Jungleland

JUNGLELAND - V1 uncirculating
JUNGLELAND - V2 uncirculating
JUNGLELAND - V3 1:33 BIS / WAR / ET / BTRS
JUNGLELAND - V4 uncirculating
JUNGLELAND - V5 9:43 BTRS
JUNGLELAND - V6 9:44 ESR / BTRO
JUNGLELAND - V7 9:37 DDITV / BTRS / BTRCS / UBTROC / WAR / URT1 / ROOI
JUNGLELAND - V8 9:14 ROOI / UBTROC
JUNGLELAND - V9 9:32 BORN TO RUN / ESSENTIAL: 2003
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Note: V1 is from January 8, 1974, a rehearsal session at 914 Sound Studios, Blauevelt, New York. No audio or lyric sheets exist for this session. V2 is a complete take, cut August 1, 1974. The first circulating live performance of "Jungleland" is from the July 12, 1974 show, a test recording stopped by Mike Appel after "Kitty's Back" and "Jungleland" were complete, and V2, cut before David Sancious and Ernest Carter left the band, may have sounded like this. Through 1974, Bruce continued to play "Jungleland" live, and worked on it the studio; V3 is a segment of Bruce and Suki Lahav recording vocals for dubbing, and the recording captures her talking to Bruce and signing the song coda with heavy echo. V4 was attempted October 17, 1974. During the second half of 1974 and the first half of 1975, lyrics included "there’s a crazy kind of light tonight, brighter than the one that sparkles for prophets" which were changed in July 1975 to "the midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night." Similarly, the 1974-early 1975 lyrics "the street's alive with tough-kid Jets in Nova-light machines, boys flash guitars like bayonets and rip holes in their jeans," later became "the street's alive as secret debts are paid, contacts made, they vanished unseen, kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine."

Jon Landau relocated the Born To Run sessions to the Record Plant on April 18, 1975, the sessions from which all other circulating versions emanate. These sessions did not include Suki Lahav, who returned to Israel after her last show with the band in March 1975, along with her husband, engineer Louis Lahav, who was replaced by Jimmy Iovine. Much of the first day was devoted to "Jungleland", heard in V5, and with the band recording base tracks. V6 has the same opening as V5, but after that uses a guide vocal by Bruce, strings and no sax, which are also present in V7. Studio logs show V5-7 were all recorded between April 18 and April 25, 1975. V8 is the final version being overdubbed on July 14, lacking a lead guitar track, with different vocals, but with the lyrics now complete. Final takes for V9, the album track, came down to the last minute on July 20, according to Bruce: "Clarence and I finishing the "Jungleland" sax solo, 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."

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