Friday, February 12, 2010

Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash- Demos And Outtakes

Here are the bonus tracks from the deluxe reissue of the Replacements debut album from 1981. Can you believe this album was released almost 30 years ago! I wouldn't consider this the Mat's finest moment, but if you're a fan of their faster punker music, this is a good place to start. As a matter of fact, if you purchase (or find downloads) the Replacement's library, I recommend you start at the beginning with Sorry Ma and proceed forward in order with Stink, Hootenany, Let It Be, Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, then listen to a bunch of Mats bootlegs up until 1987, then repeat. Only after listening to these releases repeatedly, then advance on to Don't Tell A Soul and All Shook Down, you'll thank me later.

The Sorry Ma... bonus tracks are interesting because they include some alternate versions and demos of songs that made it onto the album (Customer, Raised In the City, Shutup), as well as outtakes that never were heard from again (Like You, Get Lost). The early Mats were basically a great straight up rock 'n' roll band influenced by classic rock with a punk attitude. They weren't a punk band, at least not in the way a band like Husker Du or Black Flag were. On their first two albums, Westerberg and the band were still finding their "sound" and honed those skills by playing frequently at any small bar and club that would take them and all this despite the fact Tommy Stinson was only 14 when Sorry Ma was released. These early tracks display the energy and character that would define their sound by the time they recorded Let It Be. Every album they released up until Pleased to Meet Me, showed a progression and maturity in their sound and songwriting. Since I have all the Replacements records on vinyl (without the bonus tracks), the reissues are essential for serious fans and I'll try to eventually post the demos and outtakes from them all. About a year and a half ago I posted the bonus tracks from Pleased To Meet Me and I think they're still active for download, so get them while you can!

Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash
(Deluxe edition bonus tracks only)
  1. Raised in the City (demo)
  2. Shutup (demo)
  3. Don't Turn Me Down (demo)
  4. Shape Up (demo)
  5. You Ain't Gotta Dance (demo)
  6. Get on the Stick (demo)
  7. Oh Baby (demo)
  8. Like You (outtake)
  9. Get Lost (outtake)
  10. A Toe Needs a Shoe (outtake) (Bob Stinson)
  11. Customer (alternate take)
  12. Basement Jam (rehearsal) (Chris Mars/Bob Stinson/Tommy Stinson/Paul Westerberg)
  13. If Only You Were Lonely
  • Tracks 19-30 previously unreleased.
  • Tracks 19-25 are studio demos.
  • Tracks 26-28 and 30 are session outtakes.
  • Track 29 is an alternate take.
  • Track 31 originally released as the B-side of "I'm in Trouble".
THE REPLACEMENTS- Sorry Ma, demos and outtakes. rar


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Saludos desde Monte Grande, Argentina!

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