Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Cranberries: Treasure Box (The Complete Sessions, 1991-1999) 4 CD 2002


The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland. Originally named the Cranberry

Saw Us, the band were formed in 1989 by lead singer Niall Quinn, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler. Quinn was replaced as lead singer by Dolores O'Riordan in 1990, and they changed their name to the Cranberries. The band classified themselves as an alternative rock group, but incorporated aspects of indie rock, jangle pop, folk rock, post-punk, and pop rock into their sound.
The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, which became a commercial success. Some of the band's hit singles include "Dreams" (1992), "Linger" (1993), "Zombie" (1994), and "Salvation" (1996). Five of the band's albums reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, and eight of their singles reached the Top 20 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

[Artist Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Combining the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint, the Cranberries became one of the more

successful groups to emerge from the pre-Brit-pop indie scene of the early '90s. Led by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, whose keening, powerful voice was the most distinctive element of the group's sound, they initially had little impact in the United Kingdom. It wasn't until the lush ballad "Linger" became a worldwide hit in 1993 that the band achieved mass success. Following "Linger," the Cranberries quickly became international stars, as both their 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, and its 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, sold millions of copies and produced a string of hit singles. By the time of their third album, 1996's To the Faithful Departed, they had added distorted guitars to their sonic palette and began crafting more socially conscious music. They

continued down this path into the 21st century before taking an extended hiatus in 2003 to pursue solo efforts. After nearly a decade, the quartet returned with 2012's Roses and 2017's Something Else. However, in early 2018, O'Riordan died from an accidental drowning in London. Her last vocal recordings were used to construct the Cranberries' final work, 2019's Grammy-nominated In the End, a goodbye to O'Riordan, fans, and the band itself.

Originally, the Cranberries were a band called the Cranberry Saw Us. Brothers Noel and Mike Hogan (guitar and bass, respectively) formed the band in Limerick, Ireland, with drummer Fergal Lawler in 1990. Following the departure of the group's original singer, Niall Quinn, the trio placed an advertisement for a female singer. Dolores O'Riordan responded to the advertisement and auditioned by

writing lyrics and melodies to some of the band's existing demos. When she returned with a rough version of "Linger," the group hired her on the spot. Shortly after she joined, the band recorded a demo tape and sold it in record stores throughout Ireland. After the original run of 300 copies sold out, the group truncated its name to the Cranberries and sent another demo tape, which featured early versions of both "Linger" and "Dreams," to record companies throughout the U.K. The tape was made at Xeric Studios, which was run by Pearse Gilmore, who would later become their manager. At the time the tape was made, all of the members were still in their late teens.

The demo tape earned the attention of both the U.K. press and record industry, and there was soon a bidding war between major British record labels. Eventually, the group signed with Island. The Cranberries headed into the studio with Gilmore as their producer to record their first single, "Uncertain." The title proved to be prophetic, as the band did indeed sound ill at ease on the single,

leading to poor reviews in the press in addition to tensions between the group and Gilmore. Before they were scheduled to record their debut in 1992, the Cranberries discovered that Gilmore had signed a secret deal with Island to improve his studios. The tensions within the band became so great they nearly broke up. Instead, the Cranberries severed all relations with Gilmore, hired Geoff Travis of Rough Trade as their new manager, and hired Stephen Street, who had previously worked with the Smiths, as their new producer.

The band's debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, was released in the spring of 1993, followed by a single of "Dreams." Neither the album nor the single gained much attention, nor did the second single, "Linger." In the summer and fall of 1993, the band toured the United States,

opening for The The and Suede, respectively; frequently, the Cranberries were given a friendlier reception than either of the headliners. Their strong live shows led MTV to put "Linger" into heavy rotation. By the end of the year, the single was on its way to becoming a crossover hit. Eventually, the single reached number eight on the U.S. charts, while the album went double platinum. Everybody Else and "Linger" began to take off in Britain in early 1994; the album eventually peaked at number one during the summer.

O'Riordan married the band's tour manager, Don Burton, in a much-publicized ceremony in July 1994. The marriage, as well as the group's videos, emphasized the singer as the focal point of the band.

O'Riordan's position in the group continued to rise with the fall release of the group's second album, No Need to Argue. Boasting a slightly harder, more streamlined sound, yet still produced by Stephen Street, the record debuted at number six on the U.S. charts and eventually outsold its predecessor; within a year it went triple platinum, spawning the number one modern rock hit "Zombie" and the number 11 "Ode to My Family."

During the tour for No Need to Argue, rumors began to circulate that O'Riordan was going to leave the band to pursue a solo career, all of which the band vehemently denied. Nevertheless, the rumors persisted until the Cranberries began recording their next album with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who

had previously worked with Aerosmith. The resulting effort, To the Faithful Departed, was a tougher, more rock-oriented affair. Upon its spring 1996 release, it entered the charts at number six, but its first single, "Salvation," failed to become a hit on par with "Zombie," "Linger," or "Ode to My Family." Consequently, the album slipped down the charts relatively quickly and only went platinum, which was slightly disappointing in light of its two predecessors' multi-platinum status.

During the fall of 1996, the group canceled its Australian and European tours, sparking another round of rumors about O'Riordan launching a solo career. In 1999, the group released Bury the Hatchet, their last big chart hit, and quickly followed with 2001's Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. Shortly after the

release of a greatest-hits compilation in 2003, Stars: The Best of 1992-2002, the Cranberries officially declared that they were taking a break. This finally gave O'Riordan the time she needed to work on her long-talked-about solo album, Are You Listening?, which hit shelves in 2007. In 2009, O'Riordan released her second solo album, No Baggage. Around the same time, the Cranberries reunited for a North American tour that continued throughout Europe in 2010. Several live albums also appeared in 2010.
In 2011, the band began work on a new album in Toronto with longtime producer Street. Released

nearly a decade after the start of their extended hiatus, the resulting album, Roses, arrived in March 2012. A supporting tour followed, recorded for posterity at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Live 2012. At the end of 2013, O'Riordan performed a New Year's Eve concert in Limerick with a string quartet from the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Inspired by the classical interpretation of the Cranberries sound, she approached the band
with an idea to celebrate their silver anniversary. The result was a full
album comprising string quartet renditions of the band's biggest hits. Something Else arrived in the spring of 2017, featuring their ten most successful singles culled from their first four albums, as well as three new songs. The band kicked off a tour in support of the album, but it was cut short due to O'Riordan's ongoing back problems.

In January 2018, Dolores O'Riordan travelled from New York City, where she lived, to London to work

with Martin "Youth" Glover on her side-project D.A.R.K. and to meet representatives of the BMG record label about a new Cranberries album. O'Riordan arrived at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel in Mayfair on 14 January. At 2:00 am on 15 January 2018, O'Riordan had a phone call with her mother. Later that morning, she was found unresponsive in the bathroom and was pronounced dead at 9:16 am. The day after her death, the tabloid newspaper Santa Monica

Observer spread a false story rumouring that fentanyl was found in the room, indicating that London authorities suspected suicide and a "deliberate overdose". The fentanyl overdose rumor endured for months. The cause of death was not made public until an inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court held on 6 September, which ruled that she died as a result of accidental drowning in a bath following sedation by alcohol intoxication. Empty bottles were found in O'Riordan's room (five miniature bottles and a champagne bottle) as well as some prescription drugs. Toxicology tests showed that her body contained only "therapeutic" amounts of these medications but a blood alcohol content of 3.30 g/L (0.33%).]

The Cranberries – Treasure Box (The Complete Sessions, 1991-1999)
Label: Island Records – 586 707-2
Format:    4 x CD, Remastered, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
Pays: Europe
Sortie:    2002
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock



01. I Still Do    3:17
02. Dreams    4:32
03. Sunday    4:20
04. Pretty    2:16
05. Waltzing Back    3:38
06. Not Sorry    4:20
07. Linger    4:34
08. Wanted    2:07
09. Still Can't...    3:40
10. I Will Always    2:42
11. How    2:51
12. Put Me Down    3:33
13. Reason    2:02



14. Them  (Producer – Pearse Gilmore)  3:42
15. What You Were    3:41
16. Liar    2:22
17. Pretty (Pret A Porter Movie Remix)    3:41
18. How (Radical Mix)    2:58

The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Noel Hogan – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mike Hogan – bass guitar
Fergal Lawler – drums, percussion

Additional musicians

Mike Mahoney – additional vocals

MP3 Size: 151 MB
Flac  Size: 384 MB



01. Ode To My Family    4:31
02. I Can't Be With You    3:07
03. Twenty One    3:07
04. Zombie    5:06
05. Empty    3:26
06. Everything I Said    3:52
07. The Icicle Melts    2:54
08. Disappointment    4:14
09. Ridiculous Thoughts    4:31
10. Dreaming My Dreams    3:37
11. Yeat's Grave    2:59
12. Daffodil Lament    6:14
13. No Need To Argue    2:57
14. Away    2:38



15. I Don't Need    3:32
16. (They Long To Be) Close To You    2:41
17. So Cold In Ireland    4:45
18. Zombie (Camel's Hump Remix)  (Featuring [Skank] – David Jarrow/Remix – The Orb/Remix [Credited To] – Alex Paterson, Andy Hughes)  7:54

The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
Noel Hogan – electric and acoustic guitars
Mike Hogan – bass guitar
Fergal Lawler – drums, percussion

MP3 Size: 180 MB
Flac  Size: 468 MB



01. Hollywood    5:08
02. Salvation    2:23
03. When You're Gone    4:56
04. Free To Decide    4:25
05. War Child    3:50
06. Forever Yellow Skies    4:09
07. The Rebels    3:20
08. Intermission    2:01
09. I Just Shot John Lennon    2:41
10. Electric Blue    4:51
11. I'm Still Remembering    4:48
12. Will You Remember?    2:49
13. Joe    3:22
14. Bosnia    5:40
15. Cordell    3:41



16. The Picture I View    2:28
17. Ave Maria  (Arranged By – Giancarlo Chiaramello/Featuring – Luciano Pavarotti)  4:13
18. Go Your Own Way    4:03
19. God Be With You    3:34

The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, whistle, mandolin
Noel Hogan – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Mike Hogan – bass guitar
Fergal Lawler – drums, percussion

Additional musicians

Michael Kamen – orchestration
Henry Daag – saw ("Bosnia")
Richie Buckley – tenor saxophone ("Salvation")
Michael Buckley – baritone saxophone ("Salvation")
Bruce Fairbairn – trumpet ("Salvation")
Randy Raine-Reusch – additional percussion

MP3 Size: 180 MB
Flac  Size: 506 MB



01. Animal Instinct    3:31
02. Loud And Clear    2:45
03. Promises    5:27
04. You And Me    3:35
05. Just My Imagination    3:41
06. Shattered    3:42
07. Desperate Andy    3:44
08. Saving Grace    3:08
09. Copycat    2:53
10. What's On My Mind    3:12
11. Delilah    3:32
12. Fee Fi Foo    4:47
13. Dying In The Sun    3:32
14. Sorry Son    3:28
15. Baby Blues    2:38



16. Sweetest Thing    3:34
17. Woman Without Pride    2:26
18. Such A Shame    4:23
19. Paparazzi On Mopeds    4:43

The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, guitar, keyboards
Noel Hogan – acoustic and electric guitars
Mike Hogan – bass guitar
Fergal Lawler – drums, percussion

MP3 Size: 172 MB
Flac  Size: 513 MB


Limited edition cd-box which includes the first four albums remastered as complete sessions 1991 - 1999 including extra tracks.

CD1: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (The Complete Sessions 1991-1993) (Cat# 586 708-2)
Tracks 1-13 - 1-18 are bonus tracks

CD2: No Need To Argue (The Complete Sessions 1994-1995) (Cat# 586 709-2)
Tracks 2-14 - 2-18 are bonus tracks. Track 2-16 was originally done by Burt Bacharach and featured on his album "Interpretations".

CD3: To The Faithful Departed (The Complete Sessions 1996-1997) (Cat# 586 710-2)
Track 3-15 - 3-19 are bonus tracks

CD4: Bury The Hatchet (The Complete Sessions 1998-1999) (Cat# 586 750-2)
Tracks 4-15 - 4-19 are bonus tracks


  1. Thank you Kostas !
    Never heard of the band before.
    Seems very intetesting !!

    1. Dolores had the best female voice of the 90s .Trust me.

    2. I love bands with a female singer. Old or new.
      Not much can go wrong.

  2. Yes, super Kostas !
    Exactly the right thing for me.
    Thank you.

  3. Wowww!!!
    Thanks a lot for this set! Really great!
    Yes, she had a great voice... Fine post

  4. Kostas, how far in advance do you plan your entries ?
    Do you always know the next 2 or 3 entries or do you only decide a daybefore what you are bringing ?
    Maybe weird questions for you but i'm interested.I would be happy to learn something about your approach.
    However everything taken together certainly a lot of work !

    1. My dear Josef I really don't have a plan about my entries. I decide them the last moment . For example now I realised that passed a lot of time without a post about my second love. A Comic post. So I decided to post MORRISON HOTEL a comic book by Leah Moore about The Doors. I choosed about 20 pictures and tomorrow I will scan them doing some colour corrections. It's a lot of work and it needs a lot of time. Next music post is possibly The Beacon Street Union but I didn't decided yet. CHEERS!!!

    2. Thanks Kostas for your information.
      I guessed that you like comics very much, you only have to look at your previous entries. All a lot of work and time you spend!
      So it this point thank you again.

    3. Hey Josef, take a look at my work as a Director, a work that was realised in 1995 without the use of computers. It was presented in galleries in Italy and in Greece. The link is here:
      (You have to see it with U-TUBE)THANXS!

    4. Unfortunately i can't get the page you specified. But it's not that dramatic.
      I'm the wrong address for comics anyway. I just don't know enough about this and i would never judge it.
      I didn't know that you were such a capacity in this aera!!
      I'm very interested in intellectual matters,i own thousands of books with a focus philosophy and literature, but that's(comic) not mine.
      Besides i think playing the piano also all the other things there is no lack of interests.
      Thanks & cheers!
      By the way Beacon Street Union a good(!) band.

    5. This work has nothing to do with comics. You can find it at the left side of the blog. It is the number 3 icon named Genesis. You have only to click on the photo. Nothing else. Then when the post Genesis is open you have to click on the video. It's very simple. Okay?

    6. I read and watched it.
      Interesting reading the book of GENESIS. The mytholicy of how the world was created. A beautiful mythos,
      like so many places in the bible.
      Mythologies have nothing to do with scientific knowledge. It's a different way of thinking. And just because they're not scientific doesn't make them superfluos.
      Mythologies are attempts to explain oneself and the world. One should read them as such rather than thinking in images and chiffren.

  5. Ungortunstely the video no longer works.

  6. Sorry, was stressed lately. Could now watch the video on youtube.
    Who does the music come from ?

    1. This is Aegean Sea from the album 666 of Aphrodite's Child. I can't believe that you don't know one of the best progressive albums ever

    2. Of course i know the album and have owned it for many(!) years. I knew the piece but couldn't place it anymore.
      Now a sign that you have too much music. I'm slowly losing the overview.
      It also happens that i order something that i already have.

  7. I would like to bring up a few more thoughts on mythology. I was too strong to stress had an appointment when i wrote the above lines.
    Myths are of course not facts.
    That Genesis created in 7 days and other thing in the bible. They never happened like that. It is literature. And should be read as such. Myths were then taken as absolute truth until relatively recently.
    And who believes it doesn't do it this time. But Myths are therefore not nothing, even if they are not compelling,i.e. scientific truths. Myths thinks in picture that means in stories. They are attempts to give answers to the mysteries of the world and of human existence. Myths can appeal to you personally, like the story of Hiob did to me. These can make you existentially affected.
    I want to stop here but it's long enough.
    I hope my English was understanable to some extent. Difficult to philosophize in a foreign language.

    1. Yes I agree with you my friend. Here in Greece we know very very well about myths and mythology. This one has nothing to do with philosophy, or the believes. Everyone is free to believe what he wants. Personalment, I don't believe in the bibble and I know that is simply a story for children. I don't believe even to religions and the "Named Gods".
      This is only an artwork and nothing else. Take or leave it. I'm only an artist. Nothing else!!!