Oh Angelyne

OH ANGELYNE - V1 1:35 LM-6 / DROC1 / RRR
OH ANGELYNE - V2 0:49 LM-6
OH ANGELYNE - V3 2:59 LM-6
OH ANGELYNE - V4 2:20 LM-6 / MT2
THE RIVER - V5 uncirculating
THE RIVER - V6 take 5 4:45 TTTBR / TTTBJ / RIVER: SINGLE / PYP / LEK / ATMF
THE RIVER - V7 uncirculating
THE RIVER - V8 uncirculating
THE RIVER - V9 4:56 RIVER / ESSENTIAL / GREATEST / CHAPTER
THE RIVER - V10 0:36 TTTB: DOCUMENTARY

Note: Evolved from the demo "Oh Angelyne", which he started working on after the Darkness tour ended on January 1, 1979. Thanks to Lost Masters, and Batlan keeping Bruce's garbage, instead of throwing it away, we have four takes of a solo demo recorded by Bruce at home February-May, 1979. V5, now known as "The River", was recorded at The Power Station on August 26, 1979, and V6 was the completed take 5 from August 29, 1979, set to go on "The Ties That Bind" album. Bruce reconsidered and that plan fell through. As the new plan, the River double album, proceeded, Springsteen, for unknown reasons, changed each of tracks chosen for the 1979 TTTB album, some drastically, such as "The Price You Pay", which lost a critical verse, or "Stolen Car", which received a total overhaul. "To Be True" and "Cindy" were removed completely, but the other tracks, including "The River", were changed in subtle ways. For instance, ooo-ooos by Bruce and Steve were recorded on January 21, 1980 V7, and later overdubbed on either April 12 V8 or April 24 V9, and this went on the final track of Disc 1 of the River double album. Studio logs give us those three dates in 1980, but don't specify what was done. In an interview, engineer Neil Dorfsman says he recalls cutting several versions of the song, trying out different tempos and a more embellished rock 'n' roll arrangement. None of these alternative arrangements circulate, and it is not known whether they exist in the vaults. V10 are brief snippets of an acoustic demo heard in Thom Zimny's documentary about the making of The River, included in the The Ties That Bind (The River Collection) box set, and including some well-known verses, like "is a dream a lie that don't come true, or is it something worse".

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