The Secret History Vol. 1, collecting the songs that got away during the era of Slanted and Enchanted, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. Secret Slanted History collects gems from Peel Sessions (Kentucky Cocktail, Circa 1762) and seven-inches (Baptist Blacktick) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from Slanted - imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your *only* album.
The rarities collected here could have been - or maybe even should have been - cobbled together into a quickie stopgap album, a Slantedsequel.