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The Replacements hit number one on the Billboard vinyl chart with ‘Live at Maxwell’s’

Sean McPherson holds a copy of the Replacements' chart-topping vinyl. (Jay Gabler/MPR)

One of Minnesota’s most famous bands, the Replacements, currently sit atop the Billboard Vinyl Albums Sales chart. This is the first time the band have hit number one on the vinyl sales chart, coming just two weeks after the much-anticipated release of For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986. The Replacements were close to topping this same chart in 2015 following the release of the four-LP reissue box set, The Twin/Tone Years, peaking at number six.

The rave reviews are still coming in for the new album, which even earned the status of “Best New Reissue” from Pitchfork. Much comparison is being made to their only previous live album, The S— Hits the Fans (1985), which was only ever out on cassette. For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 features recordings from a memorable Hoboken gig that are, after remastering, relatively high-quality.

Meanwhile, music fans are paying a lot of attention to another rock band that came on the scene at the same time as the ‘Mats. On Nov. 10, Hüsker Dü are set to release Savage Young Dü, a reissue of 69 rare tracks from early in their career. Alongside floods of tributes from fans in the wake of Grant Hart’s passing, comes a documentary podcast from The Current, Dü You Remember?, that explores the band’s history.

Giveaway: Live at Maxwell’s 1986

Use this form to enter The Current’s Replacements For Sale giveaway between 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, October 23 and 11:59 p.m. CDT on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

One (1) winner will receive The Replacements For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s on vinyl. Five (5) runners up will win the album on CD. Three (3) back up names will be drawn.

Prize retail value: $25 LP; $15 CD

We will contact the winner by Wednesday, Novemeber 1, 2017. Winner must accept by 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

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  • Pete Day

    “God what mess, on the ladder of success…”

  • john fitz

    Saw them in Forrest Hills a few years ago. Great to hear their music live again.

  • Eric

    A few flubs in this set, but the Mats, overall, were surprisingly tight- especially Bob’s guitar. At this point in ’86, he wouldn’t be band much longer. This is a must have for even a casual Replacements fan.