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    Some really old demos...and finally the truth about Clouds!

    Recently some very old demos by 2008 Imagine Dragons were posted to YouTube by IMAGINE DRAGONS LIVE. They were posted to Reddit first, and from what I've been told they are off a CD that was given to someone by one of the original band members. It's 9 songs long.

    1. Speak To Me Imagine Dragons - 01 Speak To Me (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube
    2. Volume Drops Imagine Dragons - 02 Volume Drops (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube Very Living Musical-esque!
    3. Boots Imagine Dragons - 03 Boots (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube
    4. Pistol Whip Imagine Dragons - 04 Pistol Whip (Early Demos) 2008 - YouTube
    5. Off To War Imagine Dragons - 05 Off To War (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube Dan wrote the original version of this before the band was formed.
    6. The Pit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqepfTnPKp8
    7. Living Musical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2ebZP4i14
    8. Bottle of Coke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuxRls4C0Bs They should have put this on Evolve!
    9. Clouds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd6p21eknWA

    Now that I've listened to the true original Clouds, I figured out more of the mystery behind its creation and the song that was played at Utah's Got Talent 2009:
    These lyrics are the same as in the UGT09 video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at-4_9lGbok), aside from the chorus. When they played UGT09, the words "speak, speak, speak, speak to me, let it go" were added to the chorus, which is part of Speak To Me. However, Speak To Me was written and released before UGT09. My guess is they threw it in as a sort of promo for the Speak To Me EP, because the announcer says their merch is on sale outside the ballpark, which would probably include the EP.
    The main difference is the sound - the UGT09 version is a lot more rock-sounding, especially the guitar. I think this is because at the point of UGT09, Wayne was in the band, but not in 2008. Imagine Dragons EP certainly sounds more guitar influenced than Speak To Me, which had more piano and acoustic guitar, both of which were played by Andrew Beck. I also think UGT09 is the first time they did the guitar solo, and it evolved from that point. By Vegas In Tune 2010, which contains the version of Clouds that is widely regarded as the version, it sounds a lot smoother than in UGT09. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqkKNR__EyY)
    Obviously, the chorus and verses of the demo and UGT09 Clouds is a lot different from the 2010 version. The only things that are the same are the bridge and, in the case of UGT09, the oooh-woah-ohh part at the beginning of the song and after the bridge. I think that either they didn't like most of Clouds and completely rewrote most of it, or 2010 Clouds was a different song altogether that they added the bridge of demo Clouds to.

    How interesting that the only part of demo Clouds to survive past 2009 was the bridge! It reminds me a bit of Coldplay's Violet Hill. The verse was one of the first things they wrote, way back when they started in 1998, but didn't get a chorus until 10 years later!
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    Just got the new songs downloaded, I love it when there is new Imagine Dragons music!

    Can't wait to give the new ones a few listens!!!!

    That is super interesting about Clouds, I did listen to this demo and have to say I do like the electronic vibe it has

    Hey--- even Clouds Evolved! Wonder what it would sound like if they did a remake of it today....


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    Amazing! It's Dan's birthday and WE get the present! Our favorite band in the world has promised us to play some of these older songs on tour and have a different set list on different nights! How exciting! I don't know about you, but I've been so happy to have concert photos on my timelines again. The photographer for Verona is a true fan of the band and even added lyrics to the photos.
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    Tyler! Congratulations on a very nice post at Imagine Dragons World! Good job!

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    There are more!

    10. Curtain Call - Imagine Dragons - 10 Curtain Call (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube
    11. February - Imagine Dragons - 11 February (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube
    12. Unseen - Imagine Dragons - 12 Unseen (Early Demo) 2008 - YouTube

    I recognized Curtain Call and Unseen because Dan wrote them before the band formed as well! Unseen is dramatically different during the chorus, though. Let me be your brother, you can be my sister, singing to the people, let's live until we die!
    Imagine Dragons - Dan Reynolds PDays 2008 - YouTube This is where he sings them.
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    Guys.... The audios got deleted from YouTube can anybody send them to me... I'd be really grateful

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    Guys.... The audios got deleted from YouTube can anybody send them to me... I'd be really grateful

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    Unfortunately they were taken down due to a copyright strike, apparently. However, you can still find the Clouds demo if you go to the Imagine Dragons Middle East YouTube page.
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    I found a new video of them!!! Imagine Dragons Early Demos 2008 Full Album - YouTube and here they are on reddit, which is where they surfaced: NEW 2008 DEMOS HAVE SURFACED : imaginedragons
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