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Wilco Celebrate 20 Years with Compilation, Rarities Box Set

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Wilco - What's Your 20Roger Wilco! We’ve received the transmission that, on November 17, two new collections will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chicago alt-rock band Wilco in high style!  Nonesuch Records will issue Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a new box set (4 CDs, 4 LPs or digital) of rare studio and live recordings culled from the band’s archives.  And on that same date, the label will offer What’s Your 20, the first-ever compendium of Wilco’s previously released studio recordings, on 2 CDs or digital.

Formed from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco began in a similar alt-country vein before expanding its sonic palette to touch upon folk, rock, punk, avant-garde experimentalism and vintage pop textures.   Though the alt-rockers’ lineup shifted frequently during its first decade, the band has been stable since 2004 with a line-up consisting of vocalist/guitarist Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and drummer Glenn Kotche. Since its inception, Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and collaborative albums with both Billy Bragg and The Minus 5 (the “floating line-up” supergroup which featured Scott McCaughey, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck on the Wilco project).  Wilco picked up two Grammy Awards in 2005 for A Ghost is Born, and has received four further nominations over the years, most recently for 2012’s The Whole Love.

Both of these upcoming collections have been produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings and veteran of countless projects from labels including Capitol and Rhino. Pawelski notes in the press release, “Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco’s every move. Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides—and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it’s a super-fun listening experience.”

We have more details on these sets, as well as pre-order links and the full track listings, after the jump!

Wilco - Alpha Mike FoxtrotAlpha Mike Foxtrot includes 64 pages of liner notes and boasts track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and reflections from members of Wilco’s extended musical family. The booklet also promises to feature dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band’s career. What’s Your 20 should prove the perfect primer for the band as it presents songs from Wilco’s eight studio albums plus songs from Mermaid Avenue, the collection of Woody Guthrie-penned tunes set to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg.  (Three Mermaid Avenue volumes have been released between 1998 and 2012, culminating in a complete box set which also contained a documentary DVD.)

Both Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What’s Your 20 are due from Nonesuch Records, a label of Warner Music Group, on November 17.  You can pre-order at the links below!

Wilco, What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 (Nonesuch, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Disc 1

  1. I Must Be High
  2. Box Full of Letters
  3. Passenger Side
  4. Casino Queen
  5. Misunderstood
  6. Red-Eyed and Blue
  7. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
  8. Monday
  9. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  10. Sunken Treasure
  11. California Stars – Billy Bragg & Wilco
  12. Hesitating Beauty – Billy Bragg & Wilco
  13. A Shot in the Arm
  14. Can’t Stand It
  15. She’s a Jar
  16. I’m Always in Love
  17. How to Fight Loneliness
  18. Via Chicago
  19. Airline to Heaven – Billy Bragg & Wilco

Disc 2

  1. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  2. I’m the Man Who Loves You
  3. War on War
  4. Jesus, Etc.
  5. Ashes of American Flags
  6. Heavy Metal Drummer
  7. Hummingbird
  8. Theologians
  9. Handshake Drugs
  10. The Late Greats
  11. Hate It Here
  12. Impossible Germany
  13. Walken
  14. Wilco (The Song)
  15. You and I
  16. You Never Know
  17. I Might
  18. Born Alone
  19. Whole Love

Disc 1, Tracks 1-4 from A.M. (Sire/Reprise, 1995)
Disc 1, Tracks 5-10 from Being There (Reprise, 1996)
Disc 1, Tracks 11-12 from Mermaid Avenue (Elektra, 1998)
Disc 1, Tracks 13-18 from Summerteeth (Reprise, 1999)
Disc 1, Track 19 from Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (Elektra, 2000)
Disc 2, Tracks 1-6 from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch, 2002)
Disc 2, Tracks 7-10 from A Ghost is Born (Nonesuch, 2004)
Disc 2, Tracks 11-13 from Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch, 2007)
Disc 2, Tracks 14-16 from Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch, 2009)
Disc 2, Tracks 17-19 from The Whole Love (dBpm, 2011)

Wilco, Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rarities 1994-2014 (Nonesuch, 2014)

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1

  1. Childlike and Evergreen (Demo)
  2. Someone Else’s Song (Demo)
  3. Passenger Side (Demo) (from Trademark of Quality sampler – Warner Bros./Reprise PRO-CD-7206, 1994)
  4. Promising (from Reprise 10″ promo PRO-A-9094, 1997)
  5. The T.B. is Whipping Me (with Syd Straw) (from Red Hot + Country – Mercury Nashville 314 522 639-2, 1994)
  6. I Must Be High (Live)
  7. Casino Queen (Live @ The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – 5/23/1995) (from Reprise CD single W0306CD (U.K.), 1995)
  8. Who Were You Thinking Of (Live @ The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – 5/23/1995) (from Reprise CD single W0306CD (U.K.), 1995)
  9. I Am Not Willing  (from Reprise CD single W0306CD (U.K.), 1995)
  10. Burned (from I Shot Andy Warhol: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture – TAG Recordings 92690, 1996)
  11. Blasting Fonda (from Feeling Minnesota: Music from the Motion Picture – Atlantic/Jersey/Fine Line 82865, 1996)
  12. Thirteen (from Reprise CD single WO397CD (U.K.), 1997)
  13. Don’t You Honey Me (from Reprise 10″ promo PRO-A-9094, 1997)
  14. The Lonely 1 (White Hen Version) (from Reprise 10″ promo PRO-A-9094, 1997)
  15. No More Poetry (from Trademark of Quality 1996 sampler – Reprise PRO-CD-8370, 1996)
  16. Box Full of Letters (Live @ C’est What, Toronto – 1997) (from And Sum Aren’t bonus disc – Reprise BITE-99, 1999)
  17. Red-Eyed and Blue (Live @ C’est What, Toronto – 1997) (from And Sum Aren’t bonus disc – Reprise BITE-99, 1999)
  18. Forget the Flowers (Live @ C’est What, Toronto – 1997) (from And Sum Aren’t bonus disc – Reprise BITE-99, 1999)
  19. Sunken Treasure (Live @ C’est What, Toronto – 1997) (from And Sum Aren’t bonus disc – Reprise BITE-99, 1999)
  20. Monday (Demo) (from Reprise promo CD single PRO-CD-8443, 1997)

Disc 2

  1. Passenger Side (Live @ The Fillmore, San Francisco – 5/10/1997) (from Reprise 10″ promo PRO-A-9094, 1997)
  2. Outtasite (Outta Mind) (Live 1997) (from Reprise promo CD single PRO-CD-8963, 1997)
  3. I Got You (At the End of the Century) (Live @ Lounge Ax, Chicago – 7/9/1997) (from Reprise 10″ promo PRO-A-9094, 1997)
  4. Outta Mind (Outta Site) (Live)
  5. James Alley Blues (with Roger McGuinn) (Live)
  6. At My Window Sad and Lonely – Jeff Tweedy (from And Sum Aren’t bonus disc – Reprise BITE-99, 1999)
  7. California Stars (Live on Late Night with Conan O’Brien) – Billy Bragg & Wilco (from Mermaid Avenue bonus EP – Elektra PRCD 1209-2, 1999)
  8. One Hundred Years from Now (from Return of the Grevious Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons – Almo Sounds ALMCD66, 1999)
  9. A Shot in the Arm (Remix) (from Reprise U.K. CD single W496CD1, 1999)
  10. ELT (King Size Demo) (from Reprise U.K. CD single W496CD1, 1999)
  11. Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (Again) (David Kahne Remix)
  12. She’s a Jar (Austin Demo) (from Reprise U.K. CD single W496CD2, 1999)
  13. Tried and True (from Reprise U.K. single W475CD1, 1999)
  14. Student Loan Stereo (from Reprise U.K. single W475CD1, 1999)
  15. True Love Will Find You in the End (from Reprise U.K. CD single W496CD1, 1999)
  16. I’m Always in Love (Live Acoustic @ Lounge Ax, Chicago – 2/28/1999) (from Reprise U.K. single W475CD2, 1999)
  17. Via Chicago (Austin Demo) (from Reprise U.K. CD single W496CD2, 1999)
  18. Can’t Stand It (live)
  19. Airline to Heaven (Alternate) – Billy Bragg & Wilco
  20. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (from Me, Myself & Irene: Music from the Motion Picture – Elektra 62512, 2000)

Disc 3

  1. I’m the Man Who Loves You (Live on WXRT-FM, Chicago – 9/18/2001) (from Nonesuch U.K. single 96402, 2002)
  2. The Good Part (from Nonesuch U.K. single 96402, 2002)
  3. Cars Can’t Escape
  4. Camera (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Australian Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79666-2 (AUS), 2002)
  5. Handshake Drugs (First Version) (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Australian Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79666-2 (AUS), 2002)
  6. A Magazine Called Sunset (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Australian Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79666-2 (AUS), 2002)
  7. Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Australian Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79666-2 (AUS), 2002)
  8. Woodgrain (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Australian Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79666-2 (AUS), 2002)
  9. More Like the Moon (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Australian Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79666-2 (AUS), 2002)
  10. Let Me Come Home (from The Amos House Collection Volume III – Wishing Tree Records WTR-023, 2003)
  11. Old Maid (from You Can Never Go Fast Enough – Plain Recordings plain103, 2003)
  12. Hummingbird (Alternate)
  13. Spiders (Kidsmoke) (live)
  14. Hell is Chrome (live)
  15. At Least That’s What You Said (live)
  16. The Late Greats (live)
  17. Just a Kid (with The Blisters) (from Spongebob Squarepants: Music from the Movie and More – Sire 488882, 2004)
  18. Kicking Television (B-side to Nonesuch U.K. single WILCO1, 2004)

Disc 4

  1. Panthers (from A Ghost is Born: European Tour Edition EP – Nonesuch 7559-79892-2, 2005)
  2. Theologians (Live) (from Nonesuch promo EP STCD 400011, 2007)
  3. Another Man’s Done Gone (live)
  4. I’m a Wheel (live)
  5. How to Fight Loneliness (live)
  6. One True Vine (from Sky Blue Sky European bonus disc – Nonesuch 7559-79987-9, 2007)
  7. The Thanks I Get (from Sky Blue Sky European bonus disc – Nonesuch 7559-79987-9, 2007)
  8. Let’s Not Get Carried Away (from Sky Blue Sky European bonus disc – Nonesuch 7559-79987-9, 2007)
  9. Hate It Here (live) (from Sky Blue Sky European bonus disc – Nonesuch 7559-79987-9, 2007)
  10. Impossible Germany (live) (from Sky Blue Sky European bonus disc – Nonesuch 7559-79987-9, 2007)
  11. I Shall Be Released (with Fleet Foxes) (live) (from Rolling Stone German promo CD, 2011)
  12. What Light (live)
  13. Jesus, Etc. (with Andrew Bird) (live)
  14. Glad It’s Over (from Heroes: Original Soundtrack – NBC Records 70013, 2008)
  15. Dark Neon
  16. The Jolly Banker (from Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions box set – Nonesuch 529926, 2012)
  17. Unlikely Japan (from Nonesuch single 520404-7, 2009)
  18. You and I (with Feist) (live) (from Nonesuch U.K. single, 2009)
  19. I Love My Label (from dBpm single 87162-7, 2011)

Written by Joe Marchese

October 20, 2014 at 13:02

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  1. I see the vinyl Whole Love bonus track ” Sometimes It Happens” is conspicuous in its absence!

    William Keats

    October 20, 2014 at 13:29

  2. Nothing annoys me more than an “almost complete” rarities collection. I certainly hope there’s a follow up interview where the compilers can explain why particular tracks were left off. But seriously, is there anyone willing to by a 4CD rarities collection who wouldn’t be willing to spend just a little more to get a 5CD rarities collection that has everything?

    David Olstein

    October 20, 2014 at 20:13

  3. I can’t wait to get that collection spinning on my turntable, Excellent post!

    45spin

    October 20, 2014 at 22:53


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