Nerina Pallot

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Apart from a couple of negligible radio/single edits and Peg remixes, I believe that's right about Everybody's Gone To War (Strings Version) being the only thing missing.

In terms of the unreleased/exclusive songs, Everybody's Gone To War (Wendy's Version) and half the songs on Disc 3 were (and still are at the time of writing this) available to download from her shop as part of the Photographs, Vol. 1-6 EPs she released throughout 2020: https://nerinapallot.bigcartel.com/category/digital-downloads

But everything marked * on Disc 2 and the following songs from Disc 3 are truly unreleased I think:

- Lighthouse
- Trouble
- She'll Be Right
- History
- Laydown
- Geek Love (Richard X Remix)
According to the booklet all the songs on Disc 3 were recorded after Dear Frustrated Superstar, between 2002 and 2006, but I'd say they're more reminiscent of that album than Fires overall.

They're at varying stages of completion, she says some were recorded entirely by herself in her bedroom and apologises for them being "wonky", these are more stripped back and sound like one-take recordings with minimal production, while others are more fully formed with backing vocals, drums, electric guitar and strings.

At one point For You I Would was going to be the final track on the album, and Was It Beautiful and Queen Of Hollywood are songs she regrets not releasing. I imagine these 3 are probably considered the most complete. She says Everybody Knows is one of her favourite songs she's ever written, so listening to this is probably a good insight into how she views her own work and where she aims to be as a writer.

For a casual fan who might only know this album, I wouldn't say any of the songs Disc 3 are essential so the standard 2CD version is probably more than enough to satisfy any desire to have more from this era. This is the version that's available on streaming too. But for long time fans who know everything from this era inside out already, and who would find value in having the extra songs and a nice physical item for their collection I'd say go for it.
 
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I loved the Palladium show on Saturday. Hearing Fires in full was such a moment, and the string section was a beautiful addition and it really elevated the tracks. The second act had tracks from every era and a couple of her covers. Confide In Me was amazing, and I always forget how strong Nerinas' voice is.
I've seen her twice before, and she's been great before, but this show really was on another level. And pretty much sold out. Considering she was really worried about selling the Palladium and such a big show (for her), she captivated the audience and made the room feel intimate at the same time.
And she is very funny during her chats between shows. She has some great stories and anecdotes.

I picked up the vinyl before the show, and I think this looks like it has the most comprehensive liner notes, over 5 pages, as well as liner notes from Jeremy Lascelles (a guy from Chrysalis Music) and lyrics.
The two CD seems to just have lyrics in the booklet.
 
Geek Love (Richard X Remix)

This is truly awful, btw, but also a great addition to an 'everything from this era' kind of fan-only release, especially in combination with the liner notes (her label thought a Richard X remix will make Geek Love a hit and she straight-up told them they were wrong). She's so much fun.
 
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This is truly awful, btw, but also a great addition to a 'everything from this era' kind of fan-only release, especially in combination with the liner notes (her label thought a Richard X remix will make Geek Love a hit and she straight-up told them they were wrong). She's so much fun.
I always thought Learning To Breathe was an odd choice for third single, it just sounded so MOR (though the demo on CD2 addresses this for me, it has the personality I felt is missing from the Fires version) and wondered why they didn't consider Geek Love, which is a great song. So it's fascinating to discover they did and this is why it didn't get released!
 
I'd say the whole package is superb, and CD3 is really worth having. Though it's a shame you have to get the LP for the liner notes on the Fires album, but I suppose Nerina would rather we bought both!

I know Fires is a special album for both Nerina and the fans, but I feel a bit sad that her other albums are unlikely to get any sort of deluxe treatment, when she has so many songs from each era that would be great to have gathered together. I'd love The Graduate to get a CD bonus disc and a vinyl release, but I'm guessing Nerina wouldn't love that!
 
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At the time she was floating the idea of a Fires re-issue, I believe she replied to someone's comment and said Dear Frustrated Superstar and Year Of The Wolf would be difficult because Universal still own the records and that'd make it complicated. She seemed receptive to the idea of doing something for The Graduate though, so who knows!
 
At the time she was floating the idea of a Fires re-issue, I believe she replied to someone's comment and said Dear Frustrated Superstar and Year Of The Wolf would be difficult because Universal still own the records and that'd make it complicated. She seemed receptive to the idea of doing something for The Graduate though, so who knows!
Yes this was me! She definitely seemed open to "The Graduate". Fortunately I have an original copy of Year of the Wolf on vinyl. So The Graduate would at least mean I had album two through seven.
 
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