Wrecking Ball - Studio Sessions - Details

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WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN 3:53 WRECKING / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: the first song written for the album and the first single from the album, released digitally on January 19th 2012. Features Springsteen on vocals, guitars, banjo, piano, organ, drums, percussion and loops and Ron Aniello on some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, drums and/or loops. Soozie Tyrell, Patti Scialfa and Lisa Lowell provide backing vocals. The New York Chamber Consort contribute strings.

EASY MONEY 3:36 WRECKING

Note: features Springsteen, Ron Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Steve Jordan (percussion), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal), and backing vocals by Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Antoinette Savage, Corinda Carford, Tiffeny Andrews, Soloman Cobbs and Lilly Brown.

SHACKLED AND DRAWN 3:46 WRECKING

Note: among the earliest of the songs written for the new album. Features Springsteen, Ron Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops, plus backing vocals), Matt Chamberlain (drums & percussion), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ), Curt Ramm (trumpet, cornet), Clark Gayton (trombone), Stan Harrison (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax), Ed Manion (tenor & baritone sax), Dan Levine (alto horn, euphonium), Art Baron (euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, penny whistle), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal) and backing vocals from Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell, Cindy Mizelle, Ross Peterson and Clif Norrell. The recording includes excerpts of "Me And My Baby Got Our Own Thing Going" originally recorded by Lyn Collins in 1972. Cindy Mizelle probably re-recorded the vocal.

JACK OF ALL TRADES 5:59 WRECKING

Note: features Springsteen, Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Tom Morello (electric guitar), Curt Ramm (trumpet, cornet), Clark Gayton (trombone), Stan Harrison (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax), Ed Manion (tenor & baritone sax), Dan Levine (alto horn, euphonium), Art Baron (euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, penny whistle), Soozie Tyrell (violin), the New York Chamber Consort (strings).

DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN 3:28 WRECKING

Note: features Springsteen, Ron Aniello (some combination of bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and /or loops, plus backing vocals), Matt Chamberlain (drums & percussion), Kevin Buell (drums & backing vocal), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ), Rob Lebret (backing vocals), Art Baron (euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, penny whistle), Soozie Tyrell (violin) and backing vocals from Ross Peterson and Clif Norrell (backing vocal).The recording includes excerpts of "The Last Words Of Copernicus", an old folk poem performed by The Sacred Harp Singers and recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959.

THIS DEPRESSION 4:07 WRECKING

Note: features Springsteen, Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Tom Morello (electric guitar), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal), Patti Scialfa (backing vocal) and Lisa Lowell (backing vocal).

WRECKING BALL 5:49 WRECKING / CHAPTER

Note: features Springsteen, Ron Aniello (some combination of bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops, plus backing vocals), Max Weinberg (drums), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ), Rob Lebret (electric guitar, backing vocals), Curt Ramm (trumpet, cornet), Clarence Clemons (saxophone solo), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal) and backing vocals from Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell, Ross Peterson, Clif Norrell and Steve Van Zandt (uncredited). The New York Chamber Consort provide the strings. Written in September 2009 and premiered on September 30th 2009, performed as a tribute to the soon-to-be-demolished Giants Stadium. Recorded by Ron Aniello at Very Loud House Studio, Woodland Hills, California. Recorded by Toby Scott, Project Supervisor and Rob Lebret, Assistant Engineer at Stone Hill Studio, New Jersey. Also Clif Norrell and Ross Peterson, MSR Studio B, New York, New York. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Mix This!, Pacific Palisades, California.

YOU'VE GOT IT 3:48 WRECKING

Note: features Springsteen, Ron Aniello (some combination of bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops, plus backing vocals), Matt Chamberlain (drums & percussion), Marc Muller (pedal steel guitar), Greg Leisz (banjo, mandola, lap steel), Curt Ramm (trumpet, cornet), Rob Lebret (backing vocals), Clark Gayton (trombone), Stan Harrison (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax), Ed Manion (tenor & baritone sax) and backing vocals from Ross Peterson and Clif Norrell.

ROCKY GROUND - V1 4:40 WRECKING
ROCKY GROUND - V2 - modern mix 3:22 OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Note: among the earliest of the songs written for the new album. Springsteen has stated it was originally written for a movie. Features Springsteen, Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ), Curt Ramm (trumpet, cornet), Clark Gayton (trombone), Stan Harrison (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax), Ed Manion (tenor & baritone sax), Dan Levine (alto horn, euphonium), Art Baron (euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, penny whistle), Michelle Moore (backing vocal) and the Victorious Gospel Choir. The recording includes excerpts of "I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord", a traditional gospel song performed by Congregation Of The Church Of God In Christ and recorded by Alan Lomax in 1942. V2 is the 'modern mix' released on Springsteen's official website in June 2012.

LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - V1 uncirculating
LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - V2 uncirculating
LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS - V3 6:58 WRECKING

Note: Written by Bruce sometime in 1998 or early 1999. The song was premiered live with the E Street Band on March 18, 1999 for the Reunion Tour. A later live version with the E Street Band was officially released on the Live In New York City package. Cut in 2011 and issued on the Wrecking Ball album. V3 features Springsteen, Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ), Curt Ramm (trumpet, cornet), Clark Gayton (trombone), Stan Harrison (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax), Ed Manion (tenor & baritone sax), Dan Levine (alto horn, euphonium), Art Baron (euphonium, tuba, sousaphone, penny whistle), Clarence Clemons (saxophone solo), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal), backing vocals from Patti Scialfa, Lisa Lowell and Michelle Moore, and the Victorious Gospel Choir. Steve Van Zandt is uncredited, but clearly audible at times.

WE ARE ALIVE - V1 N/A uncirculating
WE ARE ALIVE - V2 5:36 WRECKING

Note: The officially released V2 features Springsteen, Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Max Weinberg (drums), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ), Greg Leisz (banjo, mandola, lap steel), Darrell Leonard (trumpet, bass trumpet), Soozie Tyrell (violin) and Patti Scialfa (backing vocal). V1 is the first version of the track recorded, with a faster Ramones style arrangement. Max Weinberg mentioned this take during an interview with Dave Marsh prior to the Apollo show in March 2012.

SWALLOWED UP (IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE) 5:35 WRECKING

Note: features Springsteen, Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops), Charlie Giordano (accordion), Rob Lebret (backing vocals), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal), Patti Scialfa (backing vocal), Lisa Lowell (backing vocal), Ross Peterson (backing vocal), Clif Norrell (tuba & backing vocal), Clif Norrell (backing vocal), Jeremy McCoy (bass violin), Dan Shelly (bassoon) and Mark Romatz (contra bassoon). Included as a bonus track with some editions of the album.

AMERICAN LAND - V1 uncirculating
AMERICAN LAND - V2 uncirculating
AMERICAN LAND - V3 4:25 WRECKING

Note: V1 recorded on January 21, 2006 at the third of the three Seeger Sessions. Bruce recorded another version (this time solo) at his home studio sometime later in 2006. Both studio versions remain unreleased. Written by Springsteen and inspired by the song “He Lies In The American Land” (a Slovakian worker's poem adapted and later set to music by Pete Seeger). A live version (the debut performance, recorded June 22, 2006 in New York City) was issued as a bonus track on the American Land CD edition of WSO in October 2006. Subsequently recorded with the E Street Band and other artists for the 2012 album Wrecking Ball. V3 features Springsteen, Ron Aniello (some combination of guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and/or loops, plus backing vocals, percussion and hurdy gurdy), Max Weinberg (drums), Charlie Giordano (piano, B-3 organ & celeste), Rob Lebret (backing vocals), Soozie Tyrell (violin & backing vocal), Ross Peterson (backing vocal), Clif Norrell (backing vocal) and Steve Van Zandt (mandolin and backing vocal) and Art Baron (sousaphone & penny whistle). Included as a bonus track with some editions of the album. Premiered live at Madison Square Garden during 2006's Seeger Sessions tour.

AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) - V1 5:13 SA / 2001 promo
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) - V2 uncirculating
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) - V3 uncirculating
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) - V4 7:24 HOPES

Note: Written by Springsteen during the spring of 2000 and premiered live on June 4, 2000 at a show with the E Street Band in Atlanta. It appears that this recording utilises the backing music (with a slightly altered mix) from the live version recorded on July 1, 2000 at Madison Square Garden and officially released on Live In New York City. Springsteen recorded V1 a new vocal at The Hit Factory, New York City on March 2, 2001. Produced by Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. Released on a promotion-only single in June 2001. Studio vocals were laid over a different mix of the released live version's instrumental tracks.
Producer Ron Aniello revealed in a December 2013 interview with Rolling Stone's Andy Greene that AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) V2 was cut during the Wrecking Ball recording sessions, but ultimately was not used. "We did try a track of that," he said, "but it wasn't really an outtake."
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) V3 was recorded in studio again in 2013 and featured Tom Morello on guitar. "His presence made a big, big difference," Springsteen said. "He obviously brings those things to great life and deepens them and deepens the characters." Prior to the March 2013 Australian leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour, Tom Morello was sent the song AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) to play guitar on V4. "I did that in my home studio and Bruce seemed to like that very much," He told Andy Greene in a January 2014 interview for Rolling Stone. "That song to me was the most challenging one. It was also the first one I did. Normally I'll go in there and tinker with a song a bit and try to capture inspiration and see if the world likes it or not. But that song just didn't come together for me. I went back to it a couple of times, and I'm glad that I did because at the end of the day I was really pleased with how the guitar solo and the rhythm stuff came out. But that one felt like it was work. I had to really work on that one."
1. March 2, 2001.
2. Wrecking Ball recording session
3. 2013 and featured Tom Morello on guitar.
4. Prior to the March 2013 Australian leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour,
Tom Morello was sent the song AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) to play guitar on.

AMERICAN MAN N/A uncirculating

Note: in an interview, producer Ron Aniello has stated that "American Man" was the title of a song recorded for the album. However, it did not make the final cut. At this point this is the only known outtake from Wrecking Ball, although many others likely exist.

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