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  • Audio CD (Oct. 29 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002N7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Misunderstood
2. Far, Far Away
3. Monday
4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
5. Forget The Flowers
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
8. What's The World Got In Store
9. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me
Disc: 2
1. Sunken Treasure
2. Someday Soon
3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
4. Someone Else's Song
5. Kingpin
6. (Was I) In Your Dreams
7. Why Would You Wanna Live
8. The Lonely 1
9. Dreamer In My Dreams

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1995 two CD release from the American Roots/Pop band led by Jeff Tweedy.


Wilco's follow-up to A.M. impresses first with its size: 19 tunes fill the double-album package, and the packaging unfolds like a larger-than-life 1970s-era gatefold album cover. But the love affair with the artwork is short-lived, fading as the music takes center stage, making plain the band's overwhelming stretch into innumerable styles. Jeff Tweedy's love of pop and the mechanics of making pop albums is clear almost immediately, as he and his cohort utilize the studio to create and manipulate undertows and snaky recorded elements throughout many of their tunes (a keyboard touch, a guitar's flair, a cymbal's unexpected crash). There are the plainspoken acoustic numbers, recalling Tweedy's tenure in Uncle Tupelo, and there are also unwinding swoops of tinted, guitar-heavy rock--one of which collapses into chromatic jabs at a piano only to resolve in silence on "Sunken Treasure." Oodles of influences fill Wilco's collective mind, and they're perfectly content to pile the trace elements atop each other and make scrambled pop perfection. --Andrew Bartlett

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Format: Audio CD
This was a fairly staggering conception, warts and all, and it wouldn't be until the next release that Wilco truly become masters of the artform, but it's quite a worthy, powerful ride for what it is. The record, for the first place, should have been on one CD and trimmed a bit. There are some half-songs ("Red Eyed and Blue," "I've Got You," which while peppy has some pretty dumb lyrics, and "Kingpin") and it gets a bit mired in its own moroseness towards the end (though "(Was I) In Your Dreams," Why Would You Want to Live," and "The Lonely 1" are all lovely songs in their own respects, it's a bit punishing to have them back to back to back), but there are such dizzying moments of transcendence on this record that you can mostly forgive it for its faults.
The two focal points of the record, "Misunderstood" and "Sunken Treasure," are powerful, emotionally geared epics that set the course for the whole record- themes of loss, betrayal, and distance. The whole record throbs with an organic closeness- the songs feel like they're no more than a few inches from reach. "Far Far Away" sounds like the band's encircling you in the studio, Jeff Tweedy in front of you strumming an aching melody. "Dreamer In My Dreams" is like a racous live take (hoe-down, even?), with some frenetic violin playing and an improvised feel with Tweedy's hoarse vocal.
One could say the record throbs with pain, as well- the sonic equivalent of pain and trying to be ambivalent about it. It's the band's most intimate recorded performance, and though they will aim for and achieve higher, this will hold a special place in any fan's heart too.
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Format: Audio CD
Like most double albums, this epic of ambient roots-rock has difficulty justifying its own self conscious hyperperbole (beyond, of coarse, the common excuse of "We wrote alotta stuff"). Detail production aside, Wilco connect here only when they pick up their electric instruments and go for broke; "Outta Sight (Outta Mind)", "Monday", and "At the End of the Century" set ambitions aside by basking in their own revelry. Being There is, otherwise, too padded to function as a wholely satisfying listen. Opener "Misunderstood" does happen upon a nicely lilting melody, but the remaining down-tempo material ("Hotel in Arizona", "Sunken Treasure", etc.) sacrifices hooks for light experimentation or genre integrity.
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Format: Audio CD
The addition of studio and musical talent Jay Bennett makes the hidden force of Wilco become apparent. This is very much a collaborative effort between lead Jeff Tweedy and Bennett, and it's got some of Wilco's best lyrics. The melodies are excellent, and you'll be listening to the music, which compliment the lyrics nicely. Some of these guitar solos, for instance, have made a few of my more musically proficient friends turn heads.
Standout tracks and hooks would be "Misunderstood" (an excellent opener and lyrical rockout, but better live), "Monday" (I dare you not to tap your foot to this one), "I Got You [At The End Of The Century]" (EXCELLENT hook and intro), "Hotel Arizona" (Get a load of that solo), "Sunken Treasure" (the hands down best country or alt.country epic EVER -- "I was maimed by rock and roll"), "Why Would You Wanna Live" (good time melody, cynical lyrics, hopeful turnout - everything I want).
And how could I forget the five minutes and seventeen seconds that *is* "Kingpin". You need to hear this song. Your mother needs to hear it. Your estranged relatives need to hear it. Buy Being There for "Kingpin" alone, and the other tracks will also blow you away.
Get this album. Impress your friends.
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Format: Audio CD
The two CDs of "Being There" contain many great songs, the best of which include "Far, Far Away," a sweet and wistful cowboy ballad, "Outtasite (Outta Mind)," "Forget the Flowers" and "Someone Else's Song." My only complaint with this album is that the band seems to have been preoccupied with the notion of releasing a double album. In my opinion, had they selected the best 12 or 13 songs from this 19-song collection and placed them on a single disc, the results would have been staggering and unquestionably one of the best albums of the 90's. Instead, their artistic overreaching turned what would have been an incredible album into merely a very good one. Still, it's worth buying if you're at all into Wilco. This album contains some of their best work and even the lesser tracks are still worth hearing. In covering a myriad of different musical styles on "Being There," Wilco does pay homage to the Beatles' "White" album; yet, as with that album, the overall concept seems to take a slight precedence over the record's content, leaving you both impressed and a little disillusioned.
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Format: Audio CD
The very first track, "Misunderstood", would justify the bucks you spent on this one. If John Cale played keyboard as well as guitar, this could almost be a Velvet Underground anthem. "I'd like to thank you all for nothing at all." Angst and gradually increasing noise, now that's what I call good music. Especially when it's put in context with the rest of the album. "Misunderstood" stands out as a blurry reflection of the rest of the cd('s). After the first song, as if they all got it out of their system, Wilco drops some of the distortion and aggression and lays down a bunch of fantastic catchy songs. They drop the over-the-top dramatics and revel in some good old narrative and hokey depression. And that's a good thing. Forget the noise and bang of "Misunderstood," as sweet as it is, and settle into some slide guitar and cracking-voice conversational vocals. Outta mind, outta site? Or outta site outta mind? Ask the snarling guitars. Or the the banjo, accordian, mandolin and fiddle. All songwriting credits are given to Jeff Tweedy. I guess he went to the Rolling Stones School of Songwriting. "Monday" and especially "Red-eyed and Blue" are enough proof of that. But wait! You just popped the 2nd CD from this double-cd set into your stereo, and you're listening to "Sunken Treasure." Seems like some noise and snarl is attemping to resurface. I was tamed, maimed and named by rock and roll---well Tweedy was anyway.
"Being There" is a complex collection of songs, with not a bad one in the mix. "Outta Mind(Outta Sight)" is a more rolling and piano-jangling version of it's previous version on the other cd, with an almost spacey mood due to the OOHing and AAWWing support vocals and more thumping cadence. Tweedy's lyrics are laced with irony and discontent.
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