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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from Babydoll in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from TPfan1000 in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    I'm glad you got to see them. Were you able to watch from the side of the stage or was this simply a Mike event?
    I'm sure there's clips online of the show if you look for them.
    cheers
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to nurktwin in Something BIG happened!!   
    That's great, congrats!!!!
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    I didn't know Benmont got dreadlocks too.
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    The letters on the set list are for whom sings each song, right? Does Stevie play a guitar or keys on the songs she doesn't sing on or does she just play the tamborine and dance,  and inventory her scarves and other frilly items?
     
     
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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from chimera in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from chimera in Something BIG happened!!   
    Same here!  It really is a once in a lifetime experience!  
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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from dollardime in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from Hoodoo Man in Something BIG happened!!   
    Yeah! I forgot to link the video!! They were so awesome!! I never had a chance to be nervous! They made us so comfortable! They really are down to earth and fun!! 
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to Shelter in Something BIG happened!!   
    Wow, Indigo, that is fantastic! Good fun times for you guys! Thanks for sharing those moments with us! And for helping the TF's good cause. Way to shred, SG style..!
     
    Sidenote. Other than dogs being part this thread, there is also penguins, bears, and stingrays.. What we call virtual good old rock'n'roll circus!
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to Big Blue Sky in Something BIG happened!!   
    Well done!!!!
    ...in all the social media links above I wasn't sure if this was there too? What the hell, I'm attaching it anyway!!
    That's so cool what he says about you: "We have such a great time with our supporters!!"
     
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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from Big Blue Sky in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from Shelter in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    Dogs are great, I love 'em, blessing to humanity. Very nice of you to help. 
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to chimera in Something BIG happened!!   
    Very cool!  I think it's great that M&M are allowing meet-and-greats to benefit Tazzy Fund.
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to Hoodoo Man in Something BIG happened!!   
    very cool! Saw some of this stuff on FB, very kind of you to do the CD for Rock the dogs! 
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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from Mudcrutch in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from TomFest in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    I figure Mike must've been very pleased seeing a Dirty Knobs t-shirt too!
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    Neat! I'm very happy for you! Please when you have a chance (and have calmed down sufficiently...so maybe next month) you can share any more details you recall.
    Nice photos. Is that you holding the guitar? That's quite cool, and trusting of Mike! It must've been unreal experience for you.
    cheers
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    IndigoGypsy13 got a reaction from MaryJanes2ndLastDance in Something BIG happened!!   
    Hello All!  Wow!  Where to begin! We were so very lucky to have been able to make this happen!  It benefited a great charity and made a dream of ours come true!! We had the opportunity to meet Mike and Marcie Campbell before the Fleetwood Mac show in Denver Colorado on 12/3/18!  As an added bonus, we met Neil Finn and Marilyn Dash (one of Stevie's backup singers)!! We also met Chinner!  When Mike showed up the guitars, he pulled out the SG and I called out what it was.  He said "Oh you know guitars?"  I replied that I knew a little bit.  Chinner was going to sit me down with a Rickenbacker when Mike said "Hey, she called the SG!  Let her hold that one!"  Chinner said "Well, I was going to let her sit with the most expensive one, but the SG is what she wants!" It was truly an amazing experience! 
    Mike signed my Mudcrutch album and a CD for my boyfriend.  We asked him to autograph the Blue Stingrays CD for a charity auction!
    If anyone is interested, we put the autographed Blue Stingrays CD up for auction to benefit Rock the Dogs / The Tazzy Fund on the TPN Auctions FB page! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TPN.Auctions/?multi_permalinks=528509620946228&notif_id=1543939459540281&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to Shelter in An American Treasure (2018) - Reviews & Ponderings   
    Now for another aspect of the box, trying to stick to the chase here.
    Some comments on the “alternative takes”
    I put that within brackets. It seems indeed less than clear, exactly what constitutes a take or a version, at this point. Like Mr Timba has been pointing out, there seem to have been a whole lotta editing and remixing going on here. Many of the basic tracks, vocal tracks and so on, indeed seem to be the same as heard on the old albums. A few extended endings, full length versions (unfaded), some cases of speed correction (that seem to have more or less of the official take under the sleeve), a few occasions or typical remixing (where the familiar take has been stripped of over dub:ed elements or balanced differently between channels to highlight this or that).
    All of which is totally fine, of course, and the result in general both interesting and fun to listen to, but with the aforementioned lack of technical details for each song, it does feel a bit like a mess. Revisionism, cry one of us. Yeah, well.. there something to that line of criticism. I don’t mind it too much, but I mind being lost with regards to what is what not being specified. In my opinion, it would have been a good idea to separate a bit more firmly between what is an alternative “take” and what is merely an “edit” or a “remix”, with some notes added as to who did what and when to the track other than the musician who played on the recording.
    That said, I think the remastering that has been done to make it all sound top notch, is successful! Also the remixes and edits that have been done highlight interesting aspect to previously familiar songs and versions. Being it cutting out unnecessary over dubs or lifting a guitar or the vocals in the mix. Other than that, it may be worth saying that one reason that so much of these “alternative takes” may sound so eerily identical to the official versions, to anyone but the ultra fans or studio engineers, is the fact that Tom was such an incredible perfectionist. Sure, he/they may have experimented with songs and arrangements to work out what they song was ultimately gonna be, finding the song within, as it were. (Just listen to Sins of My Youth on this box, or consider how some of Mike's original song ideas or riffs may have been taken places, tweaked and bent into amazing Petty/Campbell compositions quite beyond what perhaps was imagined). Still, once they had the general outline down, once they caught that general shape that Tom had in mind, they were focused enough, professional enough and technically skilled enough (surprisingly early on) to drudge it over and over, making very small subtle changes. That’s how it works, really, chasing magic can be very routine, I suppose. Other times, I really suppose they had the basic track they wanted and decided on, but had to retake the vocals several times to get the right vibe, or trying different drum sounds and so on..
    So, even as a pretty seasoned Tom Petty fan and listener, I still don’t know with any exact precision, how many actual alternative takes - that is basic tracks that the band lay down from scratch that are different from the ones on the records – are really on here?! I can’t tell, since it all been a bit “scrambled” in the presentation. At least a bulk of these “takes” certainly have different vocals, slightly up:ed or down:ed channels in the mix, corrected speed, or all of the above, but seem otherwise strikingly close to the “original”.
    What I can and will say is that hearing the actual drums on Rebels is amazing! I can’t even begin to understand what wasn’t good enough with that, in their eyes then. And generally.. perhaps the main feat of this here box – and here it comes in the middle of a paragraph in a long and rambling post that no one will read in detail – is showcasing how at the top of their game they were in the mid 80s, despite personal struggles, strange times and influential friends in high places. I mean, hearing the SA material like that… While I can agree the album version of Best of Everything has a few features to it’s advantage, I still see this one has some merit, and reveal a few new welcome aspects to these sessions. Not to speak of The Damage You’ve Done.. not until right now did I realize it’s a great, great song in there! Something as simle as those harmonies! So, frankly, just try to forget about the sound production aspects and the admittedly strange (in parts) song selection process, where apparently and reportedly several great songs were left, and it’s easy to picture both SA and LMU(IHE) being every way the masterpiece level records they ended up not quite being.
    Further, I also find the vocal track on Wake up Time here coming across as being a lot better (closer, sharper, intense) than the Wildflowers version. I always found that one to be one of the few occasions where Tom’s voice sounds off. (Out of key? Just strained to a state of “sour”? - If just ever so slightly, it’s off. I know most people never noticed and/or don’t even think so when they try to notice it, so it may be just me.. ) Here, the voice, as well as the phrasing, is absolutely brilliant! As is it on Don’t Fade on Me. Great song! The differences in arrangement is great, if not necessarily preferable – hard to tell – but the vocal delivery again, is something extra.
    One version that really truly is an “alternative take”, separated by years from it’s official recording, is King Of The Hill. I was very thrilled to finally hear this, since the song is an old favorite. Surprisingly sharp and finished from the start. In some ways the arrangement really feels better and more raw like this. Especially I LOVE Howie’s harmonies here, so little makes the world of a difference at times and that dimension really is missing in the thick, glossy costume the song was dressed in on Back from Rio.  However, the leading riff on this early version is a bit understated and vague in shape.. Kinda cool, I suppose.. but, not really there yet? The main difference, that speaks for the final product in the end, to me, is the lead vocals, though. There’s an almost breathtaking suction to those vocals, that really pull you inside the cinematic story. The 1987 version has most of the magic, even some extra strange depths in some instruments, but it’s not quite there with the vocals and phrasing. What am I saying? A straight pure Heartbreakers version with the official vocal tracks on it would have been the best? Yes, that’s it. Thank you, you’re welcome.
    Finally - the 1976 take of Surrender is a nice surprise (for me). For a song that they have left on the floor so many times, I must say all versions are adroit. This, thanks to the kinda from-the-hip-yet-slightly-desperate vocals, works as one of the better takes I’ve heard. (Still not sure where it would have fitted. I can see how the 1979 version could have fitted on DTT, but I can also, given a bit spookier sound details, hear it in the YGG context. It certainly wouldn’t work too well on the first one though, so even if this was a really cool listen, I can understand why they moved on without it at the time.)
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to Shelter in An American Treasure (2018) - Reviews & Ponderings   
    And speaking of overview.. not sure anyone commented on this, but the packaging is really nice for a "compact" box of this type. The old school 78rpm records style envelope album sleeves to hold the disc are very stylish and it's a bonus with lots of great photos throughout. I could wish for a bit more deep discussion/ comment on the songs, technical info like exactly when they origin and what's been done to them. The comments on some songs are really just rather... vague and general praise and a few hums. Nice and all, but I am picky that way. I want details. I am afraid I do not particularly like the Kevin Costner picture on the front either.
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    IndigoGypsy13 reacted to Shelter in An American Treasure (2018) - Reviews & Ponderings   
    Ok, let's start somewhere.. 
    The previously unreleased songs. Strikes me as a good place to start, since they're, to me, is where the real excitement was. And is.
     
    Walkin' from The Fire --- Marvelous. And sad. If there's just one or two more songs of this gauge in the vaults, left off the Southern Accents project, it's fairly obvious that they were a lot closer to accomplishing this concept masterpiece Tom initially were aiming for, than they seemed to have thought. This proves what a mistake it was in many ways, to get so hooked up with Dave Stewart for additional pop songs and addtional layers of production. These sessions needed not to be buried in 85:ness the way it was, it seems here. It needed to be as naked as possible. Too bad it took all these years to realize that. This type of song, this type of sound - so much more spot on and timeless. This song is really good. (And the "gloss-less" renditions of Rebels and Best of Everything even further hits this point about the SA session home, as I see it.) I just can't wrap my head around how tangled up in confusion they must have been, came time to wrap that beast of an album up. This song.. Already feels like it has been around ever since. Which, of couse, me unbeknownst, it has. The pinacle of the set? Quite possibly. I really love the sound here. The beauty of those long sliding bass harmonies at the beginning - exquisite!  
    Gainesville --- When this one shows up in the box tracklist, it's strikes me as a better song, than I thought when first I heard it. Must be I know it, now. Funny how that happens. Still think the sound and vibe here is great. Some really cool lyrics too. Melody is a bit flat, although there are a few briliant notes in there, some memorable hooks. The "Sandy, loading up the van" part of melody, for one. The first part of the bridge or middle eight (even if all "choruses" in reality feels like some sort of bridges to me) is really where the unmistakingly craftmanship of Tom's shines through in the melody, to me.) I still think the "chorus" - or rather lack of chorus - makes the song a bit unfinished in structure, though. There seem to be something missing. 
    Lonesome Dave --- Perhaps a fun and impressive exercise, rather than great art or great songwriting. From what I heard about how good this song was supposed to be, I must say I did expect something else. Since it's been mentioned among the Wildflowers outtakes, I was not expecting the type of song at all. But from the context of the Gr Hits sessions though, it's a rather typical type, is it not. Sure the sessions produced the killer version of the older original that was to be Mary Jane's Last Dance, that had a very different and uniquely TP style, but for the most part those sessions where reportedely 50s/60s style rock'nroll and rockabilly jams otherwise. Some of which is released/circulated aleady. To find this original belongingto those cover heavy sessions was quite fun. Not very original tune though, but tons of energy and some frantic hammering from Ben... ! Barnburner? He said it. 
    I Don't Belong --- Well, some of us have heard this before. It has been heavily circulated. Nevertheless good to hear it in full sound, so to speak. To hear more nuances revealing themselves, than is the case on my old mp3 copy of this song, actually does make it a lot better. There are some really good, if simple songwriting buried here. I always thought - from hearing my mp3 - that something was slightly off with the vocal track, but here it sounds good enough and quite finished.  A ditty. A sad ditty. There are such things, it seems.
    Bus To Tampa Bay --- Fantastic song! Really grows with a few spins. There's just a few little notes, that end up in just the right, initially somewhat unexpected places, that makes the whole difference. Making the slightly generic base of it all shine with such a distinct charm. It could have benefited from a bit more of an atmospherical extension, some dreamy swagger interplay or solo... There's some type of simplistic Mudcrutch vibe to the song, may be the bass... Either way, I can just see the old timers shuffle about dancing to this one, down at the Best Western, an Wednesday night. The song is like a mature, somewhat mellow rendition of the same musical impulse that gave us the tall tale Ankel Deep. 
    Two Men Talking --- Familiar song to all live fans of TPATH (is it possible not to be one?) But certainly new as a studio recording. One would have guessed that they tried it in session for Mojo, and perhaps they did. This 2012 take is quite good. I actually prefer this to the various live versions. Not sure when it was written, but to me, neither TMT nor Black Leather Woman, both of which showed up in live shows in the early 00s, ever felt as full of potential as did Melinda, from that same era. But this studio version TMT is really good. Certainly more than an attempt, it feels very finished and worked. Great arrangement - that "quite" segment is totally fantastic! Not sure how and where it would have fit on HE though.. so.. glad it showed up here. Still wonder if they ever tried Melinda out in studio, when and how that was arranged exactly. What all those mentioned "unreleased" songs from the early 00s have in common, is that they are typical jam songs, fit for the live treatment, not necessarily easy to work into optimal studio versions, but this one works surpisingly well.
    Sins of My Youth --- Gonna include this as an unreleased song, since for all intents and purposes, it's a totally different song than what is on Hypnotic Eye. I don't think it's better, and I can understand why they did what they did with it. The final version really highlights the vocals and the sublime and unusual (for TP) work with the melody really build some strange powerful vibe. This version feels more typical in some ways, more generic TP, and there is some great playing on it, but the melody doesn't quite make the perfect fit with the lyrics, somehow, and the delivery doesn't reach that extra dimension of urgency. It loses quite a lot of it's character, frankly. Not at all as memorable. And wouldn't have worked at all as effective as a "palate cleanser" as some wise person put it, as it does in the released version. I do love Mike's little solo towards the end, though!  
     
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