Stolen Car

STOLEN CAR - V1 take 1 4:34 LM-6 / ATMF
STOLEN CAR - V2 take 2 4:08 LM-6
SON YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE - V3 4:14 DBTR / SYMKB / SYMKW
STOLEN CAR (Vs.1) - V4 take 3 4:18 TTTBR / TTTBJ / DBTR / TRACKS / DROC2 / RIVER: SINGLE
STOLEN CAR - V5 0:56 LM-7
STOLEN CAR - V6 3:21 LMEC2
STOLEN CAR - V7 2:10 LM-13
STOLEN CAR - V8 3:39 LM-13
STOLEN CAR - V9 2:40 LM-13
STOLEN CAR - V10 2:55 LM-13
STOLEN CAR - V11 7:42 LM-15
STOLEN CAR - V12 6:14 LM-15
STOLEN CAR - V13 7:31 LM-15
STOLEN CAR - V14 7:58 LM-15
STOLEN CAR - V15 3:50 RIVER

Note: "Stolen Car" is actually the tale of two songs, the first "Stolen Car" was written, recorded and sequenced for release on the aborted single album The Ties That Bind in 1979, and the re-written and re-recorded version found on The River in 1980. It was originally composed in early 1979, and recorded at Power Station on June 20-21, with takes attributed to the latter date. V1, the first take, contains different lyrics and is longer. V2 is referred to as "The Stanton Lake" version, simply because it was the first take that started using that line. Take 3 (v4) was selected for the single album, with final dubbing and mixing on September 24, 1979. It is also the version officially released on Tracks in 1998, and on The River Single Album, included with the TTTB Collection in 2015. v3 is the fourth and last distinct take of "Stolen Car Vs.1", the designation given to the 1979 edition. It was this take of "Stolen Car" that was on a tape that fell into the hands of bootleggers, subsequently dubbed "Son You May Kiss the Bride" and pressed into a vinyl LP of the same name. It contained four unreleased River tracks, "Loose Ends", "Where The Bands Are", "Don't Do It To Me" (aka "Little White Lies"), and the title track. The remainder were prime Darkness outtakes, including, "Preacher's Daughter", "Iceman" and "Rendezvous". It was one of the best selling Springsteen bootlegs ever.

Despite the song being completed at this point Bruce, seemingly unsatisfied, decided months later to radically alter the musical arrangement. The 2015 release of The River: Single Album was the first time the two arrangements were differentiated, with the original arrangement given the title "Stolen Car (Vs.1)". V5 is less than a minute of a solo take, and in V6, Springsteen sings over a tape of a band rehearsal of "Restless Nights", recorded in January 1980. V7 thru V14 were recorded on January 16, 1980 at Telegraph Hill, and feature revised arrangements from that of the version recorded and completed six months earlier. The end result of all this was V15, which was recorded at Power Station on January 21 and February 20, with further mixing or overdubs undertaken on April 1 and 9, plus May 9, 1980.

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