Zero And Blind Terry

PHANTOMS - V1 5:35 DDITV / MT1 / ROOI / SA914
ZERO AND BLIND TERRY - V2a 5:55 US5 / ROOI / SA914
WILD ZERO AND BLIND TERRY - V2b 6:04 BIS / ROOI / ATMF
ZERO AND BLIND TERRY - V3 5:51 BTF / PS / EY / SA914 / FS
ZERO AND BLIND TERRY - V4 5:52 TRACKS

Note: Phantoms, also known by the title "Over The Hills Of St George", was written during early 1973, and apparently performed live several times during May-June (most famously on June 13 in Binghampton, NY). Sony logs during the Wild, Innocent sessions show Phantoms worked on June 22 and 26, then both Phantoms and Zero were recorded and completed on June 28, 1973, without David Sancious. The Melody of "Zero & Blind Terry" is the exact same as the earlier recorded and completed "Phantoms", but Bruce wrote fresh lyrics about "the kid they just call Zero", and a wild love story ("Pack your bags baby and together they ran like reindeers through the streets") that is what makes the Boss magic. Zero and Blind Terry was first played live July 18, 1973, at Max's Kansas City, New York, NY. V2b is a stand-alone instrumental arrangement called "Wild Zero" that absolutely rocks; V2a is another instrumental take that serves as the backing track for V3, which adds vocals and a sax solo. It was pressed on acetate, used as the publishing demo, but not included on album #2. It has circulated on various boots for many years, much loved by close fans. V4 was completed on August 7, 1973 and includes additional piano courtesy David Sancious, a layer of acoustic guitar (Bruce) and a haunting vocal overdub by Suki Lahav. V4 had never circulated prior to its emergence on Tracks and it’s stunning. Suki is not credited in the Tracks booklet, but we know who she is.

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