I don't know if we've done this before, but even if we have, it seems like a fine time to do it again in light of recent discussions about good and bad music and quality releases.
Like most of you, the first time I heard The Beatles version of "Leave My Kitten Alone" was on a bootleg LP some 30 odd years ago. Part of me understands why this had remained an outtake until finally getting an official release on the "Anthology" series. It's raw and flawed. But this is also why I think this is one of The Beatles greatest rock and roll moments, especially Lennon's lead vocal. If I was running the show, there was no way in hell "Matchbox" or "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" would have made the "Beatles For Sale" cut over "Leave My Kitten Alone." I realize that means Ringo and George would have had to sacrifice a lead vocal, but tough toenails.
You might not agree, but that's okay.
Since we've been discussing "whole albums" and "weak material" and "hype," I thought about all these old timers I am still listening to on a regular basis, and how much of their unreleased music was still very strong. Thanks to the advent of the "Deluxe Edition CD," it became a no-brainer to have 25 "Tommy" outtakes at our disposal. And yes, disposing of most of these outtakes after one curious listen was a no-brainer, as well. But there is a new band's entire career in just what Bruce Springsteen has left on the cutting room floor.
So, the question is:
What are your favorite unreleased tracks?
Pick as many as you'd like.
And to be clear...nothing live! I'm not talking an inspired "Kitty's Back" from the Agora. I'm talking recorded material that was left in the vault, or I'll go as far as a B-Side.