Hints Allegations & Things Left Unsaid

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Shine 5:08 225,906
2 Goodnight, Good Guy 3:28 20,289
3 Wasting Time 3:15 21,624
4 Sister Don't Cry 4:02 20,434
5 Love Lifted Me 3:50 17,753
6 In a Moment 3:54 16,165
7 Heaven's Already Here 2:13 20,521
8 Pretty Donna (instrumental) 1:59 5,880
9 Reach 4:23 18,488
10 Breathe 3:05 21,650
11 Scream 2:56 13,478
12 Burning Bridges 3:39 18,471
13 All 3:28 16,308
14 Beautiful World 0:00 328

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Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid was recorded in a basement in 1992 as a promotional demo. Frontman Ed Roland hoped to simply sell the songs to a publishing company rather than form a band. He gave the demo to a small college radio station in Atlanta which began playing “Shine.” The track quickly became their most requested song and the band was asked to perform some concerts for the station. Favoring an opportunity to perform a few shows with his brother, Roland agreed and regathered the demo’s guitarist and drummer as well as his brother Dean.

However, the attention gained by “Shine” allowed it to chart and catapulted the band to national stardom. They were soon picked up by Atlantic Records who wished to release the demo as the debut studio album of Collective Soul. In a 1995 interview, Roland elaborated on his mixed feelings regarding the situation:

“It wasn’t even remixed. It was the same demo. Before we got signed we’d already charted with ‘Shine.’ Once we got signed I said, ‘We want to re-record. This is not a band recording.’ But they said, ‘You’re gonna lose momentum. You’re looking at a three to five month process. So let’s go with it and you can get your next record out quick.’ We thought it would be great to sell 10-20,000 units. , we were sitting there with our eyes wide open.”

Consequently, Collective Soul would regard their self-titled 1995 studio album under Atlantic as the band’s official debut. Roland told Metal Edge, “It’s so funny for people to compare the two. It’s like comparing one band to another band. is our first record, flat out.”

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  • wayneaune


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  • rcgamer

    One of the best albums ever imho.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Sportsnut

    That was the original version from a small indie label called Rising Storm Records.

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • slideboy

    I have the same album with a different (and more beautiful) album cover : a butterfly on a blue background. does anyone know why ? Plus, I don't have the last song listed here, named Beautiful world. Is it really in this album ?

    28 Nov 2008 Reply

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