II, which collected sixteen additional Johnson tracks, including alternate takes
of "Kindhearted Woman Blues," "Rambling on My Mind" and "Preaching Blues," was issued.
It also gives avid collectors a few more rare treats like a previously unavailable live rendition of The Smiths' I Know It's Over, alternate takes
of Eternal Life, Dream Brother and an acoustic version of So Real live from Japan.
This double CD plunders her three-night run to add alternate takes
and unused performances to the original vinyl release.
Since then, we've seen all manner of EPs bursting with live versions, alternate takes
and revisions of the same songs.
Milking amusing situations out of ratings-obsessed TV execs and self-important thesps and agents is the easy part, though Kasdan shows rehearsals and alternate takes
so often that auds will be repeating lines rather than laughing at comic situations.
Some of the unreleased tracks are alternate takes
(Seven Steps) or are familiar tunes taken from different concerts (Autumn Leaves, Stella By Starlight), but, as with the Plugged Nickel set, it matters little how many tunes are repeated, each version is an interpretation in itself and enlightening in its own right.
Not only are the performances on the original programs restored to their full length, but each of the reissues also includes several bonus tracks, most of them alternate takes
and some of them revelatory.
There are alternate takes
, different mixes, instrumentals, ditched vocals and unheard songs.
Proving that alternate takes
and B-sides aren't always the illuminating force that some reissues stake their pride on, Columbia Records has enhanced the greatness of Bruce Springsteen's breakthrough album with an insightful "making of" docu and an exceptional concert video from 1975.