Rolling Stone - p.1005 stars out of 5
-- "The quintessential punk power ballad 'Unsatisfied' and the barfly blues 'Here Comes A Regular' are indelible acoustic-guitar-based songs that grab your heartstrings..."
Spin - p.875 stars out of 5
-- "Poetic guitar clamor from the greatest punk-rock bar band ever."
Q - p.1244 stars out of 5
-- "They were a great band....[By] HOOTENANNY, frontman Paul Westerberg's love of classic rock and ear for melody had marked them out."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1203 stars out of 5
-- "Smartass, sweetly melodic and just irresponsible enough to court constant flameout, The Replacements were America's quintessential college rock band."
Personnel: Paul Westerberg (vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, harmonica, piano, 6-string bass, percussion); Alex Chilton (guitar, background vocals); Peter Buck , Slim Dunlap, Bob Stinson (guitar); Tommy Stinson (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Max Huls (strings); Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Teenage Steve Douglas (baritone saxophone); East Memphis Slim (keyboards, vibraphone); Chris Mars (drums, cowbells, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Charley Drayton (drums).
Audio Mixers: Scott Litt; Chris Lord-Alge; Joe Hardy; John Hampton.
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Bill Holdship.
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Studio B, Memphis, TN; Blackberry Way Studios, Minneapolis, MN; Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Flower Studios, Minneapolis, MN; Nicollet Studios, Minneapolis, MN; Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA; Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN; Platinum Island Studios, New York, NY; Skyline Studios, New York, NY; Warehouse In Brooklyn Center, MN.
Photographer: Laura Levine.
The first career-spanning Replacements retrospective, this 2006 collection takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the beloved Minneapolis band's entire catalogue. Led by singer-songwriter/guitarist Paul Westerberg, the proudly shambolic group tore through the 1980s with rowdy rock rave-ups (the punky "Kids Don't Follow," the defiant "Bastards of Young"), but always tempered their finest punk moments with surprisingly tender pop tunes. ("Within Your Reach," possibly the most beautiful lo-fi tune ever penned, and the gorgeously melancholy "Here Comes a Regular," to name just two, are both included here.)
Although the ensemble never achieved commercial success, the Mats crafted a sizable number of pop-perfect classics, including the chiming "I Will Dare," the propulsive "Alex Chilton," and the urgent "Can't Hardly Wait," all of which are featured here. While 1997's two-CD ALL FOR NOTHING/NOTHING FOR ALL provides a more comprehensive look at the Replacements' major-label days, this disc offers up 10 tracks not on that set, including eight formative tunes from the band's Twin/Tone stint and two new songs recorded in '06 by the surviving original lineup. (Guitarist Bob Stinson died in 1995, and drummer Chris Mars appears only on backing vocals.) For those who missed the Mats in their heyday, this 20-track compilation is an ideal primer, and reinforces their status as one of the greatest rock groups of the '80s.