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Ryan Adams Unleashes "Hell"

Unreleased tapes get out of limbo in November

August 26, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Ryan Adams' Love Is Hell will finally surface this fall as a pair of EPs. The first part, Love Is Hell Vol. 1, is due November 4th, the same day as Rock n Roll, Adams' new full-length. The second installment of Love will come out December 9th.

The EPs will contain between six and eight songs each, and they resolve a dispute between Adams and his label, Lost Highway. Earlier this year, Adams said the label had rejected Love Is Hell, which he wanted to come out in March. "'They' don't know what to do with it," he wrote at the time. "I've heard adjectives like 'incredibly too depressing' and -- this one's funny -- 'dark.' Also 'not your best stuff.' They just think it's too alternative rock or something."

Adams is a famously prolific songwriter, but Rock n Roll will be his first studio album of new material since 2001's Gold (he released the odds and ends demo collection Demolition last year). Two more unreleased albums from the backlog he's built up in the last two years, 48 Hours and The Suicide Handbook, are due to surface on an upcoming box set.

Adams is planning a tour for the end of the year.

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