Janey Needs A Shooter

JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V1 6:02 US6 / EY / ATMF
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V2 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V3 uncirculating
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V4a 6:50 DDO / DO-1 / EC / ATMF
JANEY NEEDS A SHOOTER - V4b 6:50 uncirculating
JEANNIE NEEDS A SHOOTER - V5 1:34 LM-8
JEANNIE NEEDS A SHOOTER - V6 2:34 LM-8 / PYP

Note: V1 recorded in a solo piano arrangement at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on January 29-30, 1973. The lyrics were written during 1972, although the melody was culled from a 1971 Springsteen composition, performed by the Bruce Springsteen Band called “Talking About My Baby”. After 1973 studio take, it appeared on provisional lists for The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle album, but did not make the final cut. Listed on the earliest known album #3 sequence, from spring 1974. Session log documents indicate that a Spanish-flavored, full-band arrangement was recorded at 914 Sound Studios in October 1974 (V2), and again in February 1975 (V3), but again was bypassed for Born To Run. V4 is a full band recording originally attributed to the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions, and later to the October 1978 rehearsal session at Telegraph Hill, Holmdel, NJ. Given the evidence (including audio not circulating), we can confirm it is a Telegraph Hill rehearsal from May 1979. The quality of the private audio is far superior to that found on the 'Definitive Darkness Outtakes' or 'Iceman' CDs, and includes the count-in and runs at the correct speed. Included on a very early tracklist for the upcoming album, 'The River'. Warren Zevon has said that he became obsessed with the title line after Jon Landau mentioned it along with other songs that Springsteen was intending to record. Zevon pestered Bruce, pleading to hear the song. He ended up working on his own version of the song, his interpretation of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" (he had misheard the name), and played an incomplete version to Bruce sometime in the Spring of 1979. Springsteen loved the arrangement, and they wrote the remainder of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" together. The Zevon/Springsteen version is "a romantic saga of an outlaw pursuing a maiden while her father tries to gun him down," the opposite of Springsteen's original. Zevon's studio take of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" from the Bad Luck Streak album was recorded during the summer of '79. V5 and V6 are acoustic demos Bruce recorded during March - April 1979, at Telegraph Hill.

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