Sometimes songs, just like people, simply don’t fit in amongst the company of others. They’re the singles, B-sides, and freebies that, despite scoring airplay and acclaim, never made it onto a proper studio album. These are the lone wolves, the loners of a band’s catalog. Some are iconic and easily recognizable, while others tend toward obscurity and cult status. Maybe the reason for alienating these songs was strategic marketing, or profit maximization, or perhaps just lousy planning.
But whether we’re talking about “Ghost Town” or “Hey Jude”, a slew of truly exceptional songs can only be found on the flip-sides of 7’’ vinyl, gaudy greatest hits box sets, or the cold abyss of cyberspace. So in celebration of these isolated gems, we’re counting off the greatest classic rock ditties never to enjoy comfort and companionship within the friendly confines of a studio LP.
This one goes to 11.