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Exclusive: Listen to Wilco's Previously Unreleased "Myrna Lee"

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Exclusive: Listen to Wilco's Previously Unreleased "Myrna Lee"

Alt-country institution Wilco have been making music for more than 20 years—a feat in and of itself—and today, Paste is proud to share one of the previously unreleased fruits of their very first album. Jeff Tweedy and company’s “Myrna Lee” is one of numerous rare and never-before-heard recordings from Rhino’s newly remastered and expanded deluxe versions of Wilco’s first two records, 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s Being There, due out physically and digitally on Dec. 1.

Tweedy formed Wilco in the aftermath of Uncle Tupelo’s breakup, assembling the bulk of his former band—including bassist John Stirratt and drummer Ken Coomer—so as to quickly record their debut album. Stirratt characterized the band’s “confident but guileless” beginnings as possessing a “strange mixture of innocence and conviction,” recalling in the A.M.: Deluxe Edition liner note, “We were barely a band at that point, just trying to make some noise.”

Wilco certainly hit that target on “Myrna Lee,” a twangy torch song with fiddles and pedal steel aplenty. “You’re the only one I’ve waited for all this time,” sings Stirratt, who also wrote the song—its warm melodies, bittersweet lyrics and organic instrumentation might as well be the molecules that make up Wilco’s DNA. “Myrna Lee” would later appear on Home Grown, a 1997 LP from John’s twin sister Laurie Stirratt’s band Blue Mountain.

A.M.: Deluxe Edition comprises the original album and eight unreleased bonus tracks—including Uncle Tupelo’s last studio recording, “When You Find Trouble,” and an early version of “Outtasite (Outta Mind)”—while the sprawling Being There: Deluxe Edition features myriad never-before-heard tracks, alternate takes and live performances. The former is available on CD and double-LP, while the latter is available as a five-CD collection or four-LP set.

Listen to “Myrna Lee” and watch a Wilco concert from the A.M./Being There era via the Paste Cloud below. Further down, you’ll find the CD and LP tracklists for A.M.: Deluxe Edition and Being There: Deluxe Edition, plus product shots. You can preorder the albums here.

A.M.: Deluxe Edition CD Tracklist:

01. “I Must Be High”
02. “Casino Queen”
03. “Box Full Of Letters”
04. “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”
05. “Pick Up The Change”
06. “I Thought I Held You”
07. “That’s Not The Issue”
08. “It’s Just That Simple”
09. “Should’ve Been In Love”
10. “Passenger Side”
11. “Dash 7”
12. “Blue Eyed Soul”
13. “Too Far Apart”

Bonus Material
14. “When You Find Trouble” – Uncle Tupelo
15. “Those I’ll Provide”
16. “Lost Love” – Golden Smog (Take 1 Vocal 2)
17. “Myrna Lee”
18. “She Don’t Have To See You” – Golden Smog
19. “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” – Early Version (Take 6)
20. “Piss It Away”
21. “Hesitation Rocks”

A.M.: Deluxe Edition LP Tracklist:

Side One
01. “I Must Be High”
02. “Casino Queen”
03. “Box Full Of Letters”
04. “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”
05. “Pick Up The Change”

Side Two
01. “I Thought I Held You”
02. “That’s Not The Issue”
03. “It’s Just That Simple”
04. “Should’ve Been In Love”
05. “Passenger Side”

Side Three
01. “Dash 7”
02. “Blue Eyed Soul”
03. “Too Far Apart”
04. “When You Find Trouble” – Uncle Tupelo
05. “Those I’ll Provide”

Side Four
01. “Lost Love” – Golden Smog (Take 1, Vocal 2)
02. “Myrna Lee”
03. “She Don’t Have To See You” – Golden Smog
04. “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” – Early Version (Take 6)
05. “Piss It Away”
06. “Hesitation Rocks”

Being There: Deluxe Edition CD Tracklist:

Disc One: Original Album
01. “Misunderstood”
02. “Far, Far Away”
03. “Monday”
04. “Outtasite (Outta Mind)”
05. “Forget The Flowers”
06. “Red-Eyed And Blue”
07. “I Got You (At The End Of The Century)”
08. “What’s The World Got In Store”
09. “Hotel Arizona”
10. “Say You Miss Me”

Disc Two: Original Album
01. “Sunken Treasure”
02. “Someday Soon”
03. “Outta Mind (Outta Sight)”
04. “Someone Else’s Song”
05. “Kingpin”
06. ”(Was I) In Your Dreams”
07. “Why Would You Wanna Live”
08. “The Lonely 1”
09. “Dreamer In My Dreams”

Disc Three: Outtakes/Alternates/Demos
01. “Late Blooming Son”
02. “I Got You” – Dobro Mix Warzone
03. “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” – Alternate
04. “Far Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)”
05. “Dynamite My Soul”
06. “Losing Interest”
07. “Why Would You Wanna Live” – Alternate
08. “Sun’s A Star”
09. “Capitol City”
10. “Better When I’m Gone”
11. “Dreamer In My Dreams” – Alternate Rough Take
12. “Say You Miss Me” – Alternate
13. “I Got You” – Alternate
14. “Monday” – Party Horn Version
15. “I Can’t Keep From Talking”

Disc Four: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part One)
01. “Sunken Treasure”
02. “Red-Eyed And Blue”
03. “I Got You (At The End Of The Century)”
04. “Someone Else’s Song”
05. “Someday Soon”
06. “Forget The Flowers”
07. “New Madrid”
08. “I Must Be High”
09. “Passenger Side” – Punk Version
10. “Passenger Side”
11. “Hotel Arizona”
12. “Monday”
13. “Say You Miss Me”

Disc Five: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part Two)
01. “Outtasite (Outta Mind)”
02. “The Long Cut”
03. “Kingpin”
04. “Misunderstood”
05. “Far, Far Away”
06. “Give Back The Key To My Heart”
07. “Gun”
Live On KCRW 11/13/96
08. “Sunken Treasure”
09. “Red-Eyed And Blue”
10. “Far, Far Away”
11. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

Being There: Deluxe Edition LP Tracklist:

Side One
01. “Misunderstood”
02. “Far, Far Away”
03. “Monday”
04. “Outtasite (Outta Mind)”
05. “Forget The Flowers”

Side Two
01. “Red-Eyed And Blue”
02. “I Got You (At The End Of The Century)”
03. “What’s The World Got In Store”
04. “Hotel Arizona”
05. “Say You Miss Me”

Side Three
01. “Sunken Treasure”
02. “Someday Soon”
03. “Outta Mind (Outta Sight)”
04. “Someone Else’s Song”
05. “Kingpin”

Side Four
01. ”(Was I) In Your Dreams”
02. “Why Would You Wanna Live”
03. “The Lonely 1”
04. “Dreamer In My Dreams”

Side Five
01. “Late Blooming Son”
02. “I Got You” – Dobro Mix Warzone
03. “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” – Alternate
04. “Far Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)”
05. “Dynamite My Soul”
06. “Losing Interest”

Side Six
01. “Why Would You Wanna Live” – Alternate
02. “Sun’s A Star”
03. “Capitol City”
04. “Better When I’m Gone”
05. “Dreamer In My Dreams” – Alternate Rough Take

Side Seven
01. “Say You Miss Me” – Alternate
02. “I Got You” – Alternate
03. “Monday” – Party Horn Version
04. “I Can’t Keep From Talking”

Side Eight
01. “Sunken Treasure”
02. “Red-Eyed And Blue”
03. “Far, Far Away”
04. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”

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