Blood Brothers

BLOOD BROTHERS - V1 1:11 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2a 1:54 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2b 1:31 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2c 3:12 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2d 5:05 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2e 5:02 DDITV
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3 4:31 GREATEST
BLOOD BROTHERS - V4 4:53 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V5 3:57 BBEP
BLOOD BROTHERS - V6 3:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V7 5:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V8 5:42 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V9 3:54 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V10 4:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V11 2:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V12 4:16 O&S

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. There are 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 V5 are different recordings, both of them officially issued. V4 (take #31) is very similar to the V3, slightly slower with small lyrical variations. V5 is the stirring "rock" version that many consider superior to V3, while V6 is an alternative take (#20) of the "rock" version with some lyrical variation and an upfront accordion accompaniment. V7 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". V8 features a quiet, downbeat arrangement and is take #9. V9 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". V10 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. V11 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. V12 is a stunning solo acoustic performance that is deserving of an official release.

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