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7 minutes ago, Creed said:

Why? A lot of these songs will be on the new album. And Axl rerecorded the vocals. His voice will sound much better and more like old Axl and without Mickey Mouse

4 years into the reunion with zero new material doesn't do much for my confidence.

I'd love to be proven wrong!

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Let's just make this clear. We will not allow any discussion relating to any correspondence that was intended to be private.  This is none of our business and just as we would want others to resp

Even though the content of the storage locker wasn't intended to be released by its creator, I'm glad I got to hear it. It's music. But private e-mails are another story. As much as curious I am

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25 minutes ago, Creed said:

Why? A lot of these songs will be on the new album. And Axl rerecorded the vocals. His voice will sound much better and more like old Axl and without Mickey Mouse

While I agree a lot of the songs will be on the next album, I would bet most of the vocals will not be re-recorded. 

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4 hours ago, Sweersa said:

A "CD2" list leaked some time ago, which included "Cuban Skies V", among others. 

Someone on another forum a few years ago said Axl played a handful of CD songs for him in his Ferrari in 2003. The person was asked if he played any songs that didn't make the album, and he said there was one called "100 Cuban Skies" which was about cigars.

Here's the thread:

https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/nicest-most-personable-musician-youve-met.447377/page-54

I know most people don't believe me, and I've even had my account banned here for talking about it, but I can confirm the CD2 song list that leaked was real, because I saw it in 2011, and it included "Perhaps ?" and "Nothin ?" which were not known by many outside of the band until last year as part of the "locker leaks" from the Village sessions. Same with "Tonto V Br" though it may have been mentioned elsewhere officially. 

The list was from the first month of 2008, so pre CD release. (Which explains why Catcher is there)

Here it is:

Subject: CD2

Cuban Skies V
The General Ch V
Atlas L
Soul M V
Silk H
Thyme L
Pro2 V
Chi2 D V?
Better2
TIL2 V
Goin Down
Tonto V Br
Monstrocity V lyr
Catcher ?
Nothin ?
JChan ?
?? L editing V
Perhaps ?
OMG2 ?
4 Heavens. ? Sing
Light My Fire

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If so many alternates were being considered that leads me to believe Axl doesn't have that much done. Would be be pretty upsetting if Oklahoma/Berlin never received full vocals.

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24 minutes ago, ShadowOfTheWave said:

If so many alternates were being considered that leads me to believe Axl doesn't have that much done. Would be be pretty upsetting if Oklahoma/Berlin never received full vocals.

Hard to say, in 2006 Axl said on Eddie Trunk radio show they had 2.5 albums worth of material. I'd imagine more was accumulated since then.

Oklahoma/Berlin, Seven, State of Grace, Eye on You, and Ides of March are all confirmed titles/songs, but missing from that list, unless of course they exist under a different title in that list. 

Maybe the above were considered for the "third album"? Who knows.

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10 minutes ago, HollyWoodRose84 said:

Yes. And I remember everyone flipping him the bird because they though he was full of shit.  Fun times. 

Is Cuban Skies now called something else or still an unreleased effort?

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11 hours ago, 2020_Intensions said:

I hope not! 

I like his natural singing voice, along with bits of the forced, weird rasp he's done for years like in Hardschool, we get the best of both worlds. When Axl sings Atlas, that sounds like how a man is supposed to sing, nothing forced, or unusual. Just a man with a nice voice singing. The rasp today, serves as a placed enhancer, like with the chorus of Hardschool. It doesn't seem out of place, or take over the song.

I won't enjoy the album if it's all like the This I Love remix, that sounds way too forced, not to mention he could never pull that off live. I enjoy the album vocals much better than the remix, the remix vocals are too much.

Anything is possible, in the studio. Axl is not getting any younger, so I'm sure his cleaner singing, most notably on CD (it even started before, we get a lot of clean stuff in prior albums) will be better for eventual touring with new material, so he can handle it.

Of course these are all my opinions, the beauty of music.

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7 hours ago, Sweersa said:

I like his natural singing voice, along with bits of the forced, weird rasp he's done for years like in Hardschool, we get the best of both worlds. When Axl sings Atlas, that sounds like how a man is supposed to sing, nothing forced, or unusual. Just a man with a nice voice singing. The rasp today, serves as a placed enhancer, like with the chorus of Hardschool. It doesn't seem out of place, or take over the song.

I won't enjoy the album if it's all like the This I Love remix, that sounds way too forced, not to mention he could never pull that off live. I enjoy the album vocals much better than the remix, the remix vocals are too much.

Anything is possible, in the studio. Axl is not getting any younger, so I'm sure his cleaner singing, most notably on CD (it even started before, we get a lot of clean stuff in prior albums) will be better for eventual touring with new material, so he can handle it.

Of course these are all my opinions, the beauty of music.

I love all the different eras & styles of Axl's vocals (except the live mickey of this past decade). His vocals in ChiDem I think are perfect and the album version of This I Love is one of my favorite performances of his

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26 minutes ago, Finck2006 said:

Cd Maddy and The Blues were so much better on lockers leak than the final product.

Only TWAT got some improvement ( the leak from 2006 w/Bucket) the best version ever

I agree, I also liked the locker If The World (minus the weird high pitched sounds) and Riad. 

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I used to be baffled as to why they never kept the guitar intro to The Blues, but having heard the studio takes, it doesn't capture the same energy that it did live and thus I feel that the album version is better. I'd say the same for Madagascar, Prostitute and most definitely There Was A Time among others. 

I'd say the only ones I could argue a case for is the title track and Catcher in the Rye. The version of Chinese on RM01 is fucking ferocious. No fucking about. All killer. The demo of Catcher is one of the greatest GNR songs for me, the album version had it's testicles removed, mostly by cutting Brian Harold May and some beautiful synth from Mothergoose himself. Does not come close to the demo version. For the record, I also love the '99 version of IRS. PHT at his best. I have never enjoyed the sound of police sirens like I did in that demo!!!

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57 minutes ago, Dean said:

I'd say the only ones I could argue a case for is the title track and Catcher in the Rye. The version of Chinese on RM01 is fucking ferocious. No fucking about. All killer. The demo of Catcher is one of the greatest GNR songs for me, the album version had it's testicles removed, mostly by cutting Brian Harold May and some beautiful synth from Mothergoose himself. Does not come close to the demo version. For the record, I also love the '99 version of IRS. PHT at his best. I have never enjoyed the sound of police sirens like I did in that demo!!!

I'm thankful we got a nice quality version of the '99 (or 2000) Catcher. It sounds exactly like the old leak, but with the added guitar in the intro that was also on the album version, and of course in way, way better quality. The old IRS also sounds better than the previous '99 leak, though I never really cared for that song much in general.

Like many of us have said many times, a 1999 or 2000 release of CD with the follow-up in 2002-2004 with Buckethead and Brain would have been amazing, with another album following with Ashba and Bumble (or whomever), then an additional album with the reunion lineup in or around 2016. All of that would have happened, in a perfect world. We need a dimensional traveler to get us those alt timeline albums. Haha

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6 hours ago, Dean said:

I used to be baffled as to why they never kept the guitar intro to The Blues, but having heard the studio takes, it doesn't capture the same energy that it did live and thus I feel that the album version is better. I'd say the same for Madagascar, Prostitute and most definitely There Was A Time among others. 

I'd say the only ones I could argue a case for is the title track and Catcher in the Rye. The version of Chinese on RM01 is fucking ferocious. No fucking about. All killer. The demo of Catcher is one of the greatest GNR songs for me, the album version had it's testicles removed, mostly by cutting Brian Harold May and some beautiful synth from Mothergoose himself. Does not come close to the demo version. For the record, I also love the '99 version of IRS. PHT at his best. I have never enjoyed the sound of police sirens like I did in that demo!!!

I really like the final version but totally agree with this - this version is a proper punch in the face....no OTT effects and proper bass heavy too.

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7 minutes ago, The Matinator said:

Although I didn’t like it at the time I will say the finished version of SOD/The Blues is a good compromise between the various versions they came up with. The original will always be my favorite though.

The mix with the old Josh drums is my favorite. The keyboard synth or whatever it is in the background seems to be louder in that mix, you can hear it in the early live versions too. 

They are either removed, or buried too far in the mix of the album version for me to notice. 

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10 hours ago, Finck2006 said:

Cd Maddy and The Blues were so much better on lockers leak than the final product.

Only TWAT got some improvement ( the leak from 2006 w/Bucket) the best version ever

Prostitute was better on final album....probably about 1/4 of the album was improved actually with the rest being better back in 2000(ish)....IMO

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2 hours ago, The Matinator said:

Although I didn’t like it at the time I will say the finished version of SOD/The Blues is a good compromise between the various versions they came up with. The original will always be my favorite though.

My only issue with the final mix, beyond removing the badass guitar lick that made the song feel like an Illusions era tune, is that when you listen to the Village Session versions and come back to the final album version, the drums on the final version sound so tame and quiet in the mix overall

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9 hours ago, DTJ80 said:

Prostitute was better on final album....probably about 1/4 of the album was improved actually with the rest being better back in 2000(ish)....IMO

The Bucket stuff vastly improved the album. All the other tinkering did not.

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I was previously a fierce advocate for the village versions of the album songs, however, over time I am gradually moving to the anti/MSL leaks for my 'go to' versions.  

 

With saying that, when I have a spare hour, and intently listen with high quality headphones,  and want to drift off into 'fantasy and dream of what could have been', nothing beats the Josh/pre RTB versions.

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