Hear The Smiths' Reggae Version Of 'Girlfriend In A Coma'

artist: The Smiths date: 12/23/2010 category: online downloads

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Fans of The Smiths are reveling in an unexpected Christmas gift this week with the appearance of a bootleg LP featuring 16 unreleased studio outtakes, including the scrapped original recording of Sheila Take A Bow, a reggae-like take on Girlfriend In A Coma and two previously unheard instrumentals. The vinyl album a 2LP set called Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals, which a fan ripped and posted to the Morrissey-solo.com forums (download it here, and hear samples below) is a treasure trove of rare material, much of it never-before-heard, from a group notorious for barely releasing anything outside of its original albums and singles. As the newly launched Smiths audio restoration blog Extra Track (and a tacky badge) notes, This is the real deal, folks. From a collectors standpoint, these are nearly all the outtakes and alternate unreleased mixes everyone drooled about while reading Simon Goddards excellent book (The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life). A full tracklist is presented below, but highlights include:
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out An early take of the Queen is Dead classic, apparently recorded in September 1985, that features the since-omitted final lyric, There is a light in your eyes and it never goes out.
  • Girlfriend In A Coma This early version of the Strangeways, Here We Come single, recorded in January 1987 with Stephen Street, has Morrissey crooning along to a surprising reggae lilt, which obviously didnt survive the sessions.
  • Sheila Take A Bow The original John Porter-produced version, recorded in January 1987. This was famously rejected by the band and re-recorded with Street.
  • I Misses You and Heavy Track Excerpts of two instrumentals (dubbed Untitled 1 and Untitled 2 on the bootleg). The former, a mid-tempo number with some nice bass work, is from the Meat Is Murder sessions, while the latter, from the Strangeways sessions, is an unusually heavy, London-like rocker. Tracklist: The Smiths, Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals (bootleg LP) 01. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle 02. Reel Around The Fountain 03. Rusholme Ruffians 04. The Queen Is Dead 05. Sheila Take A Bow 06. This Night Has Opened My Eyes 07. Untitled One (Marr Instrumental) 08. Ask 09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 10. Is It Really So Strange? 11. Frankly, Mr. Shankly 12. Shoplifters Of The World Unite (Reprise) 13. Girlfriend In A Coma 14. Death Of A Disco Dancer 15. Paint A Vulgar Picture 16. Untitled Two (Marr Instrumental) The Smiths, 'Girlfriend In A Coma' (Unreleased 1987 demo) by Slicing Up Eyeballs The Smiths, 'Untitled One' (aka 'I Misses You') by Slicing Up Eyeballs The Smiths, 'Rusholme Ruffians' (Early Version, 1984) by Slicing Up Eyeballs Thanks for the report to SlicingUpEyeballs.com.
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