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Cleaning The Ashtray (4 CD Box) Box set, Import


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About a year ago, after almost a decade in self imposed exile as a would be folksinger, I developed an itch I wasn’t expecting. It seemed that there were aspects to my old life in rock and roll that I missed. Tour buses and product managers, certainly not. But the interacting with musicians, the camaraderie and the joy of hearing one’s music enhanced, and elevated by the aesthetic ... Read more in Amazon's Lloyd Cole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001LRI7PG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The 'L' Word
2. Mannish Girl
3. The Witching Hour
4. Wild Orphan
5. Don't Look Back [Origianl Mix][#]
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Butterfly
2. 4 M.B.
3. Love You So What
4. Morning Is Broken [Alternate Mix][#]
5. Too Much of a Good Thing [Alternate Mix][#]
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I Will Not Leave You Alone
2. Most of the Time
3. Baby [Original Demo]
4. Traffic [Long Version]
5. Millionaire
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Clairefontaine
2. I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
3. Artificial Tears
4. If You Gotta Go, Go Now [#]
5. Tie Me Down [#][Demo Version]
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

For singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole, now then is the time for `Cleaning Out the Ashtrays' - for sorting through dusty boxes of cassettes, DAT tapes and CDs in his Easthampton hideaway, to take stock and find all those lost songs; half remembered sessions, much-missed fellow-musicians and gifted co-producers. A goldmine of music from 21 years as a solo artist. Here, then, are 59 - count `em - nuggets from the Cole vaults. A 4xCD boxset bursting with unreleased songs, alternate versions, rare b-sides, cover versions (Lou Reed, Marc Bolan and Leonard Cohen songs), and a few tracks that the record companies - and on occasion, even Lloyd himself - just didn't get at the time. Cole has researched and compiled the `Cleaning Out the Ashtrays' project himself - now, all of us can share in the riches that lay hidden inside that dusty old boxes.

Review

Disc: 1
1. L Word, The
2. Mannish Girl
3. Witching Hour, The
4. Wild Orphan
5. Don't Look Back
6. No Blue Skies
7. Blame Mary Jane
8. Everyone's Complaining
9. Shelly I Do
10. Somewhere Out In The East
11. Chelsea Hotel No 2
12. Pay For It
13. Weeping Wine
14. Weird On Me
15. Children Of The Revolution
16. She's A Girl And I'm A Man
Disc: 2
1. Butterfly
2. 4 MB
3. Love You So What
4. Morning Is Broken
5. Too Much Of A Good Thing
6. For The Pleasure Of Your Company
7. Radio City Music Hall
8. Eat Your Greens
9. Vicious
10. Mystic Lady
11. Silder, The
Disc: 3
1. I Will Not Leave You Alone
2. Most Of The Time
3. Baby
4. Traffic
5. Millionaire
6. Happy For You
7. Sentimental Fool
8. Like Lovers Do
9. Baby
10. Sold
11. Brand New Baby Blues
12. Missing
13. Rain On The Parade
14. Millionaire
15. Steady Slowing Down Of The Heart
16. It'll Never Happen Again
Disc: 4
1. Claire Fontaine
2. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
3. Artificial Tears
4. If You Gotta Go Go Now
5. Tie Me Down
6. Fool You Are
7. Fool You Are
8. That Boy
9. Si Tu Dois Partir
10. Santa Cruz
11. Late Night Early Town
12. My Alibi
13. For The Good Times
14. Coattails
15. Romany Soup
16. Claire Fontaine --Track listing

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The tracks all blend well and each disk covering a time period this brings these styles together well.
Tim
The packaging is excellent and attractive.
Enri

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim on April 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I will start with Lloyd's method of choosing the tracks for this great collection 'Cleaning Out The Ashtrays' is a four volume, 59 song collection of b-sides, album outtakes, alternate mixes and pretty much every studio recording from 1989 until 2006 which was intended for commercial release, but which did not end up on an album. Demo's are not included unless they were actually b-sides. The packaging alone in special, with a 7000 or so word document about the various time periods and a clever package that mimics the storage of these tracks over the years.
This is more than good packaging though. The tracks are varied and show an artist pushing various musical styles from rock to straight pop, electronica, orchestration to a folk sound. The tracks all blend well and each disk covering a time period this brings these styles together well. Lloyd Cole is a great master of the word, and the songs often tell a story or have clever references. It is often amazing that these tracks did not make the album they were intended and listening to them there are many that could have. There are also interesting takes on released tracks giving them new flavours. The musicians that worked on these tracks are also top shelf.
It is hard for me to list favourite tracks on this collection. I would be best to list least favourite, this for me would be the Romany Soup cover though I have read a review that listed it as a highlight. The tracks are just too amazingly good and I have many highlights. This is one of the best albums I have purchased, it sums up an amazingly rich songwriting talent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hine on January 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
For Lloyd Cole fans, and lovers of good music everywhere, the 59 songs contained in Lloyd Cole's CLEANING OUT THE ASHTRAYS--primarily B-sides, alternative mixes of album tracks and songs whose planned releases never materialized--offer a treasure trove of lyrical and vocal brilliance.

As excellent as the music is, there are just as many heartbreaks, bittersweet moments, heroes and villains contained in the liner notes as on the disks themselves. In the booklet that comes inside this attractively packaged 4-CD box set, Cole's personal essays tell not only the stories behind the songs but also provide an intriguing look at the challenges of keeping a musical career moving in the right (or any) direction throughout all the recent convulsions of the record business.

Why did some of these tracks stay unreleased for so long? Cole informs us, for example, that "Bad Vibes sold so badly that we never made it to releasing the third single..." How easy is it to build on a successful single? After `Like Lovers Do' from 1995s Love Story became a hit in the UK, Cole notes that, "`Baby' failed to chart and we were back to business as usual..."

Read along as you listen, or just sit back and enjoy alternate versions of Cole classics such as: Don't Look Back, No Blue Skies, Butterfly, Morning Is Broken, Like Lovers Do and Sentimental Fool. Plus great B-sides like: The Witching Hour, Wild Orphan, Blame Mary Jane and Millionaire. I'm also partial to his various Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Marc Bolan and Burt Bacharach cover versions, including: Chelsea Hotel #2, Vicious, Mystic Lady, Children of the Revolution and I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself.

CLEANING OUT THE ASHTRAYS gets five stars from me. No ifs or butts.
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Lloyd Cole's "Cleaning The Ashtray" remains the ultimate boxed set for fans; this collection is strictly made up of 59 tracks of b-sides, alternate mixes, songs done for anthologies and previously unreleased tracks that didn't fit on album for one reason or another.

With material spread out over four discs and arranged chronologically, Cole pulled the previously unreleased material from a variety of sources and all sound good whether it be dats or original master recordings. The boxed set features each CD in its own sleeve (I do wish that there were inner sleeves or jewel cases but that's a minor quibble and I would suggest that you transfer these over to jewel cases to prevent scratching). The set includes a booklet with Cole comment on each track and the circumstances under which they were recorded and why they never were released or didn't end up on an album.

There are full credits as to who plays on each track.

The only other way I can think of to improve this release would have been to include lyrics for each song.

Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enri on February 7, 2012
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As a long-time Lloyd Cole fan (including the Commotions), this purchase was a no brainer. The sound is great. The liner notes are even better;) Very personal. All the right b-sides and rarities. The packaging is excellent and attractive. This is well worth it for any fan.
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