Roulette

ROULETTE - V1 1:30 LM-4 / ATMF / PYP / MT2
ROULETTE - V2 2:26 DROC1 / RRR / RO
ROULETTE - V3 3:39 LM-4 / LMEC1 / PYP
ROULETTE - V4a 3:34 ATMF / DROC2 / SMM / BTR
ROULETTE - V4b 3:29 DBTR
ROULETTE - V4c 3:46 DROC1 / RO / ATMF
ROULETTE - V4d 3:44 RO
ROULETTE - V4e 3:44 RO
ROULETTE - V4f 3:45 RN
ROULETTE - V4g 3:47 TRACKS / RIVER: OUTTAKES / 1988 b-side / BACK

Note: V1 Fascinating work-in-progress acoustic take probably recorded just a day or so after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident of March 28, 1979. By April 3 the song would be completed and recorded at The Power Station, showing just how fast Springsteen could transition a song from demo to finished article. The final vocal believed to be completed and dubbed at The Power Station on April 11-12, 1980. V2 is an incomplete take with double-tracked lead vocals and a slower tempo. The lyrics show some variations to later versions. The take was probably aborted since the recording fades out during the guitar solo. V3 and V4 are two different recordings, both recorded on April 3. This was the first song completed at the River sessions and one of Bruce and the band's greatest studio achievements, conceived, written and completed in only a matter of days. V3 vocal is not finished. V4 contains some interesting alternate words and many consider it to be even more powerful than the stunning officially available version; circulating in 8 different mix variations, and several other mixes with imperceptible differences also exist in private collections. The Tracks mix features more snare drum but less guitar than the mix found on the 1988 b-side to "One Step Up". Bruce states in his autobiography that "Roulette" was recorded shortly after the MUSE benefits of September 21 and 23, 1979, but all evidence, including previous statements, indicate he is mistaken, and the April 3 date is correct.

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