The E Street Shuffle

THE E STREET SHUFFLE - V1 uncirculating
THE E STREET SHUFFLE - V2 4:24 WIESS / 1975 b-side

Note: Written around early/mid-1973, and first played live June 6, 1973, before David Sancious joined the band. V1 was recorded at 914 Sound Studios on June 28, 1973, and another recording session was logged on September 22, but it is certain there were more in between. Albee Tellone, sound manager and roadie for Bruce from November 1972 through December 1973, believes it was Sancious's presence that inspired the tune. Albee says: "I went to David's house with Bruce to learn it while David played his piano. I thought that they had written it together." He goes on to say: "We all went to the studio and played 'live' together in the large room just like we had rehearsed it in the garage in Deal, NJ. Bruce sang it 'live' then too. I was told that they were going to keep only the drums and bass parts and build overdubs from there. Bruce played rhythm on his Telecaster but replaced it later as the tracks were added. I came back on another day to overdub my sax part. We also recorded the 'tune-up' intro with tuba and cornet separately when I came back to play the baritone sax part." The song features Tellone guesting on baritone saxophone. The song's main riff is lifted from the Major Lance hit "The Monkey Time", while the outro borrows musically from Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up".

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