What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014

What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014

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Wilco are a band who have shown that in the 21st century, a band can succeed creatively and commercially on their own terms, even without what would be considered a hit single, especially impressive since Wilco often seemed to be doing well despite their presence on a major-label rather than because of it. Which is why What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 is at once a welcome and curious release: it's essentially a greatest-hits album from a band that's never had a hit single, collecting 38 songs that have made some impression on non-commercial radio and become fan favorites during the band's first two decades. At the same time, What's Your 20? is also a fine "Beginner's Guide to Wilco," as the track listing gracefully charts their progress from a scrappy but heartfelt alt-country band that rose from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo to a thoughtful and imaginative pop
ock band with some outstanding players and an eagerness to experiment. What's Your 20? includes representative selections from Wilco's eight studio albums, as well as the two Mermaid Avenue albums they cut in collaboration with Billy Bragg and, along with a bunch of great songs, it offers a map to the emotional peaks and valleys of Jeff Tweedy's songwriting, from the country-influenced rock of "I Must Be High" and "Casino Queen," into the bold explorations of "Misunderstood" and "Sunken Treasure," and the cool, pitiless self-analysis of "A Shot in the Arm" and "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," a remarkable musical journey that took less than seven years. The album also offers a satisfying summary of the band's best and most stable lineup that coalesced after A Ghost Is Born, and delivered warmer but genuinely exciting songs like "Hate It Here," "Impossible Germany," and "I Might." What's Your 20? was released at the same time as Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014, a four-disc box set for serious fans featuring outstanding Wilco tracks that didn't appear on one of their albums; this album is the opposite, a more concise (but still hefty) sampling of the band's best known and most accepted work, and this is most easily recommended to casual fans and folks looking for an introduction to the group's music. However, those listeners will certainly be well-served by this outstanding selection of tunes, and if we did live in a world where Wilco regularly scaled the charts, there's little doubt these songs would have earned the band plenty of gold and platinum plaques. And who knows, they may yet some day.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2014
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597954456
catalogNumber: 543671
Rank: 1931

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilco   Primary Artist
Billy Bragg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nels Cline   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Loops,Lap Steel Guitar
Jay Bennett   Organ,Synthesizer,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Bells,Saw,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Ken Coomer   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Timpani
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Max Johnston   Banjo,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Jim O'Rourke   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar
John Stirratt   Bass,Piano,Violin,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,8-string Bass
Jeff Tweedy   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Guitar (Baritone)
Daniel Corrigan   Vocals
Eliza Carthy   Violin
Leroy Bach   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Corey Harris   Lap Steel Guitar
Brian Henneman   Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Kotche   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer
Tim Barnes   Percussion
Leslie Feist   Vocals
Pat Sansone   Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Larry Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Montuoro   Hammered Dulcimer
Karen Waltuch   Viola
Mikael Jorgensen   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,farfisa organ,Keyboard Accordian,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer,Lyricist
Billy Bragg   Producer
Nels Cline   Composer,Instrumentation
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Jay Bennett   Composer,Engineer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Mitch Easter   Engineer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Jim O'Rourke   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Brian Paulson   Producer,Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Compilation Coordinator
Jim Rondinelli   Engineer
Jim Scott   Producer,Engineer
Grant Showbiz   Producer
Martin Stebbing   Engineer
John Stirratt   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Jeff Tweedy   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Compilation Coordinator,Instrumentation
Lou Whitney   Engineer
Wilco   Producer,Engineer
Russ Long   Engineer
Mike Hagler   Engineer
Tom Schick   Producer,Engineer
Nora Guthrie   Executive Producer
Chris Brickley   Engineer
Glenn Kotche   Composer,Instrumentation
Chris Grainger   Engineer
Scott Eisenberg   Engineer
Chris Shaw   Engineer
Chris Girard   Composer
Pat Sansone   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Music Stand
Zoran Orlic   Cover Photo
TJ Doherty   Engineer
Jonathan "JP" Parker   Engineer
Tony Margherita   Compilation Coordinator
Mikael Jorgensen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jordan Stone   Engineer
Jason Tobias   Engineer,Studio Manager
Jonathan Pines   Engineer
Chris Sheppard   Engineer
Deb Bernardini   Publicity,Compilation Coordinator
Dave Trumfio   Engineer
Matt Ellard   Engineer
Skip Bryant   Engineer
Jerry Boyx   Engineer

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