Streets Of Philadelphia

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1a 4:13 uncirculating
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1b 4:11 BACK / ASOBS / OST: PHILADELHPIA
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1c 3:49 1994 single
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1d 3:17 GREATEST / ESSENTIAL
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1e 2:53 DDITV / 1994 b-side
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1f 4:13 promo-only cd
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1g 3:43 TOTP video mix
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V2 uncirculating

Note: Written in mid-1993, and registered at the US Copyright office on August 27. 1993. Released on December 30, 1993, as part of the Motion Picture 'Philadelphia' soundtrack, then issued as a single in the U.S., on February 2, 1994. However, this is a song with a complex recording and release history. All recordings were co-produced by Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. V1a was recorded during August 1993 at Bellevue Studios (the house next to the residence) at Thrill Hill Recording, 40 Bellevue, Rumson, New Jersey. Springsteen was on vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer and drum machine. V1b added background vocals and bass by Tommy Sims, and in December, would become the album soundtrack version. V1c, the single mix, only adds Sims vocals to V1a, and is trimmed under four minutes. V1d is a significantly edited (one minute shorter) version of v1b, mixed for Bruce Springsteen's Greatest Hits album, released on February 28, 1995. V1e is the version used for the commercially released video – it is the same base recording as V1b except that it features an alternate (“live”) Springsteen vocal. V1f was released as a promotion-only single in the UK and Austria and this is allegedly yet another slightly different mix of V1b. V1g is the audio released as part of a black & white video shot in early 1994 at CBS TV Soundstage studios in New York and originally broadcast on the UK TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’. It is alleged this is yet another slight, but unique, mix variation. V2 is a different recording of the song made in October 1993, apparently at A&M Studios in Los Angeles. It features Bruce on lead vocal, instrumentation provided by Springsteen and jazz virtuoso Ornette Coleman, bass and background vocals by Tommy Sims and additional background vocals by Little Jimmy Scott. V2 was allegedly scheduled to be the officially released version up to early December 1993, when it was nixed at the last second, even after the song’s video (which featured Little Jimmy extensively) was shot. The video had to be re-shot. A brief snippet of V2 (including the tell-tale vocals of Little Jimmy Scott) is actually heard about halfway through the movie (but it’s V1b that is heard in the opening sequence of the movie).

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