Losin' Kind (Patrolman)

THE ANSWER - V1 1:56 FFOD / HNWB / MT2
LOSIN' KIND - V2 3:17 FFOD / HNWB / MT2
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 en uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND - V7 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. He had awareness and intelligence, but also passions and self-destructiveness, "that he couldn't resist". He beat, injured and possibly killed one person while robbing a bar, then crashed his car, almost killing his female accomplice and himself, all in a few early morning hours. Both versions were recorded at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, NJ in late 1981, 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 the definitive circulating take, but was not chosen for Nebraska. Springsteen may have felt it was unfinished, or without an acceptable, 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 released.

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