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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.

HIGH HOPES - V1 3:31 YBNT2
HIGH HOPES - V2 4:20 BB: EP
HIGH HOPES - V3 2:46 private
HIGH HOPES - V4 4:57 HOPES

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. V4 re-recorded at Sydney's Studios 301 in March 2013 in Australia with the extended E Street Band during the Australian leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour. The first single from High Hopes, released November 25, 2013. Produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello. Musician credits are Springsteen on vocals, guitar, vibraphone and percussion. Roy Bittan on piano, Nils Lofgren on guitar, Patti Scialifa on backing vocals, Garry Tallent on bass, Max Weinberg on drums, Tom Morello on guitar, Charlie Giordano on accordian, Soozie Tyrell on backing vocals, drum loop by Ron Aniello, Everett Bradley on percussion and backing vocals. Horn section is Barry Daniellian, Clark Gayton, Stan Harrison, Ed Manion and Curt Ramm. Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle and Michelle Moore provide backing vocals.

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.

STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1a uncirculating
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1b 4:11 BACK / 1993 comp / 1994 single
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - V1c 3:17 GREATEST / ESSENTIAL
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).

BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGE 4:51 TRACKS

Note: No direct relation to the 1983 Springsteen song also found on Tracks, except for the similar title. Recorded on May 22, 1995 at Thrill Hill West (Bruce's Los Angeles home studio). Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his 5-man backing band on this recording is Danny Federici (keyboards), Garry Tallent (bass), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel, dobro), Gary Mallaber (drums) and Soozie Tyrell (violin).

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 SA

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: BONUS / 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 uncirculating
SECRET GARDEN - V2 0:53 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V3a 4:10 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V3b 2:12 YBNT2
SECRET GARDEN - V4 4:15 DDITV
SECRET GARDEN - V5a 4:27 GREATEST
SECRET GARDEN - V5b 4:32 BB: EP
SECRET GARDEN - V5c 4:27 promo-only cd single

Note: V1 was recorded for "Human Touch" but not utilized. In January 1995, Bruce re-recorded it at The Hit Factory, New York, during his reunion with the E Street Band. V2 is a combination of two brief snippets that was shown in the Blood Brothers video. V3 is a complete, alternate take, and V4 is prefaced by recording "take #1". V5a was released as a single, and included on the album, "Bruce Springsteen: Greatest Hits", released February 28, 1995. V5b features strings (courtesy David Kahn) added to V5a, and released November 19, 1996, on the official "Blood Brothers EP", as well as a single b-side in some countries. V5c, 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. V5c 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 3:57 BB: EP
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 BB: EP
HIGH HOPES - V3 2:46 private
HIGH HOPES - V4 4:57 HOPES

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. V4 re-recorded at Sydney's Studios 301 in March 2013 in Australia with the extended E Street Band during the Australian leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour. The first single from High Hopes, released November 25, 2013. Produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello. Musician credits are Springsteen on vocals, guitar, vibraphone and percussion. Roy Bittan on piano, Nils Lofgren on guitar, Patti Scialifa on backing vocals, Garry Tallent on bass, Max Weinberg on drums, Tom Morello on guitar, Charlie Giordano on accordian, Soozie Tyrell on backing vocals, drum loop by Ron Aniello, Everett Bradley on percussion and backing vocals. Horn section is Barry Daniellian, Clark Gayton, Stan Harrison, Ed Manion and Curt Ramm. Curtis King, Cindy Mizelle and Michelle Moore provide backing vocals.

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 - V1 4.46 THLRR / TRACKS / UH / SQBI / MI / GS
THIS HARD LAND - V2 4.50 THLBP / THLBB / MAT / CAST
THIS HARD LAND - V3 4:43 VA
THIS HARD LAND - V4 uncirculating
THIS HARD LAND - V5 4:33 YBNT2 / BB
THIS HARD LAND - V6 4:40 DDITV
THIS HARD LAND - V7 4:48 GREATEST
THIS HARD LAND - V8 5:40 private

Note: V1-V3 recorded at The Power Station (not The Hit Factory, as the Tracks liner notes suggest) on May 11 and 13-14, 1982. Springsteen returned to it V4 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. V5 is a brief snippet shown in the video. V6 and V7 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. V7 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 3:01 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 0:44 DROC1 / SFEM / AT
YOU CAN LOOK (NOT TOUCH) - V4 0:30 DROC1 / SFEM / AT
YOU CAN LOOK (NOT TOUCH) - V5 2:11 DROC1 / AT
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) (vs.1) - V6 - take 3 2:04 TTTBR / TTTBJ / DROC2 / RIVER: SINGLE / LEK / SFEM
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V7 uncirculating
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V8 2:34 RIVER
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V9 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-V4 are well developed, with the lyrics of the first and third verses almost complete. Two different arrangements exist. V5, 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. V6, 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". V7 is a Telegraph Hill rehearsal from January 11, 1980. V8 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. V9 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.

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