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Addition by subtraction? A punk band selling out? Audio distortion as an artistic principal? The sound of a boom box cranked up? Where's Bob? The Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me continues to answer all these questions and more.

In 1986, like a snake shedding its skin, the Minneapolis foursome parted ways with guitarist Bob Stinson, leaving a trio of his younger brother Tommy on bass, drummer Chris Mars and singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg. Westerberg's poppier, more intimate songs and growing ambitions for success immediately began to transform the band. For their fifth album the threesome ended up at Memphis' Ardent Studios in the capable hands of Jim Dickinson, the producer of Big Star's Third, the pianist heard on The Stones' "Wild Horses," and a collaborator with Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder. Described in the liner notes by friends as a "Southern mad scientist," Dickinson engaged in a psychodrama-mind meld with the band and the result was an album that both band and producer would forever after be known for.

Because record labels have come to realize that extras are needed for reissues to succeed, two ideas predominate: demos to show how songs were shaped and unreleased concert material to show how the material matured when played live. First reissued with extra tracks in 2008, Rhino's new Pleased to Meet Me reissue is a deep dive into how the tunes evolved from early demos, through rough mixes, outtakes, alternates and tracks that appeared only as singles to a 2020 remaster of the original album. Of the 55 tracks in this reissue, 29 have never been released before. The early demos from Blackberry Way Studios in Minneapolis—which contain Bob Stinson's last recordings with the band—show that the material had structure and rudimentary arrangements before Memphis. The rough mixes of tunes like "Alex Chilton" by Ardent's John Hampton, have a clattery, spacious ambiance and show how much tightening had yet to be done. Of the rough mixes, "Can't Hardly Wait" is a tick slower than the issued take and Dickinson's rollicking piano part on raucous opener "IOU" is lifted up in the mix.

An early digital recording which made extensive use of a Fairlight sampler, the sound of Pleased to Meet Me has always been aggressive and embellished, tarted up with touches like the broken glass in "Shooting Dirty Pool," the opening distortion of "Red Red Wine," and Chris and Tommy's opening laughter, their zombie Greek chorus and the mid tune sax growl in "I Don't Know." The oddball lounge jazz of "Nightclub Jitters" is appropriately atmospheric and cool while the "The Ledge," the album's chosen single has the requisite "big" sound which was then attractive to alternative radio and MTV. Visceral but melodic, tender but defiant, as fierce a rock record now as it was the day it was released, Pleased to Meet Me, still epitomizes what producer Dickinson calls in the liner notes, "recording the feeling in your soul while you're playing." © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
I.O.U. 2020 Remaster
00:02:58

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - East Memphis Slim, Keyboards, Background Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - James Lancaster, Background Vocals

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2
Alex Chilton 2020 Remaster
00:03:13

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Writer, Cowbell Percussion - TOMMY STINSON, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - James Lancaster, Background Vocals

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3
I Don't Know 2020 Remaster
00:03:21

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Writer, Background Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Writer, Background Vocals, Bass - Teenage Steve Douglas, Baritone Saxophone - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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4
Nightclub Jitters 2020 Remaster
00:02:45

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Piano, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Upright Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Prince Gabe, Saxophone

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5
The Ledge 2020 Remaster
00:04:07

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - East Memphis Slim, Keyboards - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Teenage Steve Douglas, Flute - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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6
Never Mind 2020 Remaster
00:02:49

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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7
Valentine 2020 Remaster
00:03:35

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Writer - East Memphis Slim, Organ - TOMMY STINSON, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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8
Shooting Dirty Pool 2020 Remaster
00:02:22

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Solo Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Writer - TOMMY STINSON, Writer, Background Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Luther Dickinson, Solo Guitar - James Lancaster, Background Vocals

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9
Red Red Wine 2020 Remaster
00:03:00

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Background Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Background Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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10
Skyway 2020 Remaster
00:02:05

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Contributor, Foot Tapping Percussion - East Memphis Slim, Vibes - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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11
Can't Hardly Wait 2020 Remaster
00:03:05

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - Ben Cauley, Trumpet - Andrew Love, Tenor Saxophone - Alex Chilton, Lead Guitar - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass, Harmonica - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - East Memphis Slim, Keyboards - TOMMY STINSON, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass - Teenage Steve Douglas, Baritone Saxophone - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Max Hulis, Strings

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12
Election Day 2020 Remaster
00:02:55

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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13
Jungle Rock 2020 Remaster
00:02:37

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals - COLLINS, Composer - B.O.B.O., Composer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - A. Puurtinen, Arranger - E. Kuloniemi, Arranger - I. Puurtinen, Arranger - Mizell Hank, Composer - Simonton, Composer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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14
Route 66 2020 Remaster
00:02:55

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Bobby Troupe, Composer, Lyricist

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15
Tossin' n' Turnin' 2020 Remaster
00:02:18

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Ritchie Adams, Writer - Malou Rene, Writer

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16
Cool Water 2020 Remaster
00:02:40

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - BOB NOLAN, Writer

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17
Can't Hardly Wait (Jimmy Iovine Remix) 2020 Remaster
00:03:03

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Jimmy Iovine, Remixer

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DISC 2

1
Bundle Up Demo
00:02:56

P. Westerberg, Writer - T. Stinson, Writer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - C. Mars, Writer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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2
Birthday Gal Demo
00:04:40

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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3
I.O.U. Demo
00:03:14

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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4
Red Red Wine Demo
00:03:20

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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5
Photo Demo
00:03:48

P. Westerberg, Writer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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6
Time Is Killing Us Demo
00:04:13

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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7
Valentine Demo
00:04:08

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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8
Awake Tonight Demo
00:03:46

The Replacements, MainArtist - TOMMY STINSON, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Drums

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9
Hey Shadow Demo
00:03:55

The Replacements, MainArtist - TOMMY STINSON, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Drums

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10
I Don't Know Demo
00:03:24

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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11
Kick It In Demo 1
00:03:54

P. Westerberg, Writer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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12
Shooting Dirty Pool Demo
00:02:55

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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13
Kick It In Demo 2
00:03:41

P. Westerberg, Writer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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14
All He Wants to Do Is Fish Demo
00:02:59

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Piano, Vocals, Writer - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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15
Even If It's Cheap Demo
00:02:47

The Replacements, MainArtist - TOMMY STINSON, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Drums, Assistant Engineer

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DISC 3

1
Valentine Rough Mix
00:03:40

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Writer - East Memphis Slim, Organ - TOMMY STINSON, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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2
Never Mind Rough Mix
00:02:50

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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3
Birthday Gal Rough Mix
00:04:26

PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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4
Alex Chilton Rough Mix
00:03:15

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Writer, Cowbell Percussion - TOMMY STINSON, Writer, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - James Lancaster, Background Vocals

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5
Election Day Rough Mix
00:02:46

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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6
Kick It In Rough Mix
00:03:30

P. Westerberg, Writer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Mike Owens, Engineer - Michael McKern, Assistant Engineer

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7
Red Red Wine Rough Mix
00:03:21

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Background Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Background Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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8
The Ledge Rough Mix
00:04:13

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - East Memphis Slim, Keyboards - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Teenage Steve Douglas, Flute - Justin Perkins, Masterer

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9
I.O.U. Rough Mix
00:03:00

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - East Memphis Slim, Keyboards, Background Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - James Lancaster, Background Vocals

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Can't Hardly Wait Rough Mix
00:03:06

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - Ben Cauley, Trumpet - Andrew Love, Tenor Saxophone - Alex Chilton, Lead Guitar - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass, Harmonica - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - East Memphis Slim, Keyboards - TOMMY STINSON, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass - Teenage Steve Douglas, Baritone Saxophone - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Max Hulis, Strings

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Nightclub Jitters Rough Mix
00:02:47

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Piano, Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Upright Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Prince Gabe, Saxophone

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Skyway Rough Mix
00:02:08

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Bass - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Foot Tapping Percussion - East Memphis Slim, Vibes - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Westerberg, Composer

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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Cool Water Rough Mix
00:02:40

Joe Hardy, Mixer, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals - John Hampton, Mixer, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums - TOMMY STINSON, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - BOB NOLAN, Writer

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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Birthday Gal 2020 Remaster
00:03:51

Joe Hardy, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - JOHN SIKET, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar

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Learn How to Fail
00:03:38

Joe Hardy, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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Run for the Country
00:04:30

Joe Hardy, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer - John Hampton, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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All He Wants to Do Is Fish 2020 Remaster
00:02:41

Joe Hardy, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - John Hampton, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - JOHN SIKET, Mixer - Bob Stinson, Guitar

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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I Can Help Studio Outtake
00:03:33

Joe Hardy, Engineer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - John Hampton, Engineer - JIM DICKINSON, Producer - The Replacements, MainArtist - CHRIS MARS, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - TOMMY STINSON, Backing Vocals, Bass - Justin Perkins, Masterer - Brian Kehew, Mixer - Bill Lance Swan, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Stinson, Guitar

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 1987 Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

Album Description

Addition by subtraction? A punk band selling out? Audio distortion as an artistic principal? The sound of a boom box cranked up? Where's Bob? The Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me continues to answer all these questions and more.

In 1986, like a snake shedding its skin, the Minneapolis foursome parted ways with guitarist Bob Stinson, leaving a trio of his younger brother Tommy on bass, drummer Chris Mars and singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg. Westerberg's poppier, more intimate songs and growing ambitions for success immediately began to transform the band. For their fifth album the threesome ended up at Memphis' Ardent Studios in the capable hands of Jim Dickinson, the producer of Big Star's Third, the pianist heard on The Stones' "Wild Horses," and a collaborator with Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder. Described in the liner notes by friends as a "Southern mad scientist," Dickinson engaged in a psychodrama-mind meld with the band and the result was an album that both band and producer would forever after be known for.

Because record labels have come to realize that extras are needed for reissues to succeed, two ideas predominate: demos to show how songs were shaped and unreleased concert material to show how the material matured when played live. First reissued with extra tracks in 2008, Rhino's new Pleased to Meet Me reissue is a deep dive into how the tunes evolved from early demos, through rough mixes, outtakes, alternates and tracks that appeared only as singles to a 2020 remaster of the original album. Of the 55 tracks in this reissue, 29 have never been released before. The early demos from Blackberry Way Studios in Minneapolis—which contain Bob Stinson's last recordings with the band—show that the material had structure and rudimentary arrangements before Memphis. The rough mixes of tunes like "Alex Chilton" by Ardent's John Hampton, have a clattery, spacious ambiance and show how much tightening had yet to be done. Of the rough mixes, "Can't Hardly Wait" is a tick slower than the issued take and Dickinson's rollicking piano part on raucous opener "IOU" is lifted up in the mix.

An early digital recording which made extensive use of a Fairlight sampler, the sound of Pleased to Meet Me has always been aggressive and embellished, tarted up with touches like the broken glass in "Shooting Dirty Pool," the opening distortion of "Red Red Wine," and Chris and Tommy's opening laughter, their zombie Greek chorus and the mid tune sax growl in "I Don't Know." The oddball lounge jazz of "Nightclub Jitters" is appropriately atmospheric and cool while the "The Ledge," the album's chosen single has the requisite "big" sound which was then attractive to alternative radio and MTV. Visceral but melodic, tender but defiant, as fierce a rock record now as it was the day it was released, Pleased to Meet Me, still epitomizes what producer Dickinson calls in the liner notes, "recording the feeling in your soul while you're playing." © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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