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MRG453 | Release Date July 24, 2012

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File Under: Easy Listening is a remastered deluxe edition of Sugar’s final album. The 2-CD set includes B-sides, a complete 1994 live show and a 32-page booklet with band interviews. The LP version contains the remastered album on vinyl, plus downloads of the full record, B-sides, complete liner notes and an entire 1994 live show.

Through both his solo work and as a frontman for the legendary Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould pioneered a signature wall of guitar sound and unmistakable vocal style that has imprinted a defining influence on more than one generation. In the three decades encompassing his career thus far, however, Bob Mould saw his greatest success during his stint as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for iconic early ‘90s trio Sugar.

File Under: Easy Listening a/k/a F.U.E.L. -- the third and final album by this short-lived but brilliant trio -- was originally released in September 1994, featuring songs such as “Your Favorite Thing” that endure as mainstays of Mould’s solo performances to this day.

Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge wrote of the reissues: When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a "band" band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and Hüsker Dü in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob's pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe & Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like "The Act We Act" (Copper Blue), "JC Auto" (Beaster) & "Gee Angel" (F.U.E.L.) Sugar took Hüsker Dü's aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob's focused songwriting. It's kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there's no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later.

Merge Records is also releasing Sugar's Copper Blue and Beaster together on CD and LP.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Gift 04:15 $0.99 Buy
Company Book 03:46 $0.99 Buy
Your Favorite Thing 03:51 $0.99 Buy
What You Want It to Be 04:13 $0.99 Buy
Gee Angel 03:56 $0.99 Buy
Panama City Motel 04:07 $0.99 Buy
Can't Help You Anymore 03:29 $0.99 Buy
Granny Cool 03:34 $0.99 Buy
Believe What You're Saying 03:56 $0.99 Buy
Explode and Make Up 05:00 $0.99 Buy
Play Mind Is and Island 03:37 $0.99 Buy
Play Frustration 05:18 $0.99 Buy
Play Going Home 02:40 $0.99 Buy
Play In the Eyes of My Friends 03:33 $0.99 Buy
Play And You Tell Me 05:02 $0.99 Buy
Play Believe What You're Saying (Campfire Mix) 03:53 $0.99 Buy
Play Gift (Live) 04:12 $0.99 Buy
Play Company Book (Live) 03:28 $0.99 Buy
Play Hoover Dam (Live) 03:08 $0.99 Buy
Play After All the Roads Have Led to Nowhere (Live) 03:42 $0.99 Buy
Play Where the Diamonds Are Halos (Live) 04:21 $0.99 Buy
Play Slick (Live) 04:04 $0.99 Buy
Play Going Home (Live) 02:13 $0.99 Buy
Play Running Out of Time (Live) 02:29 $0.99 Buy
Play Frustration (Live) 04:38 $0.99 Buy
Play Changes (Live) 03:44 $0.99 Buy
Play Can't Help You Anymore (Live) 02:59 $0.99 Buy
Play Helpless (Live) 03:04 $0.99 Buy
Play If I Can't Change Your Mind (Live) 03:04 $0.99 Buy
Play In the Eyes of My Friends (Live) 03:12 $0.99 Buy
Play Clownmaster (Live) 02:43 $0.99 Buy
Play Gee Angel (Live) 04:17 $0.99 Buy
Play Explode and Make Up (Live) 04:39 $0.99 Buy
Play The Slim (Live) 08:36 $0.99 Buy

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