Thundercrack

THUNDERCRACK - V1 uncirculating
THUNDERCRACK - V2 uncirculating
THUNDERCRACK - V3 uncirculating
THUNDERCRACK - V4 uncirculating
THUNDERCRACK - V5 8:23 TRACKS

Note: Written in mid-1972. This was performed live regularly, usually as the big show closer, from October 1972 right up until Vini Lopez’ departure from the band in February 1974. "It ended three or four different times -you didn't know where it was going to go. It was just a big, epic show-ender that was meant to leave the audience gasping a little bit for their breath - "Hey, who was that guy? That was pretty good…", Bruce said at a 1999 interview for Mojo magazine. On the first known day of WIESS sessions, May 14, 1973, at 914 Sound Studios, the band recorded V1 of "Thundercrack", before moving on to 8 takes of "Circus Song". Work was resumed with V2, on June 22, 1973, then additional takes, overdubs or mixing took place on August 7 V3, and August 9, V4, but they were not completed to Springsteen's satisfaction. V5 for Tracks added overdubs, including background vocals by Vini Lopez cut in 1997, to approximate the sound of live performances. "I found a version which was actually pretty good, called up Vini Lopez and I said, "Vini, I have some singing for you to do" and Vini - he's a caddy master at a golf course - he just comes by and I said, "Remember this song?" He came in and sang all his parts completely unprompted, like he remembered it exactly from 25 years ago", he added at the Mojo interview.

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