Keep your finger off the ‘skip’ button to embrace these albums in their entirety.
Before the days of streaming, an album’s track list could be found at the back of the insert found in every case that housed a compact disc or cassette tape. Each song was presented in a desired sequence and what you saw is what you got. On certain albums, however, music buffs who stayed on track and accompanied every decibel were rewarded. There’s white noise but the
album hasn’t come to its end yet? Be patient, a concealed tune awaits. Janet (1993) Janet Jackson Jackson’s now-iconic topless Rolling Stone magazine cover was cropped for the album cover. But that’s not the only recognisable trait of the multi-platinum certified record. Eight singles were spawned from the 28-track album, which includes the hidden closing track, ‘Whoops Now’. The song was released as a single and reached No. 9 and No. 1, respectively, on the UK and New Zealand singles charts. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) Lauryn Hill
Hill’s debut and only original album to-date is a neo-soul standard that propelled hip-hop into mainstream prominence. Hooked onto ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’? The former Fugees vocalist’s cover of the Frankie Valli classic ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ was one of two hidden tracks on the album and held the honour of being the first hidden tune to be nominated for a Grammy.
Think Tank (2003)
This Banksy-stencilled album is hailed as the most commercial record made by Blur, which led lead singer Damon Albarn to be critical of it over time ( Parklife can’t be topped). Besides containing the brilliant ‘Out Of Time’, hidden track ‘Me, White Noise’ is unorthodoxly placed in the pre-gap of the first track on first presses or at the end of ‘Battery In Your Leg’ after about 90 seconds of silence on the two-CD deluxe edition. Reflektor (2013) Arcade Fire The Grammy-nominated dance art-rock double album is inspired by Haiti’s rara music and was conceived with LCD Soundsystem’s frontman and producer James Murphy. Beyond its fixed 18 songs, Reflektor contains a hidden 10-minute instrumental medley of reversed samples of songs, in the pre-gap before the first track on disc one and a five-minute soundscape follows ‘Supersymmetry’ on disc two.