Albums Released From An Artist’s Vault That Deserve A Listen

Albums Released From An Artist’s Vault That Deserve A Listen

By Mary Fournier

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We’re also happy that every time someone breaks into The Vault and wins the cash inside, we will be donating $500 dollars to the Ottawa Food Bank.

This week we’re making a list of albums released from an artist’s vault that definitely deserve a listen. Because sometimes the best things are locked in a vault just waiting to be released!

24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault-Stevie Nicks

A legendary singer with incredible songwriting skills, if Stevie kept her songs stuck in a vault it would be plain disrespect to her and her fans. Luckily, this didn’t happen. ’24 Karat Gold’ includes new versions and demos of songs mostly recorded between 1969 to 1987, with ‘Starshine’ and ‘Mabel Normand’ a must listen. There’s only one cover on the album, ‘Carousel’ originally by Vanessa Carlton (A Thousand Miles, anyone?) which Nicks recorded because it was her mother’s favourite song.

With The Lights Out-Nirvana

This is an album made for hardcore Nirvana fans. ‘With The Lights’ out includes rare and unreleased songs along with B-sides, demos, rehearsals and live recordings. The best part of this album is getting to listen to how some of Nirvana’s songs developed into the legendary tracks we know and love. Definitely listen to ‘Sappy’ and the home demo version of ‘About A Girl’.


Prince is an iconic artist who has an incredible library of songs he’s written. ‘Originals’ is a posthumous release of original demo versions of songs Prince wrote and gave to other artists. Recorded during the early ’80s and ’90s, it’s interesting to hear Prince’s version of his songs that have become hits with other artists, especially ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

People, Hell And Angels-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is a legendary artist who left us way too soon. ‘People, Hell And Angels’ contains unreleased songs recorded as a follow-up to ‘Electric Ladyland’ and offers a glimpse into how Hendrix’s career might have progressed if he was still alive. Definitely listen to ‘Somewhere’ and ‘Hear My Train A’Comin,’ the guitar solos alone will give you goosebumps.


Tracks-Bruce Springsteen

If you haven’t sung along at the top of your lungs to a Bruce Springsteen song, you’re lying. Springsteen is an incredible artist and a very prolific songwriter. For his albums ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’, ‘The River’ and ‘Born In The U.S.A’ he had written over 50 songs-EACH! ‘Tracks’ includes 69 songs that had never been released that were recorded during studio sessions for his previous albums with B-sides, demos and alternate versions of released songs.  Definitely check out ‘Pink Cadillac’ and ‘This Hard Land’, which are sing-along worthy.