we're putting out a million miles no. 2 as our new single to work on pushing our upcoming cmj shows, which incidentally, we're super excited about. the original version of the song on the great big sea was just a 4-track home recording i had done, i always loved the sound of it and it's still one of my favorite moments on the record. When it came time to put the album out on cd with the new tracks we decided to record an alternate version of it, with the rest of the band playing on it. For a while i had imagined the song would work well as a duet and i had sort of dreamed about having phil's wife vanesa sing on it. she's one of my favorite singers ever. I also recently stumbled upon an mp3 for an acoustic demo i did of the song. I recorded that around the time when we were in the middle of recording the great big sea and our old bass player Mike had left the band to tour with this teen idol guy, and i thought i was going to have to rework the songs so i could play more solo acoustic shows. i'm glad we decided to start rocking again and finish the record. Also, this image is a photograph by robert frank who is probably my favorite photographer. I could be wrong but i believe it's taken from his book the americans, which kerouac wrote the introduction for. here are mp3's.
beat radio - a million miles original version off the great big sea
beat radio - a million miles no. 2 new recording off the great big sea + miracle flag
beat radio - a million miles (acoustic demo) home recording