Uncle Tupelo Anodyne (Rhino) Rating: NNNN; March 16-20, 1992 (Sony) Rating: NNN; Still Feel Gone (Sony) Rating: NNNN; No Depression (Sony) Rating: NNN Rating: NNNN
The remastered reissuing of the entire catalogue of alt-country's former standard bearers Uncle Tupelo should be cause for celebration for No Depression subscribers and roots rock fans alike. Not only has the CD sound quality been dramatically improved - particularly on the group's defining effort, Still Feel Gone, and their Peter Buck-produced unplugged session on March 16-20, 1992 - but each disc comes stacked with five or more bonus tracks of demos and live material. Taken together, the four discs chart Jeff Tweedy's ascendancy as a songwriting force, finally reaching the high standard set by Jay Farrar's embittered but beautiful vignettes on Anodyne just before the group imploded. Tweedy, of course, continued on with Wilco, sparing himself the painful irony of performing We've Been Had.