Saturday, June 20, 2009

Patty Griffin's Unreleased Album from 2000 "Silver Bell"

The follow up to Patty Griffin's 1998 album Flaming Red, was supposed to be a record called Silver Bell, but it went unreleased by her label at the time, A&M records. It was recorded in March of 2000 at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. The musicians were Patty (vocals, guitar, piano), Doug Lancio (guitar), John Deaderick (keyboards), Frank Swart (bass), and Billy Beard (percussion).

This copy was originally from a CD-R that a band member who worked on the sessions had and is the best copy yet of all the finished versions of the songs that were recorded for the album. Unlike some unreleased recordings, a final sequence was never decided upon and promo copies were never released. The music here was cleaned up and sequenced by a good soul who runs the blog Omnipop, which you can check out here.

While often it is not the case, sometimes albums going unreleased can work out for the best. While it had to be rough for this music to not come out at the time, Patty has since had the creative freedom at ATO Records to put out music that is a vast improvement over this. She has made three of the best albums of the past decade with 1000 Kisses, Impossible Dream, and Children Running Through. If you haven't given them a listen, you need to check them out. There is a link to get those records at the bottom of this post.

You can download a zip file of all of Silver Bell on Z-Share here. You can also get it track by track below.

Patty Griffin - Silver Bell (unreleased album from 2000)

01 - Little God
02 - Boston
03 - Perfect White Girls
04 - Truth No. 2 (w/ Emmylou Harris)
05 - What You Are
06 - Silver Bell
07 - Driving
08 - Sooner or Later
09 - Top of the World
10 - Sorry and Sad
11 - Making Pies
12 - Mother of God
13 - One More Girl
14 - Standing w/ bonus track "Kiss Them For Me" (Sioxsie and the Banshees cover)

Thanks for checking this out. Keep checking back for more rare stuff from Patty Griffin later on.

Download Patty Griffin's albums for ATO Records at


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