If you haven't heard about Ryan Adams legendary output, the guy is always glad to talk about it. Over and over. And then again. The volume of his released work alone is staggering, but there has been another 12 or 13 million other tunes that he "wrote backstage on a napkin", etc. But amongst those who care about such things, one piece of unreleased work "48 Hours" has taken on nearly legendary status. It was recorded shortly after his sophmore effort "Gold", and it was helmed by Ethan Johns who produced Adams' masterpiece "Heartbreaker". For reasons not explained, "48 Hours" was shelved in favor of "Demolition" (which does include a few tracks from the session), and Adams' career began a slow downward spiral that hit bottom with the truly awful "Rock n' Roll".
The Aquarium Drunkard blog has unearthed the complete record, and posted it for download as a part of their "Lost Album Series". At first listen it seems to live up to the legend. Ryan Adams at the top of his game....before he started reading his own press.
More interestingly the blog also promises to bring Adam's "Destroyer Sessions" to light, a 13 track collaboration with Gillan Welch and David Rawlings that predates Heartbreaker.
UPDATE: Our man The Aquarium Drunkard has added the entire 21 track "Suicide Handbook", which has many early versions of songs that ended up on "Gold". He also has posted an early recording by Whiskeytown called "Those Weren't The Days".