This coming Sunday, The Sunday Times (UK newspaper) will be releasing a free Coldplay download featuring live tracks from their recent iTunes performance at The Roundhouse in London on 22nd July. There is a tracklisting but nothing about whether this will be a digital download only or if there will be a physical release at a later date. An exclusive interview will follow according to the newspaper. More discussion on this download is at the Coldplay Live forum now (thanks This will be the first live album collection since 2009's LeftRightLeftRightLeft that was given away at some of the Viva la Vida tour shows. Here is their blurb:
Download your free album from Coldplay’s stunning live performance at this year’s iTunes Festival, featuring previously unreleased tracks, and read our exclusive interview with Britain’s biggest band in The Sunday Times online, in-paper and on our iPad app, this weekend. Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay is released on October 24. Pre-order the new album on iTunes and get new single Paradise now. Tracklisting:
The title track from Coldplay’s forthcoming album consists of two strange sounding words. The meaning of which is intentionally ambiguous. An ethereal, cosmic-sounding instrumental it suggests a shift away from the band’s traditional melancholic rock.
Hurts Like Heaven
This guitar-heavy track is also from their new album and has been a staple of the band’s summer festival sets. Chris Martin has said the track is proof the band are taking risks and evolving their sound, helped along by the likes of ambient master Brian Eno.
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Released in July 2003, this is one of the melodic rockers’ bounciest numbers. The fourth single from their successful second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, it was a hit with fans and critics alike who were seduced by its soaring vocals and groovy drum patterns.
Viva La Vida
The title track from their last award-winning album became the band’s first single to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was even featured on an episode of The Simpsons. It’s a fine example of the baroque pop sound Coldplay have made their own with sweeping strings, heavy percussion, catchy bass lines and Chris Martin’s heartstring-tugging vocals.
A late addition to their second album, this popular track features a distinctive piano riff which Chris Martin apparently dreamt up during a late-night studio session. Regarded by critics as one of the band’s finest songs, it charted at number 9 in Britain. Its opening piano arpeggios have been much sampled by the likes of superstar DJ David Guetta and hip hopper Lupe Fiasco.
This anthemic rock ballad was rumoured to be inspired by the death of Chris Martin’s father-in-law. The sentimental lyrics, delivered in the singer’s trademark falsetto, offer advice on dealing with pain and sorrow. The track peaked at number 4 in the UK and proceeds from the sale were donated to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in the USA.
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
The first single from the new album, this crowd-pleasing number is laced with classic Britpop guitar sounds. More upbeat than their usual tear-jerking fare, it’s a fine example of melodic stadium rock that deserves to be played over and over.
The free download will feature the following tracks, which Coldplay – currently cementing their position as the UK’s most popular band – recorded at the Roundhouse in Camden on 22nd July, and will offer the perfect tease for their upcoming October release of new album Mylo Xyloto. That iTunes performance was effortlessly brilliant – as ever with Coldplay – and the opportunity to pick it up on CD for free should not be missed. Though of course the small print would have to say that access to the newspaper’s website actually costs £1 for the first 30 days then £2 for every subsequent week – but it still works out as a pittance of an amount for seven outstanding live tracks.
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