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Alpha Mike Foxtrot [4 Discs]
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Album: Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Childlike And Evergreen (Demo) More Info...
2)    Someone Else's Song (Demo) More Info...
3)    Passenger Side (Demo) More Info...
4)    Promising More Info...
5)    The T.B. Is Whipping Me (with Syd Straw) More Info...
6)    I Must Be High (Live) More Info...
7)    Casino Queen (Live) More Info...
8)    Who Were You Thinking Of (Live) More Info...
9)    I Am Not Willing (with Syd Straw) More Info...
10)    Burned More Info...
11)    Blasting Fonda More Info...
12)    Thirteen More Info...
13)    Don't You Honey Me More Info...
14)    The Lonely 1 (White Hen Version) More Info...
15)    No More Poetry More Info...
16)    Box Full Of Letters (Live) More Info...
17)    Red-Eyed And Blue (Live) More Info...
18)    Forget The Flowers (Live) More Info...
19)    Sunken Treasure (Live) More Info...
20)    Monday (Demo) More Info...
  Disc 2
1)    Passenger Side (Live) More Info...
2)    Outtasite (Outta Mind) [Live] More Info...
3)    I Got You At The End Of The Century (Live) More Info...
4)    Outta Mind (Outta Site) [Live] More Info...
5)    James Alley Blues (with Roger McGuinn) [Live] More Info...
6)    At My Window Sad And Lonely (Jeff Tweedy Solo Version) More Info...
7)    California Stars (Live) More Info...
8)    One Hundred Years From Now More Info...
9)    A Shot In The Arm (Remix) More Info...
10)    ELT (King Size Demo Version) More Info...
11)    Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (again) [David Kahne Remix] More Info...
12)    She's A Jar (Austin Demo Version) More Info...
13)    Tried And True More Info...
14)    Student Loan Stereo More Info...
15)    True Love Will Find You In The End More Info...
16)    I'm Always In Love (Live) More Info...
17)    Via Chicago (Austin Demo Version) More Info...
18)    Can't Stand It (Live) More Info...
19)    Airline To Heaven (Alternate Version) More Info...
20)    Any Major Dude Will Tell You More Info...
  Disc 3
1)    I'm The Man Who Loves You (Live) More Info...
2)    The Good Part More Info...
3)    Cars Can't Escape More Info...
4)    Camera More Info...
5)    Handshake Drugs (First Version) More Info...
6)    A Magazine Called Sunset More Info...
7)    Bob Dylan's 49th Beard More Info...
8)    Woodgrain More Info...
9)    More Like The Moon More Info...
10)    Let Me Come Home More Info...
11)    Old Maid More Info...
12)    Hummingbird (Alternate Version) More Info...
13)    Spiders (Kidsmoke) [Live] More Info...
14)    Hell Is Chrome (Live) More Info...
15)    At Least That's What You Said (Live) More Info...
16)    The Late Greats (Live) More Info...
17)    Just A Kid (with The Blisters) More Info...
18)    Kicking Television More Info...
  Disc 4
1)    Panthers More Info...
2)    Theologians (Live) More Info...
3)    Another Man's Done Gone (Live) More Info...
4)    I'm A Wheel (Live) More Info...
5)    How To Fight Loneliness (Live) More Info...
6)    One True Vine More Info...
7)    The Thanks I Get More Info...
8)    Let's Not Get Carried Away More Info...
9)    Hate It Here More Info...
10)    Impossible Germany (Live) More Info...
11)    I Shall Be Released (with Fleet Foxes) [Live] More Info...
12)    What LIght More Info...
13)    Jesus, Etc. (with Andrew Bird) [Live] More Info...
14)    Glad It's Over More Info...
15)    Dark Neon More Info...
16)    The Jolly Banker More Info...
17)    Unlikely Japan More Info...
18)    You And I (Live) More Info...
19)    I Love My Label More Info...
 
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Authors: Frank Riley; Bill Bentley; David Bither; John Stirratt; Nels Cline.
  • Illustrators: Brian Methe; Miguel Chorda.
  • Photographers: Joshua Kessler; Tony Margherita; Pat Sansone; Jeff Sciortino; Jay Blakesberg; Zoran Orlic; Daniel Coston; Marina Chavez; Paul Natkin; Chris Gorman ; Kevin Wilson; Austin Nelson; Sue Tweedy; Danny Clinch.
  • In the book that accompanies Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014, a four-disc collection of rare and non-LP recordings by Wilco, former Reprise Records publicist Bill Bentley admits that no less a legend than Doug Sahm thought he was making a mistake when, after Uncle Tupelo abruptly and acrimoniously broke up, Bentley opted to work with Jeff Tweedy's new band rather than Son Volt, Jar Farrar's post-UT project. "Come on, Bentley, you gotta go with the other guy," Sahm said, "he's gonna happen." Which was certainly the conventional wisdom when Wilco and Son Volt launched in 1994 -- most fans seemed certain that Farrar was going to go on to a brilliant career on his own, and Tweedy's band would be a fine but lesser commodity. But those bets were off after Wilco released their ambitious, game-changing second album, Being There, in 1996, and in the years that followed, it became clear that Tweedy was a stronger songwriter, a more imaginative sonic visionary, and a keener judge of collaborators than he'd had the chance to show in Uncle Tupelo. Two decades on from their debut, Wilco have created a large and impressively diverse body of work, and Alpha Mike Foxtrot is a massive odds-and-sods collection, bringing together 77 tracks from singles, promo releases, movie soundtracks, bonus discs, and downloads from Wilco's website. Alpha Mike Foxtrot plays like an alternate history of Wilco, and most of what's here is every bit as satisfying as what the band delivered on its first eight studio albums, if more idiosyncratic; it traces the evolution of the band from early solo cassette demos Tweedy cut in his living room to extended workouts from the lineup that solidified after the release of A Ghost Is Born, as Wilco grew from a spirited alt-country combo to a rock band as adventurous and eager to innovate as it was engaging and tuneful (Tweedy's simple but powerful way with a melody is the surest unifying factor that holds these songs together). And the plentiful live tracks here demonstrate how willing Tweedy and his bandmates have been to give their songs new shapes on-stage (a ten-minute live recording of "Spiders [Kidsmoke]" is a tremendous showcase for Nels Cline's stellar guitar work), and there's a fistful of studio tracks that didn't fit on an album but sound splendid in this context, especially the Replacements-styled "Student Loan Stereo," the soulful "The Thanks I Get," and the faux-live pop/rocker "The Good Part." In the strictest sense, nothing on Alpha Mike Foxtrot is unreleased, but there's a lot here that's never been available for general public consumption, and while the sheer bulk of this set means it's most likely to be heard by hardcore fans, anyone with a genuine interest in Wilco will find a lot of great music that fell between the cracks on this set, as well as a fascinating map of the many roads Wilco did and didn't take. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a comprehensive document of a great band with endless secrets to reveal, even now."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is an odyssey both emotional and educational."

Paste (magazine) - "The generous allotment of live tracks offers fans of the band's concerts a chance to hear how the songs have evolved onstage -- the layers of muscular guitars that propel 'The Late Greats,' for example... "
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