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No Depression [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Uncle Tupelo, Uncle TupeloAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Graveyard Shift 4:44Album Only
listen  2. That Year 2:59Album Only
listen  3. Before I Break 2:48Album Only
listen  4. No Depression 2:20Album Only
listen  5. Factory Belt 3:13Album Only
listen  6. Whiskey Bottle 4:46Album Only
listen  7. Outdone 2:48Album Only
listen  8. Train 3:19Album Only
listen  9. Life Worth Livin' 3:32Album Only
listen10. Flatness 2:58Album Only
listen11. So Called Friend 3:12Album Only
listen12. Screen Door 2:42Album Only
listen13. John Hardy 2:22Album Only
listen14. Left in the Dark 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Won't Forget 2:50Album Only
listen16. Sin City 3:53Album Only
listen17. Whiskey Bottle (Live Acoustic Version) 4:40Album Only
listen18. No Depression (1988 Demo) 2:17Album Only
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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: B00008J2RA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The album that named a movement (and a magazine), No Depression rocks and twangs in just about equal measure, though the rock side wins out most of the time. Even when a song downshifts from full-on punk to banjo- and mandolin-graced interludes, it usually shifts back again, seemingly louder and angrier than before. Beyond the influential sound, though, are some great songs, whether they're raging originals like "Graveyard Shift," an earnest, acoustic cover of the Carter Family's title track, or a decidedly desperate portrait of Leadbelly's "John Hardy." Six bonus cuts flesh out the 2003 expanded and remastered edition, including a cover of Gram Parsons's "Sin City." --David Cantwell

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meanwhile, just outside St. Louis December 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Back in 1990, I thought I was pretty `with it'. In addition to indulging my omnipresent metal fetish, I was listening to Mother Love Bone, Green River, Soundgarden and whatever else I could get my hands on coming out of Seattle. Yeah, I was big man on campus at William and Mary - at least in my own mind. When the Seattle scene exploded I got the kudos owed to someone who was hip to the scene before it went nationwide. Pretty cool, huh?
Perhaps not as cool as I thought. By the mid-90s, Kurdt Cobain's suicide had pretty much signaled the end of the grunge movement and made it possible for rap metal lunkheads like Limp Bizkit and a second generation of grunge imitators like Creed to take over. Suddenly, a genre that had seemed so vital and revolutionary became dated. Old Soundgarden records no longer sounded as good and new ones like Down on the Upside just sounded horribly anachronistic.
The Seattle grunge scene was great while it lasted and we may never see another revolution in popular music quite like it. However, maybe if I'd been paying a little closer attention to a musical scene developing in America's heartland at the same time grunge was developing in Seattle, I'd have caught on to a second musical revolution during that era occurring in a genre that would prove to have more staying power than grunge. I'm talking about alt-country, aka "the movement".
The band credited with jumpstarting "the movement" was Uncle Tupelo which featured two brilliant songwriters, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, who were heavily influenced by both traditional country and punk rock. What Lennon and McCartney were to classic rock, Farrar and Tweedy were to alt-country.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Being a 17-year-old in a neverending search of good music, and recently aquiring a well-paying summer job, I have purchased such aformentioned CDs quickly and easily. I had bought the entire Wilco discography and fell in love with Jeff Tweedy's songwriting capabilities, and the built-to-last structure of every one of their songs. I had learned about Uncle Tupelo, his first band, and expected the same greatness. For some reason or another, I awaited a lot of Wilco-esque songs with Tweedy leading the way. Was I ever wrong.
At first, the slow realization that Jay Farrar was also a member of Uncle Tupelo came to me, and I hated it. The songs had more of a punkountry bend, and I wasn't prepared for it at all. But, with about the third listen, I completely understood the ins and outs of the album, and fell right into the groove. To me, it sounds like old-school, Lookout!-era Green Day with dueling banjos here and there, and it's bitchin'.
Sure, Tweedy's heartfelt and terrific songs "Train" and "That Year" are as good as he could possibly write them, I'd expect nothing less. But Farrar is the one that shines, especially on the heart-wrenching "Factory Belt", the woeful "Life Worth Livin'", and the Carter Family cover "No Depression", the remake that named the album, surrounding musical movement, and, in my opinion, cheap magazine.
This album will change your life, kind of. It won't make you like punk rock any more, it won't make you like country any more, it won't make you empathize with midwesterners' pleas for normal lives, it will just elevate you to an exciting place few albums ever could, and leave you wishing you had actually heard it in 1990, when it would have mattered, instead of ten years later.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spin lends some credibility August 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Spin magazine has put No Depression in the top 90 albums of the decade. That's cool. It certainly makes a lot of sense to me. This album is in a small handful that has defined my taste in music. I was a DJ at my college radio station and had the pleasure to listen to a lot of new music. This album blew me away. "Whiskey Bottle" is one of my favorite songs of all time. And the loud-soft dynamic may have started on this album instead of with Nirvana's Nevermind. Common debate with friends over the course of Uncle Tupelo's career: Farrar or Tweedy--better songs? As Son Volt and Wilco continue to unfold, it is clear that Farrar isn't very willing to stray far from the roots of Tupelo. Tweedy has tossed twang out the window on "Summer Teeth." Tough decision. One thing is certain, fans can enjoy double the music output since the breakup of Tupelo. Anyway, No D (as I call it) is a great debut and will always have a special place in my expanding collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changer April 28, 2000
By PopTodd
Format:Audio CD
The best description of Uncle Tupelo I ever heard was "Husker Du fronted by Hank Williams, Sr." That pretty much sums it up. This album opened my (then) 19-year-old punk-rock ears to country music for the first time. A life-changing album in the truest sense of the word. It captures the true spirit of both genres and makes something powerful, beautiful, and unique. A must for any fan of either genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alt-Country begins here .... April 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Uncle Tupelo might be one of the most impressive and important bands you have never heard of. In the few short years -- and four amazing albums -- of their existence they developed a sound that would turn into the alt-country movement.
"No Depression" is the first record they released. You can hear the twang of the country music background that was around them in Bellville, IL, the punk rock sounds of The Clash and The Romones in the heavy, quick guitar riffs, and the folk influences of Bob Dylan in the lyrics of this album. It really transcended any music of the time.
The songs individually are all excellent. The songs "No Depression", "Screen Door" and "Live Worth Livin'" stand out in my mind as the best of the disk. Farrar and Tweedy's voices compliment each other track to track while also giving a depth to the sound of the album. Quickly you will pick up on differences of Farrar's raspy voice, and deep outward looking lyrics while Tweedy's voice is smoother and lyrics are more inward looking.
I would recommend any current fans of the new resurgence of Alt-Country (the likes of Ryan Adam and Jesse Malin) to pick up this CD and all of Uncle Tupelo's albums to see where the genre began. Fans of Wilco (Tweedy's current band) and Son Volt (Farrar's band) will already know about the greatness of them music, and should also pick of these disks as before the re-release they were almost impossible to find.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars classic album
great re-issue of a classic album. Sound quality and alternative takes are great. Of course, it's a lot of the same songs over and over, but it doesn't really matter as they're... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Bailey Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great album, even better the second time around with the extra cuts. Looking forward to seeing what else is in Jeff Tweedy's vault.
Published 7 months ago by musicfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Down here, everybody's equally poor
Good songwriting, it's straight and it's real. Good singing, like the guys are singing to you (how I feel about Alejandro Escovedo too), you know, hanging out enjoying playing some... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Thomas E. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars RUN! ... Don't Walk! ... RUN!
"No Depression" was a record that helped kick-start the "Americana" musical movement. But this album transcends easy labeling. This is a GREAT Rock 'n' Roll album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Starrett
5.0 out of 5 stars no depression
uncle tupelo is an amazing band and this album is fantastic. i highly recommend to any one who is a wilco fan.
Published 9 months ago by christine m baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jeff Tweedy!
Classic Jeff Tweedy from his days with Uncle Tupelo. This is THE album to own if you want to see where Jeff Tweedy came from and to understand the roots of his music. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Joseph Landes
5.0 out of 5 stars Right from the get-go, these guys didn't mess around.
Uncle Tupelo, a band that has influenced many, and yet, one that not many people have heard of. However, if you hear the twang of Ryan Adams, the crunch of Drive-By Truckers, and... Read more
Published on April 6, 2010 by Parkansky
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! From The Buffalo Springfield of Its Era
For me, Uncle Tupelo in the early `90s was a modern/alternative version of Buffalo Springfield - deep! Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by A. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Alt Country?
Alt Country? I dont know a thing about it. I dont know much about this band either, except that on first listen tonight I'm immediately pleased. I like the sound of the vocals. Read more
Published on December 3, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Albums of All Time
Not enough positive stuff can be said about this album. It is a classic...American to the core, but creative and interesting too. Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by Clembert
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