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Ben Folds Five Original "The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner" Demo (Late 90s)

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The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner album art.

Released in 1999, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner is the last album by piano-rock trio Ben Folds Five before their breakup in 2000.

In 2008, prior to releasing their first album since Reinhold Messner (2012's The Sound of the Life of the Mind), the band reunited to play the album in full, recorded as a concert movie. In between songs, the band discusses the history of the album, and Ben Folds revealed that his original demo for the album did not have "songs," but rather was one long track containing all the musical ideas of the final album mixed together. He claims it was only through intervention from his record label that he was convinced to split the album into tracks.

Beyond the fact that this demo was recorded and distributed to employees of the label (555 Music), no information about any current copies of the demo has ever surfaced.

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