ON THE TRACKS 2.20
– THE WILD, THE INNOCENT AND THE E ST SHUFFLE
All songs written and arranged by Bruce Springsteen.
Recorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
Richard Blackwell – Percussion
Clarence Clemons – Sax, Vocal
Danny Federici – Keyboards, Vocal
Vini Lopez – d/v/hrn
David Sancious – Keyboards, Sax
Bruce Springsteen – g/v/hrc/b
Garry Tallent – Bass, Horn
Albany Tellone – Sax
E ST SHUFFLE 4.24
KITTYS BACK 7.04
WILD BILLY’S CIRCUS STORY 4.38
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET 7.46
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE 9.50
ALTERNATE / OUT-TAKES
SANDY (INST) 5.55 U5
SANDY different lyrics 5.47 PS/EY
The second version contains different lyrics about “bandits in the sky“.
ROSALITA (INST) 7.17 U5
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE 10.10 PS/EY
Contains minor lyric differences and a different mix of the backing track. There is also said to be a solo piano version of the track but this is un-circulated.
KITTYS BACK V1 7.14 PS/EY
KITTYS BACK V2 minor variation 7.26 U5
KITTYS BACK V3 minor variation 7.26 BIS
All takes provide minor lyrical and arrangement alterations. As the loud part starts, at the line “There hasn’t been a tally“——– BIS-02 has 8 short bursts of sax, the others do not, As the guitar solo ends, and the wild rave-up begins(3:15)—PS2-07 has a lot of sax bursts, but more in the mix. BIS-02 has the sax really high, way louder U5-03 has no individual sax bursts.
ZERO AND BLIND TERRY (INST) 6.07 U5
ZERO AND BLIND TERRY 5.41 FS
V2 5.52 TRACKS
V2 has minor changes with a chorus section added underneath the verse that starts with
“called up in the night” This could have been added at the time Tracks was released.
PHANTOMS (early version) 5.35 DDITV
Phantoms is an early version with different lyrics aka “Over the Hills of St George“. This was performed in concert and whilst there are live tapes, they are of poor quality. This studio take is of excellent quality and has vastly different lyrics to the later takes. The later take off Tracks was recorded 28/6/73 914 Studios and has a long keyboard coda ending which may have just faded out on the acetate versions.
THE FEVER Record Plant 7.33 18 TRACKS
One of the few out-takes to be “officially leaked” in tape form. The song was originally written in 1971, this is a fact as the lyric sheet (titled “Fever For The Girl”) is dated and was on display in the Hard Rock Cafe, Sydney Australia. The lyrics on this sheet are an exact match. The song was recorded again for the South-side Johnny LP “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” in 1975/6.
An interesting snippet on a recent Backstreets auction item stated that the commonly circulated tape was recorded at WGOE Studios, presumably at one of the sessions for a radio broadcast. The auction item itself was the 7-inch reel to reel tape in a 914 Sound Recording Studios box is a 15 IPS recording of the song. This tape contains the band’s studio version recorded at 914 Studios.
“Bruce Springsteen, Fever” handwritten on label. The recent release of 18 TRACKS has a version recorded at the Record Plant on 16/5/73. Even more recent information, and a subsequent review of the “versions” leads to the conclusion that there is only one version, that being the Record Plant recording of 16/5/73. Accordingly, the others have been removed.
SANTA ANNA 4.58 PS/EY
AKA “Contessa” or “Hey Santa Anna” – this track contains some lyrics later used in “She’s The One” The song was to be on the LP but was vetoed by Columbia. Tracks version recorded 28/6/73 914 Studios – this take is mixed differently with added keyboards and a marginally different ending.
SEASIDE BAR SONG 3.29 PS/EY/TRACKS
SEASIDE BAR SONG V2?? 3.37 U5
AKA “Coupe Delux” – originally slated for inclusion on the LP, but again vetoed by Columbia. Recorded 28/6/73 914 Studios. Contains the line “The highway is alive tonight” used more effectively in The Ghost Of Tom Joad some 20 years later. Graphic below is the Intersong acetate. The Tracks version has minor differences in that a chorus section is present towards the end where Bruce sings “All Right Now“. This could have been added when Tracks was released.
THERE ARE NO KINGS IN TEXAS 4.31 PS/EY
(aka Evacuation Of The West)
One of the more recent full band takes to emerge, pressed on acetate.
Other takes known to exist are:-
NEW YORK SONG – two versions.
Both early versions of NYC Serenade which may date to earlier sessions.
THUNDERCRACK 8.23 TRACKS
Recorded at 914 studios on 28/6/73. This is a tremendous version, so clear and with all the band contributing at various times. I can see why a live version was used on the acetates all those years ago – whilst this studio version is good, it lacks the intensity of the live cut.
CALVIN JONES AND THE 13TH APOSTLE
THE LATE SHOW
All the above are known either from lyric sheets or from lists of songs considered for the album.
The LP sessions were at 914 Studios from Mid July to August 1973. Earlier sessions in May produced The Fever, apparently recorded at two separate recording studios. Hey Santa Anna, Seaside Bar Song, Zero & Blind Terry, Evacuation Of The West and Thundercrack were recorded in one session on 28/6/73. It is often assumed that Bishop Dance was recorded at this session but there was no evidence for this, until the “Tracks” details started to emerge, especially given that the versions of this track on the acetates and the “TRACKS” box set are live recordings.
The well known studio version of THE FEVER was recorded on May 31, 1973 at Alpha Studios (WGOE), Richmond, Virginia, and the newly released version from the Record Plant ,recorded some two weeks earlier, confirms Bruce was playing piano (from the liner notes on 18 TRACKS).
SAGA OF THE ARCHITECT ANGEL / BALLAD OF A SELF-LOADING PISTOL / JANIE NEEDS A SHOOTER / WINTER SONG
All four of the above-mentioned songs were recorded on February 20, 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY.
From the Master Tape individual 5″, 7 1/2 IPS Reel-to-Reel tapes were made of each song. These tapes were each housed in official 914 Sound Studio tape boxes. The recording date is typed on each of the boxes.
While it is possible that acetates were also pressed for all four tracks (in addition to these 5″ tapes), I can only positively confirm the existence of an acetate copy of “Winter Song” – it surfaced in 1989 and is owned by a collector in the USA. That acetate is not in brilliant condition (crackles & pops). But I can confirm that it is the same recording as the version on U6.
The people who issued the Unsurpassed 6 Boot used the individual Reel-to-Reel tapes as their source. All four of the tapes surfaced on the market at the same time and they were “borrowed” (for a fee) from the collector who bought them and put on the U6 CD. This all took place very quickly.
Two of these original 5″ Reel-to-Reel tapes (“Janie Needs A Shooter” and “Architect Angel” were actually auctioned off by Backstreets last June. (1997).
On a related subject – the live version of Architect Angel mentioned in the Bruce-base timeline Max’s Kansas City 30/8/72 definitely pre-dates this Feb 20, 1973 studio version, the most likely source for this live version is one of the Max’s Kansas City shows in January, 1973.
I’ve listened to that group of songs supposedly from the August 30, 1972 show and I’m 90% sure that Architect Angel is from a different show. There appears to be some type of editing and the background ambiance noise distinctly changes. On top of all this I’m pretty confident that Architect Angel (along with the other three songs mentioned above) were written during the last few months of 1972. There is enough circumstantial evidence in collectors hands (i.e. Laurel Canyon Ltd. documents) to draw that conclusion.
SANTA ANNA / THERE ARE NO MORE KINGS IN TEXAS / SEASIDE BAR SONG / ZERO AND BLIND TERRY
Judging from the overall studio ambiance and instrument mix and playing style it appears as if all four were recorded in a relatively close time frame. “Santa Anna” and “No More Kings” are particularly close matches.
David Sancious is not featured on the first three recordings. For instance, that is definitely Bruce on piano on “No More Kings” and Federici on organ. There is no guitar on the track as Bruce is occupied on piano.
Sancious joined the E Street Band on June 22, 1973. If these recordings had been made after Sancious joined he would have been involved.
Zero and Blind Terry is tough to pin down because I am not sure if that is Sancious or Bruce on piano on the track.
But this studio version of “Zero and Blind Terry” is a fully realized song whereas Bruce’s live performance of the song at the show on June 12, 1973 is still formative.
I don’t consider any of the above-mentioned studio recordings as outtakes from the WILD & INNOCENT LP sessions because those sessions mostly took place during August and September, 1973.