10 Amazing Hidden Tracks On Classic Albums

Songs In the Cracks.

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In the age before streaming, there was always a bit of mystery surrounding every album that came out. Even if some of them would show the track listing, there would be the occasional record where the track counter on your CD would keep going well after the final track rang out. Now that all of the fairweather fans were gone, this was the time to start getting weird.

Right as the album would be coming to an end, these hidden tracks were reserved for showing you a different side for what the artist was capable of, taking the same kind of construction that you were known for and putting a different spin on it, whether that’s for comedy or just a different sound that no one had thought of.

Not all of the hidden tracks were reserved for the end though. Every so often there would be a bunch of other tracks that were thrown into the middle to give the album a sense of cohesion as you go through the rest of the songs. These tracks might be great together, but these songs just add a little bit more character in between the madness, almost letting you take a bit of a breather before the rest of the album begins to pick up. An album might just seem like a collection of songs to a bunch of people, but these tracks make you feel like you’re going on more of a journey when you listen to them in context.

10. Morning Glory Interludes - Oasis

Towards the mid '90s, Noel Gallagher's plan of being in one of the biggest bands in the world seemed to be working out. After Definitely Maybe set the world on fire with songs like Supersonic, What's the Story Morning Glory is where everything came together, taking the Beatles influence of Oasis' early sound and channeling it into their own snide brand of rock and roll. In between the classics like Don't Look Back In Anger and Wonderwall though, people tend to forget that there are still two dead tracks in the mix.

Right in little patches on the album, there are two songs that really function more as interludes than actual songs, being bits and pieces of noise to build atmosphere before going into the next track. Though this was the era of the CD, hearing these almost makes you conjure up the feeling of vinyl, almost giving you a break much like you would in the '60s in the time it took you to flip the record over.

There is still a method to the madness here though, taking bits and pieces from their instrumental the Swamp Song and cutting it up into different places. The critics may have thought that Oasis were just trying to get away with anything and put it onto a record, but hearing those guitars turn into water and helicopter sounds right before Champagne Supernova is enough to make your hairs stand on end when you hear it in context for the first time.

 
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