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Uncle Tupelo : 89/93: An Anthology

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Uncle Tupelo : 89/93: An Anthology

They were in their early 20s, but Uncle Tupelo sounded at least 75. Broken

whisky bottles and departed women were the tools of their trade, and this

compilation showcases the cream of their time in the mud, blood and beer.

Over their four album career, Wilco man Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar’s

partnership produced punk-country and straight country, but probably their

most affecting material (‘Sauget Wind’ and ‘Black Eye’) fell outside both, a

meeting point between Gram Parsons and Slint which pointed a plausible way

forward. All is, abundantly, here – and even if Uncle Tupelo ended in tears,

this was just fuel to their subsequent creative fires.

John Robinson