So Young And In Love

SO YOUNG AND IN LOVE - V1 uncirculating
JR. WALKER GROOVE - A LOVE SO FINE - V2 uncirculating
A LOVE SO FINE - V3 3:47 BIS / WAR / ET / BWNH / BTRS / BTRCS / ETRJ
SO YOUNG AND IN LOVE - V4 3:47 TRACKS / BTRCS
A LOVE SO FINE - V5 3:47 uncirculating
ACTION IN THE STREETS 3:47 uncirculating
PARADISE BY THE "C" 3:10 RIVER: OUTTAKES

Note: "Jr. Walker Groove" V1 was the working title of "So Young And In Love", "A Love So Fine", and later "Action In the Streets". Junior Walker was a saxophonist, whose group Junior Walker & the All Stars played for the Motown label in the 1960s, with many hits like "Shotgun" and "What Does It Take". In early 1974, Springsteen regularly incorporated "Shotgun" into performances of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight). V4 (in surprisingly good quality) was released on Tracks as "So Young and In Love", with confusing and likely inaccurate notes dating it to 1/6/74. The Record Plant is listed as the recording venue, which is also unlikely; it was more probably 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY. Other reports say "So Young And In Love" was recorded in late May 1974. The biggest indicator is the drummer and keyboard player; if they are Weinberg and Bittan, the date must be after they joined the band in August 1974. The cut on Tracks might be, at least in part, from October 16, 1974, though neither "So Young and In Love" nor "A Love So Fine" are listed on the unreliable logs of that era. There was, however, a session on that day, which produced a two-inch master reel that has "A Love So Fine" (perhaps mis-titled) and "Born To Run" paired, suggesting this might be the master for an aborted single. An instrumental backing track of "A Love So Fine" has been in circulation since the late seventies, with the same backing track used for "So Young And In Love" on Tracks. No studio vocal of ‘A Love So Fine’ version circulates. According to Bruce Springsteen, the cut on Tracks is from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, though the studio date is also missing. A version of the song was reborn during the 1977 Lawsuit Tour as "Action In the Streets", with entirely new lyrics; no studio recording is known. Yet another rewrite appeared in May 1978, the saxophone-led "Paradise By The C". A recording of this instrumental version was officially released on The Ties That Bind, The River: Outtakes in 2015, but according to Clinton Heylin, "Paradise By The C" was never recorded in the studio. Instead, a 24-track live tape (perhaps from the soundcheck) from July 8, 1978 at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona was apparently used, which is also in some dispute.

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