The Wait is Over, Replacements Reissues Back on Track

After being inexplicably delayed from an original release in July of 2001, the first four Replacements albums will finally be reissued on September 3, via Restless Records/Rykodisc. Though they contain no new artwork or bonus material, 1981's Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash, 1982's Stink, 1983's Hootenany, and 1984's Let It Be have all been digitally remastered by engineer Greg Calbi. Of course, Calbi did have to get final approval from legendary frontman Paul Westerberg.

The fact that these albums are getting the reissue treatment at all is somewhat of a miracle. According to Billboard, Westerberg revealed earlier this year that he and his bandmates threw what they thought were the master tapes for all of their albums into the Mississippi River after getting into an ownership dispute with original record label Twin/Tone. Thankfully tough, they only destroyed safety copies of the masters. In addition to those thought-to-be-destroyed masters, Twin/Tone co-founder Peter Jesperson claims to have over 70 hours of Replacements rarities that he's hanging onto for inclusion in a Replacements box set. Paul Westerberg is currently on tour in support of his masterful solo album Stereo, which was released on Vagrant Records in April. Check out the dates below.

Paul Westerberg Tour Dates:

08.01.02 - Buffalo, NY (The Tralf)

08.02.02 - Toronto, ONT (The Phoenix)

08.03.02 - Detroit, MI (Majestic Theatre)

08.05.02 - Cincinnati, OH (20th Century Theatre)

08.06.02 - Indianapolis, IN (Vogue)

08.08.02 - Cleveland, OH (Odeon Concert Club)

08.09.02 - Chicago, IL (Vic)

08.10.02 - Madison, WI (Barrymore Theatre)

08.13.02 - Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)

08.15.02 - Carrboro, NC (Cat?s Cradle)

08.16.02 - Norfolk, VA (The Norva Theatre)

08.17.02 - Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of Living Arts)

08.18.02 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club)

08.20.02 - Plainview, NY (The Vanderbilt)

08.21.02 - Lancaster, PA (Chameleon Club)

08.23.02 - Boston, MA (Sommerville Theatre)

08.24.02 - Northhampton, MA (Pearl Street)

08.26.02 - Brooklyn, NY (Warsaw)

08.27.02 - New York, NY (Irving Plaza)

08.28.02 - New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)

The Wait is Over, Replacements Reissues Back on Track