The Outsiders

C.Q. Sessions

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A double CD comprising 29 alternate takes, some instrumental and some vocal, of songs from the classic C.Q. album, one of the finest obscure psychedelic records. Besides one or two different alternate versions of each of the 13 songs from that record, it also has alternate versions of sides from non-LP singles they released around the same time ("Do You Feel Allright" & "You Remind Me"), as well as four songs (some instrumental) that never made it onto any official release. Some of the tracks are quite close to the finished versions, and some are quite different, but it's a pretty fascinating look at works in progress, and the sound quality is uniformly excellent. The audience for this reissue is, to say the least, extremely specialized and limited, but if you're a fan of this group, it's worth picking up. It also includes five bonus tracks from excruciatingly rare (and quite good) earlier non-LP singles from 1965 and 1966, when they were a much more R&B/beat-oriented outfit.

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