Being There

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
While Wilco's debut, A.M., spread its wings in an expectedly country-rock fashion, their sophomore effort, Being There, is the group's great leap forward, a masterful, wildly eclectic collection shot through with ambitions and ideas. Although a few songs remain rooted in their signature sound, here Jeff Tweedy and band are as fascinated by their music's possibilities as its origins, and they push the songs which make up this sprawling two-disc set down consistently surprising paths and byways. For starters, the opening "Misunderstood" is majestic psychedelia, built on studio trickery and string flourishes, while "I Got You At the End of the Century" is virtual power pop, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
While Wilco's debut, A.M., spread its wings in an expectedly country-rock fashion, their sophomore effort, Being There, is the group's great leap forward, a masterful, wildly eclectic collection shot through with ambitions and ideas. Although a few songs remain rooted in their signature sound, here Jeff Tweedy and band are as fascinated by their music's possibilities as its origins, and they push the songs which make up this sprawling two-disc set down consistently surprising paths and byways. For starters, the opening "Misunderstood" is majestic psychedelia, built on studio trickery and string flourishes, while "I Got You At the End of the Century" is virtual power pop, right down to the handclaps. The lovely "Someone Else's Song" borrows heavily from the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood," while the R&B-influenced boogie of "Monday" wouldn't sound at all out of place on Exile on Main Street; and on and on. The remarkable thing is how fresh all of these seeming clich├ęs sound when reimagined with so much love and conviction; even the most traditional songs take unexpected twists and turns, never once sinking into mere imitation. "Music is my savior/I was named by rock & roll/I was maimed by rock & roll/I was tamed by rock & roll/I got my name from rock & roll", Tweedy sings on "Sunken Treasure," the opener of the second disc, and throughout the course of these 19 songs he explores rock as though he were tracing his family genealogy, fervently seeking to discover not only where he came from but also where he's going. With Being There, he finds what he's been looking for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1996
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624623625
  • Catalog Number: 46236
  • Sales rank: 37,976

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wilco Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jay Bennett Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Drums, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Ken Coomer Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jesse Green Violin
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Max Johnston Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Greg Leisz Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
John Stirratt Bass, Piano, Violin, Vocals
Jeff Tweedy Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Bob Egan Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Larry Williams Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jim Rondinelli Engineer
Chris Sheppard Engineer
Lou Whitney Engineer
Wilco Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    A great cd. I bought this in 1996, but still listen to it at least once a week. Few cds have the ability to continue grabbing your attention a few weeks after its purchase, but this is a definite exception. Purchase it, give it a few listens and you'll be hooked on Wilco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Brilliant

    Recorded in the mid-90's, ''Being There'' is still quite crisp. Calling it country-rock would be selling this record short. The two disk set retails for about the same price as many single disks, so I must recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WILCO IS THE BEST: THIS HOOKED ME

    This was my first introduction to Wilco and it is an incredibly interesting and awesome collection. The songs grow on you and remain fresh everytime rather than some pop 40 stuff. Wilco is now my favorite band.

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