I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The expanded limited edition of Sinéad O'Connor's breakthrough second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, contains a second bonus disc that gathers almost all the stray tracks she released in the wake of the album's success. Most of these were originally released as B-sides to the album's singles, although not every B-side from this time winds up here, with a few mixes and live cuts left behind. That gives the impression that the tracks that made the cut for the bonus disc are a bit more substantial than those not here, and that's more or less true: there are her post-LP singles "My Special Child" and "Silent Night," her cover of "You Do Something to Me" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The expanded limited edition of Sinéad O'Connor's breakthrough second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, contains a second bonus disc that gathers almost all the stray tracks she released in the wake of the album's success. Most of these were originally released as B-sides to the album's singles, although not every B-side from this time winds up here, with a few mixes and live cuts left behind. That gives the impression that the tracks that made the cut for the bonus disc are a bit more substantial than those not here, and that's more or less true: there are her post-LP singles "My Special Child" and "Silent Night," her cover of "You Do Something to Me" for the Cole Porter charity tribute album Red Hot + Blue, the non-LP "What Do You Want," and previously unreleased covers of Gregory Issacs' "Night Nurse" and John Lennon's "Mind Games." Add to this the "Apple Brightness Mix" of "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" and live versions of "Troy" and "I Want Your Hands on Me," and the bonus disc winds up being a bit of a hodgepodge, relying too heavily on portentous ballads that never quite muster the emotional bloodletting of the album proper. Still, there are some nice moments here, particularly the unreleased covers and "You Do Something to Me," and the live cuts hint at Sinéad's on-stage power, which, along with the remastering, may be enough to warrant the acquisition of this limited edition for hardcore fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497912605
  • Catalog Number: 791260

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sinéad O'Connor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Peter Gabriel Keyboards
Jah Wobble Bass
Marco Pirroni Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Munday Acoustic Guitar, Piano
John Reynolds Drums
Andy Rourke Bass
Steve Wickham Fiddle
Irish Chamber Orchestra Strings
Liam Óg O'Floinn Human Whistle, uillean pipes
Technical Credits
Dónal Lunny Arranger
Peter Gabriel Producer
John Lennon Composer
Prince Composer
Chris Birkett Producer, Engineer
Mike Clowes Composer
Rob Dean Composer
Sean Devitt Engineer
Nellee Hooper Producer
Nick Ingman Arranger, String Arrangements, String Director
Gregory Isaacs Composer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Marco Pirroni Composer
Sinéad O'Connor Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
Cole Porter Composer
John Reynolds Sleeve Notes
Karl Wallinger Arranger
Sylvester Weise Composer
Dominique Lerigoleur Cover Photo
John Maybury Cover Art
Fachtna O'Ceallaigh Producer
Phillip King Composer
Adam Nunn Remastering
Traditional Composer
Bill Coleman Remixing
John Wesley Lemon Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sinead's Angry, Primal Classic - 20 Years Strong

    With the sudden passing of Michael Jackson this summer, it's important to keep in mind that Jackson's popularity also spurred people to create their own music. The year that "Thriller" came out, Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics Poll named it the Number Two album of that year. Yes, Number TWO! What was Number One? R. E. M.'s "Murmur", the album that practically kick-started the alternative rock movement as we know it.

    Alt-rock certainly created a lot of memorable music over the last twenty-five years, most of which was created by people who were for the most part, damaged goods. Yet, few could argue that one of the most talented and damaged of that music scene was Sinead O'Connor. Just her striking beauty and shaved-head appearance made her memorable. Once she started singing, however, you heard a cross between an angry punk and a sultry, Celtic siren goddess.

    Sinead was just 23 years old when she created her second album, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" and it still sounds like a bare-bones masterpiece, very much the way John Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band" and Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" were in their time. At first, her record company didn't want to release it saying that "it sounded like reading from a diary". When it was released, it made Sinead into a reluctant, worldwide superstar.

    From the orchestral opening of "Feels So Different" to the reflective acapella title closing track, "I Do Not Want" hasn't lost any of its haunting power. Like the woman herself, the songs are angry, demanding, honest and contradictory, sometimes all at the same time. Featuring a band that includes guitarist Marco Pirroni (from Adam and the Ants), bassist Jah Wobble (from PIL) and drummer John Reynolds (her former husband who became her closest friend and collaborator), her music draws you into an insular world that could be almost any world.

    While the album does have its share of memorable songs---such as the folksy "Black Boys On Mopeds" and the James Brown drum riffs of "I'm Stretched On Your Grave"---the album's centerpiece is also its biggest hit. Her cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" has all the hallmarks of Sinead's desolate and desperate undertones.

    There is also a second disc of additional material which range from the surprising to the mundane; the latter being a remix of "I'm Stretched On Your Grave". Most surprising are cuts produced by Daniel Lanois for an album that was ditched include the Gregory Isaacs reggae tune, "Night Nurse" and a beautiful reading of John Lennon's "Mind Games". There is also a jazzy Cole Porter song, "You Do Something To Me" and a heartbreaking original tune, "My Special Child", both of which were done for charity albums. The highlight of that disc is a live version of "Troy", featuring Sinead by herself on an acoustic guitar spitting venom over a jilted relationship---she screams "You're still a f---in' liar!" and the crowd goes nuts.

    We will never know what kind of music Michael Jackson could have created had he lived. But we do know what music he did create and we can still enjoy it. Despite Sinead's troubled life---she was diagnosed as being bipolar---she is still with us and she is still making compelling music. Yet, "I Do Not Want" stands as a bold and bare classic after

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