Bastards of Young
Label: Rhino/Warner Records
Leave it to the Replacements to hide their greatest collection of tunes behind a tossed-off title and a worthless cover painting. Not only are Paul Westerberg's songs wonderfully written (the autumnal beauty "Here Comes a Regular" alone would make the album special) but the 'Mat's ragged cohesion and sputtering energy is actually captured on tape. Definitive.