An Introduction to Ryan Adams (B-Sides and Unreleased)


Regular readers of my twitter feed and people who know me will know that I’m a huge fan of Ryan Adams.  I’ve travelled the country to see him (from Brighton to Sheffield), seen him live a number of times and own every record he has released.  Before his two year hiatus that began in 2011 he was one of the most prolific artists going, even releasing three albums in one year at one point.  He has fourteen full length LPs, dozens of unreleased records and a ton of EPs as well as even releasing music under different names (such as Werewolph).  This last few months he has been back to those past levels, releasing a new self titled album, a punky album titled 1984 and a couple of EPs which saw one titled Jacksonville released last night as part of his singles collection.

What I want to do in this piece is introduce people to some of the tracks of Ryan’s that they may not have heard.  In 2002 there was an album released called Demolition that covered some of the tracks here but it’s an album that may have been overlooked by some.  With Adams being in the country at the moment and with him playing in Manchester next week, I figured now is as good a time as any to put this post together.  I won’t rank the tracks in any particular order, I’ll just put up some of my favourites from those rarer releases.  The album 48 Hours is quite possibly my favourite Ryan Adams album out of everything he’s ever released.  It’s just great song after great song and I highly recommend having a search for it if you don’t know it.

I’m going to keep this short. If you know Ryan enough to want to click this link then you probably already know quite a bit about the guy.  If there’s any tracks you think I’ve missed then let me know in the comments!


 Karina – 48 Hours – Widely regarded by Ryan Adams fans as one of the greatest songs he’s ever written.

Walls – 48 Hours

Angelina – 48 Hours

Chin Up, Cheer Up – 48 Hours

Born Yesterday – 48 Hours

Touch Feel & Lose – The Suicide Handbook – An early demo of the track.

Cracks in a Photograph – The Suicide Handbook

Idiots Rule the World – The Suicide Handbook

Signal Fade – Orion – A track from Ryan’s one off ‘Metal’ album.

Ultraviolet Light – III/IV – An album of unused tracks from the days with the Cardinals.

Sewers at the Bottom of the Wishing Well – III/IV – Can also be found on the Darkbreaker album.

Nighttime Gals – Destroyer Sessions

Hey There, Mrs. Lovely – Destroyer Sessions – Made a comeback years later on Easy Tiger as ‘These Girls’ with changed lyrics.

Everything Dies – Darkbreaker (Elizabethtown Sessions) – One of my favourites this one!

Dreams of a Working Class Clown – Darkbreaker (Elizabethtown Sessions)

Elizabethtown – Darkbreaker (Elizabethtown Sessions)