Family Song

FAMILY SONG - V1 5:40 US1 / EDR
FAMILY SONG - V2 5:03 BTF / UNE / PS / EY / MT1 / EDR

Note: "Family Song", also known by early titles, "California" and "California, You’re A Woman". Both V1 and V2 were recorded at Mike Appel's office at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, New York, in early March 1972 (reported dates of April-June 1972 are dated after Appel quit this job, and set up his own office). The V1 take (which is definitely from Pocketful Studios, as the control room engineer is heard giving Bruce a directive to begin) is delivered at a slower pace and is slightly off-key. V2 is likely a second take, and is the superior performance. Both recordings were produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos, and Cretecos was also the recording engineer. According to a Springsteen lyric sheet, the song's title is "California". However, the song was copyrighted in 1995 by JEC Music USA under the title "Family Song", and in 1999 by Bruce Springsteen (after winning lawsuit) under the title "Family Song". One account says it was written in January 1972 during Springsteen’s month long stay in San Mateo, California visiting his parents; though not verified, it is plausible and worth mentioning.

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