Spirit In The Night

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT - V1 uncirculating
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT - V2 4:57 GREETINGS / 1973 Single / ESSENTIAL: 2003

Note: Written August 20, 1972 (give or take a few days) in response to Clive Davis’s request for some radio material, "Spirit In The Night" was issued as a single, backed with "For You", hard on the heels of "Blinded By The Light’, on May 11, 1973, produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jim Cretecos. Springsteen tried using the music for "The Fever", but quickly thought otherwise, and composed a fresh melody, starring Wild Billy, Hazy Davy, Crazy Janey, Killer Joe, G-Man and himself? V1 was recorded on September 11, 1972 at 910 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York. The Greetings take, with only Springsteen, Clemons and Lopez, had Bruce playing multiple instruments. Session man Harold Wheeler provided additional piano. Final dubs and mixing were completed on October 26, 1972. A stereo fold down mono version is available as the b-side of the white label promo 45. It was first played live at Max’s Kansas City, New York, NY on January 31, 1973, after which it became a staple in the show.

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