Category Archives: Albums That Never Were

Lou Reed | I’m So Free – The 1971 RCA Demos

Fifty years on from his self-titled solo debut album, and nine years since his untimely death, Lou Reed is still nabbing headlines with a collection of rare demos released over the holidays and just as quickly withdrawn in an apparent … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa – Läther 

Originally conceived as a contractually obliged four-record set in 1977, the ill-fated Läther was eventually released posthumously as a triple album on Rykodisc and remains among the artist’s finest work. Zappa’s career was peppered with conflicts and legal problems with … Continue reading

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Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2

On what would’ve been the great man’s 75th birthday, The Press brings you Part 2 of our Bowie Deep Cuts series, collecting some interesting mixes, demos and live versions, and album tracks.  David Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2 mp3 TRACKS … Continue reading

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The Lemon Twigs – Bowery Ballroom, NYC

With a new album on the way, we appease our excitement with twelve of the greatest moments on record from New York’s incredible The Lemon Twigs. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs recently played two shows in … Continue reading

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Queen – Deep Cuts Pt.1

This 12-track selection of Queen deep cuts showcases Freddie Mercury’s incomparable voice and Brian May’s insane talents as a lead guitarist to full effect during its first decade which saw the band forge a career that was as varied and … Continue reading

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Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.1

We all know about comfort food but what about comfort music? Look no further. This Bowie collection of different mixes, demos versions, and album Deep Cuts acts fast to provide immediate soothing relief to get you through whatever life throws … Continue reading

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Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Glam rock’s definitive anthem recently turned 49, and this image of a young dude was originally earmarked as the album cover for Mott the Hoople’s All the Young Dudes released in July 1972.  Dude ’72 is the name of the image, … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol V

Two of the all-time most inexplicably unreleased Paul McCartney paperback classics ever, and two songs that just happen to be among the artist’s most timeless recordings either for sheer quality, highly interesting unrealised hit-potential, or buried in time. They are … Continue reading

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#14: Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal (1974) / Live (1975)

Here at The Press we look at expansive double albums and trim it back to a single, filler-free listening experience. In the case of Lou Reed’s scary ’73 glam-phetamine performance, brashly released as two single live LPs in the mid-70s, … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Fully Finished Studio Outtakes

A wealth of previously uncirculated Rolling Stones outtakes has recently surfaced, perhaps being prepped for some rumoured upcoming box set package (or Tattoo You II), either way its a pristine-sounding, super cool, unexpected discovery, capturing the Stones creatively alive and … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol IV

Two of the all-time most inexplicably unreleased Paul McCartney paperback classics ever, and two songs that just happen to be among the artist’s most timeless recordings either for sheer quality, highly interesting unrealised hit-potential or buried in time. They are … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and The Band – The Best of the Basement Tapes

Haven’t trawled through the entire six CD box set of Bob Dylan and The Band Complete Basement Tapes Bootleg Series Volume 11 as yet? Here at The Press we’ve done the hard yards for you and compiled the best 17 … Continue reading

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Phil Collins’ Mystery Session

Opportunity knocked for a nineteen year old pre-Genesis Phil Collins in May 1970. At this point in his stop-start, still embryonic music career, he was getting ready to have a bath and watch Top of the Pops on telly with … Continue reading

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McCartney III

Live And Let Dice. Amazing news: Looks like we might be getting Paul’s lockdown record. Still more inclined to consider Chaos & Creation in the Backyard (2005) the real McCartney III, but either way, very excited about this. McCartney III is … Continue reading

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More Album Cover Outtakes

John Lennon – Imagine (1971) The photograph for the Imagine album cover was taken by Yoko Ono using a Polaroid camera. It was previously believed that the front cover photo was taken by Andy Warhol. It wasn’t. This untreated Polaroid … Continue reading

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Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74)

David Bowie’s 1974 North American tour is the stuff of rock legend. Promoting his first proper post-Spiders solo album (Diamond Dogs), Bowie recruited theatre designers for the stage set which incorporated his Hunger City ideas, pioneering the use of theatre … Continue reading

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Bowie Now

For an RCA Records US-only promo released in 1978, the intriguing Bowie Now is a surprisingly fine album-track selection of Berlin-era Bowie material and originally something of a rare artefact. The purpose of this record was to draw attention of … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol III

Two of the all-time most inexplicably unreleased Paul McCartney paperback classics ever, and two songs that just happen to be among the artist’s most timeless recordings either for sheer quality, highly interesting unrealised hit-potential or buried in time. They are … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol II

Two more of the all-time great McCartney paperback classics, and two songs that have barely seen the light of day. Ok, one was a b-side back in 1979 which just happens to be among the artist’s best songs. They are … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Off the Ground (1993)

For the record buying masses it was a forgettable era for Paul McCartney, releasing perhaps his most unheralded solo album to date, Off The Ground – it could’ve been called Off the Charts. Despite some high-quality leftovers from a recent … Continue reading

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McCartney – Paperback Classics: Vol I

Two of the all-time most inexplicably unreleased Paul McCartney paperback classics ever, and two songs that just happen to be among the artist’s most timeless. Talk about unrealised hit-potential. They are songs only McCartney nerds (like myself) know about via … Continue reading

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T. Rex – Solid Gold B-Sides

Marc Bolan wrote an astonishing amount of superb non-album singles and in many cases their b-sides were just as good. Here at Pierce’s Press we collect the particularly outstanding tracks from the T.Rex glory years – this is almost like … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Never Let Me Down (2018)

The 80s proved such a barren ground for so many major artists who had powered through the 60s and 70s, and Bowie was no exception with 1987’s period-piece, the hit-free, Never Let Me Down proving to be his creative nadir. After the … Continue reading

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Bowie – Rare 2

Consisting of scarce outtakes and B-sides, RCA’s 1982 compilation Bowie Rare for the first time made available some tracks that would subsequently appear on many Bowie collections, reissues, and other sets right up until today. Most of the songs collected … Continue reading

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Neil Young – Hitchhiker

Neil Young – Hitchhiker Another year, another abandoned Neil Young album unearthed. Recorded in a single nocturnal session with long time producer David Briggs in 1976 in Malibu, California, Hitchhiker captures Young during a particularly unpolished yet productive period. The … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt (1989)

Here at The Press we reconstruct an album, with benefit of time, steering it toward what the artist may have originally intended.  Flowers in the Dirt was a repudiation of the Macca we love/hate: no imperialist odes to salamanders, loads of … Continue reading

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