Next week, Lana Del Rey fans finally get some fresh material with the release of her new album, Ultraviolence (check out our Complete Guide to the album here). Technically, it's the singer's third official album, but longtime listeners know that her past is filled with many recordings that showcased her budding talents. For the curious, there's a treasure trove of unreleased material at the Lanamusic Tumblr. And of course, her demos and unreleased tracks are all over YouTube. Here's a collection of 11 unreleased Lana gems that showcase her early days, as well as her knack for making a great cover song.
Everyone knows Lana Del Rey has a fascination with the film world, and one of her early songs actually states it rather bluntly. It's also an early example of her exploration of father figures: She specifically sings the line, "You can be my daddy." Maybe this one was left a demo for a reason.
On the deluxe version of Ultraviolence, Lana has a track called "Guns and Roses." And while we assume it's a twisted homage to the iconic rock band, it wouldn't be her first. This early song dubbed "Axl Rose Husband" compares her relationship with a lover and business partner to the famed rocker. This is the closest thing to flattery you'll get!
If you're curious about the pureness of Lana's vocals, check out this a cappella version of her hit "Summertime Sadness." Haters at home: You try this!
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