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"The next couple of songs I’ve never played for people before, and they’re both called ‘The (something) And The (something).' Damn, maybe somebody has heard ‘em. And this first song is about the devil, or Satan or [???], Lucifer, fucking, that guy. And I really don’t know where to go from that.

"And actually, when I was writing I thought to myself how strange, how odd it is that Slayer, who I really think are a super, good fucking band that make great records, I am not kidding, everything that they do is really fucking good, but they write a lot of songs about you know, the devil, you know - dial, he’ll page you right back. And then, but then, so did a lot of bluegrass writers and stuff, they wrote songs about the devil, only if you were 14 and brought home a copy of like a Bill Monroe record or something, your parents would probably go, ‘That’s, whatever, great.’ But if you brought home like a Slayer it was this really big fucking deal.

"So without any further ado, here is my song about the devil."

- Ryan Adams introducing The Poison And The Pain, live on stage Jan 5, 2000. This song has never been officially released live or otherwise.




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RYAN ADAMS with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Destroyer
[no label 1CD]

Recorded a few days before his solo debut Heartbreaker in 2000. Never officially released.

Why? For a few days (we can’t imagine Ryan Adams taking WEEKS), Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings recorded 13 songs that have since become known as the Destroyer album. Then abruptly, Adams abandoned the sessions and started from scratch with Ethan Johns to record what was to be his solo debut album, Heartbreaker, released in 2000.

If Adams thought Destroyer too downbeat, Heartbreaker, the story of a romance gone wrong told from the man’s perspective, was not that much more accessible. Both albums shared the same storyline. Heartbreaker garnered critical acclaim but failed to sell in large quantities.

Sadder still was that the man who wrote Destroyer has left the bulk of the songs on his shelf. Only In My Time Of Need and Bartering Lines were re-recorded for the Heartbreaker album. The only other song to have emerged from these sessions is Time [The Revelator], a Gillian Welch song that became the title track of her debut album. Her version is softer to the vengeance-filled Ryan Adam’s track on Destroyer.

In fact, Time [The Revelator] is the anchor of Destroyer. It’s the album’s reason. Otherwise Destroyer is mostly a collection of thoughtful songs about heartbreak sung without anger. Time [The Revelator], however, beats a path to Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night album with jarring chords [the only LOUD song on this album], purposeful menace and a sense of the cheated getting final retribution. It is the mask falling. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings strain to be heard over the song’s sniping guitar riffs. It is the boiling point after almost an hour of controlled emotion. This song has a long life as a showstopper, an extended jam, the end of it all.

The sparseness of Destroyer has given this lost album its mythic appeal. Like a cousin of Blood On The Tracks or Tonight’s The Night, recorded with just Welch and Rawlings, a piano and a pair of acoustic guitars, this is strictly late-night listening with a glass of whiskey for company and memories to fill you up. Mostly, it is the unsweetened production that makes it so listenable. Like a true confession, you bask in the light of its truths. This music is not depressing but uplifting for its plain-speaking sincerity. Destroyer lacks even the hint of "product" that Heartbreaker carries in its production values and superstar guests.

Ryan Adams has been searching for a hit album. The desperation has hit new heights. In 2005, he shocked even hardcore fans when he released three albums, three months apart. One of which was a double CD.

Ultimately, Adams has to ask whether he is the best person to decide just what gets released. Destroyer was finally leaked to the internet in May 2005, a perfect soundboard stereo recording. We carry no motive but to share a lost album that deserves to be heard.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Many thanks to AnsweringBell.com for the quotes.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

 
Track 01 Born Yesterday (5.7MB)
Track 02 Dreaming's Free [a.k.a. I’m Alright Today] (4.6MB)
Track 03 The Poison & The Pain (5.5MB)
Track 04 No Disguise (8.7MB)
Track 05 Rainy Days (4.5MB)
Track 06 Statuettes With Wounds (5.3MB)

"I originally wrote this song [Statuettes With Wounds] for Caitlin Cary who’s in my band, Whiskeytown, for her record, and she kindly rejected the fuck out of it. Which I thought was really cool which I knew it meant it was a really ‘me’ type tune. Cause for her it would have to sound like I came from Ireland or something. No really, I’m just goofing on her. She liked it, she just didn’t understand what it meant and I said I didn’t either, cause it just happens. So here is that song."
-
Ryan Adams, Jan 5, 2000.

Track 07 String And The Wire (8.4MB)
Track 08 Hey There, Mrs Lovely (4.4MB)

"This is a new song [Hey There Mrs Lovely] that I wrote that I absolutely fucking hate."
- Ryan Adams, Oct 20, 1999.

Track 09 Nighttime Gals (4.5MB)
Track 10 In My Time Of Need [a version of this appears on the Heartbreaker album, which is longer - 5:39 - as compared to this [4:50]] * (6.6MB)
Track 11 Bartering Lines [a version of this appears on the Heartbreaker album, which is longer - 3:59 -as compared to this [3:22]] * (4.6MB)
Track 12 Memories Of You (False Start? Or bad track mark? Segues into 13) (1,6MB)
Track 13 Memories Of You (5.2MB)
Track 14 Time (The Revelator) (5.2MB)


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