While visiting family last week in North Carolina I ran across an old CD-R I’d left there 8 or so years ago; a Whiskeytown bootleg of late 90s studio demos entitled Those Weren’t The Days. At 19 tracks much of the set is comprised of material that would later find a home on Whiskeytown deluxe reissues (Faithless Street/Stranger’s Almanac) and Adams’ solo work (see: “My Heart Is Broken“). The below track, “Kiss & Make Up,” eventually found its way on to the Stranger’s reissue from a couple years back, but in slightly different form in terms of the mix…which, upon closer inspection, may be a different take entirely. Whatever the case, I still prefer the below—the old bootleg version—to the one found on the reissue. I loved that old Whiskeytown stuff and still do; “Kiss & Make Up” being no exception exemplifying the band and Adams at their no-frills best.

MP3: Whiskeytown :: Kiss & Make Up (Those Weren’t The Days version)
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10 Responses to “Whiskeytown :: Kiss & Make Up (Those Weren’t The Days Version)”

  1. sunday blues cure

  2. Perfect. Thank you.

  3. Plucked gem.

  4. I love the sort of quiet desperation of this song. Like a cocked spring. Calm before it is popped off. Thanks for mellowing out a tense day.

  5. perfect and thank you.

  6. This version is a hell of a lot better than the one on Stranger’s Almanac

  7. Fantastic track. I’m not used to going this long without a new Ryan Adams album. This will help me get through.

  8. What a demo – can’t beat a bit of Whiskeytown!

  9. Thanks. LOVE Whiskeytown – the music they made never gets old. SO strong. I kinda even miss Ryan. wtf? where he at?

  10. There is nothing like finding an old CD-R with a gem on it. Who would have thought they would go away so fast!

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