Wilco is awesome. This is a great collection of some hard to find songs. Many of these songs have already been available on various compilations or released in other formats. The only criticism I have is that there could have been many more songs from the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sessions. For example, "Venus Stop The Train" is a beautiful song that needs to be on a certified Wilco release. Other songs like "Cars Can't Escape" (the piano demo, which is different than what is on Alpha Mike Foxtrot, is phenomenal), "Not For The Season" (which is also called "Laminated Cat" and can be found on Jeff Tweedy's DVD called 'Sunken Treasure - Live in The Pacific Northwest' - by the way, you can get all of the songs on the DVD as MP3s - fantastic collection of songs; this song was actually officially released but in a different version on the Loose Fur CD from 2003), "Corduroy Cutoff Girl" (early version of Radio Cure), "Alone (a.k.a. Shakin Sugar)",...
Having loved Wilco ever since I first heard "Box Full of Letters" playing on a store's radio 20 years ago, I wasn't sure how much a rarities box could add to my already ample collection of their albums. But this set is phenomenally good, and I've kept these 4 CDs in steady rotation at home every day since I got this a month or so ago. The covers (Big Star's "Thirteen," Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In the End") are perfectly chosen, the live tracks sizzle (especially "At Least That's What You Said," and "Theologians"), and the alternate takes ("California Stars," "Handshake Drugs," "Camera") are illuminating. More important, many of Wilco's best rarities are here, songs they wrote for others ("The Thanks I Get") or left off albums for various reasons ("Glad It's Over"). Listening to this set, it's often hard to imagine why songs like these didn't make it onto proper Wilco albums. Sure, Mavis...
Just got this for Christmas, was floored by the beautiful design and production of this great compilation. I think V. Maier would be very proud to have her photo used, how appropriate. I'm not even commenting on the musical content - have always loved everything Wilco/Jeff Tweedy have bestowed upon us! Just Great Stuff!
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