Music History

A List of Albums That Might Have Been But Never Were

Sitting on the shelf in my office is a copy of Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg, a Clash album that was never released.  Well, not quite. It was revamped and then issued as Combat Rock. The original–which was Mick Jones’ failed effort at compiling the fifth Clash studio album–is a coveted bootleg among fans.

There are plenty of stillborn albums that never saw the light of day, which is the subject of a website called Albums That Never Were. It includes that Clash record along never-released recordings from Jimi Hendrix,  The Who, Neil Yonge, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and Weezer along with a ton of Beatles and Beach Boys.

I noticed a couple of omissions, thought.

Here’s a list of more “lost” albums. Can you think of any others?

Alan Cross

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