Rendezvous

RENDEZVOUS - V1 2:47 DDO / DO-3 / LES / MT1 / AM
RENDEZVOUS - V2 uncirculating
RENDEZVOUS - live 2:51 TRACKS
RENDEZVOUS - V3 2:36 PROMISE

Note: The same night Springsteen introduced "Something In the Night" at the Monmouth County Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ, he also played "Rendezvous" for the first time. He played it 50 times from that August 1, 1976 night to the end of the Lawsuit Tour on March 25, 1977. When the Darkness sessions began on June 1, it was one of the ten songs recorded that evening, and additional takes were logged on June 2, 3, 8 and 17, 1977, all at Atlantic Studios. One of these was V1, an otherwise good take, but the audio is marred by a vocal drop-out during the first verse. "Rendezvous" was not played again during the sessions, and not included on the album. In a 1978 interview, Springsteen said the song was kept off because it didn’t fit thematically. Bruce personally demonstrated the song to artist Greg Kihn in October 1978, who soon after recorded a cover (released in April 1979). A live-version was used for Tracks, which may indicate Bruce wasn't satisfied with the available studio versions. The officially released V3, released on "The Promise:The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story", has lead vocals recorded in 2010 overdubbed on the 1977 backing track, which though poorly matched, illustrates the lengths Springsteen was willing to go to issue a satisfactory version (in his eyes).

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