Greatest Hits - Studio Sessions


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Greatest Hits commercially released: February 28, 1995
Various Producers (refer to individual songs)
Various Recording Engineers (refer to individual songs)

1993 Solo / Overview

The following song creation recordings, not in collector circulation, were recorded by Springsteen at home on acoustic guitar in February 1993 during an extended break in the Human Touch – Lucky Town tour. A comment heard on the tape regarding a well-documented news event enables it to be determined that most, very likely all, of this audio was recorded on February 25, 1993. These recordings are similar in sound quality and recording style to Bruce’s 1979 and 1981 home cassette recordings (see On The Tracks listings).

It should be noted that these are not professional studio recordings. Springsteen utilizes a cassette recorder that he manually stops and starts, as needed. None of these recordings exhibit a finished songwriting product. These are unfinished compositions, both musically and lyrically, and are in varying stages of completeness. However most of these songs show enough musical and lyrical development that it’s probable Springsteen finished them sometime during 1993-1995 and they exist as fully realized demo or studio recordings in Bruce’s archive vault.

1993 Solo / Details

Recorded at Springsteen’s home, Beverly Hills, CA on February 25, 1993.

ANGELINA - V1 1:19 private cdr
ANGELINA - V2 2:02 private cdr
ANGELINA - V3 2:16 private cdr

Note: All three utilize the same lyrics but V1 and V2 utilize different music than V3. The lyrics include the first three lines of Springsteen’s 1995 recorded song "Back In Your Arms", although there are no other similarities with that song. This is a standout composition in the making. The recorder is stopped and re-started once during the V3 performance.

BABY YOU'RE MISSING 2:54 private cdr

Note: This up-tempo song does not share any common melody or lyrics with either Springsteen’s 1995 released song "Missing" (from the film The Crossing Guard) or his 2002 released song "You're Missing" (from The Rising album). The recorder is stopped and re-started once during this performance.

BLIND SPOT - V1 2:08 private cdr
BLIND SPOT - V2 1:51 private cdr

Note: Although neither V1 nor V2 are finished this clearly exhibits the makings of a major work. A recording of the song was filed with the US Copyright Office in early 1995, although the song remains unreleased. However, the title of this Springsteen composition had leaked out in late 1994 and it is believed the recording emanates from sometime in the fall of 1994. The recorder is stopped and re-started once during the V1 performance. V2 is more fully realized.

CROSS ROADS 0:40 private cdr

Note: This up tempo but embryonic work is a Springsteen original, not a cover of the Robert Johnson blues classic.

DON'T CROSS THAT LINE 2:23 private cdr

Note: One of the strongest songs from this session.

DON'T LET YOUR HEART GROW COLD 0:59 private cdr

Note: A lament about a female mud wrestler at the Tropicana Hotel.

DRY LIGHTNING - V1 3:56 private cdr
DRY LIGHTNING - V2 3:03 private cdr
DRY LIGHTNING - V3 3:29 JOAD

Note: The same song that would eventually make its debut on the The Ghost Of Tom Joad album in late 1995. V1 and V2 utilize the same music but they are sung in different keys – this music however is totally different than what ended up being used on the official, released version. The lyrics are about a 70% match to the released version. V3 was recorded sometime April–June 1995 at Thrill Hill West (Bruce's Los Angeles home studio. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his four-man backing band on this recording is Danny Federici (keyboards), Garry Tallent (bass), Gary Mallaber (drums) and Soozie Tyrell (violin).

HOUSE ON FIRE 0:45 private cdr

Note: The recorder is stopped and re-started once during this performance.

I DREAMT MY LOVE WAS LOST - V1 1:25 private cdr
I DREAMT MY LOVE WAS LOST - V2 1:03 private cdr
I DREAMT MY LOVE WAS LOST - V3 1:09 private cdr
I DREAMT MY LOVE WAS LOST - V4 0:43 private cdr

Note: Bruce working with unfinished lyrics and marrying them to different melodies or arrangements sung in different keys. This song contains the same opening three lines as Springsteen’s January 1995 recorded song "Back In Your Arms" (issued on Tracks) – but none of these above-noted versions utilize that song’s melody or any of its other lyrics.

I'M A GHOST IN MY DREAM 3:53 private cdr

Note: A wonderful, haunting song in the making. There is no relation whatsoever to "The Ghost of Tom Joad". The recorder is stopped and re-started twice during this performance.

KNIFE IN THE BACK 2:13 private cdr

Note: Quiet, introspective relationship song.

ONE FALSE MOVE IS ALL IT TAKES 2:39 private cdr

Note: A light-hearted ditty about a young working class couple that one can easily envision with a rock backing. The recorder is stopped and re-started once during this performance.

VISION SPIRIT 1:15 private cdr

Note: Bears some musical (though not lyrical) similarity to the version of "Dry Lightning" from this session.

YOU CAME DOWN 4:57 private cdr

Note: Another introspective relationship song in an early development stage. The recorder is stopped and re-started three times during this performance.

Philadelphia to Blood Brothers / Overview

Springsteen completed the 1992-3 Human Touch - Lucky Town tour in June 1993. The Philadelphia - Blood Brothers sessions span a 19-month period from July 1993 to January 1995. Although Springsteen recorded somewhere between one and two albums worth of new material during this 19-month period, he never issued any of the recordings coherently on an album. The scattered nature of the releases, coupled with the fact that many of the songs remain unheard and/or unknown, make this period somewhat of a mystery, even today.

In early 1993 director Jonathan Demme approached Springsteen about writing a song for his work-in-progress film Philadelphia. Springsteen was non-committal to the project but told Demme he would try and come up with something appropriate for the film. Following the conclusion of the 1992-93 World Tour in support of Human Touch and Lucky Town in June 1993 Springsteen retreated to his home studio and came up with "Streets of Philadelphia". In the autumn of 1993, several other new songs were written and recorded – precise details of these have never come to light. In January 1994 Springsteen confirmed to German magazine Bravo that he was writing new songs for a new album that he hoped to have out by the end of 1994. This album was never released – although the songs were written and recorded.

In March 1994 Springsteen had recorded three or four new songs (details unknown) utilizing a three-man backup band consisting of 1992-93 tour members Roy Bittan (keyboards), Tommy Sims (bass) and Zach Alford (drums). In late 1993 and again in mid-1994 Springsteen and Joe Grushecky collaborated for songwriting sessions which yielded several songs, which in turn led to Springsteen agreeing to produce Grushecky’s next album. The core of Grushecky’s American Babylon album sessions took place during September-October 1994 and the album was completed and in the can by November 1994. However, due to contractual delays, the American Babylon album (which contains two of their 1993-4 songwriting collaborations) was not released until October 1995.

During October-December 1994 Springsteen recorded seven or eight new songs utilizing a three-man backup band consisting of 1992-93 tour band members Shane Fontayne (guitar), Tommy Sims (bass) and Zach Alford (drums). None of this material has yet leaked out. Fontayne has mentioned the sessions in interviews and noted the working title of the album was “Waiting On The End Of The World”. However, these sessions seem to have given way to a surprise decision to re-convene the E Street Band in conjunction with a related decision to release a Greatest Hits anthology during the early months of 1995.

In January 1995 Springsteen assembled the entire E Street Band (+ alumnae Little Steven) together in New York for about ten days of studio sessions. Although Springsteen had utilized individual band members in the studio since 1987, this was seemingly the first time the E Street Band had worked together in the studio since March 1984 (a point Nils Lofgren has since confirmed in an interview). It is believed that most of the new compositions recorded at this “reunion” session had already been recorded at sessions with non-E Street Band musicians during 1994.

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA 3:51 1993 comp / GREATEST
GYPSY WOMAN 4:20 1994 comp
BLOOD BROTHERS 4:31 BBEP / GREATEST
SECRET GARDEN 4:27 BBEP / GREATEST
WITHOUT YOU 3:56 BBEP
HIGH HOPES 4:20 BBEP / HOPES
BACK IN YOUR ARMS 4:33 TRACKS
MISSING 5:06 1995 comp / ESSENTIAL
THIS HARD LAND 4:48 GREATEST

Philadelphia to Blood Brothers / Details

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1a uncirculating
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1b 4:11 BACK / 1993 comp / 1994 single
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1c 3:17 GREATEST
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1d 2:53 DDITV / 1994 b-side
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1e 4:13 promo-only cd
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1f 3:43 TOTP video mix
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V2 uncirculating

Note: Written in mid-1993 and first registered at the US Copyright office on August 27. 1993. First issued on December 30, 1993 as part of the Philadelphia soundtrack CD, then issued as a single in February 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 Thrill Hill West (Bruce’s California home studio) and features only Springsteen – on vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer and drum machine. V1b, the “hit” version that appeared on the album soundtrack and the single, is the exact same as V1a except that there are added background vocals by Tommy Sims. To complicate matters the V1b version was issued in slightly shorter running time lengths on some versions of the single in some countries (done by shortening either the intro or outro). V1c is a significantly edited version of V1b that was released on the Greatest Hits album. V1d 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. V1e was released as a promotion-only single in the UK and Austria and this is allegedly yet another slightly different mix of V1b. V1f 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).

GYPSY WOMAN - V1a 4:20 1994 compilation
GYPSY WOMAN - V1b 3:28 BACK

Note: Written by Curtis Mayfield. Recorded by Bruce during September or October 1993 at Thrill Hill West (Bruce’s Los Angeles home studio). Co-produced by Springsteen and Tommy Sims. This features Bruce on lead vocals and guitars and Tommy Sims on bass, keyboards, percussion and background vocals. First released in February 1994 on the Curtis Mayfield tribute album.

HOMESTEAD 4:14 circulating

Note: Co-written by Springsteen and Joe Grushecky in Los Angeles in late 1993, with Springsteen providing most of the music and Grushecky most of the lyrics. This was the first of what has turned out to be numerous Springsteen-Grushecky collaborations to date. The song was first issued by Grushecky on his American Babylon album in October 1995. Springsteen's version (recorded sometime in 1995) surfaced in November 2013, broadcast on E Street Radio.

DARK AND BLOODY GROUND uncirculating

Note: Co-written by Springsteen and Joe Grushecky in mid-1994, with Springsteen providing most of the music and Grushecky most of the lyrics. The song was first issued by Grushecky on his American Babylon album in October 1995. A Springsteen studio vocal rendition has yet to surface.

MISSING - V1a 5:06 1995 compilation
MISSING - V1b 5:06 ESSENTIAL / DDITV

Note: Recorded in the autumn of 1994 at Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's Los Angeles home studio). Produced by Springsteen (no co-producer) and recorded by Toby Scott. Bruce handles all vocals and instruments. Springsteen didn’t write "Missing" with a film in mind – he played the recording for actor/director Sean Penn in late 1994 and Penn asked if he could use it in a film he was directing, which turned out to be the November 1995 movie The Crossing Guard. First issued on the movie soundtrack in November 1995 and then as a Springsteen single in some countries in early 1996. V1a and V1b are slightly different mixes of the same recording. The versions circulated on bootlegs have about a minute total cut at the beginning and end of the track but are from an identical recording and mix to the official release.

NOTHING MAN - V1 uncirculating
NOTHING MAN - V2 4:23 RISING

Note: Written by Bruce, and recorded sometime during 1994. Song was re-recorded at Southern Tracks Studio in early 2002 with the E Street Band and that version was issued on The Rising album.

BLIND SPOT - V1 2:08 private cdr
BLIND SPOT - V2 1:51 private cdr

Note: Although neither V1 nor V2 are finished this clearly exhibits the makings of a major work. A recording of the song was filed with the US Copyright Office in early 1995, although the song remains unreleased. However, the title of this Springsteen composition had leaked out in late 1994 and it is believed the recording emanates from sometime in the fall of 1994. The recorder is stopped and re-started once during the V1 performance. V2 is more fully realized.

FATHER'S DAY uncirculating

Note: This song and its sound recording were first registered with the US Copyright Office in spring 1995. However, the title of this Springsteen composition had leaked out in late 1994 and it is believed the recording emanates from sometime in the fall of 1994.

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH uncirculating

Note: This song and its sound recording were first registered with the US Copyright Office in spring 1995. However, the title of this Springsteen composition had leaked out in late 1994 and it is believed the recording emanates from sometime in the fall of 1994.

SECRET GARDEN - V1 0:53 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V2a 4:10 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V2b 2:12 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V3 4:15 DDITV
SECRET GARDEN - V4a 4:27 GREATEST
SECRET GARDEN - V4b 4:32 GREATEST
SECRET GARDEN - V4c 4:27 promo-only cd single

Note: Recorded for "Human Touch" but not utilized. Bruce re-recorded it in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City, with the E Street. V1 is a combination of two brief snippets shown in the video. V2 is a complete, alternate take. V3 is recording "take #1". V4a is the original single that was also issued on "Greatest Hits" album. V4b features strings (courtesy David Kahn) added to V4a and released on the official "Blood Brothers EP", as well as a single b-side in some countries. V4c, known as "the Jerry McGuire Remix", was produced by New York City radio station Z100 (with permission from Springsteen/Sony) as part of a spring 1997 listener contest promotion exclusive to that station. The V4c version features dialog excerpts from the movie added on top of the instrumental sections of the regular commercial version of the song. There are also additional, brief radio station plug spots before and after the song that are heard on this promo-only "contest giveaway" CD.

BLOOD BROTHERS - V1 1:11 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2a 1:54 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2b 1:31 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2c 3:12 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2d 5:05 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2e 5:02 DDITV
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3 4:31 GREATEST
BLOOD BROTHERS - V4 4:53 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V5 4:00 GREATEST
BLOOD BROTHERS - V6 3:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V7 5:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V8 5:42 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V9 3:54 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V10 4:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V11 2:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V12 4:16 O&S

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. There are many different arrangements, and it's clear that Springsteen was uncertain about which to use. V1 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V2a and V2b are slightly different mixes of the official video take. V3 (with session player Frank Pagano guesting on percussion instruments) and V5 are different recordings, both of them officially issued. V4 (take #31) is very similar to the V3, slightly slower with small lyrical variations. V5 is the stirring "rock" version that many consider superior to V3, while V6 is an alternative take (#20) of the "rock" version with some lyrical variation and an upfront accordion accompaniment. V7 is the earliest complete take and an alternative arrangement of the "rock" version with a melody very close to that of the Greatest Hits version. This take (#3) also has some lyrical variations, including "out on west end" rather than ".out on the end". V8 features a quiet, downbeat arrangement and is take #9. V9 is performed by Bruce, Max, and Roy (on keyboards). This take (#18) features some lyrical variations and can perhaps be described as "Secret Garden-ish". V10 is fascinating, and the arrangement can only be described as heavily Dylan-inspired with an organ riff that is very reminiscent of "Like A Rolling Stone". There's also plenty of harmonica and some lyrics that are unique to this arrangement. At the conclusion, Bruce says "well that's the idea anyway!". This is the same arrangement found in V1. V11 is a cut work-in-progress of the Greatest Hits arrangement in a different key (D) and Bruce providing instruction and direction to the band. V12 is a stunning solo acoustic performance that is deserving of an official release.

WITHOUT YOU - V1 4:33 YBNT2
WITHOUT YOU - V2 3:56 GREATEST

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. V1 is longer but not quite finished. V2 is the complete, officially issued take.

HIGH HOPES - V1 3:31 YBNT2
HIGH HOPES - V2 4:20 GREATEST
HIGH HOPES - V3 2:46 private

Note: Song written in 1987 by Tim McConnell (aka Tim Scott). Recorded by Springsteen in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. V1 is a brief snippet of a different recorded take, as heard in the video. V2 is the complete, officially issued take. V3 is an alternative, rather funky arrangement with low, almost whispered lyrics and is reminiscent of War's "Spill The Wine". The take is aborted early, with Bruce requesting a cup of tea. Re-recorded in 2013 with the E Street Band and Tom Morello and issued on the "High Hopes" album, released January 2014.

BACK IN YOUR ARMS - V1 0:34 YBNT2
BACK IN YOUR ARMS - V2 3:16 YBNT2
BACK IN YOUR ARMS - V3a 4:38 DDITV
BACK IN YOUR ARMS - V3b 4:33 TRACKS
BACK IN YOUR ARMS - V4 4:57 private
BACK IN YOUR ARMS - V5 4:47 private

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. V1 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V2 is an incomplete alternate take. V3b (recorded on January 12) is the officially issued recording. V3a is the same basic recording as V3b but with the keyboard deleted and a different, more passionate vocal by Springsteen. Many consider V3a to be the superior version. V4 is an early take (#1) with some bluffed lyrics and an overdubbed introduction with some nice organ work. V5 is take #6.

THIS HARD LAND - V1a 4.50 THLRR / THLBP / UH / MAT
THIS HARD LAND - V1b 4.46 TRACKS
THIS HARD LAND - V2 uncirculating
THIS HARD LAND - V3 1:57 YBNT2
THIS HARD LAND - V4 4:40 DDITV
THIS HARD LAND - V5 4:48 GREATEST
THIS HARD LAND - V6 5:40 private

Note: V1 recorded at The Power Station (not The Hit Factory, as the Tracks liner notes suggest) on May 11 and 13-14, 1982. Same performance, two different mixes. One of Bruce's finest studio moments. Springsteen returned to it V2 with two demos recorded on January 3 and 15, 1983. Re-recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City, for the Greatest Hits sessions. Frank Pagano guests on percussion instruments. V3 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V4 and V5 are two different recordings, though very similar. Neither is as good as the original 1982 Born In The USA studio session version that is available on Tracks. V6 is take #3 with mandolin and accordion and an extended coda.

WAITING ON THE END OF THE WORLD - V1 uncirculating
WAITING ON THE END OF THE WORLD - V2 4:27 DDITV

Note: V2 Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City with the E Street Band. V1 is an earlier version that was recorded in 1994 featuring Shane Fontayne and other members of the 1992-3 touring band.

BY YOUR SIDE 3:45 private

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City with The E Street Band. The only song from the Greatest Hits sessions not released, officially or otherwise. A nice, quiet, contemplative love song with the refrain "I will wait by your side". This take is still in the early stages of development, however, with some called out key changes and bluffed lyrics later in the song.

I'M GOING BACK 2:58 O&S

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City with The E Street Band. This appears to be a work-in-progress, with Bruce singing falsetto over a backing of guitar, bass, and drums. The vast majority of the lyrics are bluffed. The song was not worked to any conclusion during the sessions, and no official title is known. We've used the title "I'm Going Back" on the basis that it is the only lyric that can be heard. Entered circulation in February 2017 on the 'Odds & Sods' compilation, a hidden bonus track after "Blood Brothers".

YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V1 2:40 LM-7
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V2 2:45 LM-7 / LMEC2
YOU CAN LOOK (NOT TOUCH) - V3 1:13 DROC1
YOU CAN LOOK (NOT TOUCH) - V4 2:19 DROC1
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (vs.1) - V5 - take 3 2:04 TTTBR / TTTBJ / DROC2 / RIVER: SINGLE
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V6 uncirculating
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V7 2:34 RIVER
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V8 1:18 YBNT2

Note: V1-V2 are actually two takes of Bruce working on the start and end, singing the lead guitar part over his acoustic, recorded at Telegraph Hill January–May 1979. It's clear that he thinks he's onto something. V3 is well developed, with the lyrics of the first and third verses almost complete. Two different arrangements exist. V4, which is done in rockabilly style, was recorded at The Power Station Studios on August 24, 1979. This arrangement was performed regularly on the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour in 1988, but not before and never since. V5, the arrangement found on The River, dropping the earlier rockabilly arrangement, was recorded August 25, 1979 at The Power Station. Bruce would instead use the music from "Held Up Without A Gun". V6 is a Telegraph Hill rehearsal from January 11, 1980. V7 recorded on February 17 and 23, 1980, at The Power Station, and final mixing for the River took place on April 1, 9 and 21, 1980. V8 is a short acoustic take from January 1995, at the Greatest Hits studio sessions, at the Hit Factory, New York, NY from the Blood Brothers video.

Greatest Hits / Overview

Bruce Springsteen: Greatest Hits was released on February 28, 1995. Please refer to the individual sessions from which these recordings emanate for further details. Those items marked with a hash (#) are recordings that were officially unreleased prior to their appearance on Greatest Hits. Please note that the version of “Human Touch” found on Greatest Hits is an edited/shortened version of the album track that was previously only available as a promotional item issued to radio stations.

1. BORN TO RUN 4:31 BORN TO RUN / GREATEST
2. THUNDER ROAD 4:49 BORN TO RUN / GREATEST
3. BADLANDS 4:03 DARKNESS / GREATEST
4. THE RIVER 5:01 RIVER / GREATEST
5. HUNGRY HEART 3:20 RIVER / GREATEST
6. ATLANTIC CITY 3:57 NEBRASKA / GREATEST
7. DANCING IN THE DARK 4:03 BITUSA / GREATEST
8. BORN IN THE U.S.A. 4:41 BITUSA / GREATEST
9. MY HOMETOWN 4:13 BITUSA / GREATEST
10. GLORY DAYS 3:49 BITUSA / GREATEST
11. BRILLIANT DISGUISE 4:16 TUNNEL / GREATEST
12. HUMAN TOUCH 5:10 HUMAN / GREATEST
13. BETTER DAYS 3:45 LUCKY / GREATEST
14. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA 3:17 1994 single / GREATEST
15. SECRET GARDEN 4:28 1995 recording# / GREATEST
16. MURDER INCORPORATED 3:58 1982 recording# / GREATEST
17. BLOOD BROTHERS 4:34 1995 recording# / GREATEST
18. THIS HARD LAND 4:51 1995 recording# / GREATEST

Greatest Hits / Details

If the song is missing here, please refer to the individual sessions from which these recordings emanate for further details.

BORN TO RUN - V1 uncirculating
BORN TO RUN - V2a 4:24 ESRR / BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V2b 4:28 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V3 4:27 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4a 4:40 BIS / BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4b 4:38 WAR / BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4c 4:34 ETRJ / ETRV / BWNH / BTRS / BTRCS / BIS / UBTROC / ROOI / WAR
BORN TO RUN - V4d 4:30 BIS / ROOI / ETRJ / ETRV / BTRS / BTRCS
BORN TO RUN - V4e 4:23 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4f 4:21 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4g 4:30 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4h 4:23 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4i 4:21 BIS / BTRCS
BORN TO RUN - V4j 4:21 BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V4k 3:20 Ktel-CBS
BORN TO RUN - V5a 4:28 BORN TO RUN
BORN TO RUN - V5b 4:28 ETRJ / ETRV / BTRS
BORN TO RUN - V5c 5:27 RTT

Note: On the road in the Mid-South late in 1973, he awoke suddenly one morning, grabbed his notebook, and inked in the title BORN TO RUN. A few weeks later, "Bruce, the band, and Appel got back to work at the 914 Sound Studios on January 8, 1974, spending a couple of days fiddling with rudimentary versions of both Born to Run V1 and Jungleland V1."-Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin. According to Bruce, the entire writing and recording process took six months while he was living at a rented cottage at 7½ West End Court in West Long Branch, which suggests it began in late 1973. V2a is the original backing track recorded at 914 Sound Studios on May 21, 1974, after obviously being rehearsed and practiced in prior days. V2b from June 26, 1974 dubs in Bruce's vocals to the V2a track. Bruce continued work on the song, adding lyrics and overdubs, at 914 Sound Studios, both in June and then starting a week's residency on August 1, 1974. Finally, on August 6, 1974. the final version was mixed down from seventy-two tracks to the sixteen available at 914 Studios, including strings, more than one dozen guitar tracks, sax, drums, glockenspiel, bass, multiple keyboards and a variety of voices. The core backing track V3 was mixed, along with numerous test arrangements V4x, with backing vocals, double-tracked vocals and strings, and finally the one chosen for release V5a. An advanced tape release of the official version V5b, first aired on WMMR in Philadelphia on November 3, 1974 (V5c), and subsequently broadcast by several USA radio stations during November 74-July 75. There is little difference between these versions.
Over the years, more than ten alternative mixes of Born To Run have leaked out, and this a short list and description of those we could identify. V4a has a double tracked vocal and strings; V4b has double tracked vocals. strings, and a female chorus; V4c also has a female chorus. V4d has a female chorus that doesn't kick in until the 3rd verse; V4e is an alternative mix with only basic instrumental backing; V4f has only guitars in the instrumental backing; V4g does not have a drum track. V4h is Bruce's vocal without any backing instruments; V4i features string and enhanced high end; v4j has less overdubbing; V4k does not include the middle verse and the sax solo; this was released by Ktel-CBS in Australia-only in early 1976 on a multi-artist LP called Supersounds.

CHRISSIE'S SONG - V1 uncirculating
WINGS FOR WHEELS - V2 uncirculating
THUNDER ROAD - V3 4:35 BIS / WAR / ET / BWNH / BTRS / BTRCS / UBTROC
THUNDER ROAD - V4 4:30 ESRR / BTRS
THUNDER ROAD - V5 4:35 BIS / WAR / ET / BWNH / BTRS / BTRCS / UBTROC
THUNDER ROAD - V6 5:22 WAR / BWNH / BTRS / BTRCS / UBTROC
THUNDER ROAD - V7 4:44 BORN TO RUN

Note: Early recording in October 1974 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt NY of V1 ‘Chrissie’s Song’, included the line ‘Leave what you’ve lost, leave what’s grown cold – Thunder Road’. By February 1975, Chrissie's Song had evolved into V2 ‘Wings For Wheels', absorbing elements of ‘Walking In The Streets’, with ‘Chrissie’ replaced by ‘Angelina’. On February 5, 1975 at the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA, Ed Sciaky introduced the radio broadcast that included Born To Run, She's the One, Jungleland, and Wings For Wheels. A memorable moment not preserved for the coming album was Suki Lahav’s violin behind Bruce’s lovelorn vocals: ‘Now the season's over and I feel it getting cold, Well I wish I could take you to some sandy beach, where we ’d never grow old, Ah but baby you know that’s just jive, tonight's bustin' open and I’m alive, Oh do what you can do to make me feel like a man’. Two months later at the Record Plant, the last line had become 'the night’s bustin’ open, these two lanes will take us anywhere' and 'Thunder Road' had been born, the name taken from a poster for the 1958 Robert Mitchum movie in the lobby of a movie theater. Angelina was now Christina, and Jon Landau suggested that bruce move the sax solo from the middle to the end, which used to be 'Walking In the Street'. The initial takes were on April 18-19 and 23, 1975, and featured mostly finished lyrics. V3 is a haunting acoustic solo version, one of Bruce’s greatest studio performances. V4 is a base rhythm track with guide vocal (no organ or sax) and V5 is more developed, restrained vocal, includes sax and organ, and polished ending. V6 is from July 15 and features Mary, the album vocal and piano tracks, though there are extended guitar and sax dubs. V7 was completed on July 16, 1975, with Mike Appel on background vocals.

BADLANDS - V1 4:07 LM-2 / DDO / DDOC / DO-3 / AM / UP
BADLANDS - V2 3:47 LM-3 / DDO / DDOC / DO-2 / UP
BADLANDS - V3 3:40 LM-3 / UP / AM / LMEC1
BADLANDS - V4a 4:05 ODM / HOD / AM
BADLANDS - V4b 4:03 DARKNESS

Note: Unfortunately, very few outtakes circulate of Badlands, one of Springsteen's greatest songs and anthems, that he opened concerts with for years, though their must be good stuff in the vaults. Remember, title, music, lyrics, the Springsteen method of songwriting. The title came from Terrence Malick's 1973 movie, "Badlands" (he had not seen the movie). In late June, the music had been composed, and was first played by the E Street Band on June 27, 1977 at Atlantic Studios. The song's opening riff, Springsteen revealed years later, is a major-key twist on the minor-key intro to the Animals' 1965 hit "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." V1 is the instrumental backing track, recorded on June 27 and 30. Max Weinberg said his opening drum part was suggested by Steve Van Zandt, and inspired by Motown. Bruce had a routine with his engineers to create "Ruffs" tapes for him, so he could take instrumental or early recordings home and write lyrics. V2 had to be recorded in late June, or on July 11 or 13 at Atlantic Studios. Springsteen was working at Atlantic Studios on July 13, 1977, when the twenty-five-hour-long New York City blackout began; soon after, the opening line "Lights Out Tonight", came into being. New takes, with developing lyrics, were recorded on August 24 and 30, 1977, but contrary to Lost Masters liner notes and many other sources, no outtakes circulate from these sessions.

It wasn't until November 1977, that Badlands was re-written with new lines, including, "I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got" from "Iceman", about which he later honestly recalled, "That whole record was a record where I felt like I was going to have to test myself, and that was what I wanted to know, so that line ended up in a few different songs."—Los Angeles Times interview, 1998. Next, from a song by Elvis Presley from the 1962 movie, "Kid Galahad", "King Of The Whole Wide World": "A poor man wants to be a rich man, A rich man wants to be a king, But the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing, He's the king of the whole wide world". They translated to these Verse2 lyrics: "You better get it straight, darling, Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, And a king ain't satisfied till he rules everything, I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got". Verse 3 was strengthened by, "For the ones who once had a notion, it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive" from "Break Out".

V3 was recorded on December 12, 1977 at the Record Plant, with many new lyrics in place. Bruce is still yelling at the man on the TV, but Badlands has started to take shape. The vocals for V4, the album version, were dubbed in during a three day mixing session on February 22, 24 and 25, 1978 (V4A is an alternate, with less double-tracked vocals than the Darkness version), and the final mix #23 on April 11 was pressed to acetate on April 12, 1978. However, the version V4b that went on the album was from February 24 and 25, restoring one of Clarence Clemons' great sax solos. Springsteen's initial excuse was that he believed the instrument evoked the city, leaving it out of place on an album set in something more like "the heartland"; he later admitted, "[that] would have been a major error".

OH ANGELYNE - V1 1:35 LM-6 / DROC1
OH ANGELYNE - V2 0:49 LM-6
OH ANGELYNE - V3 2:59 LM-6
OH ANGELYNE - V4 2:20 LM-6 / MT2
THE RIVER - V5a 4:56 PYP
THE RIVER - V5b - take 5 4:55 TTTBR / TTTBJ / RIVER: SINGLE
THE RIVER - V5c 4:56 RIVER / ESSENTIAL
THE RIVER - V6 0:36 TTTB: DOC

Note: Evolved from "Oh Angelyne", a solo demo recorded January-May, 1979. Oh Angelyne V1-4 were early workings of "The River", both lyrically and melodically. V5 recorded at The Power Station on August 26 and 29, 1979. Both of the above versions are different mix takes of the same basic recording. The take found on The River adds vocalisations over the end coda, as well as other slight variations. Further work was undertaken on January 21 and April 12 and 24, 1980. Likely mixing or overdub sessions In an interview, engineer Neil Dorfsman says he recalls cutting several versions of the song, trying out different tempos and a more embellished rock 'n' roll arrangement. None of these alternative arrangements circulate, and it is not known whether they still even exist in the vaults. V6 Brief snippets of an acoustic demo heard in Thom Zimny's documentary about the making of The River. Includes some of the well-known lyrics, including "is a dream a lie that don't come true, or is it something worse".

HUNGRY HEART - V1a 2:48 DROC2 / PYP
HUNGRY HEART - V1b 3:44 DROC2
HUNGRY HEART - V1c 3:26 LM-6
HUNGRY HEART - V1d 3:18 LM-6
HUNGRY HEART - V1e 3:29 LM-6 / RRR
HUNGRY HEART - V1f 3:31 private cdr
HUNGRY HEART - V1g - take 2 3:21 TTTBR / TTTBJ / RIVER: SINGLE
HUNGRY HEART - V1h 3:15 RIVER / 1980 Single / ESSENTIAL

Note: Apparently penned after Joey Ramone asked Bruce to write a song for the Ramones after he attended a Ramones show at The Fast Lane in Asbury Park in March 1979; this may be apocryphal. In any case, Springsteen has confirmed that it was written with the Ramones in mind, and was considering giving the song away. He played it for Jon Landau, who convinced Bruce to keep it for himself. The eight takes listed above all appear to be different mixes of the same basic performance that are also running at varying tape speeds. The version released on The River has been pitch adjusted, raising the pitch of Springsteen's vocal to achieve a more radio friendly sound. V1b is the backing track only. V1f has heavy echo added to Springsteen's vocal. Recorded at The Power Station on 14 and 21 June and September 5, 1979 with further mixing or overdub sessions on March 24 and April 10, 1980. Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of the Turtles) contribute backing vocals.
Further work on this song was undertaken at The Power Station on March 24 and April 10, 1980. Likely a mixing or overdub session, perhaps for Flo and Eddie's backing vocals.

FIST FULL OF DOLLARS - V1 3:44 FFOD / HNWB / MT2
FIST FULL OF DOLLARS - V2 2:24 FFOD / HNWB
ATLANTIC CITY - V3 1:40 FFOD / HNWB
ATLANTIC CITY - V4 uncirculating
ATLANTIC CITY - V5a - take 5 4:00 LM-1
ATLANTIC CITY - V5b - take 3 3:56 NEBRASKA
ATLANTIC CITY - V5c 3:43 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)
ATLANTIC CITY - V6 uncirculating
ATLANTIC CITY - V7 uncirculating
ATLANTIC CITY - V8 uncirculating

Note: Before he writes the music, and lastly the lyrics, the first thing Bruce Springsteen does is choose a title! This is how he writes many of his songs, and he chose Fistfull of Dollars from the Clint Eastwood movie. The two demos (V1 & V2) he recorded in Spring 1981, had the title in them, but they also had quite a few verses written, all about Atlantic City. You can hear him turning pages of his notebook as he worked on them. FFOD never went anywhere, but as for Atlantic City…..
The story continues in late 1981, still at Colts Neck, V3 lines are getting into shape; The rest is Bruce trying variations of the chorus. V4 and V5 were recorded on his Portastudio at Colts Neck during a two-week period, December 17 to January 3, 1982, with take 3 chosen for Nebraska. Take 5 v5a is the only outtake from this session. In a letter to Jon Landau, Springsteen noted that "this song should probably be done with the whole band really rockin' out". V6 was cut at The Power Station on April 26-28, 1982, with the band during the 'Electric Nebraska' sessions. Landau insisted on releasing the solo version, "No way was it as good as what he had goin' on that demo tape". The three days working on the full-band arrangement, however, paid off handsomely for years after taking it on the road.

DANCING IN THE DARK - V1a 4:31 BUERM
DANCING IN THE DARK - V1b 3:57 BITUSA
DANCING IN THE DARK - V1c - blaster mix 6:09 1984 EP
DANCING IN THE DARK - V1d - radio mix 4:50 1984 EP
DANCING IN THE DARK - V1e - dub mix 5:30 1984 EP

Note: The last song on Born In The U.S.A. to be recorded. Written in no time at all after Jon Landau convinced Bruce that the album needed a single. According to Dave Marsh in Glory Days, Bruce was not impressed with Landau's approach. "Look", he snarled, "I've written seventy songs. You want another one, you write it." Despite this reaction, Bruce sat in his hotel room and wrote the song in a single night. It sums up his state of mind, his feeling of isolation after the success of The River, and his frustrations of trying to write a hit-single. Six takes cut on February 14, 1984, although the mixing sessions for this and some other songs were not completed until March. V1a contains a longer sax solo at the end that was shortened (cut) for the official album version. V1c thru V1e are dance/disco remixes that were mixed at The Power Station in April or early May 1984 by Producer/mixer Arthur Baker. The recording engineer for the remixes was Chris Lord-Alge. These remixes were first released in late June 1984. The 12" single was released May 9, 1984 and was the biggest selling 12" single in the U.S.A. that year.

BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V1 2:22 FFOD / HNWB / MT2
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V2 0:30 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V3 4:45 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V4 3:10 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V5 2:55 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V6 4:00 FFOD / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V7a 3:06 LM-1 / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V7b 3:06 TRACKS
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8a 8:09 THLBB / UH / GS / BUERM / MI
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8b 5:00 LM-19 / THLBP
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8c - take 9 4:36 BITUSA
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8d - freedom mix 7:20 1984 EP
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8e - radio mix 6:10 1984 EP
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V8f - dub mix 7:36 1984 EP

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Track-sheet from a recording of 'Born In The U.S.A.', dated May 3, 1982.

Note: V1 is wildly different from subsequent takes. V2 is when things start to get familiar, featuring the lyrics "Born baby in the USA, I believe in the American way". A fascinating glimpse at the development of a classic. Recorded at Springsteen’s home in Colts Neck, NJ from mid-September to December 1981. V3 Only one recording was made - the two variants above are merely alternate mixes. Written after Jon Landau sent Springsteen a Paul Schrader script with the same title in 1981, evolving from an earlier song called "Vietnam". In his notes to Landau, Bruce describes the song as "[a] little ditty.[that] should be done very hard rockin'." V8 recorded in just four takes (two complete) at The Power Station on April 27-28 and May 3, 1982, with the E Street Band during the "Electric Nebraska Session". V8a contains a different Springsteen vocal overdub and a very long, extended jam ending, and V8b leaked out of the sessions, and was released unofficially on one of the permutations of the bootleg, "This Hard Land". V8c (take 9) was completed on May 3, and became the first song on side one of the album, "Born In the USA". V8d thru V8f were dance remixes of V8c, undertaken by Producer/Mixer Arthur Baker, and recorded at Shakedown Studio in New York City around September 1984. The recording engineer for the remixes was Toby Scott; the remixes (which include additional vocals by The Latin Rascals) were first released in December 1984.

YOUR HOMETOWN - V1 3:41 LM-17
YOUR HOMETOWN - V2 3:26 LM-17 / GS
YOUR HOMETOWN - V3 3:21 LM-17 / GS
YOUR HOMETOWN - V4 3:33 LM-17
MY HOMETOWN - V5 - take 3 4:27 BITUSA
MY HOMETOWN - V6 - take 4 4:59 LM-19

Note: V1-V4 are four different, complete performances, all done in rockabilly arrangements. All versions are sung in third person ("Your Hometown"). V5-V6 come from four takes recorded late in the Born In the USA sessions on June 29, 1983. Two different performances circulate, both featuring Ruth Jackson (wife of sound engineer Bruce Jackson) on background vocals. Takes #1 and #2 clocked in at over six minutes. V5 Take #3 was preferred for Born In The USA and V6 #4 can be found on Lost Masters 19.

GLORY DAYS - V1 1:59 LM-10
GLORY DAYS - V2 4:24 private
GLORY DAYS - V3a 5:33 THLBP / RTT
GLORY DAYS - V3b 5:28 LM-19 / UH / GS / MI / BUERM / TDB
GLORY DAYS - V3c 5:05 private cdr
GLORY DAYS - V3d 4:11 BITUSA

Note: V1 is a very early demo from January-April 1982, includes the "my dad" verse that was cut from the final album version, but appears in most circulating bootlegs. V2 is a Colts Neck band rehearsal from April 1982. It seems the song was fairly well developed and rehearsed at this point. Some minor lyrical variations throughout, and it lacks the entire call-and-response ending. V3 is recorded at The Power Station on May 5, 1982; four different mixes are known. V3a only appears on This Hard Land issues and Roll The Tapes, and is unique because of the serious audio distortion that runs throughout. V3b and V3c are unedited and contain the entire extra verse cut from the officially released version. The wild variations in track length appear to be due to tape speed, and there are two variations in the count-in. An alternative source of V3b includes an engineer identifying the take as #11.

BRILLIANT DISGUISE 4:12 TUNNEL

Note: Began life as "Is That You?", which was recorded February 5, 1987. Became "Brilliant Disguise" by the end of that month. Recorded at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen handles multiple instruments and his three-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards), Danny Federici (organ) and Max Weinberg (percussion).

HUMAN TOUCH – V1a 6:41 private cdr
HUMAN TOUCH – V1b 6:28 HUMAN
HUMAN TOUCH – V1c 5:09 GREATEST / ESSENTIAL / promo cd

Note: Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Additional background vocal overdub by Patti Scialfa. All of the above are different mix/edits of the same core recording. V1a features an extended intro and an extra guitar break mid song. V1c is merely an edited version of V1b and was officially released as a promo single in some countries and later on the official Greatest Hits and Essential packages.

BETTER DAYS 4:04 LUCKY

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles all guitars, keyboards and lead vocals and his 2-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass) and Gary Mallaber (drums). Female background vocalists are Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell and Soozie Tyrell.

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1a uncirculating
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1b 4:11 BACK / 1993 comp / 1994 single
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1c 3:17 GREATEST
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1d 2:53 DDITV / 1994 b-side
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1e 4:13 promo-only cd
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1f 3:43 TOTP video mix
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V2 uncirculating

Note: Written in mid-1993 and first registered at the US Copyright office on August 27. 1993. First issued on December 30, 1993 as part of the Philadelphia soundtrack CD, then issued as a single in February 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 Thrill Hill West (Bruce’s California home studio) and features only Springsteen – on vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer and drum machine. V1b, the “hit” version that appeared on the album soundtrack and the single, is the exact same as V1a except that there are added background vocals by Tommy Sims. To complicate matters the V1b version was issued in slightly shorter running time lengths on some versions of the single in some countries (done by shortening either the intro or outro). V1c is a significantly edited version of V1b that was released on the Greatest Hits album. V1d 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. V1e was released as a promotion-only single in the UK and Austria and this is allegedly yet another slightly different mix of V1b. V1f 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).

MURDER INCORPORATED - V1a 4:05 MI / GS / MILM / LM-19 / TDB / UH
MURDER INCORPORATED - V1b 4:13 private cdr
MURDER INCORPORATED - V1c 4:22 THLBP / THLRR / RTT
MURDER INCORPORATED - V1d 4:31 THLBP / RTT
MURDER INCORPORATED - V1e 4:47 THLBB
MURDER INCORPORATED - V1f 3:57 SFEM
MURDER INCORPORATED - V1g 4:02 GREATEST
MURDER INCORPORATED - V2 4:03 MI / GS / MILM / UH

Note: Recorded at The Power Station May 3-4, 1982. Different mix permutations of the same core recording. The recording found on track 3 of the LP 'This Hard Land' (Boss Productions) could be another different mix but runs very slow. Track 5 from the aforementioned LP is V1c, which lacks a "woo" before the opening line as well as some backing vocals. V1a deletes the saxophone solo after the second verse. The officially released V1e includes the saxophone solo but fades out earlier than the outtakes, explaining the ten second difference in track length V2 is a mix so different it gets it's own version number. Different instruments and sound.

SECRET GARDEN - V1 0:53 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V2a 4:10 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V2b 2:12 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V3 4:15 DDITV
SECRET GARDEN - V4a 4:27 GREATEST
SECRET GARDEN - V4b 4:32 GREATEST
SECRET GARDEN - V4c 4:27 promo-only cd single

Note: Recorded for "Human Touch" but not utilized. Bruce re-recorded it in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City, with the E Street. V1 is a combination of two brief snippets shown in the video. V2 is a complete, alternate take. V3 is recording "take #1". V4a is the original single that was also issued on "Greatest Hits" album. V4b features strings (courtesy David Kahn) added to V4a and released on the official "Blood Brothers EP", as well as a single b-side in some countries. V4c, known as "the Jerry McGuire Remix", was produced by New York City radio station Z100 (with permission from Springsteen/Sony) as part of a spring 1997 listener contest promotion exclusive to that station. The V4c version features dialog excerpts from the movie added on top of the instrumental sections of the regular commercial version of the song. There are also additional, brief radio station plug spots before and after the song that are heard on this promo-only "contest giveaway" CD.

BLOOD BROTHERS - V1 1:11 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2a 1:54 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2b 1:31 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2c 3:12 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2d 5:05 YBNT2
BLOOD BROTHERS - V2e 5:02 DDITV
BLOOD BROTHERS - V3 4:31 GREATEST
BLOOD BROTHERS - V4 4:53 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V5 4:00 GREATEST
BLOOD BROTHERS - V6 3:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V7 5:12 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V8 5:42 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V9 3:54 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V10 4:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V11 2:20 private
BLOOD BROTHERS - V12 4:16 O&S

Note: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City. There are many different arrangements, and it's clear that Springsteen was uncertain about which to use. V1 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V2a and V2b are slightly different mixes of the official video take. V3 (with session player Frank Pagano guesting on percussion instruments) and V5 are different recordings, both of them officially issued. V4 (take #31) is very similar to the V3, slightly slower with small lyrical variations. V5 is the stirring "rock" version that many consider superior to V3, while V6 is an alternative take (#20) of the "rock" version with some lyrical variation and an upfront accordion accompaniment. V7 is the earliest complete take and an alternative arrangement of the "rock" version with a melody very close to that of the Greatest Hits version. This take (#3) also has some lyrical variations, including "out on west end" rather than ".out on the end". V8 features a quiet, downbeat arrangement and is take #9. V9 is performed by Bruce, Max, and Roy (on keyboards). This take (#18) features some lyrical variations and can perhaps be described as "Secret Garden-ish". V10 is fascinating, and the arrangement can only be described as heavily Dylan-inspired with an organ riff that is very reminiscent of "Like A Rolling Stone". There's also plenty of harmonica and some lyrics that are unique to this arrangement. At the conclusion, Bruce says "well that's the idea anyway!". This is the same arrangement found in V1. V11 is a cut work-in-progress of the Greatest Hits arrangement in a different key (D) and Bruce providing instruction and direction to the band. V12 is a stunning solo acoustic performance that is deserving of an official release.

THIS HARD LAND - V1a 4.50 THLRR / THLBP / UH / MAT
THIS HARD LAND - V1b 4.46 TRACKS
THIS HARD LAND - V2 uncirculating
THIS HARD LAND - V3 1:57 YBNT2
THIS HARD LAND - V4 4:40 DDITV
THIS HARD LAND - V5 4:48 GREATEST
THIS HARD LAND - V6 5:40 private

Note: V1 recorded at The Power Station (not The Hit Factory, as the Tracks liner notes suggest) on May 11 and 13-14, 1982. Same performance, two different mixes. One of Bruce's finest studio moments. Springsteen returned to it V2 with two demos recorded on January 3 and 15, 1983. Re-recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City, for the Greatest Hits sessions. Frank Pagano guests on percussion instruments. V3 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V4 and V5 are two different recordings, though very similar. Neither is as good as the original 1982 Born In The USA studio session version that is available on Tracks. V6 is take #3 with mandolin and accordion and an extended coda.


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