The Replacementsas they’re wont to do — have been teasing something on social media over the past couple days, tweeting a photo of tape reels on Wednesday and, on Thursday, an image of Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson with the date “7/23/19.”

Sounds like the band’s fixing to announce something next Tuesday, and, as Brooklyn Vegan points out, Amazon UK may have let the cat out of the bag with a product listing for a 4-LP vinyl box set called Dead Man’s Pop that appears to be an expanded and alternate version of 1989 album Don’t Tell a Soul.

That famously problematic album, which featured the singles “I’ll Be You” an “Achin’ to Be” and has a radio-friendly sound that displeased Westerberg, was produced by Matt Wallace and mixed by Chris Lord Alge.

UPDATE 7/19/19: Rhino Records this morning officially announced the Sept. 27 release of Dead Man’s Pop, a “radically reimagined” version of Don’t Tell a Soul that will be released as 4CD/1LP box set featuring the album “mixed as it was originally intended” along with unheard tracks and a live concert from 1989.

Disc 1 features what’s now being called Don’t Tell a Soul Redux, a newly completed mix by Wallace based on his 1988 mix from the band’s Paisley Park sessions. The second disc features unreleased material from the band’s first, aborted session in Bearsville, N.Y.,  plus a session with Tom Waits.

And the third and fourth discs present the band’s entire June 2, 1989 show at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a set dubbed The Complete Inconcerated Live.

The set will also include the Redux mix on 180-gram vinyl.

See full tracklist and cover art below.

The first 500 people who pre-order Dead Man’s Pop at Rhino.com also will receive a 14-track cassette featuring highlights of the box set along with two unreleased tracks: “Asking Me Lies,” an outtake; and the instrumental version of “I Won’t” recorded in Bearsville. The tape also will feature the unused original Don’t Tell a Soul artwork.

The box set is packaged in a 12×12 hardcover photo book with liner notes by Bob Mehr, the release’s co-producer and author of “Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.”

Mehr says of the project:

“While it’s impossible to unhear a record that’s been around for three decades, this version, Don’t Tell A Soul Redux, is the album the band made and intended to release. In addition to Matt Wallace’s mix, Redux also restores several crucial elements from the sessions, including original drums tracks, vocal takes and tempos that were altered in post-production… (and) the band’s original sequence of the album.”

This set is the second post-reunion archival release for the ‘Mats, following the 2017 live set For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, which was also teased with cryptic social media posts. And if the last two days were any indication, fans can expect to see a new teaser online at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday.

 

The Replacements, Dead Man’s Pop

Disc 1: Don’t Tell a Soul Redux
1. “Talent Show” (Matt Wallace Mix)
2. “I’ll Be You” (Matt Wallace Mix)
3. “We’ll Inherit the Earth” (Matt Wallace Mix)
4. “Achin’ to Be” (Matt Wallace Mix)
5. “Darlin’ One” (Matt Wallace Mix)
6. “Back to Back” (Matt Wallace Mix)
7. “I Won’t” (Matt Wallace Mix)
8. “Asking Me Lies” (Matt Wallace Mix)
9. “They’re Blind” (Matt Wallace Mix)
10. “Anywhere’s Better Than Here” (Matt Wallace Mix)
11. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghost” (Matt Wallace Mix)

Disc 2: We Know The Night: Rare and Unreleased
1. “Portland” (Alternate Mix) [Bearsville Version]
2. “Achin’ To Be” (Bearsville Version)
3. “I’ll Be You” (Bearsville Version)
4. “Wake Up” (Alternate Mix) [Bearsville Version]
5. “We’ll Inherit The Earth” (Bearsville Version)
6. “Last Thing In The World”
7. “They’re Blind” (Bearsville Version)
8. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Ghost” (Bearsville Version)
9. “Darlin’ One” (Bearsville Version)
10. “Talent Show” (Demo Version)
11. “Dance On My Planet”
12. “We Know The Night” (Alternate Outtake)
13. “Ought To Get Love” (Alternate Mix)
14. “Gudbuy t’Jane” (Outtake)
15. “Lowdown Monkey Blues” (Featuring Tom Waits)
16. “If Only You Were Lonely” (Featuring Tom Waits)
17. “We Know The Night” (Featuring Tom Waits) [Rehearsal]
18. “We Know The Night” (Featuring Tom Waits) [Full Band Version]
19. “I Can Help” (Featuring Tom Waits)
20. “Date To Church” (Matt Wallace Remix)

Disc 3: The Complete Inconcerated Live, Part 1
1. “Alex Chilton” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
2. “Talent Show” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
3. “Back To Back” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
4. “I Don’t Know” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
5. “The Ledge” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
6. “Waitress In The Sky” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
7. “Anywhere’s Better Than Here” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
8. “Nightclub Jitters” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
9. “Cruella De Ville” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
10. “Achin’ To Be” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
11. “Asking Me Lies” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
12. “Bastards Of Young” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
13. “Answering Machine” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
14. “Little Mascara” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
15. “I’ll Be You” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)

Disc 4: The Complete Inconcerated Live, Part 2
1. “Darlin’ One” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
2. “I Will Dare” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
3. “Another Girl, Another Planet” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
4. “I Won’t” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
5. “Unsatisfied” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
6. “We’ll Inherit The Earth” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
7. “Can’t Hardly Wait” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
8. “Color Me Impressed” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
9. “Born To Lose” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
10. “Never Mind” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
11. “Here Comes A Regular” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
12. “Valentine” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
13. “Left Of The Dial” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)
14. “Black Diamond” (Live at University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 6/2/1989)

 

 


 

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