Agree about the Blackbird b-sides, agree about the thumpy intro, wildly disagree about Break Me Down. Everyone seems to hate on that song, or think that would be the weak link that would be dropped for one of the b-sides, but I love
it. One of my favorite songs on that album. There'd be nothing wrong with just releasing a 15-song album and adding the b-sides as main tracks!
I thought of mentioning Ahavo Rabo as well, but I'm guessing that one is property of Total Guitar (though I'm sure they'd license it out for something like this). The full band was indeed in on recording:
Five years ago, after hanging out with Mark Tremonti at Download Festival, TG asked for something we never thought would happen. We're not sure whether it was star-struck adrenaline, too much booze, barefaced cheek or a combination of all three, but we asked the shred-tastic axeman to record an exclusive instrumental track 'for TG readers only.'
Not only did we get a resounding "hell, yeah!" from Tremonti, but he very sportingly got three other members of the band Alter Bridge - drummer Scott Phillips, bassist Brian Marshall and vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy - involved as well. The instrumental, 'Ahavo Rabo Taco Salad', was then given away with issue TG143 and the feedback we got from you guys about that sizzlin' instrumental was incredible.
Link: https://www.musicradar.com/totalguitar/ ... ult-278407