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Stream disc one of Wilco's Alpha Mike Foxtrot exclusively on Best Fit

01 December 2014, 12:00 | Written by Laurence Day

Wilco are streaming their rarities collection Alpha Mike Foxtrot - army slang for 'adios, motherfucker' - in four parts today, 1 December. You can listen to part one exclusively on Best Fit.

In our review of the anthology, comprising a selection of rare cuts, B-sides, live recordings and demos, some of which having only been heard by a handful of ears, we praised Jeff Tweedy's evolution as a songwriter, among many other elements. The disc we're showcasing shines a spotlight on the band's output circa 1994-1996, focusing on their debut LP A.M. and major label breakthrough Being There.

"Being There, possibly a concept album regarding a struggling band operating on the edge of abyss, maybe not that of much a work of fiction for Wilco at the time," Janne Oinenen said in our review. " ranks amongst the very finest totems of contemporary Americana, and it's fittingly prominent on both [Alpha Mike Foxtrot and career retrospective What's Your 20?]. Suitably worn-out and weary live takes on "Sunken Treasure" and "Red Eyed and Blue" on Alpha Mike Foxtrot are especially noteworthy... this is where Tweedy truly found his feet as a songwriter, mixing blue but unbeaten melancholy and shook-up and shaken storytelling to a sense of the release verbalised in the best of the rock 'n' roll canon, the wealth of it, from arcane roadhouse honky tonkin' to battered blues lamentations and various highpoints (Television, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young) of the great and the good in a music obsessive’s universe, reflected in the band's expansive, versatile sound."

To celebrate the release of their anthologies, all four discs of Alpha Mike Foxtrot will be streaming for 36 hours. More details can be found here.

You can buy Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What's Your 20? here.

Have a listen to the first disc below. You can find discs two, three and four on Clash (at 2pm GMT) Uncut (4pm) and The Quietus (6pm) respectively.

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