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The Replacements debut album gets a 40th-anniversary deluxe reissue

Alternative rock heroes, The Replacements, are reissuing their pioneering 1981 debut album Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. To celebrate its 40th birthday, the deluxe edition reissue is sure to get fans excited. Out on October 22 via Rhino, the 4xCD/1xLP set features a whopping 100 tracks, including 67 previously unreleased ones. The album will be made up of rough mixes, demo and alternate takes. 

This definitive Replacements collection also features the band’s very first demos from early 1980 and a professionally recorded 1981 show. You can delve more into the set on Rhino’s website. The show’s setlist is full of brilliant versions of songs such as ‘Hangin Downtown’, ‘Something to Dü’ and ‘Rattlesnake’. It also contains brilliant covers of The Heartbreakers’ ‘I Wanna Be Loved’, Slade’s ‘My Town’, The Kinks’ ‘All Day and All of the Night’ and Dave Edmunds’ ‘Trouble Boys’ to name but a few.

The excitement doesn’t stop there, though. The new collection features a 12×12 hardcover book comprised of rarely seen photos and comprehensive liner notes from the band’s biographer, Bob Mehr. The book will also feature notes from the group’s former manager and Twin/Tone Records co-founder Peter Jesperson, focusing on the band’s early days.

The band celebrating their debut’s 40th birthday is sure to kick off a new wave of listeners revisiting the Minneapolis legends. Taking as many of their cues from classic acts such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles as much as they did from punks such as the Ramones and Buzzcocks, the Replacements always tread their own defiant path in music.

Well known for their “heart-on-the-sleeve” songs, and frontman Paul Westerberg’s unmistakable growl, the Replacements paved the way for the likes of The Cribs and The Gaslight Anthem.

Listen to ‘Bastards of Young‘, below.

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