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PenguinNinja
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I want to get into Wilco. Where do I start?

What album should I begin on?

What's their best album?


The Seaward
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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to both questions


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hogfly
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Member since May 2014
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Wake up on a lazy hungover weekend morning. Brew a pot of coffee. Turn on YHF as you make a nice breakfast. Enjoy.


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wilceaux
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Honestly, I would recommend starting with their first record, and just going through them in chronological order. It's interesting to see how the sound evolved.

But if you don't want to do that, then just make sure you listen to Being There, Summerteeth, and YHF. Oh, and A Ghost is Born.
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dancing_tiger85
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The 'Kicking Television' live in Chicago album is not a bad starting point.


NickyT
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If you can find their 2007 ACL performance you will be hooked.

Set List
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TFTC
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Chicago, Il
Member since May 2010
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I think Being There is their best record...

I'd start with AM and follow their progression... Its not a great record, but its a fun one...

Only Stirratt and Tweedy remain from those days though..
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redneck hippie
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Member since Dec 2008
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great band.
my personal favorite is Sky Blue Sky. IMO a masterpiece and a great place to start.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the consensus' greatest, but IMO not the best place to start.

Being There and Ghost is Born are also great.

Kicking Television is live and is representative of their live sound. They are one of the best live bands out there.

Honestly can't go wrong.


kingbob
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Don't start with Sky Blue Sky. It's a great album in its own right, but it's very different in style from the rest.


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LSUTigersVCURams
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One of the absolute best bands of the era imho. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is great, but to me Sky Blue Sky is more accessible. Impossible Germany is probably my favorite song of theirs. A ghost is born is also great.

However, note that their later stuff is pretty bad.


LSUTigersVCURams
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quote:

I'd start with AM and follow their progression... Its not a great record, but its a fun one... 


Sums it up perfectly.


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kingbob
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My favorite song off of Sky Blue Sky is probably "Side With The Seeds"


Cdawg
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My favorite album is A Ghost is Born but that isn't one you jump into.

But like some mentioned, start from the beginning and read up on each one to see how they progressed. After the split from Jay Bennett, it was like a new band IMO and not for better nor worse.


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Cdawg
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quote:

I thinking Being There is their best record...

it's 2 or 3 for me depending on the day.

I got the flu and away I flew
NYC, pediate blue
Dimetapp and spinal tap
City maps and hand claps

Yeah, he was on cough syrup that day.



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tigeroarz1
Wake Forest Fan
Winston-Salem, NC
Member since Oct 2013
2773 posts

"Being There". Then go backwards into Uncle Tupelo. Wilco evolved musically like Radiohead and the Beatles. You can't comprehend who they are now without knowing where they came from.


PPL
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Dinner and drinks is always a good place to start.


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TheRoarRestoredInBR
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quote:

They are one of the best live bands out there.


So true.

Love all their albums, have since the start. Was an Uncle Tupelo fan, Son Volt, etc..

It's a wasted month without hearing Hummingbird(W), Theologians(W), Gun(UT), Drown(SV), California Stars(W + Billy Bragg),etc..cranked full blast.
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tilco
Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
12613 posts

Mah top wilco jams:

1. I'm the man who loves you
2. You are my face
3. Hate it Here
4. Hummingbird
5. Handshake Drugs
6. Theologians
7. Jesus


kingbob
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Member since Nov 2010
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5. You Are My Face
4. Handshake Drugs
3. Hate It Here
2. Thanks I Get
1. Side With The Seeds


WaltTeevens
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Member since Dec 2013
9692 posts

Jesus, etc


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