The Replacements: Twin/Tone Years 4x12" box set (new)

Rhino Records


The Replacements: you know them, you love them, you can’t live without them, and apparently you won’t be able to get any more of them, given what Paul Westerberg said onstage during the band’s performance at Barcelona’s Primavera Porto back in June. So much for that reunion album that they’d been talking about, apparently, but, hey, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the albums they’ve already released. Yes, we know, we’ve done a few of these reissues already, but if you’re a ‘Mats purist who believes that the band was never the same after they signed to Sire, then you’ll dig this: we’re releasing a new limited-edition, numbered box set entitled The Twin/Tone Years. The set, which includes Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), the Stink EP (1982), Hootenanny (1983) and Let It Be (1984), will be limited to only 8,000 copies, so if you’re a ‘Mats fan who’s looking to enjoy the band’s earlier, more rambunctious material in the best way possible, then you’ll want to hop to it and get in an order for this thing ASAP. It’s set for release on August 11 as part of Record Store Day’s “Vinyl Tuesday” initiative, which – as you might imagine – is an endeavor which we support wholeheartedly.

Our take: So, at this stage of the game no one probably needs me to tell them what the Replacements sound like... though I will point out something that it took me a rather long time to figure out: that the Replacements' first two records are balls-to-the-wall punk records, and Stink in particular is pretty much hardcore, sounding more than a little like the post-Milo Goes to College Descendents LPs on SST. As for the other two, they are even more brilliant in my opinion, but the band definitely got more "rock" as they went on, which didn't mean they got worse (in fact, Let It Be and Tim are definitely my favorites), just different. Anyway, what everyone wants to know is, "what's the packaging on this bad boy like?" And the answer is fucking awesome. I've seen a lot of chintzy box sets in my day (like the recent Leatherface Record Store Day box), and this is not one of them. The outer box is made out of stiff chipboard and each LP has its original full-color artwork reproduced accurately and beautifully. It feels very premium and well worth the money when you hold it in your hands, particularly when you consider that an original copy of Let It Be will now set you back far more than buying this excellent box set. Rhino is pretty much the best label in the high-profile reissue game, so if you don't have these LPs on vinyl don't hesitate to pull the trigger... this thing is awesome.
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