Lucky Town - Studio Sessions


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Commercially Released: March 31, 1992
Produced by Springsteen, Jon Landau and Chuck Plotkin*
Recording Engineer: Toby Scott
Recorded from September 1991 to January 1992 at Thrill Hill West (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio) and A&M Studios, LA

* Roy Bittan is credited as a 4th co-producer of “Living Proof”, “The Big Muddy”, “Leap Of Faith” and “Happy”.

Overview

Although Springsteen had completed the Human Touch album sessions by early 1991 and had more than enough material to release an album at that time, he chose to hold off releasing the hoped-for spring 1991 album and opt instead to write more songs during the spring and summer of 1991. The Lucky Town sessions spanned a period of about 5 months, from late summer 1991 to very early 1992. It would appear that recording began in September at Bruce’s Los Angeles home studio and were then augmented at A&M Studios later in 1991. Chuck Plotkin has implied that about 15 songs were complete during this session period, which means there are likely only a handful of undocumented songs from these sessions still in the vaults. These mid-late 1991 sessions were not originally intended to produce a stand-alone album. However these recordings, when combined with the large body of material Springsteen had in the vaults from 1990, resulted in the unusual (some say misguided) decision to issue two different albums simultaneously.

1. BETTER DAYS 4:04 LUCKY
2. LUCKY TOWN 3:21 LUCKY
3. LOCAL HERO 3:59 LUCKY
4. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND 2:53 LUCKY
5. LEAP OF FAITH 3:22 LUCKY
6. THE BIG MUDDY 4:01 LUCKY
7. LIVING PROOF 4:42 LUCKY
8. BOOK OF DREAMS 4:18 LUCKY
9. SOULS OF THE DEPARTED 4:13 LUCKY
10. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD 3:52 LUCKY

Additional Recordings

HAPPY 4:51 TRACKS

Details

LUCKY TOWN 3:21 LUCKY / ESSENTIAL: 2003

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at Thrill Hill West, (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio). Springsteen handles all guitars, keyboards and vocals and his 1-man backing band is Gary Mallaber (drums).

SOULS OF THE DEPARTED 4:13 LUCKY

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at Thrill Hill West, (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio). Springsteen handles all guitars, keyboards and vocals and his 1-man backing band is Gary Mallaber (drums).

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND 2:53 LUCKY / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at Thrill Hill West, (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio). Springsteen handles all guitars, keyboards and vocals and his 1-man backing band is Gary Mallaber (drums).

BOOK OF DREAMS 4:18 LUCKY

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at Thrill Hill West, (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio). Springsteen handles all guitars, keyboards and vocals and his 1-man backing band is Gary Mallaber (drums).

MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD 3:52 LUCKY

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at Thrill Hill West, (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio). Springsteen handles all guitars and vocals and his 2-man backing band is Ian McLagan (organ) and Gary Mallaber (drums).

LOCAL HERO 3:59 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 1-man backing band on this recording is Gary Mallaber (drums). Female background vocalists are Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell and Soozie Tyrell.

BETTER DAYS 4:04 LUCKY / ESSENTIAL: 2015 / GREATEST

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.

LIVING PROOF 4:42 LUCKY / ESSENTIAL: 2003 / CHAPTER

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles all guitars and vocals and his 2-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Gary Mallaber (drums). Bittan is credited as a co-producer of this recording.

THE BIG MUDDY 4:01 LUCKY

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles all guitars and vocals and his 2-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Gary Mallaber (drums). Bittan is credited as a co-producer of this recording.

LEAP OF FAITH 3:22 LUCKY

Note: Recorded sometime from July to December 1991 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles all guitars and lead vocal and his 2-man backing band is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Gary Mallaber (drums). Female background vocalists are Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell and Soozie Tyrell. Bittan is credited as a co-producer of this recording.

HAPPY 4:51 TRACKS

Note: The final song completed as part of the Lucky Town sessions. Recorded January 18, 1992 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles all guitars and lead vocals and his 2-man backing band is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Shawn Pelton (drums). Bittan is credit as a co-producer of this recording. Apparently Bruce wrote this following the December 30, 1991 birth of his daughter in Los Angeles.


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