Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was the Wilco album that Warners refused to release so the band put it up for free on their website and it was eventually picked up by Warners subsidiary Nonesuch. The mad world of corporate record labels notwithstanding it has long been seen as perhaps their greatest achievement to date taking their Americana-like sound and running with it to new and adventurous sonic areas no doubt assisted by producer Jim O'Rourke.
Vinyl Double LP £22.49 0075597966916
180g vinyl 2LP on Nonesuch.
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9/10 Penrith Steve 11th February 2015
“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” is widely regarded as Wilco’s best album. The album took quite a journey before actually being released and due to a job cull at Warner’s, it was delayed, and Wilco were dropped by Warner off-shoot, Reprise. Eventually, Wilco got their album back, signed to Nonesuch and had it released. There were tensions within the band too that resulted in multi-istrumentalist Jay Bennett being fired by Jeff Tweedy. The making of the album was documented in the brilliant film “I’m Not Trying To Break Your Heart” which is also the title of the fantastic opening track. “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” sees Wilco being more experimental than on their first three albums. However, its predecessor, “Summerteeth”, does act as a bit of bridge between the country rock of “A.M.”, the marvellous “Being There” and this. Jim O’Rourke mixed and engineered the album and his influence is definitely present on the final outcome. There’s no need to pick out individual tracks here – they’re all good. A great American album from start to finish.
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