Jungleland

JUNGLELAND - V1 uncirculating
JUNGLELAND - V2 uncirculating
JUNGLELAND - V3 uncirculating
JUNGLELAND - V4 9:30 ESRR / BTRS
JUNGLELAND - V5 1:03 BIS / WAR / ET / BTRS
JUNGLELAND - V6 9:43 DDITV / BTRS / BTRCS / UBTROC
JUNGLELAND - V7 9:34 WAR / URT1 / BTRS / BTRCS / UBTROC / ROOI
JUNGLELAND - V8 9:14 ROOI / UBTROC
JUNGLELAND - V9 9:32 BORN TO RUN / ESSENTIAL: 2003
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Note: The first circulating live performance was on July 13, 1974, although it is believed to have been played live earlier than this. Studio recordings were made at 914 Sound Studios on January 8 (V1) and August 1 (V2), 1974, 2 takes on the latter date, with 1 completed, though outtakes from either date have never circulated. Bruce continued to play Jungleland live, and in the studio (V3 was attempted on October 17), over the course of a year, until Jon Landau moved the BTR sessions to the Record Plant on April 18, 1975, where all circulating outtakes emanate from. Sessions resumed on April 18 without Suki Lahav, who had returned to Israel (but would live on in overdubs) with her husband, engineer Louis Lahav, who was replaced by Jimmy Iovine. Much of the first day was devoted to Jungleland, heard in V4, take 16, with the full band (including an overdub of Suki Lahav from 914 Sound Studios). V5 is a famous 1:33 rehearsal segment featuring a female choir singing the song coda. V6 features string overdubs and is in exceptional sound quality. V7 has no strings and doesn’t feature the guitar heard on the official version. Studio logs show V5-7 were all recorded between April 18 and April 25, 1975. Final takes came down to the last minute, according to Bruce, "Clarence and I finishing the “Jungleland” sax solo (V9), phrase by phrase, in one (room), while we mixed “Thunder Road” in another, singing “Backstreets” in a third as the band rehearsed (for the Tour that was to begin that evening) in a spare room upstairs" on July 20, 1975, with She's the One still to follow. A 1974 document indicates that "Jungleland" was a candidate for the title of the album, as well as several phrases taken from the lyrics, "The Hungry and the Hunted", "From the Churches to the Jails", and "Between Flesh and Fantasy".

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