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Pleased to Meet Me

The ReplacementsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: July 7, 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire Records
  • ASIN: B000002LB9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I.O.U
2. Alex Chilton
3. I Don't Know
4. Nightclub Jitters
5. The Ledge
6. Never Mind
7. Valentine
8. Shooting Dirty Pool
9. Red Red Wine
10. Skyway
11. Can't Hardly Wait

Editorial Reviews

While some continue to champion the Replacements' Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down exit albums, Pleased to Meet Me truly represents the last vital effort of a great band beginning its descent. The first album released after founding lead guitarist Bob Stinson's official departure, Pleased nevertheless retains plenty of the Mats' innate punky drive, albeit here more focused and tempered. Group avatar Paul Westerberg feuded with Memphis producer Jim Dickinson (brought in because of his production of Big Star's melancholy classic Third/Sister Lovers) over what he considered Dickinson's civilizing touches. In retrospect, however, the brass-and-string flourishes on the catchy coda "Can't Hardly Wait" and the more disciplined drumming of Chris Mars make Pleased a more comfortable reconciliation of the group's raw roots and musical maturity. --Steven Stolder

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 'Mats February 9, 2009
By M. McM
Format:Audio CD
Not a perfect album, but one of their best. Bob Stinson was a big loss to the 'Mats, but his absence freed them to try things he would've vetoed. Some of the experimentation doesn't hold up anymore - Westerberg himself hates the strings on "Can't Hardly Wait" - and the polished, echoey sound feels a bit dated, but this is still a great collection of songs. Less punk and more power pop, it's generally more 'mature' and less shambolic than anything they've done before.

This new reissue from Rhino is pretty solid and nearly fills out the disc with bonus tracks - the LP's original running time was about 33 minutes, and this new CD clocks in at about 70 minutes.

The alternate versions for "Alex Chilton" and "Can't Hardly Wait" (both previously unreleased) aren't that impressive - they're not better than the album versions, but they let you hear these songs with less overdubs, etc.

Four tracks were previously issued as B-sides; one, "Election Day," is still available on "All For Nothing/Nothing For All," but on this reissue there's a brief drumstick count-off at the beginning. The other three tracks ("Route 66," "Tossin' n' Turnin'," "Cool Water") are covers, and this reissue brings them back in-print. I wouldn't call the B-sides great, but they have their charms, particularly "Election Day," which sounds like a swarm of out-of-control slide guitars.

The demos are a mixed bag. "Valentine" isn't bad, but again, it doesn't surpass the album version. It's basically a rawer version of a great, great song. "Bundle Up" is really an early version of "Jungle Rock," an outtake on "All For Nothing/Nothing For All." Never a great song, "Jungle Rock" was still a charming throwaway, and the same can be said of "Bundle Up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from the best rock band ever November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
How could The Replacements not take themselves seriously? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they never did, but when you're capable of music this wonderful, you would think it would go to your head. I guess that was the magic of the band--greatness wrapped in self-doubt. The songs here are perfect--some rowdy, some touching, all heartfelt. How can you not love an album with lyrics like, "If you were a pill, I'd take a handful at my will/And I'd knock you back with somethin' sweet and strong"? I've never heard "love" described better. And I've never heard better music than this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Track by Track Appreciation February 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
PLEASED TO MEET ME: A track By Track Appreciation (I haven't listened to it in a while, and this sorta got me thinking wistfully about it. . .)

SIDE ONE (The Good Side)

1) I.O.U. A slamming punk stomper. Sounds like a statement of purpose to prove they can still rock after firing lead axeman Bob Stinson--a move many fans never forgave. Actually, the weakest song on the record.

2) Alex Chilton--perfect ragged power pop paen to alt rock patron saint. ("I never travel far/Without a litte Big Star"). If you were cool, you couldn't escape this song in 87-88.

3) Nightclub Jitters--cool change of pace with this cocktail jazz inflected slow burner

4) I Don't Know--boredom and ennui collide with a stripped to the bones rocker punctuated by Teenage Steve Douglass' sweet baritone sax bleats.

5) The Ledge : tense suicide suicide note where Westerberg's spiraling guitar is as tightly wound as the narrators emotions.

SIDE TWO (The even better side --and yes, like in the old days, a record with distinct sides)

1) Never Mind: Great power popping, heart-on-the-sleeve love song. And it rocks in an endearingly sloppy sorta way.

2) Valentine: more of the the same with great lines thrown out like they come from an endless stream("Well you wish upon a star/That turns into a plane". . . "If you were a pill/I'd take a handful at my will/and knock you back with somethings sweet as wine).

3) Shooting Dirty Pool. Down and dirty rocker--a great illustration of how Jim Dickinson's production is perfect for this record--the bass is muddied, the treble in the guitar is jacked up and the drums are given a huge, sledgehammer whallop.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After 11 years, this is still my all-time favorite album. November 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
We've all heard this cliche before: "This album changed my life." Usually it's in the context of the classic rock albums the baby boomers prefer. Well, this is the album that changed my life, and maybe had the same effect on our generation -- the group of us who were born after the baby boom but before the "generation X" group, that late 50's, early 60's crew who blessedly have been forgotten by the trend-setters and marketing pros(as a result, we've made our own rules). Anyway, I digress. Anyway, let's with my review -- by '87, the '80s were getting pretty boring. The music was about the only interesting thing going. The whole "yuppie" culture was not for me --never was. I couldn't afford the exceesses and didn't see the point in pursuing them. Paying the bills and being able to see and buy music was enough for me and my friends. Along comes "PTMM." I "fell in love" with the album on my first listen not only because of the incredibly catchy but rocking music (you gotta listen to understand what I mean), but the whole rebellious, but realistic nonconformist attitude that it proclaimed. Paul and the guys didn't waste time on the "let's take over the world and have a revolution" punk attitude. Rather the album has a more "We don't have to do things your way" rebellion. It changed my attitudes toward a lot of the things people thought were imporatnt back then, but in an entertaining "Let's party" kind of way, rather than heady,boring, folk-singer introspection. The album has its quieter, introspective moments, however. "Skyway" is a beatiful ballad (and served as a great lullaby sung to my son years later when I became a mom). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Great album but it skips
Album skips right out of the package. They should send me a new one. I bought it for my Niece.
Published 4 months ago by Joe Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars what they weren't drunk ...
as stuffed pigs when they recorded this? "the Mats" in their prime dishing out a barrage of rock n roll, hard driving & in your face. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bonebomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for dad
He is happy with this. I don't really know what else to say. Product was in new condition as expected. I would buy again.
Published 8 months ago by Disgruntled
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Westerberger, unleashed!
I would advise peopple that this would be better described as the first Paul Westerberger solo album, even though it's labeled as The Replacements. Read more
Published 17 months ago by H. Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star
Sounds as good now as it did as a drunk teenager in the late 80's. After watching Aventureland this past summer I ended up rolling the CD over and over in my truck for a week or... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Prepaid Gift Card
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Evil
By the time the 'Mats were gearing up for "Meet Me", Bob Stinson was already out of the band, whom was the frantic, unpredictable lead guitarist of the group, and was also a... Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by Thirty-Ought Six
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mats experiment just a little bit.
The Replacements made their first great album in 1984 with "Let It Be", which showed the band developing a more sincere sound on a couple of tracks. Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars led to a wedding
This fantastic album came out just as I met my wife-to-be. She wondered when I was gonig to ask her out and then the Replacements came to town and that was the occasion for our... Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by JeffeyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased to meet them, yes
I am not a critic, so to speak. I am an individual who loves a variety of music genres.
I happen to really enjoy listening the the Replacements. Read more
Published on May 11, 2010 by elizabeth kiefer buila
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Classics in a Row
Following Let it Be, Tim and the departure of Bob Stinson who would have thunk that the Mats would blaze back this hard?

Well they did with Pleased to Meet Me. Read more
Published on July 31, 2009 by Marc Landry
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