RYAN ADAMS – ” The Suicide Handbook “

Posted: August 28, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Following the success of Gold, in 2002 Ryan Adams was blocked by his label from releasing his choice for a follow-up. This would be the second time this happened, the first being with Gold; Adams had recorded “The Suicide Handbook” which was rejected on the grounds that it was “too sad”. Ryan has stated that The Suicide Handbook was made for Lost Highway as the follow-up to “Heartbreaker” and called it his “most majestic piece ever.

Tracklist

“Suicide Handbook” Ryan Adams  The Unofficial Unreleased CDr “Wildflowers” 4:30 “Perfect And True” 3:07 “Tell It To My Heart” 3:18 “She Wants To Play Hearts” 4:01 “Pretenders” 2:56 “Famous Eyes” 2:16 “Touch, Feel & Lose” 3:42 “Firecracker” 2:59 “La Cienega Just Smiled” 3:20 “You Don’t Know Me” 4:12 “Bow To The Sad Lady” 3:42 “Off Broadway” 3:39 “Cracks In A Photograph” 3:57 “I’m Waiting” 3:04 “Cry On Demand” 4:24 “Miss Sunflower” 4:38 “Just Saying Hi (Answering Bell)” 3:13 “California Love” 2:27 “Idiots Rule The World” 3:30 “Dear Chicago” 2:13 Ships from the UK

The Suicide Handbook is an unplugged collection of 21 acoustic songs, that Ryan wrote following his ill-fated breakup with an unnamed Hollywood actress. Recorded in January of 2001, and just months prior to the sessions for Gold, these songs have a similar feel to those of Bruce Springsteen’s classic album Nebraska. Joined only by band mate – Bucky Baxter, who plays some excellent pedal steel, guitar and occasional background vocals, this album is Ryan Adams at his most stripped down.
Nearly half of the songs on The Suicide Handbook have gone on to be re-recorded for other albums; sometimes with different lyrics, or slightly different arrangements; other times with a faster tempo or doctored up with more reverb. “Answering Bell”, “Firecracker”, “La Cienega Just Smiled”, “Mara Lisa”, “Wild Flowers”, and “Touch, Feel, and Lose” would all go on to be highlights on Gold. While “Dear Chicago”, “She Wants to Play Hearts”, and “Cry on Demand” would be left almost untouched, and released the following year on a collection called Demolition.

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Over the past ten years, there have been a number of rumors and tentative plans, made by Ryan Adams and Lost Highway Records; that The Suicide Handbook would be officially released. Originally, the record was going to come out as part of a 4-6 disc collection called 20:20; and feature a treasure trove of previously unreleased material, including several finished albums. Unfortunately these recordings have yet to surface, but there is some good news! Recently, after leaving Lost Highway Records, Ryan retained the rights to release these recordings on his own. His new plan is to release this someday as a single album. Since being recorded in 2001, Ryan has gone back and properly mixed and mastered the album, with full band accompaniment (including drums by Brad Pemberton of The Cardinals, and a 16 piece string section with parts arranged by Ryan). He has also stated that there are several songs on the final version which do not appear on this bootleg recording.

Thanks for the words mega-superior-gold.blogspot.co.uk

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