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23 hours ago, TheLostColdplayer said:

Hi guys, I've been listening to the leaked version of "The Race" and, to me, it doesn't sound like any other song from Ghost Stories. I mean:

1) the production is not that minimalist, with a lot of echoes and vocal treatments, as well as a beat that does not seem to match that of GS;

2) the lyrics are not sad and reflective and resemble more those from AHFoD as they seem to refer to falling in love rather than going through a breakup (particularly those from the chorus);

3) the bridge "My heart is beating, the beat won’t stop I started sinking, drinking every drop" reminds me of "X Marks the Spot", in the way Chris sings on it;

4) references to kaleidoscopes were common in the AHFoD songs but not in those from GS.

So I was thinking, are we sure that the leaked version is really the original song from GS and not an early reworked version for AHFoD? It's just an hypothesis...

Also I can't remember the film edit of the song, have you managed to find it somewhere? 😉

I used to think it was from the GS sessions, but now i think it's very reasonable to assume it's from the AHFOD sessions.

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Dunno why nobody's talking about it, but it seems like new snippet of The Race: https://dbree.org/v/08f0f5 Btw lyrics completely matches one of the  previous 9523523113 's message: And 

Guys! Check out my piano cover of the race!    

It exists. I remember the thread about it on Coldplaying (however now this thread is removed). Some guy long time ago had it on his Vimeo page. http://www.coldplayzone.it/news/sta-arrivando-il-vi

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1 hour ago, I ran away said:

I used to think it was from the GS sessions, but now i think it's very reasonable to assume it's from the AHFOD sessions.

Yes, it might be. I was also considering the fact that the production style is closer to that of Stargate rather than that of Paul Epworth and Coldplay. Moreover, Will and the rest of the band considered "A Sky Full of Stars" to be a bit too energetic for Ghost Stories, which was meant to be a very personal and intimate record with a stripped down sound (I'm almost citing the Beats interview). So it seems unlikely to me that at the beginning of the recordings they had considered this version of "The Race" as the album opener...

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Is this old news? On Saturday someone on the Reddit posted a link to the AHFOD demo with Merry Clayton (minus any Whatever it takes lines) which is notably different than the GS one. Anyone else here listen to it? 

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3 hours ago, BackupHero said:

¿Es esta vieja noticia? El sábado, alguien en Reddit publicó un enlace a la demostración de AHFOD con Merry Clayton (menos cualquier línea de lo que sea necesario) que es notablemente diferente a la de GS. ¿Alguien más aquí lo escucha? 

I heard it, similar to GS version but with some changes

 

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6 hours ago, BackupHero said:

Is this old news? On Saturday someone on the Reddit posted a link to the AHFOD demo with Merry Clayton (minus any Whatever it takes lines) which is notably different than the GS one. Anyone else here listen to it? 

Yes this is legit and it is an AHFOD. Actually all the leaked demos of The Race are from AHFOD era (I have my sources on this 👀) Further to this, The Race was going to be called Kaleidoscope during AHFOD but the guesthouse poem is what made the final cut and The Race version that we’ve heard in full was scrapped. No idea about the ‘Whatever it takes’ version tho.

A fan also spoke to Phil Harvey today about any updates on The Race and he had nothing to share so I guess we’ll be waiting a little while yet for its release. 


 

 

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On 9/21/2021 at 7:03 AM, The Jordanator said:

No idea about the ‘Whatever it takes’ version tho.

This was the version in the AHFOD documentary, and I believe it was the first one to be leaked. It's also my favourite.

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9 hours ago, Doomotron said:

This was the version in the AHFOD documentary, and I believe it was the first one to be leaked. It's also my favourite.

I'm fairly sure the whatever it takes version hasn't been leaked?

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On 9/21/2021 at 8:03 AM, The Jordanator said:

Yes this is legit and it is an AHFOD. Actually all the leaked demos of The Race are from AHFOD era.

Thank you so much for your details! My heart (and my ears!) kept telling me that those versions could not be from GS!

So the next step would be to ask ourselves: what did the original song sound like??

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