At the end of April, Editors surprised fans with a gift nine years in the making: volumes 3 and 4 of the You Are Fading compilations included in their Unedited boxset. Back in 2011, the band released their 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. Though some of those rarities have been available digitally, many of them remained elusive. Following the release of volumes 3 and 4 in April and volume 2 in May, Editors have now shared volume 1 of the You Are Fading rarities, completing the set.
Our final release includes nine songs, spanning Editors’ first three albums. From The Back Room we get five songs. “Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home” and “Crawl Down The Wall” were both included in the Cuttings bonus disc. “Heads In Bags,” “Find Yourself A Safe Place,” and “Disappear” were all b-sides on the album’s singles.
From An End Has A Start, we get only “An Eye For An Eye,” originally released as a b-side for “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors.”
Finally, In This Light And On This Evening features three songs. Whereas “For The Money” was a deluxe edition bonus track, “Last Day” was a Record Store Day exclusive that has been hard to find over the years.
Perhaps most exciting, though, is the original full band version of “No Sound But The Wind.” We’ve gotten several versions of it over the years: the demo recording on the 2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, the live recording released as a single in 2010, and – most recently – the studio version included on Editors’ 2018 album, Violence. But here, we get to hear how it would have sounded on In This Light And On This Evening. This recording also includes the long-lost bridge, featuring the song’s title sung at last.
Listen to volume 1 of the You Are Fading bonus tracks below:
You can stream You Are Fading, Vol. 1 from your favorite music provider here. You can also stream You Are Fading volumes two, three, and four.
Now that we have all four volumes of the You Are Fading rarities compilations, nearly all of Editors’ early work is available to stream. At this point, streaming platforms only lack some remaining b-sides and bonus tracks, a handful of covers Editors have recorded, and 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…
Editors have generously offered fans dozens of songs throughout their career, often giving us bonus tracks, b-sides, and alternate versions of known songs in addition to the tracks that make up their albums. Although we seem to have gotten the bulk of their songs, there are plenty of unreleased songs and known recordings fans still…
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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 in May last year, 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.
“All The Best Moves” will be the lead single, due out this month. We anticipate the album will follow sometime this summer or fall.
You Are Fading
We’re thrilled to have all four volumes You Are Fading available on streaming for the first time! With that, all of Unedited is now available for fans to hear. Enjoy the newly released 2000s Editors tunes, and keep checking back here for all the latest music news.