Rhino's Damn Fine Day announces rarities week

Damn Fine Day, Rhino’s daily e-mail and blog that spotlights outstanding and overlooked songs, will spend one week premiering a previously unreleased track every day, starting Sept. 14. During the week, Damn Fine Day will reveal five musical gems — all making their worldwide debut on the site.

These songs preview five upcoming releases from Rhino/Reprise, all of which will be available for pre-order through Amazon.com.

The week kicks off September 14 with the previously unreleased demo of Big Star’s “Thank You Friends,” re-recorded later for Third/Sister Lovers. This early version surfaces Sept. 15 on Keep An Eye On The Sky.

Tuesday will see the premiere of a previously unheard version of Frank Sinatra’s classic “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” recorded at Carnegie Hall April 8, 1974. This rare gem will be included in the Reprise release Sinatra: New York, a four-CD/one-DVD boxed set due Nov. 3.

Rod Stewart recorded “May You Never” in 1990 during his sessions for Vagabond Heart and it will be heard for the first time anywhere on Wednesday of Damn Fine Day’s rarities week. The song will finally be released Sept. 29 as part of The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998.

Morphine was one of the most underrated bands of the ’90s. The band came to a sudden halt when frontman Mark Sandman died tragically in 1999. The previously unreleased track “5:09” finds the trio in top form laying down a menacing sampling of modern-day blues. The track comes from At Your Service, a two-disc collection of previously unreleased tracks spanning the band’s entire career, arriving Oct. 6.

The “Damn Fine” week concludes with the previously unreleased version of The Doors’ live performance of “Roadhouse Blues,” recorded at the Felt Forum in New York in 1970, the same year the studio version was released on Morrison Hotel. The track will be available Nov. 10 on The Doors: Live In New York.

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