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 3:37 DROC2 / SMM / BTR
ROULETTE - V4b 3:29 DBR
ROULETTE - V4c 3:46 DROC1 / RO
ROULETTE - V4d 3:44 RO / BACK / 1988 Single
ROULETTE - V4e 3:45 RO / RN
ROULETTE - V4f 3:39 ATMF
ROULETTE - V4g 3:34 ATMF
ROULETTE - V4h 3:47 TRACKS
ROULETTE - V4j 3:48 RIVER: OUTTAKES

Note: V1 is an early demo from the first days of April 1979, after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident on March 28. By April 3, the track was completed at The Power Station, though the final vocal take was not dubbed until April 12, 1980. V2 is incomplete, with double-tracked lead vocals and a slower tempo. The lyrics show some variations to later versions, and the take was aborted, fading out during the guitar solo. V3 and V4 are two different takes from April 3, the first song to be completed at the River sessions. V3 vocal is not finished, while V4 contains some interesting alternate words and changes, some more powerful than the officially available version. There are at least 8 different mix variations in circulation, and more 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 indicates he is mistaken. In an 1998 interview with Mojo magazine, Springsteen said about 'Roulette', “It would have been one of the best things on the record”.

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