ou asked and asked some more. Then you started to beg. The groveling was nearly unbearable. You, John Q. Public, demanded the re-release of the Old 97s' long out of print singles and your pals here at Bloodshot finally got the message.
But with this little package we've outdone ourselves.
We deliver 8 songs, four of which originally appeared on 7" releases Eyes for You and Cryin' Drunk way back in 1995, and four songs originally recorded for Wreck Your Life which have never seen the light of day until now!
These gems capture a band just hitting its stride. You've got all the hard-charging, punk-fueled country energy which make the 97s' live shows the stuff of legend. You've got the hints of some major label pop leanings. And you've finally got all the songs you begged us to let you have. Step right up and lay your money down.
"If nothing else, Early Tracks is a must-have for any 97's fan for its inclusion of 'Ray Charles,' an old gem the band rarely plays anymore and has never recorded again. 'Ray Charles' is the band at its best, a combination of pickin'-and-grinnin' country and prickly pop. Maybe Miller will remember that the next time he writes a song like 'Nineteen.'" Zac Crain, Dallas Observer