There’s been a lot of threads recently about the Mandela Effect, and I wanted to share with you an experience that I had that stuck in the back of
mind for quite a few years before I discovered the truth about it, and that it was actually done on purpose to produce the “desired effect”.
One of my favourite musical groups is the New York band “Living Colour”, and their 3rd studio album “Stain” was released in 1993. I bought a
physical copy at the time, and listened to the album countless times and I knew the songs inside out. At some stage I lent the album to a friend, who
never returned it.
A few years later I was watching TV and the film clip for the single from the album “Bi” was playing, and when it came to the guitar solo I was
surprised to hear that it was completely different to how I remembered it. I thought it was strange, but knew that it was quite common to have an
alternate version of a song in a film clip.
Around 2012 I saw the album in a bargain bin at a record store and purchased it to replace the copy that I had lost. When I got home and played it, to
my astonishment, three of the songs had completely different guitar solos?!? I searched far and wide on the internet to find some information about
it, but there was nothing to be found. In every case, the guitar solos were the “new” version, and not how I remembered them.
Of course, I knew that something was amiss, as I had listened to the album so many times and knew the songs inside out. I was certain that my mind
wasn’t playing tricks on me, but since there was no evidence to be found, there was no way to be sure. It’s a very strange feeling having such
clear memories that differ from the “current reality”
A couple of years ago, Living Colour posted this on their Facebook page:
STAIN: the story behind the alternate solos by [producer] Ron St. Germain: I remember talking to [A&R guy] Michael Caplan about how to
accomplish that! Only 25,000 copies got pressed of the 3 songs with the ‘2 different solos’ on them and NOTHING was mentioned in the press about
that. The reaction took quite a while to surface (and many have NEVER heard the various versions to this day), but the effect was EXACTLY as
planned… another piece of musical HISTORY for us, Gents!
So it turns out that I had bought one of the rare 25,000 copies that had the alternate solos on them. Here they are for those who have never heard
them. I think they are actually better than the solos on the “real”, mass-distributed version
So, if a band like Living Colour can produce a Mandela type effect on purpose, what could a clandestine alphabet agency with unlimited budget and
resources produce? It really does make you wonder!
edit on 13-7-2016 by NeuronDivide because: title change
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NeuronDivide because: (no reason given)