Magic - Studio Sessions


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Commercially Released: September 28, 2007
Produced by: Brendan O’Brien
Recording Engineer: Nick Didia
Recorded March-May 2007 at Southern Tracks Studios, Atlanta, GA

Overview

Springsteen completed the Seeger Sessions Tour in November 2006. In December 2006 producer Brendan O’Brien visited Springsteen at Bruce’s Colts Neck, NJ home to listen to a large batch of songs Bruce had written over what is likely to been several years. From this meeting a sub-group of songs were pre-selected as being most suitable for an E Street Band style of album.

Studio sessions began in Atlanta in February 2007, initially with just Springsteen and O’Brien. Some (not all) of the E Street Band members started to become involved in late February. A five-day “rehearsal and basic tracks” recording session took place at Southern Tracks from March 7-11 that included E Street Band members Tallent, Weinberg and Bittan. This sub-group of the E Street Band continued scattered recording session during March. ESB members Van Zandt, Lofgren, Federici, Clemons, Scialfa (plus Soozie Tyrell) appear to have travelled to Atlanta to add specific overdubs during the latter (late March to early May) stages of the sessions. With the individual ESB members’ roles completed by early May, Springsteen and O’Brien then spent May and part of June working on the final touches of the album.

Released

1. RADIO NOWHERE 3:18 MAGIC
2. YOU'LL BE COMIN' DOWN 3:45 MAGIC
3. LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE 3:56 MAGIC
4. YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY 3:18 MAGIC
5. GYPSY BIKER 4:31 MAGIC
6. GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES 4:19 MAGIC
7. I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE 3:34 MAGIC
8. MAGIC 2:45 MAGIC
9. LAST TO DIE 4:17 MAGIC
10. LONG WALK HOME 4:34 MAGIC
11. DEVIL'S ARCADE 5:05 MAGIC
12. TERRY'S SONG 1 4:11 MAGIC

Total Running Time: 47:47

1: Two weeks after the album was announced "Terry's Song" was added to the album, as a hidden track. It is a memorial song for Springsteen's long-time assistant Terry Magovern, who died on July 30, 2007. Some pressings of the CD pre-ordered through Sony Music or other channels did not contain the extra track. The album as sold through iTunes does not contain this track either.

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Additional Recordings

HARRY'S PLACE - V3 uncirculating

Details

RADIO NOWHERE 3:18 MAGIC / ESSENTIAL: 2015 / GH09

Note: Released as a single October 1, 2007

YOU'LL BE COMIN' DOWN 3:45 MAGIC

Note:

LIVIN' IN THE FUTURE 3:56 MAGIC

Note: Soozie Tyrell contributes violin. Mentioned by Bruce as the first song he wrote for the album.

YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY 3:18 MAGIC

Note: Patrick Warren adds Chamberlin and/or tack piano. Features a string section consisting of Kenn Wagner, Jay Christy, Justin Bruns, William Pu, Christopher Pulgram, John Meisner, Olga Shpitko, Sheela Iyengar (violins), Tania Maxwell Clements, Amy Chang, Lachlan McBane (viola) and Karen Freer, Daniel Laufer, Charae Krueger (cello).

GYPSY BIKER 4:31 MAGIC

Note:

GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES - V1a 4:19 MAGIC
GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES (Winter Mix) - V1b 4:17 2008 digital single

Note: Brendan O'Brien persuaded Bruce to include it on the album. Springsteen said that "He (O'Brien) really heard its potential and turned it into a pop diamond". Patrick Warren adds Chamberlin and/or tack piano. Features a string section consisting of Kenn Wagner, Jay Christy, Justin Bruns, William Pu, Christopher Pulgram, John Meisner, Olga Shpitko, Sheela Iyengar (violins), Tania Maxwell Clements, Amy Chang, Lachlan McBane (viola) and Karen Freer, Daniel Laufer, Charae Krueger (cello). The 'Winter Mix' features a single-tracked lead vocal, and a few other minor differences. The audio mix is slightly different as well. It was released on January 15, 2008 as part of an iTunes digital EP along with the music video and album version.

I'LL WORK FOR YOUR LOVE 3:34 MAGIC

Note: Soozie Tyrell contributes violin.

MAGIC 2:45 MAGIC

Note: Soozie Tyrell contributes violin, Jeremy Chatzky plays upright bass, and Patrick Warren adds Chamberlin and/or tack piano.

LAST TO DIE 4:17 MAGIC

Note: Soozie Tyrell contributes violin

LONG WALK HOME - V1 uncirculating
LONG WALK HOME - V2 4:34 MAGIC

Note: Song written by Springsteen during 2006. Studio recording history is uncertain – this was not recorded during any of the three Seeger Sessions, although Bruce is likely to have recorded a solo home studio demo in the months that followed. Bruce premiered the song live as "Gonna Be A Long Walk Home" on November 11, 2006 during the Seeger Session Tour. The song was later studio recorded in Atlanta during March-April 2007 by Springsteen & The E Street Band and released on the album Magic. Patrick Warren adds Chamberlin and tack piano.

DEVIL'S ARCADE 5:05 MAGIC

Note: Features Daniel Laufer on cello and Patrick Warren adds Chamberlin and/or tack piano.

TERRY'S SONG 4:11 MAGIC

Note: Hidden track on the album. Performed by Springsteen alone, a tribute to Bruce's long-time assistant Terry Magovern.

HARRY'S PLACE - V1 uncirculating
HARRY'S PLACE - V2 uncirculating
HARRY'S PLACE - V3 uncirculating
HARRY'S PLACE - V4 4:04 HOPES

Note: The background of this song is somewhat confusing. First identified in a July 31, 2002 TV interview with journalist Ted Koppel, when Springsteen read out the lyrics to the first verse from his lyric book. Bruce has since commented that only the lyrics were written in 2001 (V2) during sessions for The Rising (although he has also stated that the band attempted to record the song at sessions prior to The Rising, perhaps in the late 90s - V1), and the music dates from the mid-2000s, probably from the Magic sessions in 2007 (V3). Springsteen confirmed that seventeen songs were recorded in Atlanta and that "Harry's Place" was one of the two songs that didn't make the final 15-song line-up for The Rising album – Bruce felt this rocker about a fictitious local kingpin didn't blend in well with the rest of the album's material. During that TV interview Springsteen, upon request of Koppel, actually recited the entire first verse of this song's lyrics. Comments made by Springsteen since 2002 suggest that only the lyrics were written in 2002 and the music was added some years later, perhaps during 2007's Magic sessions. Bruce has said that it almost made Magic, but was left off because he wanted twelve songs on the album rather than thirteen. Screen captures of the lyric book show that only the first verse dates from 2002, the rest appears to have been re-written in the intervening years. The song is not related, either musically or lyrically, to "Mary's Place" – they merely happen to share the same word in the title. Subsequently issued on 2014's High Hopes. It should be noted that "Hard Drive" (often mentioned in the same breath as "Harry's Place") was not a Rising-era recording or song – rather it was a never developed (i.e., no lyrics/music) title found in Springsteen's Rising sessions songwriting notebook that had first been seen and noted by journalist Jon Pareles in a July 2002 interview with Springsteen at Bruce's home.


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