Nah, that guy went to Africa and was eaten by cannibals.
You look strangely familiar....
Have I seen you somewhere before?
Isn't he that fan who left the
fair paradise of the Virginian commonwealth,
heading north into the wilderness?
(There are rumors that it's quite a nice wilderness.
(But who can believe rumors?))
sure it wasn't the fella who went to Asia,
and got enslaved by the mongol hordes?
I believe both of you are thinking of the guy who got eaten by polar bears.
Anyway, I'm glad you all like the lyrics. While it's on my mind, I'll post my brief thoughts on each of the tracks.
Bad Habit - Pretty good run-through. Basically the Dolls version minus the drums. No surprises here. Play a live recording of Amanda solo and it's basically the same.
Slide - In some ways, I prefer this a bit to the Dolls version. It just seems a bit creepier. Anyway, the Dolls version is basically the same, minus the drums and the "What is past?" line Amanda keeps repeating (and doesn't print in the tape's liner notes). No significant surprises here, although I do like it quite a bit.
Predictable Addiction - Eh. It's obvious this was written by a (well-read, relatively mature) 14/15-year-old. Pretty standard mid-tempo piano ballad. The closest analogy I can think of offhand is "Me and the Minibar" if you made it twice as long and stretched everything out. (It's fairly long, maybe 7-8 min. or so.) I can see why Amanda has left this one in the dustbin of history.
Kaledrina - I haven't listened to live recordings in ages but I'm pretty sure the song hasn't really changed, other than maybe being shortened a bit. (This one goes on for something like 11-12 min.) The closest (for now?) that we'll come to a studio version.
1.1.94 - The song's basically the same as the WKAP demo, right down to the slapping of the piano, although this version's about twice as long. Amanda takes a long time between verses, plays a long intro and stretches the outro quite a bit. This one leaves me a bit cold. The WKAP demo feels rushed. This one feels too languid. That and I just can't get into the lyrics. Whatevs.
All in all, you guys aren't missing an awful lot. I do hope that Amanda sees fit to re-release at least some of this someday, presumably as part of an "Early Days" anthology. That said, this isn't a holy grail. From a musical perspective, Amanda was setting the stage for the aesthetics and sonics she'd use in her 20s, with all the accompanying ups and downs. From a historical perspective, the early versions are kind of interesting for hardcore collectors but can be skipped by more fairweather fans, especially those who don't care for pre-AFP Amanda. It's really nothing more than an early chapter in the book of Amanda's early career, and one where she had already sketched out the basics of where she was going throughout her 20s (i.e., she already knew what she wanted). If I saw an original copy for $100, I'd probably buy it solely for the novelty and the original artwork. (The packaging is pretty slick. I think Amanda even had the cassettes professionally dubbed.) If I saw this on Bandcamp for more than $5, I'd probably take a pass.