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Part One - Overview

The following solo acoustic practice recordings span about a 12-month period, from March 1981 - May 1982, although the majority of the material is from the last 3 months of 1981. They material can be broken down into four general groupings:

1) Recordings made at Springsteen’s home in Colts Neck, NJ from late March to early April 1981 during a break in The River tour
2) Recordings made at Springsteen’s home in Colts Neck, NJ in late June 1981 during a short break in The River tour
3) Recordings made at Springsteen’s home in Colts Neck, NJ from mid-September 1981 thru May 1982 (mostly 1981) following the end of The River tour
4) Recordings made at Springsteen’s home in Colts Neck, NJ from mid-September to December 1981 following the end of The River tour (featuring early development of many of the Nebraska songs)

These are not professionally made recordings. They were never intended to be. It appears Springsteen only used a common, run-of-the-mill cassette recorder. None of these songs exhibit a finished songwriting product. These are song fragments, both musically and lyrically. There is much stopping and starting heard, as Springsteen records bits and pieces, manually stops the recorder then returns sometime later to add more ideas…and so on and so forth.

These recordings can provide an interesting, though often monotonous, glimpse into how Bruce goes about his creative writing process. But very little of this material is listener-friendly and is probably not worth obtaining unless you're a die-hard completist. Springsteen definitely progressed some of these song fragments and ideas to completion – we have the studio end product to attest to that. However many of these titles are likely to have gone little further than what one hears on these tapes.

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