Where’s the title track?

One of those curious little things that seem to happen in the music industry is the decision by some artists to not include the title track on an album, only for said track to turn up on a later album.

Why does this occur? The common excuse appears to be because it doesn’t fit with the album musically. Other times it’s because the songwriter hasn’t written it yet but the lyric or phrase they intend to use is going round in their head.

One can’t help but wonder why they then choose the song as the title for the album. Wouldn’t the title of one of the other songs from the album be more appropriate?

Here are some examples of this practice. I am sure there are more but these are what I could come up with from the top of my head.

The Mothers of Invention
Song appears on We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)

Absolutely Free (1967)

Absolutely Free (1967)

The Doors
Song appears on Morrison Hotel (1970)

Waiting For The Sun (1968)

Waiting For The Sun (1968)

Led Zeppelin
Song appears on Physical Graffiti (1975)

Houses Of The Holy (1973)

Houses Of The Holy (1973)

Queen
Song appears on News Of The World (1977)

Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

AC/DC
Song appears on T.N.T. (also 1975)

High Voltage (1975)

High Voltage (1975)

Hall & Oates
Song appears on Beauty On A Back Street (1977)

Bigger Than Both Of Us (1976)

Bigger Than Both Of Us (1976)

Def Leppard
Song appears on High N Dry (1981)

On Through The Night (1980)

On Through The Night (1980)

The Radiators
Song appears on Life’s A Gamble (1984)

Scream Of The Real (1983)

Scream Of The Real (1983)

The Triffids
Song appears on In The Pines (also 1986)

Born Sandy Devotional (1986)

Born Sandy Devotional (1986)

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