Being There (album) by Wilco

Being There
Being There by Wilco (1996)
Overall rank: 748th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 363 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1996 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (143rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (748th)
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Wilco - Being There (1997)
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 3h 40m 59s
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Wilco Being There Deluxe Edition 5 Cd (UK IMPORT) CD NEW
Condition: Brand New
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Wilco 5 CD lot ~ Being There, Summerteeth, YHF, Kicking Television, (the album)
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 4h 49m 58s
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Wilco bestography

Being There is ranked 4th best out of 16 albums by Wilco on

The best album by Wilco is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot which is ranked number 46 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 27,979.

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From Stover75 08/25/2019 20:36
I don't normally 'get' Wilco. Summerteeth was quite good but I was disappointed with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot after all the hype it gets. Then again I've only heard it twice. But this breezy album blew me away. I love it. This is far more my cup of tea. Funny how the same band can produce such different albums. It was a couple of years ago I heard YHF so I will have to go back and listen to it again and re-assess it. I like it when one album totally changes my opinion of a band. It's a nice surprise.
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From Pretender 07/25/2019 08:14
Not reaching later heights, but very recognizable in their musical dress.
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From JimagineL 12/18/2018 21:23
When I first heard "Misunderstood" I was like how can I never heard this before, How It isn't praised as much as "Jesus etc", It is such a good song. And don't even get me started on "Far, Far Away" which I personally think It is even better, I mean, is so simple and It still gives you that feeling of transcendence, It is such a relaxing tune. After all I said I still feel like I don't know about everything on this album.
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From Ashmark 02/20/2018 03:49
This album is schizophrenic but it works. There is a nice balance between different sounds. Forget the Flowers, outtasite outtamind, and I Got You are stand out songs on a very good album.
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From Sandrof1969 02/18/2018 19:00
E' un album con parecchie grandi canzoni, ancora molto influenzato dal country ma anche dal rock classico e con qualche svisata sperimentale per il momento limitate a qualche rumore in alcuni brani.
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From cmoshier 09/08/2017 15:46
best tracks: misunderstood, red eyed and blue
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From buzzdainer 09/01/2016 15:43
During the mid-nineties, Wilco inevitably seemed to be in a kind of competition with Son Volt, the band of Jeff Tweedy's former Uncle Tupelo collaborator Jay Farrar. The acrimonious relationship between the two was well documented, and the two bands always seemed to release new albums within a few months of each other, so the comparisons became inevitable. Being There was the album where Wilco established its dominance in the imaginary competition (whereas Son Volt released the relatively lackluster Straightaways that same year), and the band hasn't let up since. This is a terrific rock album with traces of the experimentation that was to come. The wordplay in "Red-Eyed and Blue" shows Tweedy in a creative mood, one that was to become ever more expansive and brilliant as his career has gone along.
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From garycottier 05/19/2016 12:53
An, exile on main st., for the nineties. It's categorised as but in truth it's just good old rock'n'roll. Opener, misunderstood,, gets things off on a strong note, and from there on it's a great fun rock record, from the acoustic, far far away, to the ballsy, outta site. The LP is full of atmosphere and grit. One of the outstanding albums of the nineties.
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From Edwarda85 05/12/2016 15:52
Being There is in the same Alt/Rock/Country/Folk vein as Sky Blue Sky 10 years later.

This one is edgier and spunky-er. Makes sense at the younger age too.

It's really good but in no way justifies being a double disc album. This should have been shaved down a considerable amount. The first disc is better than the second by a lot.

Wilco is a very good band that always puts out at least above average music. I don't personally love their music. Tweedy's vocal delivery doesn't do it for me.

Monday, I Got You, Whats the World Got in Store are highlights.

The various takes leave plenty to pick and choose from. Anyone who remotely likes this can find their 9 favorite songs worth keeping.

Solid but everything that comes after is better--minus self titled camel album
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From yonstein414 01/20/2016 17:21
This album is so good that it's a miracle that they could even follow it up, let alone surpass it.
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