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Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me Grammy Winner! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Steven Stolder

While some continue to champion the Replacements' Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down exit albums, Pleased to Meet Me truly represents the last vital effort of a great band beginning its descent. The first album released after founding lead guitarist Bob Stinson's official departure, Pleased nevertheless retains plenty of the Mats' innate punky drive, albeit here more focused and tempered. Group avatar Paul Westerberg feuded with Memphis producer Jim Dickinson (brought in because of his production of Big Star's melancholy classic Third/Sister Lovers) over what he considered Dickinson's civilizing touches. In retrospect, however, the brass-and-string flourishes on the catchy coda "Can't Hardly Wait" and the more disciplined drumming of Chris Mars make Pleased a more comfortable reconciliation of the group's raw roots and musical maturity.

Tracks
1. I.O.U.7. Valentine
2. Alex Chilton8. Shooting Dirty Pool
3. I Don't Know9. Red, Red Wine
4. Nightclub Jitters10. Skyway
5. Ledge11. Can't Hardly Wait
6. Never Mind

 

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Artist: Replacements

Released: November 2, 1987

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Grammy(s)


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