The Cranberries have shared “Yesterday’s Gone” from the upcoming, 25th anniversary edition of their second album, No Need To Argue, which is set for release through Island Records/UMe on September 18.
The expanded 2CD and digital versions of No Need To Argue include a remaster of the album and three B-sides: “Away,” “I Don’t Need,” and “So Cold In Ireland” from the original tapes. Also included are 19 previously unreleased tracks including two songs not officially released in any format: “Yesterday’s Gone” – recorded unplugged for MTV in New York in 1995 – and a demo of “Serious,” which until now has only existed as a low quality live bootleg on YouTube. You can check “Yesterday’s Gone” out below.
The Cranberries recorded a live acoustic performance in front of an audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City for their MTV Unplugged slot on Valentine’s Day 1995. During that performance with a strings ensemble, the band played nine songs, of which studio takes of “Free to Decide” and “I’m Still Remembering” were later included on the band’s third album To the Faithful Departed, while “Yesterday’s Gone” remained unreleased in a studio format.
Originally released in 1994, No Need To Argue was The Cranberries’ biggest selling album with global sales in excess of 17 million and contained the band’s most commercially successful single “Zombie.” The video for “Zombie” has since been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, making The Cranberries the only Irish band to pass this milestone and putting them in a very small club of artists to do so. Dolores O’Riordan – the band’s powerful and captivating lead singer – tragically passed away in January 2018.
Both the 2LP and the 2CD editions of No Need To Argue include a 5,000 word essay on the history of the album written by the band’s archivist Eoin Devereux.
“The Cranberries succeeded in creating a distinct sound that is instantly recognisable. You know within a few seconds that it is The Cranberries”, Devereux previously said of the band in a 2018 interview. “It’s a fusion of many things, Dolores’ singing style which combined Irish and Church, and Noel Hogan’s guitar style, which is distinctly his, but has echoes of guitar greats like Johnny Marr.”
No Need To Argue is out on September 18 and can be bought here.