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19May/099

Good Listening: Matthew Sweet “Altered Beast” Demos, Vol. 2

This post is a combined rock and roll effort brought to you by the fine folks at Addicted to Vinyl and captain's dead.

Our man Gregor recently posted the first volume of a two volume set of Matthew Sweet demos from the Altered Beast album. I got in touch with Gregor and let him know that I had the second volume, and he suggested that I should post it here.

I'll admit that Altered Beast wasn't quite the followup that I was looking for/expecting post-Girlfriend. In fact, when the album came out in 1993, seventeen year old me told Altered Beast to go file itself in my CD collection, filed under "S" for sh*t!

Much later, I heard this song called "Devil With The Green Eyes," and asked myself where had this Matthew Sweet song come from, and how did I miss it? My twenty-something self told me that seventeen year old me had questionable musical taste, and was in need of new friends. Twenty-something me sent older me hunting in my CD collection to properly rediscover Altered Beast, and also gave me instructions to revisit In Reverse and Blue Sky On Mars.

I was officially a full-on Matthew Sweet freak, and what do you do when you have all of the Matthew Sweet albums a Matthew Sweet freak can possibly own? You start buying bootlegs. And that's how I wound up with Superdeformed - two silver-pressed bootleg CDs with better artwork than some major label releases.

Superdeformed collects 29 tracks worth of demos recorded by Sweet for Altered Beast. The demos merely scratch the surface of the many demos that Sweet recorded for his albums in the 90s from Girlfriend to 100% Fun. "Prolific" doesn't even begin to describe the amount of recording that Sweet was up to in the 90s.

Check out volume 1 here at captain's dead, and also grab some artwork for volume one right here.

Volume 2 is posted here for your enjoyment via the links below.

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Matthew Sweet - Superdeformed volume two

complete zipped download

Ugly Truth

Falling
Eskimo
Ultrasuede
Money
Superdeformed
Wait And See
Idiot Child
So Blue
Weekend Outlaw
What Do You Know
The End
Trace Of Love
Drugs

Purchase Altered Beast from Amazon - CD or MP3

  • ray

    Thank you so much!!

  • scott

    Thanks for hosting. I’m a huge Matthew Sweet fan and these sound great!

  • ejoi

    Nice stuff! At last i can listen to another version of Superdeformed from what i got from the No Alternative compilation.

  • Brian

    any chance of seeing Girlfriend On Mars compilation upped here?

  • robgronotte

    These are great, thanks! Does anyone know where I can download “Supervixen” or any version of the Girlfriend demos? I found two torrents but neither seem to be working.

  • Matt

    Brian, if I had it…I would!

  • robgronotte

    These are great, thanks! Does anyone know where I can download “Supervixen” or any version of the Girlfriend demos? I found two torrents but neither seem to be working.

  • Matt

    Brian, if I had it…I would!

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  • supersonic75

    Thanks so much. Just came across this; great to see that the link still exists. I’m gonna go and see if I can check out Volume 1 as well.