Pleased to Meet Me

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
All things considered, Tim was an easy transition to the majors for the Replacements, at least as far as the making of the album goes: things went wrong after the release, as the band botched big showcases like its Saturday Night Live spot, leading up to the dismissal of Bob Stinson at the conclusion of the Tim tour. The dust hadn't settled when the 'Mats headed down to Memphis to record Pleased to Meet Me with producer Jim Dickinson at Ardent Studios -- or to phrase it in Alex Chilton-speak, to record with Big Star's 3rd producer at the studio where all three Big Star albums were made. All this fanboy worship perhaps naturally led to a full-blown mash note to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
All things considered, Tim was an easy transition to the majors for the Replacements, at least as far as the making of the album goes: things went wrong after the release, as the band botched big showcases like its Saturday Night Live spot, leading up to the dismissal of Bob Stinson at the conclusion of the Tim tour. The dust hadn't settled when the 'Mats headed down to Memphis to record Pleased to Meet Me with producer Jim Dickinson at Ardent Studios -- or to phrase it in Alex Chilton-speak, to record with Big Star's 3rd producer at the studio where all three Big Star albums were made. All this fanboy worship perhaps naturally led to a full-blown mash note to Paul Westerberg's idol, who also turned up to play a couple of licks on a finally finished "Can't Hardly Wait," which initially was attempted with Chilton as a producer before Tim, but Pleased to Meet Me didn't resemble either the crystalline pop of #1 Record or the narcissistic black hole of 3rd. Dickinson gave the Replacements a full-blooded, muscular production, cranking up guitars, hauling out an upright bass for Tommy Stinson, and bringing in horns -- even strings -- to flesh out Westerberg's songs. This was the Replacements as professionals and, ever the contrarians, they strained against it -- albeit only sporadically and underneath the surface -- with Westerberg's outsider stance calcifying into the invigorating bitterness of "I.O.U." and "I Don't Know." These two proto-slacker anti-anthems -- quite the inverse of the call to arms of "Bastards of Young" and "Left of the Dial" -- are the only times the group's self-sabotage surfaces here, as the bandmembers pretty much give themselves over to Dickinson's studio savvy, leading to the ominous pulse of "The Ledge" and the brilliant, shining power pop of "Never Mind," "Alex Chilton," and "Valentine," along with such left-field twists as the mock jazz of "Nightclub Jitters." This kind of colorful, almost cinematic production -- even the greasy rocker "Shooting Dirty Pool" is enhanced by the sound of breaking glass -- was unheard of on a Replacements record and it all came to a head on "Can't Hardly Wait," which was glossed over with swelling strings and the Memphis Horns. All these fancy accoutrements would seem like the antithesis of the Replacements' spirit, but Dickinson's grand production merely blows the 'Mats up to epic scale, leaving their essence intact: Westerberg even gets a lovely fragile acoustic moment in "Skyway" and there are down-and-dirty rockers like "Shooting Dirty Pool" and "Red Red Wine" that feel like throwaways, but are necessary to the spirit of the record. The Replacements never sounded better with a bigger production than they did on Pleased to Meet Me, so it's hard not to see it as the one that got away, the record that should have been the breakthrough, especially in the year when fellow American underground rockers R.E.M. leaped into the Top Ten but, it's also true that "The Ledge" may not have been the best single choice, as songs about suicides don't often provide entry into the Top 40. Then again, the Replacements don't make sense as a success story, so the failure of the gleaming, glistening Pleased to Meet Me winds up making its polish kind of heart-rending. As it turns out, this was the last time they could still shoot for the stars and seem like their scrappy selves and, in many ways, it was the last true Replacements album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Rhino / Rykodisc
  • UPC: 081227989965
  • Catalog Number: 25557

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I.O.U. (2:57)
  2. 2 Alex Chilton (3:12)
  3. 3 I Don't Know (3:19)
  4. 4 Nightclub Jitters (2:44)
  5. 5 The Ledge (4:04)
  6. 6 Never Mind (2:47)
  7. 7 Valentine (3:31)
  8. 8 Shooting Dirty Pool (2:20)
  9. 9 Red Red Wine (2:59)
  10. 10 Skyway (2:04)
  11. 11 Can't Hardly Wait (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Replacements Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Alex Chilton Guitar, Vocals
Chris Mars Drums, Background Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
Paul Westerberg Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Max Huls Strings
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Bob Stinson Guitar
Tommy Stinson Bass, Bass Guitar
East Memphis Slim Organ, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jorge Ben Trumpet
Teenage Steve Douglas Bass Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Prince Gabe Saxophone
Luther Dickinson Guitar
Steve Douglas Bass Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Chris Mars Artwork
James Luther Dickinson Producer
Thomas Erdelyi Producer
Steven Fjelstad Engineer
John Hampton Engineer
Joe Hardy Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jeri McManus-Heiden Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good record

    I read the reviews appearing here and I gotta say - WHAT DO YOU MORONS WANT? "Duh, overproduced... duh, reveals too much... glurp, doesn't rock hard enough... murp..." Compared to most of its contemporary releases and, like, 99.9% of anything released today this album is a bonerfide Klassic, flaws and all (yes, Virginia, EVERYTHING is flawed, so you point out what's good). So, go download it for free and listen to it already.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleased to buy it

    Well, though I am in agreement with some of the comments from the All Music Guide, I think this album is much better than the review indicates. In fact, it is a near masterpiece for the simple fact that the songs are so strong. It is somewhat over-produced in some instances, but the strength of the song-writing makes up for it. ''Alex Chilton'' is an all-out rocker that is one of the best songs Westerberg ever wrote; ''Can't Hardly Wait'' is an intriguing song when you actually take time to listen to the lyrics, mixing adrenalin with despair; ''Never Mind'' and ''Valentine'' are great, as is the garage-rock of ''IOU''. ''Skyway'' is a touching ballad that gets repeated over and over in my player. This is The Replacements last great release before they imploded, and a testament that there were great albums by bands other than U2 and REM in the '80s that have withstood the test of time.

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    Posted October 23, 2008

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