As a Musician, Music Producer, Songwriter and long-time Pearl Jam fan I’ve always enjoyed listening to good quality demos where you can hear the development of the creative process, and how you can use music production as a songwriting and creative tool.
B-sides are different from unreleased material, outtakes and demos.
“Unreleased material” is work that usually isn’t released to the general public. On rare occasions, particularly for reissues, these songs are in fact placed on albums, often with that description after it.
“Outtakes” are songs recorded for an album but, either for technical or artistic purposes, not included in the released album. They occasionally appear on reissues of albums, billed as “bonus tracks”. R.E.M.’s album Dead Letter Office, for example, is a collection of outtakes from previous albums that were later released as b-sides to various singles.
“Demos” are early versions of songs which, like “unreleased material”, seldom see the light of day. Demos of songs often have additional or alternative verses. Often more demos than full songs are recorded, as an artist goes back and retools what is already present.
A good explanation down-to-earth of the differences between demos vs outtakes vs alternate versions vs rough mixes vs jam sessions, etc. Taken from ‘gremmie dot net’ website.
Music Producer Daniel Lanois once said in an interview that must ‘he uses the mix and the console as an performing instrument’. So true.
In this download link at the bottom of the page, you will be able to download a Compilation of Songs with Demos, Jam Sessions, Rough Mixes and Songs in the Songwriting and Development process from from the Pearl Jam self titled album, also know as ‘The Avocado’. This is of course from the Avocado Sessions.
This songs were originally found and downloaded from ‘The Evolution of the Mommason’ Blog in its Post titled ‘What comes first, the Fruit or the Seed? …‘
My contribution in here was:
Fixing the Songs Metadata for the new version of iTunes 12 for the Mac that comes in the latest OS X Yosemite:
- Cover downloaded from ‘The Evolution of the Mommason’ original post
- Fixed metadata
- Added comments
- Album Name
- Song Track Numbers
- Song Names
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