Can't imagine that Richard would want A Song for the lovers in there, as its one of his marquee solo tracks, and probably wouldn't want it affiliated with Verve.
Surely including demos of tracks that went on his first solo album would strengthen his claim that UH was "his" album as it shows the crossover? It'd fit his narrative that UH could have been a solo album.
Do we know that the pre-Nick recordings won't be on there? They aren't great and show how important Nick was.
You said they were tracks with Nick after I enquired. And based on the leaked tracklisting, it was mostly post-Nick returning as no one recognises most of the titles. Properly mixed and those early demos would sound great. The instrumental Monte Carlo demo sounds fairly uninteresting and sonically crap, but mixed properly sounds fucking proper. Those demos are simply mixed pretty badly and no one would release them as is.
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As for Richard not caring about unreleased material on the reissues prior, he views Urban Hymns quite differently than the first two albums. I don't believe for a second that he's not actively involved in this one when it comes to tracklistings & content.
I think everyone, including the band, is well aware of Richard's view on the album. It sounds like Nick took control of the tracklisting, and then Richard would either OK or reject it....... that doesn't sound like active involvement. Tell me otherwise. If he was actively involved from the start - how would it get to the point of him rejecting a whole disc of outtakes if he's been involved in compiling it and there was only an arguement over the credit on one song? Why would he be against including decent version of the heavily bootleged pre-Nick returning demos - more likely they simply weren't presented for possible release. Maybe the budget has already been blown on mixing what Nick selected.
I have no doubt Nick really wanted fans to hear this stuff - but it seems heavily weighed against the initial demo sessions and was always going to cause friction. As I said before, it looks like they're both acting the c*nt here.