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Columbia to Reissue Uncle Tupelo Catalog

Catherine Lewis reports:
The back catalog of alt-country forefathers Uncle Tupelo is in the process of being reissued. Within the next year, the band's first three albums-- No Depression (1990), Still Feel Gone (1991), and March 16-20, 1992 (1992)-- which were originally released by the small label Rockville, will be digitally remastered and expanded with additional liner notes and photographs, as well as a few extra tracks. No telling yet whether these "extra tracks" will be the b-sides from the band's several seven-inches or other studio outtakes. Columbia/Legacy, who is handling the material, expects to release the discs later this year or early in 2003. The label is also releasing a new, single-disc career overview on April 9th entitled Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology.

Uncle Tupelo formed in St. Louis in the 1980s and led the alt-country scene until its members split up in 1994, following the release of their final album, Anodyne. Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn went on to form Son Volt and released three albums on Warner until the label dropped them last year. Farrar has since released a solo record on Artemis.

The others from Uncle Tupelo-- Jeff Tweedy, Ken Coomer, Max Johnston, and John Stirratt-- formed Wilco, which recorded for Reprise until its split from the label last year. The next Wilco collection will be released by Nonesuch and distributed by WEA. There's still no word on a release date for that, though.

.: Uncle Tupelo:
.: Columbia/Legacy:
.: Originally published: 22 January 2002
.: Items mentioned above on 89/93: An Anthology (Uncle Tupelo, 2002); Anodyne (Uncle Tupelo, 1994; r 2003); March 16-20 1992 (Uncle Tupelo, 1992; r 2003); Still Feel Gone (Uncle Tupelo, 1991; r 2003); No Depression (Uncle Tupelo, 1990; r 2003); Sebastopol (Jay Farrar, 2001); Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Wilco, 2002).