Losin' Kind

LOSIN' KIND - V3 take 1 uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND (Patrolman) - V4 take 2 4:47 LM-1 / HNWB / MTQ / MT2
LOSIN' KIND - V5 take 3 uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND - V6 electric uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND - V7 thw uncirculating

Note: V1 & V2 are portions of two takes that are far from rough demos. Bruce wrote an extensive poem about a troubled young man who had two visions of events, what he perceived in the present, and a spiritual self that could see Frank was headed for disaster. Bruce refers to this as “kind of like a James M. Cain story”, and it also could have been a 1940s hard luck Jimmy Cagney movie, only seen on the classic movie channel at 3:00 a.m. Frank meets a woman on Highway 17, picking her up despite his reservations, and goes on to commit murder during a robbery, in an attempt to fund their new-found wandering lifestyle. It has the air of inevitable retribution that exists in many 1940s movies, you can see it coming from a mile away. He beats a man to death while robbing a bar, then looses control of his car, wrapping it around a telephone pole, almost killing his new girl and himself, all in the early morning hours, when everything is dark and quiet. After the crash, they lay in the dark, helpless, too weak to move, blood streaming, waiting for inevitable retribution (the highway patrol) in the silence. Both versions were recorded at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, NJ between December 20, 1981 and January 3, 1982 and are combined a single file. Springsteen wrote to Landau, "Searched and searched for a better title, spent many hours on this task but no good. I like the verses but I can't seem to find a better punch line. Kind of like a James M. Cain story. Could be done with more of a band arrangement." V4 is an acoustic take on January 3, 1982, one of the 15 Nebraska demos. This is the definitive circulating take, but was not chosen for Nebraska. Springsteen may have felt it was unfinished, or without an acceptable ending, or like "The Promise", it was too personal, dark or emotional. Many feel it is one of Springsteen's finest unreleased songs, and that it should have been released on Tracks. V5 recorded at The Power Station on April 30, 1982, with the band during the 'Electric Nebraska' sessions. Bruce would make another attempt V6 to record "Losin' Kind" at Thrill Hill West, his Hollywood Hills studio and bachelor pad, on March 12, 1983. V5-V6 have never been unofficially released. Without bootlegs, we would never know that "Losin' Kind" exists; officially, it has never been released. There is a 2-CD Nebraska Anniversary box clause in Bruce's contract, which must be delivered by June 30, 2027.

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