The Replacements to Release Live Album from Prime Years



The Replacements to Release Live Album from Prime Years

–Joe Lund

The first-ever live album by The Replacements to officially appear on vinyl or CD is set for release in October. For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 captures the alternative-rock legends performing in their original incarnation of guitarist Bob Stinson, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Chris Mars, and guitarist-singer Paul Westerberg. Low-quality bootlegs of the show have circulated for years, but the original 24-track master tapes have been languishing in the Warner Music vaults for two decades.

As stated in a press release, “In February 1986, The Replacements performed a classic live show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, N.J. That night, a 24-track mobile studio was on hand to record the quartet as they careened through a 29-song marathon that mixed tracks from all of the band’s albums to date with B-sides and covers. Until now, that pristine recording of the legendary performance has only been available in low-quality bootleg form.

The set will be available in both a 2-CD package and as a double LP. Included are new liner notes by Replacements biographer Bob Mehr (author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements) and previously unseen photos from the show. On his Facebook page, Mehr shared additional details about the set, writing:

“For the diehard fans and sonically minded among you, please note: this is not an ‘official bootleg,’ nor is it sourced from the audience or soundboard recording of the 2/4/86 Maxwell’s gig. Rather, this is a show Warner Bros./Sire had professionally recorded by Randy Ezratty and his 24-track Effanel mobile unit (known for live work with U2, The Who and Rolling Stones). It was loosely intended to be a promotional release of some kind, but the band moved on and made their next studio album instead. The master tapes have been sitting in the Warner vaults for several decades.

“More recently, the tracks were mixed by the venerable Brian Kehew and Bill Inglot at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, and mastered by the great Howie Weinberg at Howie Weinberg Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.”

For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 will be released on October 6.


Disc 1

  1. “Hayday”
  2. “Color Me Impressed”
  3. “Dose Of Thunder”
  4. “Fox On The Run”
  5. “Hold My Life”
  6. “I Will Dare”
  7. “Favorite Thing”
  8. “Unsatisfied”
  9. “Can’t Hardly Wait”
  10. “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”
  11. “Takin’ A Ride”
  12. “Bastards Of Young”
  13. “Kiss Me On The Bus”
  14. “Black Diamond”

Disc 2

  1. “Johnny’s Gonna Die”
  2. “Otto”
  3. “I’m In Trouble”
  4. “Left Of The Dial”
  5. “God Damn Job”
  6. “Answering Machine”
  7. “Waitress In The Sky”
  8. “Take Me Down To The Hospital”
  9. “Gary’s Got A Boner”
  10. “If Only You Were Lonely”
  11. “Baby Strange”
  12. “Hitchin’ A Ride”
  13. “Nowhere Man”
  14. “Go”
  15. “Fuck School”