and Dance the Night Away
were the Scud Mountain Boys
' first two albums. Released on the tiny indie Chunk Records, neither album received wide distribution, so when the group signed with Sub Pop in 1997, the label negotiated for the release of the double-disc set The Early Year
, which featured both albums plus a handful of rarities. While Massachusetts
remains their most accomplished album, the music on The Early Year
isn't much weaker, and most alt-country fans will find the collection necessary listening.