Blood Brothers

BLOOD BROTHERS - V1 1:11 YBNT2 / BB
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2a 1:54 YBNT2 / BB
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2b 1:31 YBNT2 / BB
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3a 3:12 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3b 0:47 BB
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3c 5:05 YBNT2 / BB
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3d 4:31 GREATEST
BLOOD BROTHERS - V4 5:02 DDITV
BLOOD BROTHERS - V5 0:50 BB
BLOOD BROTHERS - V6 take 31 4:53 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V7 3:57 BB: EP / MT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V8 take 20 3:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V9 take 3 5:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V10 take 9 5:42 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V11 take 18 3:54 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V12 4:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V13 2:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V14 4:16 O&S

Note: "Written the night before" the Greatest Hits sessions, recorded early January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. "Blood Brothers" has many different arrangements, and it's clear that Springsteen was uncertain about which to use. V1 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V2a and V2b are slightly different mixes of the official video take. V3 (with session player Frank Pagano guesting on percussion instruments) and V7 are different recordings, both of them officially issued. V4 is an alternate arrangement, and V5 is a rock take of V3. V6 (take #31) is very similar to the V3, slightly slower with small lyrical variations. V7 is the stirring "rock" version that many consider superior to V3, while V8 is an alternative take (#20) of the "rock" version with some lyrical variation and an upfront accordion accompaniment. V9 is the earliest complete take and an alternative arrangement of the "rock" version with a melody very close to that of the Greatest Hits version. This take (#3) also has some lyrical variations, including "out on west end" rather than ".out on the end". V10 features a quiet, downbeat arrangement and is take #9. V11 is performed by Bruce, Max, and Roy (on keyboards). This take (#18) features some lyrical variations and can perhaps be described as "Secret Garden-ish". V12 is fascinating, and the arrangement can only be described as heavily Dylan-inspired with an organ riff that is very reminiscent of "Like A Rolling Stone". There's also plenty of harmonica and some lyrics that are unique to this arrangement. At the conclusion, Bruce says "well that's the idea anyway!". This is the same arrangement found in V1. V13 is a cut work-in-progress of the Greatest Hits arrangement in a different key (D) and Bruce providing instruction and direction to the band. V14 is a stunning solo acoustic performance that is deserving of an official release.

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