Studio albums that have an entire alternate version available (studio recordings, not mix/mastering)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by PretzelLogic, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. mahanusafa02

    mahanusafa02 Forum Resident

    Yma Sumac - Fuego del Ande (mono and stereo versions are different performances)
  2. Michael P

    Michael P Forum Resident

    Parma, Ohio
    OK, I'm not reading all 6 pages of replies so please forgive me if someone else beat me to this one.

    BOSTON! It was the first one I thought of when reading the title of the thread. They recorded the entire album in their home studio that had professional equipment. When they got signed Columbia made them rerecord the whole thing.
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  3. Runicen

    Runicen Forum Resident

    The Thorns' self-titled and only album has a two disc version circulating with "acoustic" versions of every song on the album. For my money, the acoustic versions are the ones to hear!
  4. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Well, Songs For Drella kinda applies--the Laserdisc is an alternate performance. Like the original, it is 'live' but has no audience
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  5. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Is it available?
  6. PJayBe

    PJayBe Forum Resident

    My favourite version of Tubular Bells!!!
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  7. feinstei9415

    feinstei9415 Forum Resident

    South Bend, IN
    Here's one that has just been released (Dec 1st, 2017) --

    Minnie Riperton -- "Perfect Angel" Deluxe Edition
    Has 1 CD of the original album and a second of the complete album in alternate takes.
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  8. Faceman

    Faceman Forum Resident

    New Hampshire, USA
    The Band moe. released in 2012 the album
    What Happened to the La Las it had 2 disc's the 2nd had an acoustic version of the album.
  9. Boozyuzi

    Boozyuzi Forum Resident

    The super delux edition of Achtung Baby has a bonus disc version of the entire album. The kindergarten "Baby" alternative album - it's not bad, pretty interesting.
  10. Mylene

    Mylene Forum Resident

    Bryan Ferry was going to rerecord the who first Roxy album as solo B sides but only finished three tracks
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  11. jimjim

    jimjim Forum Resident

    Poneke, Aotearoa
    VU - Loaded. An entire alternate version of the album is on Disc 2 of the Fully Loaded edition frim 1999.
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  12. Stu66

    Stu66 Forum Resident

    Manville NJ USA
    In 1996, Question Mark & The Mysterians re-recorded and released their "96 Tears" LP (along with retakes of 4 more of their tunes) 30 years after the fact while their back catalog was stuck in Cameo / Parkway limbo.
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  13. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    If I'm not mistaken the Deluxe reissue of Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl has demos of each song.
  14. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Trans Europe Express and probably some more albums as well.
    Even 'Showroom Dummies' has a third vocals version - in French!
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  15. cmcintyre

    cmcintyre Forum Resident

    The Nico album's a great example - both were available commercially within a short time of the other. Completely new recordings on the second.

    A partial example is Lene Lovich's Stateless album.

    Promoted as a remix, it featured about five or six new recordings. As far as I know the original version was first available on red vinyl in the UK, then with grey labels and black vinyl in the UK and also a pic disc. I'm not sure it was made available anywhere else. After that the remix was made available, with some tracks being remixed and sequenced differently for some markets.
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  16. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Bedford also did an orchestral version of Hergest Ridge, but reportedly it was so bad (or boring) it never got an official release.
  17. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Does the demo material in Pink Floyd's The Wall Immersion box set count?
  18. cmcintyre

    cmcintyre Forum Resident

    I count four though :

    Chance Meeting
    Sea Breezes

    All 'b' sides to his solo singles.
  19. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    Bjork's last album Vulnicura was recorded in a standard version as well as a studio version with Bjork accompanied only by a string section.
  20. The Hud

    The Hud Not As Dumb As I Look

    Samson's first album "Survivors" has the original version with Paul Samson singing the songs and then Bruce Dickinson singing the songs on the 2001 reissue.

    The Cure Greatest Hits has the original versions and a limited edition of acoustic versions.
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  21. irong

    irong Forum Resident

    Quebec, Canada
    The first one that came to mind has been mentionned already and I'll mention it again because it's just awesome: the Paris 1919 reissue has got one alternate version of every song of the album in the exact order, and all of them are, to some extend, interesting to hear. When I put this CD I invariably listen to the whole bunch of bonus tracks after the album.

    Another one is Magnolia Electric Co by Songs: Ohia. The 2013 10-years anniversary deluxe edition presents acoustic demos for all the songs that would eventually be recorded with a band by Steve Albini and become the official album, except for one song I think (Almost Was Good Enough, that's the name of the song, no pun intended).

    Coincidentally these are two of my favourite albums ever.
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  22. Mylene

    Mylene Forum Resident

    If you've got The Life House Chronicles and Rigor mortis sets in you can easily make alternative version of Who's Next.
  23. Michael Macrone

    Michael Macrone Active Member

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  24. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    Tom Lehrer rerecorded his 1953 self released 2nd record for Reprise a decade later. Same songs, some with updated lyrics.

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