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Ryan Adams-Acoustic Versions

Posted October 10, 2011 By admin

Ryan Adams new album Ashes & Fire is due to be released on Tuesday, and in celebration, I am posting some alternate  acoustic versions of songs from the album, as well as a couple non-album tracks. These versions were posted on various websites, and I have gathered them here in one place for easy downloading. Enjoy!

  • Ashes & Fire
  • Chains Of Love
  • Come Home
  • Dirty Rain
  • Down In A Hole (Alternate)
  • Invisible Riverside
  • Let it Ride
  • Nutshell
  • Rocks
  • Wasted Years
  • I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say

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Elliott Smith-Studio Rarities

Posted June 2, 2011 By admin

Thanks to TheKeenGuy over at Blamonet for this great project. This is 8 discs of unreleased and rare studio outtakes, demos, and alternative versions of Elliott Smith songs. All songs have been remastered for optimum quality, and this is a treasure trove of music for Elliott fans.

Disc 1
Take a Fall (released non-album songs)

1. Miss Misery
2. Some Song
3. A Living Will
4. How to Take a Fall
5. The Enemy Is You
6. I Don’t Think I’m Ever Gonna Figure It Out
7. I Can’t Answer You Anymore
8. Division Day
9. No Name #6
10. Take a Fall (instrumental) (alternate outro to Happiness)
11. No Confidence Man
12. Thirteen (Big Star cover) (Lucky Three version)
13. Trouble (Cat Stevens cover)
14. Because (Beatles cover)
15. Figure 8 (Schoolhouse Rock cover)
16. Our Thing

Disc 2
Buried Back Below (unreleased songs)

1. Place Pigalle
2. True Love
3. From the Poisoned Well
4. Cecilia/Amanda
5. Suicide Machine
6. O So Slow
7. Mr. Goodmorning
8. Let’s Turn the Record Over
9. Taking a Fall
10. Grand Mal
11. Abused
12. Stickman
13. See You in Heaven
14. Dancing on the Highway

Disc 3
In the Lost and Found (more unreleased songs)

1. Everything’s Okay
2. Burned Out, Still Glowing
3. Crazy Fucker
4. Brand New Game
5. Instrumental #2 (Waltz)
6. No More
7. Splitzville
8. Yay!
9. I’ll Be Back (Beatles cover)
10. Heatmiser – Revolution (Beatles cover)
11. No Life
12. Stained Glass Eyes
13. Sorry My Mistake (instrumental)

Disc 4
Some Kind of Holiday (even more unreleased songs)

1. The Assassin or (Kill) Fuck
2. Like a Cop
3. Where I Get It From
4. She Won’t Ever Look at Me
5. Shiva Opens Her Arms
6. I’m Gonna Get Crushed
7. A Murder of Crows – Coraliza
8. A Silver Chain (instrumental)
9. Heatmiser – Everybody Has It
10. Concrete Jungle (Bob Marley cover)
11. Stranger Than Fiction – The Machine
12. O So Slow (alternate version)
13. Melodic Noise

Disc 5
Watch the Worlds Collide (Either/Or and XO alternate versions)

1. Speed Trials (alternate lyrics)
2. Alameda (alternate lyrics)
3. Ballad of Big Nothing (alternate lyrics)
4. Between the Bars (alternate version)
5. Pictures of Me (alternate lyrics)
6. Punch and Judy (alternate lyrics)
7. Angeles (alternate version)
8. Cupid’s Trick (alternate lyrics)
9. Waltz #2 (XO) (edit)
10. Baby Britain (remix)
11. Bled White (alternate version)
12. Waltz #1 (demo)
13. Amity (alternate mix)
14. Bottle Up & Explode (early version)
15. A Question Mark (instrumental)
16. Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands (alternate version)
17. I Didn’t Understand (alternate version)

Disc 6
Chained to the Ground (Figure 8 and Basement alternate versions)

1. Son of Sam (acoustic)
2. Junk Bond Trader (alternate version)
3. In the Lost and Found (instrumental)
4. Color Bars (instrumental)
5. Happiness (acoustic)
6. Pretty Mary K (alternate version)
7. Can’t Make a Sound (alternate version)
8. Snowbunny’s Serenade (alternate version of “Bye”)
9. Coast to Coast (alternate mix)
10. Let’s Get Lost (alternate mix)
11. Don’t Go Down (alternate version)
12. Strung Out Again (alternate mix)
13. A Fond Farewell (alternate mix)
14. King’s Crossing (alternate mix)
15. Twilight (alternate mix)
16. A Passing Feeling (alternate mix)
17. The Last Hour (alternate mix)
18. Memory Lane (alternate mix)
19. A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free (7” version)

Disc 7
Just a Ghost (more alternate versions)

1. Two Timed (alternate version of “Go By”)
2. Stickman (alternate version)
3. Brand New Game (alternate version)
4. Division Day (alternate version)
5. Some (Rock) Song
6. Mr. Goodmorning (instrumental)
7. You Make It Seem Like Nothing (Live at Impala Cafe 9-21-1996)
8. I Didn’t Understand (2 Meter Sessions)
9. Miss Misery (2 Meter Sessions)
10. Tiny Time Machine (“Suicide Machine” instrumental)
11. Elliott Smith & Mary Lou Lord – I Figured You Out
12. Pretty Mary K [other version] (alternate mix)
13. New Disaster (original acoustic version)
14. Abused (instrumental, acoustic)
15. True Love (alternate mix)
16. Dancing on the Highway (alternate version)
17. Baby Britain (instrumental)

Disc 8
Crushed Blind (even more alternate versions)

1. Between the Bars (orchestral)
2. Coast to Coast (instrumental)
3. Miss Misery (alternate version)
4. Some Song (alternate mix)
5. Bled White (early version)
6. Bottle Up & Explode (demo)
7. Junk Bond Trader (instrumental)
8. Brand New Game (alternate mix)
9. I Don’t Think I’m Ever Gonna Figure It Out (alternate mix)
10. Going Nowhere (alternate mix)
11. Go By (instrumental)
12. New Monkey (alternate mix)
13. Angeles (alternate mix)
14. Trouble (Cat Stevens cover) (alternate version)
15. Abused (instrumental)
16. High Times (alternate mix)
17. Stickman (alternate acoustic version)
18. True Love (instrumental)

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Charles Mingus- Blues And Roots

Posted January 6, 2009 By admin

In response to critical carping that his ambitious, evocative music somehow didn’t swing enough, Charles Mingus returned to the earthiest and earliest sources of black musical expression, namely the blues, gospel, and old-time New Orleans jazz. The resulting LP, Blues and Roots, isn’t quite as wildly eclectic as usual, but it ranks as arguably Mingus’ most joyously swinging outing. Working with simple forms, Mingus boosts the complexity of the music by assembling a nine-piece outfit and arranging multiple lines to be played simultaneously–somewhat akin to the Dixieland ensembles of old, but with an acutely modern flavor. Anyone who had heard “Haitian Fight Song” shouldn’t have been surprised that such an album was well within Mingus’ range, but jazz’s self-appointed guardians have long greeted innovation with reactionary distaste. After Blues and Roots, there could be no question of Mingus’ firm grounding in the basics, nor of his deeply felt affinity with them. Whether the music is explicitly gospel-based–like the groundbreaking classic “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting“–or not, the whole album is performed with a churchy fervor that rips through both the exuberant swingers and the aching, mournful slow blues. Still, it’s the blues that most prominently inform the feeling of the album, aside from the aforementioned “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” and the Jelly Roll Morton tribute “My Jelly Roll Soul.” The recording session was reportedly very disorganized, but perhaps that actually helped give the performances the proper feel, since they wound up so loose and free-swinging. With a lineup including John Handy and Jackie McLean on alto, Booker Ervin on tenor, frequent anchor Pepper Adams on baritone, and Jimmy Knepper and Willie Dennis on trombones, among others, Blues and Roots isn’t hurting for fiery soloists, and they help make the album perhaps the most soulful in Mingus’ discography.

Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Alternate)
Tensions (Alternate)
My Jelly Roll Soul (Alternate)
E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too (Alternate)
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    Ryan Adams- The Alternate Easy Tiger

    Posted August 2, 2008 By admin

    Ryan Adam’s Easy Tiger was released on June 26, 2007, and never one to just rest at that, he also recorded an entirely alternate version of the album, along with a couple alternate versions of songs from Cold Roses. It is often reffered to as the “Curtain Of Lights” version because the music videos of these songs that made the rounds were all recorded in front of a, you guessed it, curtain of lights. All songs were recorded in Avatar Studios in NYC, except for “Halloween Head”, which was recorded live on 6-22-07 in Ontario.

    01. Goodnight Rose
    02. Two
    03. Everybody Knows
    04. Halloween Head *
    05. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
    06. Tears of Gold
    07. The Sun Also Sets
    08. Off Broadway
    09. Pearls on a String
    10. Rip Off
    11. Two Hearts
    12. These Girls
    13. “…a lit candle fell onto the floor…”
    14. I Taught Myself How to Grow Old

    Bonus Tracks

    15. Magnolia Mountain
    16. Beautiful Sorta

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    Janis Joplin- Pearl

    Posted December 7, 2007 By admin

    Janis Joplin‘s second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out. Thanks also to a more consistent set of songs, the results are magnificent — given room to breathe, Joplin‘s trademark rasp conveys an aching, desperate passion on funked-up, bluesy rockers, ballads both dramatic and tender, and her signature song, the posthumous number one hit “Me and Bobby McGee.” The unfinished “Buried Alive in the Blues” features no Joplin vocals — she was scheduled to record them on the day after she was found dead. Its incompleteness mirrors Joplin‘s career; Pearl‘s power leaves the listener to wonder what else Joplin could have accomplished, but few artists could ask for a better final statement.

    Get It While You Can
    Cry Baby (Alternate)
    Me And Bobby McGee (Demo)

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    Janis Joplin- Pearl

    Posted December 7, 2007 By admin

    Janis Joplin‘s second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out. Thanks also to a more consistent set of songs, the results are magnificent — given room to breathe, Joplin‘s trademark rasp conveys an aching, desperate passion on funked-up, bluesy rockers, ballads both dramatic and tender, and her signature song, the posthumous number one hit “Me and Bobby McGee.” The unfinished “Buried Alive in the Blues” features no Joplin vocals — she was scheduled to record them on the day after she was found dead. Its incompleteness mirrors Joplin‘s career; Pearl‘s power leaves the listener to wonder what else Joplin could have accomplished, but few artists could ask for a better final statement.

    Get It While You Can
    Cry Baby (Alternate)
    Me And Bobby McGee (Demo)

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