I Will Be The One

SLOW FADE - V1 18:57 LM-15
SLOW FADE - V2 2:52 LM-15
SLOW FADE - V3 3:10 LM-15
SLOW FADE - V4 3:24 LM-15
SLOW FADE - V5 2:49 LM-15
SLOW FADE - V6 3:04 LM-15 / OSOR
I WILL BE THE ONE - V7 uncirculating
I WILL BE THE ONE - V8 uncirculating

Note: V1 thru V6 are rehearsal workouts at Telegraph Hill on February 5, 1980 of "Slow Fade". The E Street Band shows their skills on this one, one the great underground songs from "The River" sessions to add to the legend of Bruce Springsteen. If his bitter ex-equipment manager, Mike Batlan, hadn't sold copies of unreleased studio outtakes to collectors, we would never know about this music. Two of them put together the Lost Masters Collection, still the greatest studio outtake bootleg release of all-time. Even with it's many faults and controversies, it gave all Springsteen fans a huge number of studio cuts that the artist would never have released, giving an amazing look into his song writing and recording process. Unfortunately, this song did not show up in studio logs anywhere, which is considered impossible, it's an awesome song the band spent significant time preparing. Because whatever lyrics had been written were purposely buried in the mix, it is a mystery what the eventual name of the song was. The title "Slow Fade" was written on the February 5 tape-card. V7 is "I Will Be The One", recorded just eleven days after the rehearsals as at The Power Station on February 16, 1980, and again on February 26. This is believed to be the studio workouts of "Slow Fade", but nothing has ever been released, or leaked out. "I Will Be The One" was included in the 1993 Tracks Concept project, but it is unknown where it was in final listings for the 1998 "Tracks" collection. By the way, a mistitled solo demo called "Slow Fade", recorded in late 1979 and found on The Lost Masters Essential Collection Vol. 1, is not related to this song, it is an early version of the song, "Fade Away", one of the latest songs to make "The River".

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