Nine years ago, Editors were between albums. To tide fans over, the band released the super-limited but cleverly titled Unedited boxset, including their three albums up to that point, plus all of the b-sides, bonus tracks, and other rarities that came from those eras. An addition to their records The Back Room, An End Has A Start, and In This Light And On This Evening, the boxset came with four rarities compilations titled You Are Fading. Today, volumes 3 and 4 of those You Are Fading compilations are available digitally for the first time. This is exciting news for the many fans who weren’t able to get Unedited before it sold out.
You Are Fading, Vol. 3 comes with 10 songs spanning Editors’ first three album eras. From The Back Room, fans can hear the original demo of album track “Camera,” the single version of “Bullets,” and the b-sides “From The Outside,” “Time To Slow Down,” and “I Buried The Devil.” From An End Has A Start, we get to hear the bonus track “A Thousand Pieces” and the b-side “The Picture.” Finally, In This Light And On This Evening offers up bonus tracks “This House Is Full Of Noise” and “A Life As A Ghost” and the b-side “Alone.”
You Are Fading, Vol. 4 features 8 recordings. The Back Room gives us three Cuttings bonus tracks: “Colours,” “Forest Fire,” and the title track, “You Are Fading.” We skip the second album here, but gain 5 songs from In This Light And On This Evening: two bonus tracks titled “I Want A Forest” and “Human,” b-sides “Thousands Of Lovers” and “These Streets Are Still Home To Me” (an alternate version to that on the “You Don’t Know Love” single), and a live recording of “No Sound But The Wind.”
Truly, getting these rarities is a treat for Editors fans. We can’t wait to get volumes 1 and 2 soon!
Listen to volumes 3 and 4 of the You Are Fading bonus tracks below:
Editors have already promised to add You Are Fading volumes 1 and 2 soon, though an exact timeframe wasn’t given. We eagerly await that day, and will report on it here once they’re up! Upon getting those two compilations, nearly all of Editors’ early work will be available. We would only be lacking a handful of covers they recorded, plus their 2003 demo EP, The Snowfield Demos, which they just put out physically with their Black Gold: Best Of Editors compilation last October.
If we’re lucky, Editors may also add newer rarities not currently available digitally (at least, not in the United States). Streaming currently lacks The Weight Of Your Love bonus tracks “Get Low” and “Comrade Spill My Blood,” plus the acoustic versions of “Hyena” and “Nothing.” (“The Sting,” however, is up already.) We’d also love to stream the Violence bonus tracks, “The Pulse” and “When We Were Angels.”
And who knows, maybe someday we’ll get their really elusive unreleased songs? We’re crossing our fingers for “Dream Dark As Your Heaven” the Flood sessions of their fourth album…
The Latest from Editors
Early in 2018, Editors released their 6th album, Violence. After extensive touring and four singles – “Magazine,” “Hallelujah (So Low),” “Darkness At The Door,” and “Cold” – the band shared an alternate version of the album with The Blanck Mass Sessions, made up of earlier versions of the Violence songs first produced by Blanck Mass. The album, released last May, also featured their previously unreleased Violence song, “Barricades.”
Editors shared their first greatest hits album, Black Gold: Best Of Editors, last fall. Along with 13 beloved songs, it also features three new singles: “Frankenstein,” “Black Gold,” and “Upside Down.”
You can stream or purchase it from all the major music providers here. Be sure to check out the deluxe edition, which features a bonus disc of 8 new acoustic recordings of beloved album tracks.
Additionally, every order of Black Gold: Best Of Editors on vinyl or CD from Editors’ official site comes with a bonus 8-track The Snowfield Demos CD. The Snowfield Demos is an extremely rare recording from 2003, before Editors were even called Editors. (Indeed, they went by Snowfield when they made that EP.)
More recently, frontman Tom Smith shared a picture of him with Blanck Mass, cheekily writing just “scheming.” We’re not sure what they’ve got up their sleeves… but we’re ready for it.
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Moreover, he and Andy Burrows have resurrected Smith & Burrows. They recorded their long-overdue second album last summer in Nashville, working with producer Jacquire King. They debuted “All The Best Moves” live late in 2018 and previewed some lyrics last year. Now they’re getting ready to finally release the album… soon. We’re expecting the lead single in May or June, with the album to follow sometime this summer or fall.
You Are Fading
We’re thrilled to have volumes 3 and 4 of You Are Fading available on streaming for the first time! We can’t wait to get volumes 1 and 2 up next. With that, all of Unedited will be available for fans to hear. Enjoy the newly released 2000s Editors tunes, and keep checking back here for all the latest music news.