Ryan Adams unreleased recordings (lost albums; 2000-2007)

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Ryan Adams

Status: Lost

Ryan Adams (not to be confused with Canadian rocker Bryan Adams) is an alternative country singer-songwriter from the 2000s. He's the former front man of alternative country band Whiskeytown, where he released 3 studio albums. He now mostly works with The Cardinals. His albums are critically acclaimed for their depth, unique style and emotion.

Adams is known for working excessively. In 2005 alone he released 3 studio albums, all of which his label, Lost Highway Records almost didn't release. A lot of additional material was left unaccounted for out of the surplus. The final Whiskeytown album, Pnuemonia, has over 100 unreleased tracks. There are also many of his side-projects of unreleased albums, demos and EPs, some of which have been bootlegged. His 2004 album, Love Is Hell, was almost shelved by the studio for its difficult style until he convinced them to release it in 2 EPs (and, eventually, album form).[1]

Unreleased Projects

Adams revealed in 2007 that he's had multiple rejected solo studio albums. Out of his countless rejected projects, 5 albums were ones he specifically "really wanted to be records". The albums were named The Suicide Handbook48 HoursPinkheartsDarkbreaker, and Black HoleThe Suicide Handbook was intended to be Adams' true follow-up to his 2000 debut, HeartbreakerDarkbreaker was apparently written by Adams at his "most fucked up". Black Hole meant to portray that Adams was "really dying".


Adams was supposed to release the 5 albums as the 20:20 Boxset in 2007. Its insert was written and finished by Stephen King (making this a lost work of his as well). The box set was cancelled for unknown reasons (possibly due to fears of it failing to sell). With the exception of a handful of tracks from some of the sessions (most notably 48 Hours), these albums remain unheard.


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