Drive All Night

DRIVE ALL NIGHT - V1a 8:22 LM-2 / DDO / DO-1 / AM / UP / LMEC2 / GT
DRIVE ALL NIGHT - V1b 8:23 UP
DRIVE ALL NIGHT - V2 4:42 LM-2 / AM / UP
DRIVE ALL NIGHT - V3 uncirculated
DRIVE ALL NIGHT - V4 0:30 LM-7
DRIVE ALL NIGHT - V5 8:22 RIVER

Note: Studio logs indicate that Springsteen worked on this song at two sessions in 1977; June 16 at Atlantic Studios and August 24 at The Record Plant. V1 is definitely from that June session, V2 is probably also from June (an image of a tape inlay dated June 17 found in the Darkness box set book lists two takes), but could be from the August session. If V2 is from June, then the August 24 take (V3) does not currently circulate among collectors. V2 has a different opening and is shorter, lacking Clarence's saxophone solo. Note that some bootleg CDs (such as Godfather's 'The Unbroken Promise') include two versions of the eight minute 'Drive All Night'; they may be the same recording, but since two bootleg collections carry them, we list them as alternate mixes. Listed on some early vinyl boots by the title "Sad Eyes".

Bruce re-recorded the vocal track during The River sessions, but apparently used the 1977 Darkness session backing music for V5, the officially released version found on The River. V4 was worked on at Power Station on February 24, 1980, with Springsteen singing over the pre-recorded band backing. V5 was completed on March 8 or 16. Mixing took place on April 10. Springsteen is credited with the piano on this track. The only song from The River to be recorded by Jimmy Iovine, final confirmation that the backing track was recorded during the Darkness sessions.

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