Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Studio Sessions - Other Recordings

Other Recordings

These are songs recorded for release on records of other artists. The recordings took place in the same time-period as the Darkness sessions.

LOVE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF TOWN uncirculating

Note: Co-written by Springsteen and Van Zandt in December 1976 during sessions for Southside Johnny’s second album (issued in May 1977). Not recorded during the sessions for Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

LITTLE GIRL OF MINE - V1 uncirculating
LITTLE GIRL SO FINE - V2 uncirculating

Note: Co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Jukes producer "Sugar" Miami Steve Van Zandt in December 1976 during sessions for Southside Johnny's second album (issued in May 1977). Not in the studio logs for Darkness On The Edge Of Town, which started after This Time It's For Real was released. Early title was "Little Girl Of Mine", which can be heard in a rehearsal take by Van Zandt recorded in late 1976, and released on his 2019 album, The Early Work. Though the track is now named "Little Girl So Fine", the final hook, title and lyric had yet to be composed, as evidenced by the refrain with the early title. Springsteen included "Little Girl Of Mine" on an early 1976 list for Album IV; it could be this song, or another composition with the same title.

TRAPPED AGAIN uncirculating

Note: Co-written by Southside Johnny, Springsteen and Van Zandt in early 1978 during sessions for Southside Johnny’s third album. According to Southside he predominantly wrote the song, with Bruce and Steve merely adding bits and pieces. So a Springsteen studio recording of this song is highly unlikely to exist.

DAWN PATROL uncirculating
DRIFTER'S BARRIO uncirculating
YOU'RE GONNA CRY uncirculating

Note: Chris Sandford wrote in his 1999 book Springsteen: Point Blank that "Springsteen began tinkering at his fourth album in January 1976. One track, 'Darkness On the Edge of Town', was already done; demos of 'Dawn Patrol', 'Frankie', 'Drifter's Barrio' and 'You're Gonna Cry' – some good, some not so polished – were being cut as fast as he could hum them."

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