The Replacements ‎– Pleased To Meet Me

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I.O.U. 2:57
Alex Chilton 3:12
I Don't Know 3:19
Nightclub Jitters 2:44
The Ledge 4:04
Never Mind 2:47
Valentine 3:31
Shooting Dirty Pool 2:20
Red Red Wine 2:59
Skyway 2:04
Can't Hardly Wait 3:02

Versions (40)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
25557-1, 1-25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 25557-1, 1-25557 US 1987 Sell This Version
90626 The Replacements Encantado Por Conocerme(Cass, Album) WEA, Sire 90626 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
806206 The Replacements Encantado de conocerme(LP, Album, Promo) Sire 806206 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
9 25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album) Sire 9 25557-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, Club) Sire 9 25557-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
W2-25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, Club, Spe) Sire W2-25557 US 1987 Sell This Version
92 55574 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(Cass, Album) Sire 92 55574 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
W4-25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-25557 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25557-4, 4-25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire, Sire 9 25557-4, 4-25557 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25557-4 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire 9 25557-4 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
767.0101, 400.261 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(Cass, Album, RE) Sire, Sire 767.0101, 400.261 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
25557-1, 1-25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 25557-1, 1-25557 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25557-1 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 9 25557-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
925 557-1 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 925 557-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
255571 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 255571 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
1-25557, 9 25557-1 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 1-25557, 9 25557-1 US 1987 Sell This Version
25557-1 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 25557-1 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
925 557-1 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 925 557-1 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
92 55571 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 92 55571 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
92 5557-1 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire 92 5557-1 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
W1 25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, Club) Sire W1 25557 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
W1-25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, Club) Sire W1-25557 US 1987 Sell This Version
255571 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, Yel) Sire 255571 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
670.0101, 759925557-1/4 The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 670.0101, 759925557-1/4 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
R2 513982 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM) Sire, Rhino Records (2) R2 513982 US 2008 Sell This Version
8122-79902-3 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) 8122-79902-3 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CDr, Album, Dlx, Promo, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2), Sire none US 2008 Sell This Version
R1 25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2), Sire R1 25557 US 2008 Sell This Version
WQCP 1508 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, Dlx, RM) Tower To The People WQCP 1508 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
R1 25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, RE) Sire, Rhino Records (2) R1 25557 US 2017 Sell This Version
8122-79547-7, 081227954772 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, RE) Sire, Sire 8122-79547-7, 081227954772 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
none The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(11xFile, AIFF, Album, RE, 24- + 44xFile, AIFF, 24-) Rhino Records (2), Warner Records none 2020
R2 643412 / 60349784647 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(Box, Dlx + CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + LP) Sire, Rhino Records (2) R2 643412 / 60349784647 USA & Europe 2020 Sell This Version
RCV1 25557 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra) Sire, Rhino Records (2) RCV1 25557 US 2020 Sell This Version
9 25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album) Sire 9 25557-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album) Sire 9 25557-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
7599-25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album) Sire 7599-25557-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
9 25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, Club, RE) Sire 9 25557-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
7599-25557-2 The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me(CD, Album, RE) Sire 7599-25557-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
WB-25557 The Replacements The Replacements(Cass, Album, Promo, Dol) Warner Bros. Music WB-25557 US Unknown Sell This Version

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kevin67

kevin67

May 15, 2021
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, LP, Album, RE, R1 25557

I love this record. I wish it sounded better. 3 out 5 for sound. Still worth owning because the songs are so good. Buy it. I own it on cassette, cd, and now vinyl. One of my favorite pieces of music. Great band.
Torres_ag93

Torres_ag93

April 19, 2021
referencing Encantado de conocerme, LP, Album, Promo, 806206
Bought it used from someone in my city. Sounds perfect. It doesn't have an insert. Also, mine is not a promo release so it means that it had some distribution. Grew listening this album on mp3. Huge upgrade. Cheers from Rosario city.
OwnlifeRex

OwnlifeRex

February 2, 2021
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, Box, Dlx + CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + LP, R2 643412 / 60349784647
Am I mistaken that the "Can't Hardly Wait (Alternate Version)" from the 2008 reissue is not included on this 2020 deluxe edition?
samndamn

samndamn

December 31, 2020
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, LP, Album, 1-25557, 9 25557-1
The only version to get. This pressing, mastered by Sterling Sound, sounds gorgeous
BaronBlood5

BaronBlood5

December 10, 2020
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra, RCV1 25557
Is there any difference between this 2020 version and the 2017 LP sound wise?
SJ_Taper

SJ_Taper

November 8, 2020
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, Box, Dlx + CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + LP, R2 643412 / 60349784647

So, I guess the Westerberg interview cassette that came with orders from Rhino becomes a separate release?
greenbrown

greenbrown

October 29, 2020
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, Box, Dlx + CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + LP, R2 643412 / 60349784647

I have nothing to complain about with this release aside from wishing they’d included a live set from the pleased to meet me tour, otherwise it’s a fun listen and good package
Sugarbear66

Sugarbear66

October 22, 2020
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, Box, Dlx + CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + LP, R2 643412 / 60349784647
Wow what a beautiful box Rhino has put together, w a giant booklet of photos and the vinyl of the the rough mixes version of the record is dead quiet and a fantastic pressing.
jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

October 8, 2020
edited 8 months ago
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra, RCV1 25557

Odd take here: but the mastering on this sounds an awful lot like they were trying to get it to sound like some of the Twin Tone releases. A bit more warmth, if not a little muddy and compressed. Totally different listening experience compared to the original. I still prefer the original but this sounds fine too. The separation on the original is what sells me over this one. I'm not an "OG OR BUST" kind of guy, but sometimes...it's just the tooth!
southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

October 8, 2020
edited 4 months ago
referencing Pleased To Meet Me, CD, Album, 9 25557-2
Upon firing long-standing member Bob Stinson, The Replacements, now a trio, headed to Memphis to meet with Jim Dickinson at Ardent Studios, where Big Star had recorded their first three albums. Unaffectedly, Paul Westerberg's hero worship of Big Star led to the recruitment of Alex Chilton, who was by now using jazz musicians in his performances. Initially set to produce, Chilton felt that no matter how much Westerberg revered Big Star's first three records, the sound engendered by The 'Mats bared no resemblance to any of them. Despite Chilton not overseeing the recording sessions - that role went to the ready, willing and able Dickinson - "Pleased To Meet Me" was nevertheless tailor-made to meet his requirements, with his input pronounced on a firmly intentional token of Westerberg's esteem, "Alex Chilton", contributing greatly to the album's power pop foundations. It is the heaviest-sounding inversion of power pop you are ever likely to hear, which makes it all the more exquisite.

Dickinson's colourful arrangements further enhanced Westerberg and Tommy Stinson's improved musicianship and songwriting. Every song is amplified in some way, shape, or form. Tommy Stinson's bass (now upright, at the behest of Dickinson) is conspicuously audible, as evidenced on "Never Mind", and Westerberg's clashing guitar work is at its rocking best on "The Ledge" and "Alex Chilton", both of which register immediately as being noticeably fuller in terms of sonic presence. Impressionably, Dickinson's effect on The 'Mats induced an earnestness in their demeanour, and they opted to take a deeper approach as lyricists and instrumentalists, albeit not at the expense of Westerberg's slacker stance, which informed the bitterness of "I.O.U.", luridness of "Shooting Dirty Pool", and the deadpan "I Don't Know". Dickinson's presence also inspired the band to forego their punk inclinations and puerility to a degree, and aided by his studio perceptivity, the combination of robust production and Westerberg's polemic cynicism somehow works. The band managed to condense their former coarseness to such an extent that it culminated in the genteel acoustic number "Skyway" and shimmering closer "Can't Hardly Wait," two of the band's most polished and lustrous efforts, made all the more affecting and heart-rending with the utilization of keyboards, harmonica, strings and horns. It was the consistent quality and embellishments that elevated the album's overall coherence, lyrical sharpness and divergent textures, but what did not work in their favour in terms of commercial viability was the subject matter of "The Ledge", a harrowing account of suicide; releasing it as a single was ill-advised, and probably damaged the chart performance of the album. Nevertheless, it remains a welcome addition in the band's much-lauded discography, perhaps because of its lack of commercial success, not in spite of. It showcases the band at their most non-combative and accomplished, and the fact they ostensibly sought to achieve success with this album only to fail is particularly perplexing.

Such cultivation and respectability may be contrary to the spirit of the 'Mats, and whilst Dickinson's deft touch adds some grandness, fragility and depth into the mix necessary to their growth and development as a musical unit, Westerberg's refusal to entirely adhere to the saccharine lyricism and accessible immediacy of the pop formula keeps it from straying too far from their roots. It may have destroyed the band's chances at repeating the anthemic, angsty appeal of "Tim", but Stinson's departure enabled diversification and professionalism, altering many crucial aspects of the band's aesthetic for the better; the outcome of said instrumental expansion was an at once aggrandized and mellifluous beautification of their inelegant overtones. "Pleased To Meet Me" is the band's last great album -- refined, muscular, processed, with less emphasis on recklessness and rawness, it boasts as many merits as its predecessors. In exploring new musical territories, incorporating layers of varied instrumentation within their compositions, the band unquestionably embraced the formerly underlying pop sensibilities within their framework, generating a set of consistently catchy and, for the most part, sophisticated songs that rank among their very best.

Rating: 4.5/5