Where Diamonds Are Halos
5. Armenia City In The Sky
6. Clownmaster
7. Anyone
8. JC Auto
9. Believe What You're Saying (Campfire Mix)
10. Mind Is An Island
11. Frustration
12. Going Home
13. In The Eyes Of My Friends
14. And You Tell Me
15. After All The Roads Have Led To Nowhere
16. Explode And Make Up
17. The Slim

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There is an elite group of artists in the world whose B-sides, the so-called "throwaways" that for some reason didn't make it on to their albums, stand with anything on those albums. Bob Mould is just such an artist. BESIDES collects the studio cuts and live tracks that backed the singles from COPPER BLUE and FILE UNDER: EASY LISTENING.

From the studio gem "Needle Hits E," to scorching live versions of "JC Auto," the Who's "Armenia City In The Sky, and the harrowing "The Slim," BESIDES completes the picture of Sugar with the hard melody of the studio and raw emotion of the live stage. It also provides more insight into the songwriting talents of bassist David Barbe, who is represented by four tracks, including "Where Diamonds Are Halos" and "Frustration."

A must for fans, BESIDES is also powerful evidence that there is even more to Sugar than can be fit into an album or captured in the studio.

BESIDES also features a special bonus. The CD contains an extra CD-ROM track, containing a QuickTime version of the video for the track File Under:Easy Listening track "Gee Angel." The video is accessible on both Macintosh and Windows machines, provided that they are properly configured for CD Plus.

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17 songs,1995

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed but brilliant! November 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like most b-sides collections, Besides is not for those just diving into the vast, brilliant career of Bob Mould. To get a bit more specific, if I could own only one Sugar recording, it would be Copper Blue. Of course, most bands can only wish that thier best efforts come anywhere close to Sugar's "trash". The raw energy of "Needle Hits E" and the amazing live version of "JC Auto" alone make it worth owning. Also standing out is the live version "The Slim" and the remix of "Believe What You're Saying". The icing for me, though, is the live "Explode And Make Up", which recalls the miserable, agonizing masterpiece of lost love that was Husker Du's "Candy Apple Grey" album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar as a full band March 23, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Husker Du is gone, unfortunately,of course now so is Sugar, but I truly think this is Sugar's best album!Great Songs:Needle Hits E,Mind Is An Island,Where Diamonds are Halos,And You Tell Me (Cool bass line),Clownmaster,Frustrated(Like My Bloody Valentine, but with discernable vocals)And it's all topped off with a harrowing live version of The Slim that made my blood run cold!Bob IS noise. Beautiful noise, and the other guys perform and write and sing very well.After two more solo albums, what will Bob do next?God Only Knows===
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection July 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Sure, maybe it is just a collection of leftovers. What a great bunch of stuff to have left. Highlight: If I Can't Change Your Mind(solo mix)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Besides, who needs singles? September 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you missed the singles, this is for you. There are some amazing tracks here that belong at the top of the Sugar cannon but it is the live renditions of "Explode and Make Up" and "The Slim" that realy blows you away. Bob rips the honest heart of these classic tracks and sticks it in your face. Superb! But hey! Bob Mould is Bob Mould.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars April 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Back in the '80s, Minneapolis was home to some of the best post-punk bands known to mankind like The Replacements, Soul Asylum (before Dave Pirner sold his soul to the devil with "Runaway Train"), Babes in Toyland (Courtney Love has nothing on Kat Bjelland), and Husker Du. After Husker Du broke up, Bob Mould moved on to Sugar. I wasn't a big fan of the band but they did have some solid songs, especially on their debut album "Copper Blue". One of my favorite songs is "If I Can't Change Your Mind", especially the acoustic mix. It received a lot of airplay here in the land of 10,000 lakes.
The other day I was at my local library and came across Sugar's b-side compilation "Besides". I had to check it out because of the solo mix of "If I Can't Change Your Mind" which was Bob Mould on acoustic guitar. I rarely hear the song on my local radio stations nowadays (thank you very much Clear Channel for ruining music diversity on the radio). I found "Besides" enjoyable for the most part but towards the end of the cd, the music began to get on my nerves. Now I know why some of these songs weren't previously released, they were not very good to begin with. I really did enjoy songs such as "Needle Hits E", and "Try Again". The first half of the cd was actually solid. I think Bob Mould should have made this full length album and EP (extended play) and ended the cd somewhere between "Anyone" and "Mind is An Island". For all its flaws, "Besides" is tolerable enough to give it 3.5 stars and it sounds a lot better than a lot of new music today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of good stuff here August 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I think it's just criminal that "Needle Hits E" was left off Copper Blue. It would have made a great album even greater. But at least we finally got it here. Mould also delivers with "Mind Is An Island," "Going Home" and "After All The Roads Have Led To Nowhere." Additionally, "Armenia City In The Sky" is an agreeably groovy cover.

Probably the most illuminating aspect of this album is that it finally gave us a decent look at bassist David Barbe's songwriting abilities. For all the talk of Sugar being something more than just Bob Mould and some hired guns, the band's three proper releases up to this point had been dominated completely by Mould except for Barbe's just-OK "Company Book." Barbe has four songs on Besides, and they're all pretty good. I would argue that "In The Eyes Of My Friends" and "When Diamonds Are Halos" deserved better than a B-sides compilation. Barbe doesn't have nearly the voice that Mould does, but as long as he stays within his limited range, he sings well enough.

I was never able to see Sugar live during the band's limited life, so the bonus live disc (which came with a limited number of copies) is particularly gratifying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All About The Music December 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is good, solid stuff! It's hard to believe that these are B-sides, although there are some that are much better than others.

What I always liked about Sugar, is that they never got flashy or over-produced. They just play great music, and that's the case with most of this CD too. It definitely has its strong parts: "Needle," "If I can't Change Your Mind," "Believe" but this is worth having.

The funny thing is that this was my first Sugar disc. I built from here, so it was good enough to get me hooked!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Been living it large / fill it up and gimme the wheel / And I cherish...
This B-sides CD is not full of fillers. It has tracks that are worthy of Sugar's awesome studio albums. Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by mwreview
4.0 out of 5 stars Besides...
Does anyone know what the picture is on the cover of the album?

I've always wondered and cant find an answer...
Published on September 30, 2005 by Victor Matusak
5.0 out of 5 stars Besides, who needs singles?
If you missed the singles, this is for you. There are some amazing tracks here that belong at the top of the Sugar cannon but it is the live renditions... Read more
Published on September 26, 2001 by "rousie-rouse"
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice hodge-podge of material to leave Sugar fans with
"Needle Hits E" leads off this album, bright-sounding and well-produced, perhaps giving the false impression that the tunes to follow will also fit right in with the mighty Copper... Read more
Published on August 15, 2000 by Sal Nudo
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Since the stormy dissolution of Hüsker Dü in 1987, former frontman Bob Mould has tried furiously to distance himself from its recurring specter. Read more
Published on March 3, 2000 by Patrick Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing much, but a lot of it.
The sheer mass of material on this disc propels it out of the generic rock wasteland. Musically and vocally, I can't say much more for it, though. Read more
Published on October 14, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Half of this CD is Sugar at their best (Going Home, Mind Is An Island, After All The Roads Have Led To Nowhere) while half of it was understandably never matched up with anything... Read more
Published on October 1, 1999
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