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Alternate track listings

DominicCobb

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I've done a bunch of these but almost exclusively with U2 albums. I won't bore everyone's with all of them, but here's a couple:

An alternate version of The Joshua Tree that's so good it's too good:
1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. With or Without You
4. Luminous Times
5. Spanish Eyes
6. Running to Stand Still
7. Red Hill Mining Town
8. In God's Country
9. Desert of Our Love
10. Sweetest Thing
11. One Tree Hill
12. Exit
13. Bullet the Blue Sky
14. Mothers of the Disappeared

And then there's an alternate version of Rattle and Hum. Categorize this under "fanfix" because the album version is a total mess:
1. Desire
2. Hallelujah (Here She Comes)
3. Van Diemen's Land [with the dialogue edited out]
4. Hawkmoon 269
5. Angel of Harlem
6. Heartland
7. Silver and Gold [Studio Version]
8. God Part II
9. A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel
10. All I Want Is You

Haven't done much in the way of other artists.

I once had a killer Dark Side of the Moon/Wish You Were Here combo album but I lost it when I switched computers.

It probably doesn't constitute as a real alternate tracklist but I've found if you replace Cat People with the single version, Let's Dance goes from a 10/10 to an 11/10.

Also, this is really cool: The Beatles "Black Album." Assembled by Ethan Hawke for his daughter and featured in the film Boyhood. Basically, what if you took the best of the Beatles solo years and compiled it onto a triple album. Here's the link with the full story: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ethanhawke/boyhood-the-black-album#.gt0wPdPXn
And here's the full tracklist:
Disc 1:
1. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Band on the Run”
2. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord”
3. John Lennon feat. The Flux Fiddlers & the Plastic Ono Band, “Jealous Guy”
4. Ringo Starr, “Photograph”
5. John Lennon, “How?”
6. Paul McCartney, “Every Night”
7. George Harrison, “Blow Away”
8. Paul McCartney, “Maybe I’m Amazed”
9. John Lennon, “Woman”
10.Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet”
11. John Lennon, “Stand by Me”
12. Ringo Starr, “No No Song”
13. Paul McCartney, “Junk”
14. John Lennon, “Love”
15. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “The Back Seat of My Car”
16. John Lennon, “Watching the Wheels”
17. John Lennon, “Mind Games”
18. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Bluebird”
19. John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”
20. George Harrison, “What Is Life”
Disc 2:
1. John Lennon, “God”
2. Wings, “Listen to What the Man Said”
3. John Lennon, “Crippled Inside”
4. Ringo Starr, “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine)”
5. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Let Me Roll It”
6. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, “Power to the People”
7. Paul McCartney, “Another Day”
8. George Harrison, “If Not For You (2001 Digital Remaster)”
9. John Lennon, “(Just Like) Starting Over”
10. Wings, “Let ‘Em In”
11. John Lennon, “Mother”
12. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Helen Wheels”
13. John Lennon, “I Found Out”
14. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”
15. John Lennon, Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band, “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”
15. George Harrison, “Not Guilty (2004 Digital Remaster)”
16. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Heart of the Country”
17. John Lennon, “Oh Yoko!”
18. Wings, “Mull of Kintyre”
19. Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy”
Disc 3:
1. John Lennon, “Grow Old With Me (2010 Remaster)”
2. Wings, “Silly Love Songs”
3. The Beatles, “Real Love”
4. Paul McCartney & Wings, “My Love”
5. John Lennon, “Oh My Love”
6. George Harrison, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”
7. Paul McCartney, “Pipes of Peace”
8. John Lennon, “Imagine”
9. Paul McCartney, “Here Today”
10. George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”
11. Paul McCartney, “And I Love Her (Live on MTV Unplugged)”
 

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Great thread. I do this all the time. Latest one was the epic unreleased Dream Theater album "Metropolis" that combined elements of Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory and Images and Words. It completely destroys the concept of Scenes From a Memory, but it was pretty dumb to begin with.

1. The Miracle and the Sleeper
2. Strange Deja Vu
3. Fatal Tragedy
4. Beyond This Life
5. Home
6. Pull Me Under
7. Under A Glass Moon
8. Learning to Live
 

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Still haven't seen 'Boyhood', sounds worth checking just 'cause it's got that mixtape scene. Although there have been Beatles "Black Albums" around for years with the same principle of a solo-years roundup.

I did an album in my late teens that was a similar concept but was a single disc and only featured songs from the ex-Beatles first (and sometimes second) solo records and only songs that were originally recorded by The Beatles e.g. PM's 'Junk', GH's 'All Things Must Pass', JL's 'Gimme Some Truth' etc. So tracks that would have very likely been on the next album after 'Abbey Road' if they hadn't called it a day. I named it 'Hot As Sun' (After the McCartney track), made artwork for it featuring an "oranges" theme and submitted it as an art project at college... and got a D or something :-D but I've since lost the damn thing.
 

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David Bowie's Young Americans was a perfect album until he started tinkering with it and recorded "Fame" and the pleasant, but pointless cover of "Across the Universe" with a different sound and in a different studio. I get that it's fun hanging out with your heroes and all (and Lennon does a decently inspired performance), but it's a sad fact that this album works a lot better without the Lennon replacements, especially since Fame is the least album-closery track on the whole album and feels like an afterthought after the real album closer "Can You Hear Me".

I don't know if the first Tony Visconti mix ever had a finalized track listing, but I've made one myself:

David Bowie - Somebody Up There Likes Me [a working title for the album]

1. Young Americans
2. Win
3. Fascination
4. It's Gonna Be Me [completed version with strings from the 2007 remaster]

5. Somebody Up There Likes Me
6. Right
7. Who Can I Be Now? [completed version from the 2007 remaster]
8. Can You Hear Me
 

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I've always thought it would be a good idea to do a double album of Buckethead's In Search of The... series. The original is twelve volumes, 92 songs, 9.5 hours of music. I think I could narrow it down to two albums, each with 10-12 songs on it. I guess it'd be worth a try.
 

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theslime said:
David Bowie's Young Americans was a perfect album until he started tinkering with it and recorded "Fame" and the pleasant, but pointless cover of "Across the Universe" with a different sound and in a different studio. I get that it's fun hanging out with your heroes and all (and Lennon does a decently inspired performance), but it's a sad fact that this album works a lot better without the Lennon replacements, especially since Fame is the least album-closery track on the whole album and feels like an afterthought after the real album closer "Can You Hear Me".

I don't know if the first Tony Visconti mix ever had a finalized track listing, but I've made one myself:

David Bowie - Somebody Up There Likes Me [a working title for the album]

1. Young Americans
2. Win
3. Fascination
4. It's Gonna Be Me [completed version with strings from the 2007 remaster]

5. Somebody Up There Likes Me
6. Right
7. Who Can I Be Now? [completed version from the 2007 remaster]
8. Can You Hear Me

Very nice! I tried it like that and it was much more enjoyable. I'm a big Bowie fan and I have my own alternate track list for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. I think it makes the concept work even better.

1. Five Years
2. Moonage Daydream
3. Starman
4. It Ain't Easy
5. Star
6. Hang on to Yourself
7. Soul Love
8. Lady Stardust
9. Suffragette City
10. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
11. Ziggy Stardust

I've always found Soul Love out of place at the start and it takes too long to intro the concept with it there. Hang on to Yourself makes for a great middle section as it is the height of the rock star life. After that it goes to the love section Soul Love/Lady Stardust making the impending fall more dramatic. Ziggy Stardust works a lot better as the final song since it is about the rise and fall of Ziggy. You should try it out sometime. ;)
 

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I keep meaning to make my own ultimate alternate mix of The Stooges 'Fun House', culled from the entire sessions boxset.

I was also listening to The Velvet Underground's 'Loaded' today and that is crying out for a "fanedit". Great songs but the running order just never works for me. I swear every time I put that record on, it momentarily takes me by surprise that 'Sweet Jane' isn't the opener and I skip forward to track 2.

Oh and I must go back and re-read the part of 'Revolution in the Head' that talks about the concept album that The Beatles were planning before they just went "Oh f**k it, we can't be bothered" and released the quasi-concept 'Sgt. Pepper' instead :D . It was supposed to be about their childhood in Liverpool, 'Penny Lane', 'Strawberry Fields' etc. I don't think they got very far with it but a fun nostalgia themed mix of Pepper and Mystery Tour material could be good.
 

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I changed the Beatles abbey road track list to how they were originally going to be before it was changed

1.Here Comes The Sun
2.Because
3.You Never Give Me Your Money
4.Sun King
5.Mean Mr. Muster
6.Her Majesty
7.Polythene Pam
8.She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
9.Golden Slumbers
10.Carry That Weight
11.The End
12.Come Together
13.Something
14.Maxwell's Silver Hammer
15.Oh! Darling
16.Octopus's Garden
17.I Want You (She's So Heavy)
 
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