Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. - Studio Sessions


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Commercially Released: January 5, 1973
Label: Columbia Records/CBS Inc.
Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos
Recorded at 914 Sound Studios (June-October 1972)
Recorded by Louis Lahav
Remixed by Jack Ashkinazy
Design by John Berg and Fred Lombardi

Overview

Laurel Canyon Productions (Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos) signed a recording contract with CBS (“the CBS Agreement”) on June 9, 1972. Springsteen’s services were subcontracted to Columbia Records by Laurel Canyon (i.e. Bruce was not signed directly to CBS/Columbia). Laurel Canyon was to receive an immediate cash advance from CBS and this money was to be used to pay for the studio time at 914 Sound Studios to record the album. A delay by CBS in delivering the advance money to Laurel Canyon resulted in the band sessions at 914 not starting until late June, although Springsteen had cut four solo acoustic tracks at 914 ("Growin' Up", "Street Queen", "Arabian Nights" and "Lady And The Doctor") on June 7. During June Springsteen had finalized the selection of the musicians that would be used for the initial sessions at 914 Sound. The musicians chosen (with an ok from Appel-Cretecos) constituted the entire line-up of the former 'Bruce Springsteen Band' - David Sancious, Gary Tallent, Vini Lopez and Steve Van Zandt (Steve ended up partaking in almost none of the 914 Sound band sessions because of a prior commitment to tour as a member of The Dovells backing group)

Recording sessions for the Greetings album spanned a four-month period, from early June to late October 1972. All sessions took place at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York. The initial sessions at 914 Sound Studios involved the recording of the “band” material. Apparently Springsteen had pretty much decided what songs were going to be given a band arrangement before entering the studio. So the core “band” sessions were completed in only about two weeks. No unreleased band recordings from the debut album sessions have surfaced. Following these band sessions the various band members scattered (keeping in mind Bruce had not decided to form a touring band at this stage).

Springsteen spent the next few weeks recording solo material. It was during this period that differences of opinion surfaced about what material (band vs solo) was going to dominate the eventually released LP. There were two sides in this disagreement. Mike Appel and John Hammond wanted a solo-dominated album, while Springsteen and Jimmy Cretecos preferred a band-dominated album. During early August a compromise was reached and the album track selection was decided upon – featuring five band recordings ("Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?", "Growin’ Up", "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", "For You" and "Lost In The Flood") and five solo recordings ("The Angel", "Mary Queen Of Arkansas", "Jazz Musician", "Arabian Nights" and "Visitation At Fort Horn"). On August 10, 1972 Laurel Canyon transferred the sound recording copyrights to these ten songs to CBS. So it seemed the album was finalized. However when then-CBS President Clive Davis listened to the ten tracks he commented that not only did he prefer the band tracks, but he also felt the album lacked a potential hit single. In essence Davis was siding with Springsteen’s vision of the album as being more rock-orientated.

In July 2012 a document in Springsteen's handwriting was listed on an auction site. Despite claims by the auctioneer that this document is a setlist, we feel it is more likely to be a list of songs that Springsteen was considering taking into the studio and recording for his next album, and is potentially from sometime around the summer of 1972. The songs listed are "Arabian Nights", "Mary Queen Of Arkansas" (crossed out), "Southern Sun", "Growin' Up", "Jesse", "Marie", "The Jazz Musician", "Street Queen" and "Mother". "Mother" is a song that is known from circa 1972 rough audio not in circulation, and was listed by Charles Cross in the second edition of Backstreets: The Man and His Music. It is not known if the song was ever finished. Another document surfaced in November 2013, listing twelve potential songs for Springsteen's first album. This document is believed to date from August 1972. These twelve songs are "Arabian Nights", "Henry Boy", "I Heard The Word" (a.k.a. "The Song"), "Mary Queen Of Arkansas" (apparently listed as an alternative to "I Heard The Word"), "Growin' Up", "Two Hearts In True Waltz Time", "Song To Orphans" (listed as an alternative to "Two Hearts In True Waltz Time"), "Lost In The Flood", "The Angel", "Bus Driver" ("Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street"), "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and "Visitation At Fort Horn".

In August Springsteen composed two more commercial-sounding songs, "Blinded By The Light" and "Spirit In The Night". Consequently a further “band” session was required. However both Sancious and Tallent, then-employed at Alpha Sound Studios in Richmond, were unable to return to New York to record. Bruce wished to incorporate saxophone in both new songs and contacted Clarence Clemons, a member of Norman Seldin & The Joyful Noyze at the time. So the studio session line-up for these two songs was Clemons, Lopez and Springsteen (who played all other instruments, except for the piano on "Blinded By The Light", which was handled by Harold Wheeler. "Blinded" and "Spirit" (as well as the only uncirculated track from the sessions, "The Chosen") were completed by early September. These two band recordings replaced the three solo recordings ("Visitation", "Arabian Nights" and "Jazz Musician") that had previously been shortlisted. Therefore the final album was reduced from ten tracks to nine, encompassing seven band tracks and two solo tracks. Columbia Records original intention was to release the album in late November 1972. However the company decided the album might get overlooked among the massive amount of pre-Christmas releases so the album was held back for until early January.

Released

1. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT 5:03 GREETINGS
2. GROWIN' UP 3:05 GREETINGS
3. MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS 5:19 GREETINGS
4. DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? 2:04 GREETINGS
5. LOST IN THE FLOOD 5:13 GREETINGS
6. THE ANGEL 3:23 GREETINGS
7. FOR YOU 4:40 GREETINGS
8. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT 4:57 GREETINGS
9. IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY 3:11 GREETINGS

Total Running Time: 37:13

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Additional Recordings

In addition to what was released on the official Greetings album, Springsteen recorded other songs (most in solo mode) at 914 Sound Studios during the Greetings sessions. Some of these recordings were later utilized as copyright/publishing demos – and therefore can be categorized as both Greetings session outtakes and publishing demos. It is difficult to distinguish in every case between the Greetings album session solo outtakes recorded at 914 Sound Studios and some demo recordings made slightly earlier at other locations. Please refer to the On The Tracks section under “Demo” for a detailed listing of all known demo recordings and the best available information as to the timing and location of when/where these recordings emanate.

ARABIAN NIGHTS Circulating
VISITATION AT FORT HORN Circulating
JAZZ MUSICIAN Circulating
LADY AND THE DOCTOR Circulating
COWBOYS OF THE SEA Circulating
TWO HEARTS IN TRUE WALTZ TIME Circulating
STREET QUEEN Circulating
THE CHOSEN Circulating

Details

THE ANGEL - V1 3:37 US3 / HDT
THE ANGEL - V2 uncirculating
THE ANGEL - V3a 3:26 PS / EY
THE ANGEL - V3b uncirculating
THE ANGEL - V3c 3:23 GREETINGS

Note: V1 recorded at Columbia Studio E on May 3, 1972, with John Hammond producing. V2 recorded on June 26 at 914 Sound Studios. V3a was cut the next day with a new vocal take. V3b was recorded on June 29, an instrumental track by Richard Davis on upright bass, which was overdubbed on the finished track. v3c logged on October 26, 1972, is the final mix.

MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V1 uncirculating
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V2 1:15 HDT
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V3 4:18 TRACKS / US3 / HDT
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V4a 5:19 uncirculating
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V4b 5:19 GREETINGS

Note: V1 was recorded at John Hammond's office , CBS Records, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY on May 2, 1972. V2 and V3 were both recorded at Columbia Studio E for his Columbia audition tape on May 3, 1972. V2 was Bruce's first attempt, followed by V3, which was a complete take and has been officially issued on Tracks. Both V4a and V4b are the same basic recording from June 26-27, 1972 at 914 Sound Studios, with a harmonica overdub added later on V3b, and released on Greetings.

DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V1 1:55 TRACKS / US3 / HDT
DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V2 uncirculating
DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V3a 2:05 PS / EY
DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V3b 2:04 GREETINGS

Note: V1 was recorded at Columbia Studio E for his Columbia audition tape on May 3, 1972 and officially released on Tracks. V2 was recorded on June 26, 1972 at the GFAP sessions. V3a was recorded the following day, and is allegedly a different mix but the difference, if there is one, is not perceptible. Running time variation is only at fade out. Recorded at 914 Sound Studios V3b was final overdubs and mixing of the album version on July 12, 1972.

ELOISE - V1 1:05 BTF / UNE / PS / EY / EDR
GROWIN' UP - V2 uncirculating
GROWIN' UP take 1 - V3a uncirculating
GROWIN' UP take 2 - V3b 2:35 TRACKS / US3 / HDT / CHAPTER / EDR
GROWIN' UP - V4 uncirculating
GROWIN' UP - V5 3:18 PS / EY
GROWIN' UP - V6 3:05 GREETINGS / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: V1 is 'Eloise', a work-in-progress take with soon to be discarded lyrics, recorded at Mediasound Studios in April 1972. V2 was recorded in John Hammond's office on May 2, 1972, and V3 was cut the next day at Columbia Studio E for his Columbia audition tape, and V3b was officially released 26 years later on 'Tracks'. V4 was an acoustic take, recorded without the band at the first Greetings session on June 7, 1972, and does not circulate. V5 was cut on June 27, 1972, and V6, the final take from that session, was chosen for release on 'Greetings'.

IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY take 1 - V1 3:05 uncirculating
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY take 2 - V2 7:08 uncirculating
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V3 4:18 uncirculating
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V4 2:50 US3 / HDT / TRACKS / URT2 / EDR
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V5 2:40 US4 / EDR
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V6a uncirculating
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V6b 3:08 DDITV / TFTV / SA914
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V7 3:09 GREETINGS

Note: V1 and V2 were recorded at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, NY on February 14, 1972, at Bruce's audition for Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Bruce started off with a new song, “It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City,” which was performed a second time at the request of Appel, who was dazzled by the lyrics. He was mumbling "like a Harley in heat" after the audition was over. V3 was performed at John Hammond's office, CBS Records, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY on May 2, 1972. V4 recorded at Studio E Columbia Records building, 6th floor, 49 East 52nd Street, New York City on May 3, 1972 and officially issued on Tracks. V5 likely recorded at Pocketful Of Tunes Studios, New York, NY in May-June, 1972. V6a was recorded on June 26, 1972, and V6b the following day, June 27. The only difference is that Bruce’s vocal on V6b is faded out several seconds earlier than in V6a, which reveals that there were a few “street rapping” words spoken by Bruce that were cut from the officially released version. V7 is the final album track after overdubbing and mixing on October 26.

FOR YOU - V1 uncirculating
FOR YOU - V2a 4:43 PS / EY
FOR YOU - V2b 4:40 GREETINGS / ESSENTIAL: 2003

Note: V1 was recorded on February 14, 1972 at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, NY, at the audition for Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. V2a was recorded June 27, 1972 at 914 Sound Studios for Greetings. V2b was an overdub session on October 26, 1972, when Greetings track was completed.

LOST IN THE FLOOD - V1a uncirculating
LOST IN THE FLOOD - V1b 5:13 GREETINGS

Note: V1a was recorded on June 27, 1972 at 910 Sound Studios and is the Greetings take. V1b contains sound effects (courtesy of Steve Van Zandt) that were overdubbed to complete the track.

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - V1a 5:03 GREETINGS / ESSENTIAL: 2003 / GH09
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - V1b 3:58 original USA 7” single

Note: The band lineup for this track was Springsteen-Clemons-Lopez, plus session man Harold Wheeler on piano. Both V1a and V1b are the same recording (from September 11, 1972), however V1b has been edited, with an entire verse removed. The lyrics on the back of the rare 7” picture sleeve are also missing this edited verse. A stereo fold down mono version is available as the b-side of the white label promo 45. Springsteen's first single was released on February 23, 1973, coupled with "The Angel". According to Springsteen in "Songs", both "Blinded By The Light" and "Spirit In The Night" were written to order, after Clive Davis told him there was nothing on the album which could get radio play. His response was to go home with a rhyming book, which is what he used to write "Blinded".

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT - V1 uncirculating
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT - V2 4:57 GREETINGS / ESSENTIAL: 2003

Note: Written in response to Clive Davis’s request for some ‘single’ material, "Spirit In The Night" was issued as a single, backed with "For You", hard on the heels of "Blinded By The Light’, on May 11, 1973, produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jim Cretecos. Springsteen tried using the music for "The Fever", but quickly thought otherwise, and composed a fresh melody. V1 was recorded on September 11, 1972 at 910 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York. The Greetings take was completed on October 26, 1972, with Springsteen, Clemons and Lopez, with Bruce playing multiple instruments. Sessionman Harold Wheeler provided additional piano. A stereo fold down mono version is available as the b-side of the white label promo 45. It was first played live at Max’s Kansas City, New York, NY on January 31, 1973, after which it became a staple in the show.

ARABIAN NIGHTS - V1 uncirculating
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V2 5:25 US1 / ESRR / EDR
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V3 5:05 US3 / MT1 / EDR
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V4a 5:52 UNE / PS / EY / EDR
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V4b 5:39 DT
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V5 uncirculating

Note: V1 recorded at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, NY on February 14, 1972. V2 was probably recorded at Mike Appel’s office, New York in April 1972. V3 was recorded at the John Hammond audition at Studio E Columbia Records building, 6th floor, 49 East 52nd Street, New York City on May 3, 1972. V4a is from a session at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on June 7, 1972. Each version is a more polished than its predecessor, and leads up to the second take on June 7, a stunning solo acoustic number which was left off the Greetings album. This very same recording was later utilized as a publishing demo by Laurel Canyon. V4b is from a downstream source and of weaker sound quality. Springsteen finished the song V5 on June 27, which is probably a full band take that was set to go on the album, until three songs were bumped to make room for "Blinded By the Light" and "Spirit In the Night". V5 remains uncirculated.

VISITATION AT FORT HORN 7:44 BTF / PS / EY / UNE / VAFH / MPD

Note: Solo acoustic number left off the album, recorded June 27, 1972. This very same recording was later utilized as a publishing demo by Laurel Canyon. Bumped from the Greetings LP to make way for last minute additions “Blinded By The Light” and “Spirit In The Night”. Performed by Bruce live at least a couple of times during the August 1972-January 1973 period, although no live audio is circulating.

JAZZ MUSICIAN - V1 4:55 HDT / EDR
JAZZ MUSICIAN - V2 5:20 HDT / US3 / EDR
JAZZ MUSICIAN - V3 6:01 US4 / EDR
JAZZ MUSICIAN - V4 6:04 BTF / UNE / PS / EY / EDR

Note: V1 and V2 were both recorded at Studio E at Columbia Records Studio on May 3, 1972, on Bruce's audition demo. V3 was recorded at Mediasound Studios, NY in May 1972. V4 on the other hand, is from 914 Sound Studios on June 27, 1972, a GFAPNJ that was all set to go on the album. All four versions are solo-piano takes and each version is a slight improvement on its predecessor. In V3 Bruce sings one line as “and you were pretty big in the south”. In V4 Bruce sings this line as “and, YEAH, you were pretty big in the south”. “Jazz Musician” was one of three songs bumped from Greetings to make way for last minute additions “Blinded By The Light” and “Spirit In The Night”. Some have speculated that the recording of the song that was eliminated from Greetings is not V4, but another take from that day that has yet-to-surface. V4 was later utilized as a publishing demo by Laurel Canyon. Springsteen salvaged the line, "now the park is dark, but the sidewalk’s bright and alive with the light of the living", for "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out".

LADY AND THE DOCTOR - V1 3:22 US4 / EDR
LADY AND THE DOCTOR - V2 4:12 BTF / UNE / PS / EY / EDR
LADY AND THE DOCTOR - V3 uncirculating

Note: Note: V1 recorded in Mike Appel’s office in New York City in April 1972. V2 recorded at 914 Sound Studios on June 7, 1972. V1 is a very tentative performance and the sound quality seems to indicate it was recorded on non-professional equipment. V2 is vastly superior on all levels. Named "The Lady And The Doctor" by some sources. V3 was a full band take recorded on June 27, 1972 at 914 Sound Studios, which remains uncirculated.

TWO HEARTS IN TRUE WALTZ TIME - V1 3:31 US3 / HDT / EY / EDR
TWO HEARTS IN TRUE WALTZ TIME - V2 uncirculating
TWO HEARTS IN TRUE WALTZ TIME - V3 3:38 BTF / MT1 / ATMF / EDR

Note: V1 recorded at CBS Studios, New York, NY on May 3, 1972. Written in April 1972 and performed (tentatively, with a couple of words mumbled) by Bruce as part of the CBS Studio session. V2 recorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY on June 27 and V3 June 29, 1972. The 914 Sound Studios version (which features either Garry Tallent or Richard Davis on bass) is stunning. Seriously considered for Greetings, appearing on an August 1972 short-list.

COWBOYS OF THE SEA - V1 uncirculating
COWBOYS OF THE SEA - V2 4:38 US3 / HDT / FOFC / RARITIES / DIHTSHN / EDR
COWBOYS OF THE SEA - V3 4:15 DT / EDR
COWBOYS OF THE SEA - V4 4:13 BTF / US4 / EY / EDR

Note: Written by Bruce in 1971. Performed with The Bruce Springsteen Band in late 1971 and early 1972. A wild, full band live performance at The Backdoor Club in Richmond in February 1972 is circulating. This seems to be the earliest of his compositions to incorporate substantial scattershot imagery. V1 recorded at Pocketful of Tunes, 39 West 55th Street, New York, NY on February 14, 1972. V2 recorded at the John Hammond audition at Studio E Columbia Records building, 6th floor, 49 East 52nd Street, New York City on May 3, 1972. V3 recorded at Mediasound Studios, 311 West 57th Street, New York, NY during April-July, 1972. V4 is a solo acoustic number left off the Greetings album, recorded June 7, 1972 at 914 Sound Studios. A full-band take may well have been recorded as well, but there are no mentions of the song (in either arrangement) in the studio logs.

STREET QUEEN - V1 3:44 US3 / HDT / EDR
STREET QUEEN - V2 3:52 DT / MT1 / MPD / EDR

Note: V1 recorded at Studio E at Columbia Records Studio, New York, NY on May 3, 1972, the John Hammond demo session, with Bruce on piano. V2 is from the first Greetings session at 914 Sound Studios on June 7, 1972. Bruce plays an electric keyboard. V2 is one of the master tape recordings purchased by JEC Music USA, registered at the Library Of Congress, but never issued on any of JEC’s associated CD releases (Prodigal Son – Unearthed - Before The Fame).

THE CHOSEN uncirculating

Note: The only uncirculated song from the Greetings sessions. Recorded at the penultimate session of September 11, 1972. Not much is known, but Springsteen may have referred to the song in an unprinted interview with Paul Nelson, describing it as nine minutes long with a great Clarence solo. Bruce couldn't remember the title, but could recall a single lyric, 'Blow the whistle from the mountaintop', which does not fit any known song from the period. Alternative title may be "Let The Words", known from a provisional album sequence that post dates the September 11 session.

Timeline

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during June 7, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
GROWIN' UP - V4 uncirculating
COWBOYS OF THE SEA - V4 4:13 BTF / U4
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V4 5:54 BTF / UNE / PS / EY / DT
LADY AND THE DOCTOR - V2 4:12 BTF / UNE / PS / EY
STREET QUEEN - V2 3:52 DT / MT1

Note: all BTF or UNE or PS or EY recordings are professionally transferred from a copy of the master tape that has been enhanced. The DT and U4 recordings are from a downstream generation source, un-enhanced and therefore of reduced sound quality. Since the above-mentioned six recordings appear to have been made during the sessions for the Greetings LP they are also listed in the Greetings LP sessions section. While the "house" engineer at 914 was Louis Lahav, this particular session was engineered by Pete Weiss.

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during June 26, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V6a uncirculating
DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V3a 2:05 PS / EY
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V4a 5:19 uncirculating
THE ANGEL - V2 uncirculating

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during June 27, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V6b 3:08 DDITV / TFTV / SA914
DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V3b 2:04 GREETINGS
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS - V4b 5:19 GREETINGS
THE ANGEL - V3a 3:26 PS / EY
GROWIN' UP - V5 3:18 PS / EY
GROWIN' UP - V6 3:05 GREETINGS / ESSENTIAL: 2015
LOST IN THE FLOOD 5:13 GREETINGS
ARABIAN NIGHTS - V5 uncirculating
LADY AND THE DOCTOR - V3 uncirculating
VISITATION AT FORT HORN 7:50 BTF / UNE / PS / EY
FOR YOU - V2a 4:43 PS / EY
JAZZ MUSICIAN - V4 6:08 BTF / UNE / PS / EY
TWO HEARTS IN TRUE WALTZ TIME - V2 3:40 uncirculating

sessions section. While the "house" engineer at 914 was Louis Lahav, this particular session was engineered by Pete Weiss.

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during June 29, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
TWO HEARTS IN TRUE WALTZ TIME - V3 3:40 BTF / MT1 / ATMF / EDR
THE ANGEL - V3b uncirculating

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during July 12, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? - V5 3:55 GREETINGS

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during September 11, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
THE CHOSEN 2:38 uncirculating
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - V1a 5:03 GREETINGS / ESSENTIAL: 2003 / GH09
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT 4:58 uncirculating

sessions section. While the "house" engineer at 914 was Louis Lahav, this particular session was engineered by Pete Weiss.

Recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during October 26, 1972. Produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos. Recording Engineer: Pete Weiss.
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - V7 3:09 GREETINGS
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT - V2 4:57 GREETINGS
FOR YOU - V2b 4:40 GREETINGS
THE ANGEL - V3c 3:23 GREETINGS

Possible GFAPNJ-era Songs

The following titles emanate from the April 1972 to February 1973 period. All the titles below are based on information garnered either from completed lyric sheets, partially completed lyric sheets or documents in Springsteen's handwriting containing song titles (but no lyrics). Springsteen often creates song titles first and then attempts to write words and music around it. So the existence of a song title is no assurance that a song was ever created. There is as yet no solid evidence these were completed songs (words and music) and no evidence they were recorded during any of the Greetings From Asbury Park sessions. If they do exist as recordings the may likely be either as work-in-progress home cassette recordings or solo publishing demos from 914 Sound Studios. It's also possible that some of these songs are merely work-in-progress or alternative titles for other tracks that we are more familiar with. Only time will tell what emerges from the vaults. Please also refer to “Rumoured Songs” in the Born To Run and WIESS sessions section, as some of those titles may turn out to be from the Greetings era.

  • AMERICAN DREAM
  • ANGELINA
  • BALBOA VS. THE EARTH SLAYER
  • BALLAD OF ELMER THE PEA
  • BEFORE THE FLOOD
  • BILLY BOY
  • BLACK NIGHT IN BABYLON
  • BUSTED
  • CALVIN JONES AND THE 13TH APOSTLE
  • CASPER
  • CIRCUS TOWN
  • DANNY JONES
  • DOWN TO THE RIVERSIDE
  • HIGH NOON
  • IT'S EASY
  • IT'S JUST YOU
  • LET THE WORDS
  • LONELY STREET
  • LORRAINE
  • MISSIE
  • ON A DAY OF THE COWBOYS
  • ORLEANS
  • PRISONER OF WARS
  • SHILO
  • SHE'S GOT NOTHING YOU NEED
  • SHE'S NOT MY WOMAN
  • SPANISH ROSE
  • SUMMERTIME IN MY MIND
  • TAKE ME DOWN
  • TEN COMMANDMENTS
  • TEXAS CARNIVAL
  • WHITE HOUSE
  • WISCONSIN

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