Dying In The Street

DYING IN THE STREET - V1 5:48 DO-3 / LM-3 / UP / AM
RACING IN THE STREET - V2 6:42 LM-3 / UP
RACING IN THE STREET - V3a 6:44 ODM / HOD / UP / AM
RACING IN THE STREET - V3b 6:51 DARKNESS
RACING IN THE STREET - V4a 6:16 LM-2 / DDO / DO-2 / UP / LMEC2 / DDOC / AM
RACING IN THE STREET ('78) - V4b 6:47 PROMISE

Note: Springsteen started writing "Racing In The Street" shortly after New Years Eve at the Tower Theatre, back in 1975, along with "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" and "The Promise", and court proceedings prevented him from working on it in a recording studio until July 1977. But after he moved into Telegraph Hill in the Summer of 1976, witnesses agree that so did his payroll, including the E Street Band and support staff. The only time there was peace at Boss Acres, was during the Chicken Scratch and Lawsuit Tours, and Bruce and the band practiced daily. Unfortunately, it seems that almost none of this was documented, except for Barry Rebo's films (100% owned by Bruce), and what can be inferred by studying the live shows. When Bruce and the band took the stage at Monmouth County Arts Center for a one week residency, starting August 1, 1976, it was obvious that during June and July, plenty of attention had been devoted to Rendezvous, Something In the Night and The Promise. and then, "Look at me, it’s true, baby, what else can we do", was recorded July 2, 1977 at Atlantic Studios. According to the Lost Masters III liner notes, V2 was recorded in August 1977, and studio logs show takes on 8 different days at either Atlantic Studios or The Record Plant during the month. The comp. reel for the official album release V3b came on August 30, 1977. However, Bruce returned to his composition in V4a ,with an alternate band arrangement with wailing harmonica and tremendous vocal, recorded between November28 and 30, 1977 at The Record Plant. The officially released V4b, titled "Racing In The Street ('78)" on The Promise, utilizes a different 1977 vocal take and runs longer, but uses the V4 base tracks recorded at the end of November 1977, which have little in common with Racing Part I from August. David Lindley plays modern violin, as he did on "Come On", back in 1977. Work continued on December 6 and 9; studio logs also show mixing sessions at The Record Plant from March 21 thru 23, 1978. Mix take 46 went on Darkness. Bruce adapted the lines "summer's here and the time is right / for goin' racing in the street" from Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing In The Street".

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