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The Replacements Announce Pleased to Meet Me Deluxe Edition with 29 Unreleased Tracks

Hear six of the previously unheard rough mixes now

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The Replacements

    The Replacements have announced a new deluxe box set of their acclaimed fifth studio album, Pleased to Meet Me. Due out October 9th from Rhino, the collection showcases 29 never-before-released tracks from the band, including their final recordings with guitarist Bob Stinson.

    Remastered by Justin Perkins (who handled the same duties on last year’s excellent Dead Man’s Pop box), the Pleased to Meet Me deluxe edition is spread across three CDs and one 12-inch vinyl record. The first CD features the original LP along with B-sides and rarities, capped off with a Jimmy Iovine remix of the classic “Can’t Hardly Wait”.

    Disc 2 captures the summer 1986 sessions at Minneapolis’ Blackberry Way Studios that led up to the final album. Amongst the 15 demos are 11 previously unreleased recordings, the first seven of which are the last to feature all four original Replacements members. The other demos find the band recording as a trio — singer/guitarist Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and drummer Chris Mars — sans the other Stinson.

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    The final 23 tracks contained on Disc 3 include 13 newly revealed rough mixes of the majority of Pleased to Meet Me plus deep cuts like “Election Day” and “Birthday Gal”. Mixed by studio engineer John Hampton, these baker’s dozen songs are also presented on the set’s 180-gram vinyl record. Disc 3 is finished off with outtakes both newly revealed (Westerberg’s “Run for the Country” and “Learn How to Fail”; “Trouble on the Way” by Tommy Stinson) and previously released (All for Nothing/Nothing for All selections “Beer for Breakfast” and “I Don’t Know”).

    The Pleased to Meet Me deluxe box also includes a 12×12 hardcover book with rare pictures and a history of the album from Trouble Boys: The Trust Story of the Replacements author Bob Mehr. Special bundles for sale via Rhino’s online store include a T-shirt, tote bag, bumper sticker, placemat, and — most intriguingly — a cassette recording of a Westerberg interview from the era presented in full for the first time.

    As a preview of the collection, The Replacements have shared six of the rough mixes form Disc 3: “Alex Chilton”, “Valentine”, “Never Mind”, “Birthday Gal”, “Election Day”, and “Kick It In”. You can stream them below via Spotify, but for the best quality, you can sign up for a free 60-day trial of TIDAL HiFi and listen in Master or high-definition audio.

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    Also watch a trailer for the Pleased to Meet Me deluxe edition ahead, followed by a look at the box set and the full tracklist.

    Pleased to Meet Me (Deluxe Edition):the replacements pleased to meet me box set art deluxePleased to Meet Me (Deluxe Edition) Tracklist:
    Disc One: Pleased to Meet Me (2020 Remaster) + Rare, Single-Only Tracks
    01. I.O.U.
    02. Alex Chilton
    03. I Don’t Know
    04. Nightclub Jitters
    05. The Ledge
    06. Never Mind
    07. Valentine
    08. Shooting Dirty Pool
    09. Red Red Wine
    10. Skyway
    11. Can’t Hardly Wait
    12. Election Day
    13. Jungle Rock
    14. Route 66
    15. Tossin’ n’ Turnin’
    16. Cool Water
    17. Can’t Hardly Wait – Jimmy Iovine Remix

    Disc Two: Blackberry Way Demos
    01. Bundle Up – Demo
    02. Birthday Gal – Demo
    03. I.O.U. – Demo *
    04. Red Red Wine – Demo *
    05. Photo – Demo
    06. Time Is Killing Us – Demo *
    07. Valentine – Demo
    08. Awake Tonight – Demo *
    09. Hey Shadow – Demo *
    10. I Don’t Know – Demo *
    11. Kick It In – Demo 1 *
    12. Shooting Dirty Pool – Demo *
    13. Kick It In – Demo 2 *
    14. All He Wants To Do Is Fish – Demo *
    15. Even If It’s Cheap – Demo *

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    Disc Three: Rough Mixes, Outtakes, & Alternates
    01. Valentine – Rough Mix *
    02. Never Mind – Rough Mix *
    03. Birthday Gal – Rough Mix *
    04. Alex Chilton – Rough Mix *
    05. Election Day – Rough Mix *
    06. Kick It In – Rough Mix *
    07. Red Red Wine – Rough Mix *
    08. The Ledge – Rough Mix *
    09. I.O.U. – Rough Mix *
    10. Can’t Hardly Wait – Rough Mix *
    11. Nightclub Jitters – Rough Mix *
    12. Skyway – Rough Mix *
    13. Cool Water – Rough Mix *
    14. Birthday Gal
    15. Learn How To Fail *
    16. Run For The Country *
    17. All He Wants To Do Is Fish
    18. I Can Help – Outtake *
    19. Lift Your Skirt *
    20. ‘Til We’re Nude
    21. Beer For Breakfast
    22. Trouble On The Way *
    23. I Don’t Know – Outtake

    LP Track Listing
    Side A
    01. Valentine – Rough Mix *
    02. Never Mind – Rough Mix *
    03. Birthday Gal – Rough Mix *
    04. Alex Chilton – Rough Mix *
    05. Election Day – Rough Mix *
    06. Kick It In – Rough Mix *

    Side B
    01. Red Red Wine – Rough Mix *
    02. The Ledge – Rough Mix *
    03. I.O.U. – Rough Mix *
    04. Can’t Hardly Wait – Rough Mix *
    05. Nightclub Jitters – Rough Mix *
    06. Skyway – Rough Mix *
    07. Cool Water – Rough Mix *

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    * = previously unreleased

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