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Reissues revive early days of roots-rock's Bottle Rockets

| Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

‘Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side'

Bottle Rockets (Bloodshot)

★★★★½

A couple years ago, veteran rootsy rockers the Bottle Rockets showed they still have their chops with acoustic live album “Not So Loud.” Now you can explore their formative years with the deluxe reissue of their first two albums — 1993's self-titled CD and 1995's “The Brooklyn Side.” The two-disc, 46-track set is a must for fans. In addition to the original albums, it features 19 previously unreleased tracks.

The songs hold up well two decades later, as the Bottle Rockets soar on “Early in the Morning,” “Trailer Mama,” “Kerosene,” “Got What I Wanted,” “Rural Route,” “Welfare Music,” “Gravity Fails,” “Sunday Sports,” “1000 Dollar Car” and “Idiot's Revenge.” Hard-driving rock music delivered with a delicious dose of twang, the Bottle Rockets are an underappreciated treasure.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media.

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