Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Label
WMG
Released
16th September 2022

Format Info

2LP - Creamy White Vinyl RSD Stores
2LP Creamy White Vinyl RSD Stores Exclusive
2xCD
Expanded Edition 2xCD
Deluxe Boxset
Seven heavyweight 140-gram high-performance vinyl discs and book
Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset
Eleven heavyweight 140-gram high-performance vinyl discs plus 1CD and book

‘Complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene… Yankee Hotel Foxtrot… is simply a masterpiece.’ – Pitchfork, 10/10, April 2002

 

‘The looped chaos and plangent melodies… effectively heralded the birth of a new band, as Jeff Tweedy overhauled his compositional modus operandi.  So tender was the emotional core of songs like ‘Jesus, Etc.’ that the record became wrapped up in America’s post-9/11 cultural discourse… [Yankee Hotel Foxtrot] embedded Wilco’s great American songwriter status.’

– Mojo

 

‘It’s as if the Flying Burrito Brothers suddenly decided to cover Pavement songs.  There is a gentle, rootsy beauty here that Wilco has buried in a box of vulnerability and covered with a handful of dirt.’ – New York Times

 

‘Born out of turmoil, Wilco’s fourth album was a stone-cold classic.’ – Uncut

 

Nonesuch releases seven special editions of Wilco’s landmark 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.  The now-classic record has been remastered and will be available as part of each set.  The Super Deluxe version comprises eleven vinyl LPs and one CD – including demos, drafts, and instrumentals, charting the making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – plus a live 2002 concert recording and a September 2001 radio performance and interview.  That box set includes eighty-two previously unreleased music tracks as well as a new book featuring an interview with singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Tweedy, drummer Glenn Kotche, and Jim O’Rourke, who mixed the acclaimed 2002 album; an in-depth essay by journalist/author Bob Mehr; and previously unseen photos of the band making the album in their Chicago studio, The Loft.  For the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot recording, Wilco was Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, and Jay Bennett with Craig Christiansen, Ken Coomer, Jessy Greene, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Jim O’Rourke.

 

A live version of ‘Reservations’ from a legendary concert contained on Snoozin’ at The Pageant – Live 7/23/02 at The Pageant, St. Louis, MO – a recording that is part of the Super Deluxe LP and CD sets as well as the Deluxe LP and digital sets – is now available. A limited-edition vinyl 7” with versions of ‘I’m the Man Who Loves You’ and ‘War on War’, from the Super Deluxe box set, is available now from wilcostore.com.

 

Wilco marked the anniversary of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – which was released commercially on April 23, 2002, after a circuitous and storied gestation, including a period of streaming for free on the band’s website – with a performance of the album’s ‘Poor Places’ on April 18’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which may be seen here.  The band is currently performing Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in its entirety (plus a mix of concert favourites and rarities) in two limited runs at New York City’s United Palace and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.  The Chicago show on April 23 will be available as a live stream here.

 

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was widely acclaimed as one of 2002’s best albums, appearing in year-end lists of MojoNMEQRolling Stone, and Uncut, among many others.  Yankee Hotel Foxtrot also was featured in multiple decade-end lists, with Rolling Stone naming it #3 Album of the 2000s, as well as many Greatest Albums of All Time lists, including in the NME.

 

Among Yankee’s inspirations was a recording Tweedy bought at Tower Records in the late 1990s, The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations.  As Bob Mehr points out in his new album note, the record got “deep under Tweedy’s skin.”  Tweedy said in his 2017 memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), “It was as fascinating to me as anything being made by actual musicians using actual instruments…  I wanted to know why it was so hypnotic to me.  Why could I listen to hours of this stuff, even though I had no clue what any of them were saying.  That question became the foundation for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot…  the way people communicated or ultimately failed to communicate.”  The album takes its title from a haunting recording of a woman repeating those words that is included in The Conet Project; that recording is sampled in the penultimate song on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, ‘Poor Places’.

 

“Conceptually, Tweedy had decided to focus on a big idea for the next album: the state of America. His lyrics – often distilled from scribbled pages of free verse or poetry – became a form of inquiry,” Mehr continues.  Tweedy said, in 2004, “I wanted to write about the stuff right in front of my eyes, microscopically looking at America and asking questions about each little thing… How can there be all these good things and things that I love about America, alongside all of these things that I’m ashamed of?  And that was an internal question, too; I think I felt that way about myself.”