"The next couple of songs Ive never played for people before, and theyre 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 dont 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, hell 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, Thats, 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.
ADAMS with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Recorded a few days before his solo debut Heartbreaker in 2000. Never officially released.
Why? For a few days (we cant 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 mans 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 Adams track on Destroyer.
In fact, Time [The Revelator] is the anchor of Destroyer. Its the albums reason. Otherwise Destroyer is mostly a collection of thoughtful songs about heartbreak sung without anger. Time [The Revelator], however, beats a path to Neil Youngs Tonights 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 songs 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 Tonights 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.
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.
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.
originally wrote this song [Statuettes With Wounds] for Caitlin
Cary whos 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, Im just goofing on her. She liked it,
she just didnt understand what it meant and I said I didnt
either, cause it just happens. So here is that song."
is a new song [Hey There Mrs Lovely] that I wrote that I absolutely
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