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March 16-20 1992 [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Uncle Tupelo, Uncle TupeloAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008J2R9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grindstone
2. Coalminers
3. Wait Up
4. Criminals
5. Shaky Ground
6. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
7. Black Eye
8. Moonshiner
9. I Wish My Baby Was Born
10. Atomic Power
11. Lilli Schull
12. Warfare
13. Fatal Wound
14. Sandusky
15. Wipe The Clock
16. Take My Word (Bonus Track)
17. Grindstone (1991 Longview Farm Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track)
18. Atomic Power (1991 Longview Farm Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track)
19. I Wanna Be Your Dog (1991 Longview Farm Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track)
20. Moonshiner (Live 1/24/1993) (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

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After ripping it up on No Depression and Still Feel Gone, their first two albums of twangy punk rock, Uncle Tupelo unplugged for this remarkable tribute--half originals, half political and religious covers--to the band's old-time influences. While the new songs of frontmen Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy are consistently strong here (especially Farrar's "Grindstone"), the album's haunted covers of old folk songs are the true keepers. Tweedy's apocalyptic version of "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" and Farrar's earnest readings of the beat-down "Moonshiner" and the labor song "Coalminers" are as frightening, beautiful, and passionate as anything the band ever recorded. The 2003 expanded and remastered edition adds three unreleased demos, a live version of "Moonshiner," and an instrumental B-side. --David Cantwell

Product Description

The swan song for their original lineup, and their greatest moment, made in just five days yet resonating for years. Grindstone; Black Eye; Moonshiner; Sandusky ....plus five bonus tracks, three unissued.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American and Essential January 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine roots album if ever there was one. Before Wilco, before Son Volt, there was Uncle Tupelo. And of all the Uncle Tupelo discs, this, in my mind, stands supreme. The songs alternate vocals between Jeff Tweedy and Jar Farrar. Farrar, in his preacher's baritone, tends to sing more politically oriented songs, songs of the early twentieth century, socialist songs focusing on coal miners unionizing or the ills of capitalism on the small man. Farrar's version of Moonshiner is like a priceless relic suspended in amber. Tweedy (his voice sounds younger and more contemporary than Farrar) also tackles some good old Americana in "I wish my Baby was Born" and "Satan, Your Kingdom must Come Down." Overall Tweedy leans more toward the personal and emotional while Farrar seems more comfortable with traditional ballads. Most of the songs are traditional tunes - folk songs, blues songs, spirituals. The guitar work is strong, with both men playing acoustic to fill out the sound. On some songs there are mandolin and violin - but it's really an acoustic guitar driven record. The band does a superb job of capturing the timelessness of the older music, and does well to blend their tunes with such a venerable canon. This is folk music as it was meant to be - raw, intense, masculine, topical. There is nothing cheesy on this record - and "Atomic Power" is probably the standout cut on the disc. Buy this music - you won't be disappointed - I guarantee!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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That is a huge claim, but I believe, backed up by this remarkable album. It is at once timeless and immediate. It can be seen a story cycle, a classic look at America, as it starts with a man describing his working conditions as brutal and hopeless -"Grindstone"- and proceeds to depict scenes of madness, murder, undying love and biblical damnation. However, the album ends on a hopeful note with the song "Wipe the Clock" which suggests that there is redemption for all of us. This album is both a scathing critique of american gangster capitalism, the death penalty, nuclear power, but also believes in the healing power of love. The music is very spare, stripped down to bare bones acoustic, but is still some of the most haunting music ever put to wax. A very American album, you can hear all the musical echoes from the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, to anybody whoever sat on his front porch and plucked out a blues; from a Kentucky back holler to the Mississippi Delta. If anybody ever asked me to name a list of albums that most represented and reflected our country, this album would rank high on that list.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary. May 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Watershed release from seminal rockers come crooners come whatever. Produced by R.E.M' s Peter Buck, March... sees Jay and Jeff respectively trading blows of genius. Highlights include Farrar's protest ditty "Grindstone" and Tweedys brooding "Black Eye" but perhaps most significantly the two combine on this record for unbelievable results. Most notably the breathtaking "Moonshiner" and the instrumental "Sandusky". A classic in every sense of the word. The re release features early demos of "Grindstone" and "Atomic Power" as well as a live version of "Moonshiner".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny of the asking price... August 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If all this CD contained was "Fatal Wound", "Sandusky", "Wipe The Clock" and the live version of "Moonshiner", it'd still be worth what Amazon wants for it and then some...

Throw in all the other tracks here, and you have a killer CD that you'll play over and over and over (like I am as I type this review).

I don't know exactly why I like Uncle Tupelo so much, but I do. I think it's just such good music, great lyrics, talented musicians that play "raw" enough for my tastes (no major overdubs or polishing", but whatever it is I love it and I just wish they had made 10 more CDs of equal quality. The other 3 are equally as good, each in their own way, but I still need more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely my favorite uncle tupelo album April 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The other three Uncle Tupelo albums each have some good songs, but don't really hold together that well as records. "March" does, beautifully. Recording at a crossroads in music history when underground bands were getting mainstream radio airplay, Uncle Tupelo's popularity might have exploded if they had stayed where they were for "Still Feel Gone." This is one case, however, where you'd rather not think about the might-have-beens, as this album, all acoustic and roughly half traditional folk covers, is one of the rare albums that nearly defines "rocking." Tweedy is at his finest with the simple, sadly meditative "Black Eye," and Farrar contributes "Criminals," a song with a social conscience that manages to not seem dated. The folk songs are all beautiful, and the instrumental "Sandusky" is flawlessly executed. Though recorded in the short span of time noted in the album title with only acoustic instruments, this album manages at once to be timeless and to be eminently of its own time.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Side May 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Uncle Tupelo went unplugged on their brilliant third album, March 16-20, 1992. Produced by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, the album features six cover songs of mostly traditional folk music. The band's signature sound is stripped down to the skeletal remains of acoustic guitars with a dash of percussion and strings. The songs have on overt political nature and the band throws in some religion as well. The overall starkness of the album recalls Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. Unlike that album which found Mr. Springsteen singing from a first person point of view, Uncle Tupelo act as troubadours, telling the tales of the downtrodden. The album shows the band's versatility and Mr. Buck's subtle production is first-rate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! An acoustic gem...
I really love the sound of this album. It certainly gives you more of an appreciation for the depth of Uncle Tupelo.
Published 12 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records out there.
Easily their best album. Equal parts from both frontmen and they shine brightly.

Farrar excels beyond in songs like Coalminers, Shaky Ground, and Criminals. Read more
Published 23 months ago by crank
5.0 out of 5 stars a great cd.
country/rock/folk, whatever. this is such a fantastic recording. not a dud song in the lot. great singing, great songs. i call this an american classic.
Published on October 20, 2006 by fluffy, the human being.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album
No doubt this is the coming together of two brilliant musicians at a moment in time which has produced the most brilliant album which has clearly started a movement. Read more
Published on May 10, 2006 by Mitchell Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars it simply does not get any better than this
what further can be said?? this is a time-capsule on tape,..a modern folk recollection of an age fading into a sonic fog and rapidly disappearing behind slick suits, fancy ties,... Read more
Published on September 1, 2005 by CrackerBarrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this one
If you are looking for one of the best Alt Country / Americana (whatever those are) CDs ever created this is it. Look no further. These guys were the masters of it. Read more
Published on August 10, 2005 by jgiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Tupelo 's finest disc
I love this album. Most people are familiar with the story of Uncle Tupelo, and how they branched off to form two great bands, Wilco and Son Volt. Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by Train
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Tupelo's best
This is by far my favorite Uncle Tupelo album because this is the album that best shows Uncle Tupelo's folk influence. Read more
Published on April 10, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, Beautiful Music
If you have never heard Uncle Tupelo, all I can do to explain it is punk rock meets country. I can't explain it better than that, but it is really really heart-ful music. Read more
Published on September 17, 2003 by Adam J. Whittemore
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