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Part Two - Details

NEBRASKA - V1 uncirculating
NEBRASKA - V2 uncirculating
NEBRASKA - V3 uncirculating
NEBRASKA - V4a 4:25 LM-1
NEBRASKA - V4b 4:25 NEBRASKA
NEBRASKA - V4c 4:16 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: The first song recorded, and the first song on the album. Four takes were recorded (take #4 was used for the album), and the three variants of V4 above are alternate mixes. Mix #1 is complete, with a 12-string guitar. #2 fades early, #3 is noted as "bad harp no good". Take #4 is with glock. Listed as "Starkweather" in an early song lineup, the song is about the Charles Starkweather murder spree in the 1950s. Also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

ATLANTIC CITY - V1 uncirculating
ATLANTIC CITY - V2a 4:00 LM-1
ATLANTIC CITY - V2b 3:56 NEBRASKA
ATLANTIC CITY - V2c 3:43 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)
ATLANTIC CITY - V3 uncirculating
ATLANTIC CITY - V4 uncirculating

Note: Four different recordings were made, each with slight lyric and arrangement changes - only one has surfaced (three mixes). Takes #2 and #4 were shortlisted, the album contains one of those two takes (we've guessed #2 in the table above). In a letter to Jon Landau, Springsteen noted that "this song should probably be done with whole band + really rockin' out." As such, it was also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

MANSION ON THE HILL - V1a uncirculating
MANSION ON THE HILL - V1b 4:00 LM-1
MANSION ON THE HILL - V1c 4:01 NEBRASKA
MANSION ON THE HILL - V1c 3:55 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: Written by Springsteen during the River Tour, although the themes found in the song were explored prior to this, during the Darkness sessions. For example, the lyric "there's a palace on the edge of town / risin' from the factories and railroad shacks" can be found in the Darkness box set facsimile book, which is very similar to a lyric found in the final version. The first song completed, and only one recording was made - the four variants above are merely alternate mixes. Also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

JOHNNY 99 - V1 uncirculating
JOHNNY 99 - V2 uncirculating
JOHNNY 99 - V3a 3:30 LM-1
JOHNNY 99 - V3b 3:36 NEBRASKA
JOHNNY 99 - V3c 3:36 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: Three different, complete, recordings were made - only one has surfaced (three mixes). One of the recordings has a different end verse. Also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - V1 uncirculating
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - V2 uncirculating
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - V3 uncirculating
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - V4a 5:30 LM-1 / HNWB
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - V4b 5:36 NEBRASKA
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - V4c 5:37 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: Four different takes were recorded - the three variants of V4 are merely alternate mixes. The original title was “Deputy”. In a letter to Jon Landau, Bruce said he "worked very long on this and always had the feeling I was comin up short. Not really finished but is about as good as I can get it at the time. Don't think the ending was quite strong enough." Also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

STATE TROOPER - V1 uncirculating
STATE TROOPER - V2 uncirculating
STATE TROOPER - V3 uncirculating
STATE TROOPER - V4 uncirculating
STATE TROOPER - V5a 3:05 LM-1
STATE TROOPER - V5b 3:10 NEBRASKA
STATE TROOPER - V5c 3:04 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: Five takes were recorded. The two variants of V5 are merely alternate mixes. In a letter to Jon Landau, Bruce wrote "I dreamed this one up comin back from New York one night. I don't know if it's even really a song or not, but I did it, so I figured I'd throw it on. It's kinda weird." According to studio logs, not one of the songs attempted with the E Street Band during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions of April 1982.

USED CARS - V1 uncirculating
USED CARS - V2 uncirculating
USED CARS - V3 uncirculating
USED CARS - V4a 3:00 LM-1
USED CARS - V4b 3:01 NEBRASKA
USED CARS - V4c 2:59 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: Four different, complete, recordings were made - only one has surfaced (three mixes). Take #1 was "a little dirty recording wise", according to Springsteen.

OPEN ALL NIGHT - V1 uncirculating
OPEN ALL NIGHT - V2a 2:50 LM-1
OPEN ALL NIGHT - V2b 2:51 NEBRASKA
OPEN ALL NIGHT - V2c 2:48 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)

Note: Two different, complete, recordings were made - only one has surfaced (two mixes). Listed as "Wanda (Open All Night)" in an early song lineup. Also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

MY FATHER'S HOUSE - V1 uncirculating
MY FATHER'S HOUSE - V2a uncirculating
MY FATHER'S HOUSE - V2b 5:35 NEBRASKA (stereo mix) / SPEM / HNWB
MY FATHER'S HOUSE - V2c 5:07 NEBRASKA

Note: Two different, complete, recordings on separate cassettes were made on May 25, 1982, over five months after the vast majority of the Nebraska tracks were cut. Only one take has surfaced (three mixes). V1 and V2a do not include any synthesizer (the synthesizer was likely added at The Power Station). V2b includes an additional 28 seconds of synthesizer at the end that was cut from the official release. The master tape for this longer version was accidentally sent to Japan in 1985 and released on the first-ever CD print run of the album, as well as a second pressing of the Japanese CD in 1986-87. The long version was also utilized on original 1986-7 export editions of the Japanese CD sent to Europe and the USA. The mistake was eventually corrected on all versions. The long version has not been officially available anywhere since 1995. Some early promotional copies of the album sent to press and radio stations (certainly in the UK, and perhaps worldwide) also included the synth coda.

REASON TO BELIEVE - V1a 4:00 LM-1
REASON TO BELIEVE - V1b 4:02 NEBRASKA
REASON TO BELIEVE - V1c 3:56 NEBRASKA (stereo mix)
REASON TO BELIEVE - V2 uncirculating

Note: Two different, complete, recordings were made - only one has surfaced, which is take #1. This take circulates in three different mixes. The second (unused) take has an extra verse. Inspired by Springsteen's own experience driving down Highway 33 on his way to Millstone, a township in Monmouth County. Also recorded with the band at The Power Station in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions.

THE BIG PAYBACK - V1 uncirculating
THE BIG PAYBACK - V2 1:55 1982 b-side / ESSENTIAL

Note: Two different recordings were 'cut at home shortly after the Nebraska album', according to Springsteen's Essential notes. Only one has surfaced. Likely recorded January-April 1982, the exact date is not listed in the studio logs.

BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V1a 3:06 LM-1 / HNWB
BORN IN THE U.S.A. - V1b 3:06 TRACKS

Note: Only one recording was made - the two variants above are merely alternate mixes. Written after Jon Landau sent Springsteen a Paul Schrader script with the same title in 1981, evolving from an earlier song called "Vietnam". In his notes to Landau, Bruce describes the song as "[a] little ditty.[that] should be done very hard rockin'." As such, it was later recorded with the band at The Power Station in April and May of 1982.

LOSIN' KIND - V1 uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND - V2 uncirculating
LOSIN' KIND - V3 4:47 LM-1 / HNWB

Note: Three different recordings were made - only one has surfaced. Take #2 was included on Springsteen's demo tape. The work-in-progress title for "Losin’ Kind" was "The Answer". Stunning song, Occasionally referred to as "The Losin' Kind". Springsteen's notes to Landau are interesting: "searched + searched for a better title, spent many hours on this task but no good. I like the verses but I can't seem to find a better punch line. Kind of like a James M. Cain story. Could be done with more of a band arrangement." "Losin' Kind" was later recorded with the band in the studio in April 1982 during the so-called "Electric Nebraska" sessions, and again in March 1983 during sessions for Born In The USA.

CHILD BRIDE 5:22 LM-1 / HNWB

Note: No take information recorded in the studio logs. Was not included when Springsteen's demo tape was backed-up on June 1, 1982, suggesting it was either recorded separately or at that time Bruce had decided it was surplus to requirements. “Child Bride” is often incorrectly noted as being an alternate title for “Working On The Highway”. They are in fact separate songs as they bear no common melody. In his notes to Jon Landau, Springsteen wrote "in which the protagonist violates the Mann Act and is left to ponder his fate. This is kind of a work in progress or more like without progress. I worked a real long time on this song and could never quite get it right. I spent so much time on it I thought I'd include it to see what you think." As such, Bruce would later set it to an up-beat backing, dispose of the entire original ending and re-invent the song as "Working On The Highway", which was recorded on April 30 and May 6, 1982.

DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V1 uncirculating
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V2 uncirculating
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V3 2:22 LM-1 / HNWB

Note: Three takes were recorded. Described by Springsteen in his notes to Jon Landau as an "uptempo rocker for full effect / needs band / could be exciting". In all likelihood, never seriously considered for release in its solo iteration. As such, it was recorded with the band at The Power Station in April and May of 1982 during sessions for Born In The USA.

PINK CADILLAC - V1 uncirculating
PINK CADILLAC - V2 5:21 LM-1 / HNWB

Note: Two takes were recorded. Later recorded with the band at The Power Station in May 1983 during sessions for Born In The USA, and included on Tracks.

JOHNNY BYE BYE live recording

Note: Evidence from the studio logs strongly suggests that this is a live recording from Brendan Byrne Arena in July 1981, not a studio take.

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