The Replacements Share ‘Bastards of Young (Ed Stasium Mix)’
The Replacements have shared the previously unreleased Bastards Of Young (Ed Stasium Mix), the latest track to be taken from the new box set Tim: Let It Bleed Edition which is out today on Rhino Records. You can listen to the Ed mix of Bastards Of Young below.
The Tim: Let It Bleed Edition 4CD+LP box set is built around a stunning new mix of the band’s seminal 1985 album Tim by legendary producer/engineer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Talking Heads) and features a collection of previously unheard tracks (Sons of No One: Rare & Unreleased) and a classic concert from 1986 (Not Ready For Prime Time). In total, the box includes 65 tracks – 50 of which have never been released before.
Stasium – who was originally considered to co-produce Tim with Tommy Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, back in 1985 – was entrusted with the remix in 2022 and went back to the original multi-tracks, spending several months creating a fuller, deeply detailed and ultimately more satisfying version of the record, which finally captures the band’s raw power. Stasium also completed work on several previously unreleased Tim songs and alternates and did mixes of the Alex Chilton session material.
In early 1985, The Replacements – singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Chris Mars and lead guitarist Bob Stinson – began recording new material with their musical/spiritual godfather Alex Chilton that January in their hometown of Minneapolis. They followed up by cutting initial demos with Erdelyi in April, then starting the Tim sessions in earnest that summer.
Sons Of No One: Rare & Unreleased collects all that material, including illuminating alternate versions Can’t Hardly Wait, Bastards of Young, and Hold My Life – plus a previously unheard original, Havin’ Fun, written by Tommy Stinson, and sung by Westerberg.
In addition to the revelatory new mix, the Tim: Let It Bleed Edition also boasts a fresh cover, featuring a 1985 image of the band in its Minneapolis rehearsal space, taken by noted photographer Moshe Brakha.
Presented in a 12×12 hardcover book loaded with dozens of previously unseen photos, the set features a detailed history of the Tim era written by Bob Mehr, author of The New York Times bestseller Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements.