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

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 USA 7” single

Note: According to Springsteen in "Songs", both "Blinded By The Light" and "Spirit In The Night" were written to order, after Clive Davis told him in mid-August 1972, there was nothing on Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey which could get radio play. His response was to go home with a rhyming book, which is what he used to write "Blinded", and without delay, "Spirit In the Night" and "Blinded By the Light" were both recorded on September 11, 1972. This was much to the satisfaction of his record label, who were pleased with the songs, and even more by their new artists' response to their implied request. Unnoticed was Henry Boy', which garnered respectable attention during the August Max's Kansas City residency, but was never played again. Perhaps Bruce used most of the song in creating 'Blinded By the Light', just like he did with 'Walking In the Street' when creating 'Thunder Road'. The legendary rhyming dictionary helped him with the lyrics, but 'Henry Boy' was the instant source of the music.

After the 'Greetings' sessions were completed, and the master submitted on August 10, most of the not-yet-called The E Street Band had dispersed to other obligations; David Sancious and Danny Federici were in Virginia, and Miami Steve was playing with the Dovelles. Bruce found his drummer, Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, special guest star Clarence Clemons, who had not played in the June sessions, and Harold Wheeler to play piano; he played the rest of the instruments. It is not known how many takes were needed to finish 'Blinded', but it was completed in one day. Before it was released as a single on February 23, 1973, coupled with "The Angel", the engineers at Columbia edited out a verse, reducing the time below four minutes. The lyrics on the back of the 7” picture sleeve are also missing a verse. A stereo fold down mono version is available as the b-side of the white label promo 45.

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.

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