Click the links below for details of each album session
KEY : C, SM, BSB : Demo : GfAP : WIESS : BTR : Darkness : 1979 Solo : River : 1981 Solo : Nebraska : BITUSA : TOL
HT : LT : 1993 Solo : GH : GOTJ : Tracks : Rising : Essential : D&D : Seeger : Magic : WOAD : Promise : WB : HH : TTTB

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Part One - Solo Sessions (January 1979 - February 1980) Overview

The following solo acoustic practice recordings span about a 12-month period, from early 1979 to early 1980. They can be broken down into three general groupings:

1) Recordings made January 1979 to June 1979 that loosely served as a basis for the March – August 1979 "first leg" of studio sessions for The River album.
2) Recordings made September to December 1979 that loosely served as a basis for the October 1979 – May 1980 "second leg" of studio sessions for The River album.
3) Recordings made January to February 1980 that loosely served as a basis for the January – June 1980 "third leg" of studio sessions for The River album.

These are not professionally made recordings. They were never intended to be. It seems 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. Probably the most fascinating things heard on these tapes are Bruce’s attempts to write in a reggae style – these attempts can be found amongst the audio from late 1979 and early 1980.

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 studio end product to attest to that. Songs in development here include "The River", "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)", "Two Hearts", and "Jackson Cage" to name just four. However most of these titles are likely to have gone little further than what one hears on these tapes.

Part Two - Solo Sessions Details (By Session)

1) Recorded at Springsteen’s home in Holmdel, NJ, January 1979 to June 1979.
OH ANGELYNE - V1..................................
1:35....
LM-6 / DROC1...........................
OH ANGELYNE - V2
0:49
LM-6
OH ANGELYNE - V3
2:59
LM-6
OH ANGELYNE - V4
2:20
LM-6
Note: Early working of "The River", both lyrically and melodically.
BABY COME BACK....................................
2:05....
LM-9...................................
Note: Unremarkable tune with mostly intelligible lyrics.
EVERYONE LOVES YOU................................
1:20....
LM-9...................................
Note: Lyrics are unintelligible.
LOVE IS A GUN - V1................................
1:31....
LM-9...................................
LOVE IS A GUN - V2..
4:26.
LM-9.
Note: Mostly unintelligible lyrics.
FIND IT WHERE YOU CAN.............................
2:50....
LM-9...................................
Note: A full band rehearsal was later recorded during the 'Telegraph Hill' sessions in March 1979.
LOVE WILL GET YOU DOWN - V1.......................
1:16....
LM-9...................................
LOVE WILL GET YOU DOWN - V2
5:00
LM-9
LOVE WILL GET YOU DOWN - V3
0:44
LM-9
LOVE WILL GET YOU DOWN - V4
1:10
LM-9
Note: V2 is a single take of Bruce working on the song, with mostly audible lyrics. V1, V3 and V4 are partial, interrupted takes. This demo evolved into a song rehearsed with the band in March 1979, a recording of which exists in private collections. The title of the 1979 song is unknown but see the River sessions page for the song potentially titled "Love Will Be The Name" for more details. A song titled "Love Won't Let You Down", included on a handwritten document that dates from the River sessions, may be the same song. The demo has no apparent connection to "My Love Will Not Let You Down".
OUT ON THE RUN (LOOKING FOR LOVE).................
0:55....
LM-9...................................
Note: Instrumental guitar riff (no lyrics).
TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME - V1........................
5:32....
LM-9...................................
TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME - V2
0:54
LM-9
Note: V1 appears to be primarily harmonies with bluffed lyrics. V2 includes some clearer lyrics, although it's obvious the song is in the very early stages of development.
UNDER THE GUN.....................................
1:00....
LM-9...................................
Note: Solely harmonies.
WALKING ON THE AVENUE - V1........................
3:45....
LM-9...................................
WALKING ON THE AVENUE - V2
3:05
LM-9
Note: V1 appears to be relatively well-developed with intelligible lyrics.
YOU CAN LOOK (NOT TOUCH) - V1.....................
1:13....
DROC1..................................
YOU CAN LOOK (NOT TOUCH) - V2
2:09
DROC1
Note: V1 is actually two takes of Bruce working on the start and end, singing the lead guitar part over his acoustic. It's clear that he thinks he's onto something. V2 is well developed, with the lyrics of the first and third verses almost complete.
EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT.........................
4:05....
LM-8...................................
Note: Other than the title, totally unintelligible lyrics. Harmonies would later be used in "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart".
BABY DON'T GO - V1................................
2:30....
LM-8...................................
BABY DON'T GO - V2
1:10
LM-8
Note: Promising song, although the lyrics are dominated by the repetition of "Baby Don't Go".
JEANNIE NEEDS A SHOOTER - V1......................
1:34....
LM-8...................................
JEANNIE NEEDS A SHOOTER - V2
2:08
LM-8
Note: aka "Janey Needs A Shooter". V1 has no lyrics, V2 includes the first two verses. Springsteen would rehearse the song with the band during the Telegraph Hill sessions in March/April 1979 but was probably never a realistic candidate for the album.
CHAIN LIGHTNING - V1..............................
1:07....
LM-8...................................
CHAIN LIGHTNING - V2
1:24
LM-8
CHAIN LIGHTNING - V3
0:29
LM-8
Note: Would later be rehearsed with the band during the Telegraph Hill sessions in March 1979.
PROTECTION - V1...................................
3:34....
LM-8...................................
PROTECTION - V2
0:51
LM-8
PROTECTION - V3
0:11
LM-8
PROTECTION - V4
1:21
LM-8
PROTECTION - V5
3:25
LM-8
PROTECTION - V6
0:16
LM-8
Note: Six acoustic "takes", although V3 and V4 are combined into a single track on the 'Lost Masters VIII' CD. Possibly rehearsed with the band during the Telegraph Hill sessions, although no recordings circulate. A song called "Protection" was subsequently recorded with the E Street Band in 1982 before the track was donated to Donna Summer, but these acoustic demos have little to do with that song, aside from the title.
UNDER THE GUN - V1................................
4:38....
LM-8...................................
UNDER THE GUN - V2
0:17
LM-8
UNDER THE GUN - V3
1:02
LM-8
UNDER THE GUN - V4
4:17
LM-8
UNDER THE GUN - V5
0:45
LM-8
Note: Thematically similar to "Jackson Cage", includes some lyrics from "The River". Springsteen answers the telephone during V4.
MARY LOU - V1.....................................
0:42....
LM-8...................................
MARY LOU - V2
1:18
LM-8
MARY LOU - V3
2:13
LM-8
MARY LOU - V4
2:45
LM-8
Note: Would eventually evolve into "Be True". V4 includes some familiar lyrics.
LOVE AND KISSES - V1..............................
0:18....
LM-8...................................
LOVE AND KISSES - V2
2:44
LM-8
LOVE AND KISSES - V3
0:25
LM-8
LOVE AND KISSES - V4
2:20
LM-9
Note: V1 and V2 are combined into a single track on LM-8. V1 is the guitar riff, V2 is very reminiscent of "Wages Of Sin". V3 has Springsteen singing the harmony.
THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY - V1.........................
2:55....
LM-4...................................
THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY - V2
1:15
LM-8
Note: V2 has Springsteen singing harmonies over the Telegraph Hill band rehearsal take.
ROULETTE..........................................
1:30....
LM-4...................................
Note: Fascinating work-in-progress acoustic take probably recorded just a day or so after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident of March 28, 1979. By April 3 the song would be completed and recorded at The Power Station, showing just how fast Springsteen could transition a song from demo to finished article.
BRING ON THE NIGHT - V1...........................
3:15....
LM-9...................................
BRING ON THE NIGHT - V2
4:10
LM-9
BRING ON THE NIGHT - V3
1:20
LM-9
Note: V1 and V2 are early work-in-progress takes. V3 seems a little more progressed.
DOLLHOUSE - V1....................................
2:20....
LMEC1..................................
DOLLHOUSE - V2
0:55
LMEC1
Note: aka "Living In A Dollhouse".
POINT BLANK.......................................
1:00....
LMEC1..................................
Note: Harmonies and guitar practice.
THE RIVER.........................................
0:36....
TIES THAT BIND (documentary)...........
Note: Brief snippets of an acoustic demo heard in Thom Zimny's documentary about the making of The River. Includes some of the well-known lyrics, including "is a dream a lie that don't come true, or is it something worse".
2) Recorded at Springsteen’s home in Holmdel, NJ, September 1979 to December 1979.
CHEVROLET DELUXE - V1.............................
1:17....
DROC1..................................
CHEVROLET DELUXE - V2
1:53
DROC1
CHEVROLET DELUXE - V3
1:35
DROC1
CHEVROLET DELUXE - V4
1:49
DROC1
CHEVROLET DELUXE - V5
1:10
DROC1
CHEVROLET DELUXE - V6
5:06
DROC1
Note: Rehearsed with the band during the Telegraph Hill sessions in November 1979.
EVERYBODY'S LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY..................
0:45....
DROC1..................................
Note: aka "Blackwood". Brief, but promising, demo.
HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN - V1........................
1:10....
DROC1..................................
HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN - V2
0:15
DROC1
Note:
I WANNA START A NEW LIFE..........................
1:30....
DROC1..................................
Note: brief acoustic demo
I DON'T KNOW......................................
1:45....
DROC1..................................
Note: aka "Baby I Don't Know".
MR. OUTSIDE - V1...................................
3:09....
DROC1..................................
MR. OUTSIDE - V2
0:25
DROC1
MR. OUTSIDE - V3
2:11
THE RIVER: OUTTAKES
Note: aka "Looking Out For Number One (Mr. Outside)". The officially released V3 is an edited version of V1.
THE TIME IN BETWEEN...............................
0:20....
DROC1..................................
Note: Springsteen just repeats the title.
YOU GOTTA FIGHT (FOR WHAT YOU WANT)...............
2:15....
DROC1..................................
Note: Promising tune with a reggae-style beat.
FADE AWAY.........................................
2:50....
LMEC1..................................
Note: Work-in-progress version. Listed as "Slow Fade" in the Lost Masters liner notes, but it bears no resemblance to that song, which is known from February 1980 Telegraph Hill rehearsals.
STOLEN CAR........................................
1:00....
LM-7...................................
Note: Springsteen sings over a tape of a band rehearsal recorded in January 1980.
LOVE'S GONNA BE TONIGHT - V1......................
2:15....
LM-7...................................
LOVE'S GONNA BE TONIGHT - V2
1:20
LM-7
Note: Mostly unintelligible lyrics.
PARTY LIGHTS......................................
3:40....
LM-7...................................
Note: Bruce would return to this work-in-progress in 1981, during a break in The River Tour. Springsteen asks an unidentified person if it is "time to eat?" at the end of the take. Not related to the Claudine Clark song with the same title which Springsteen covered in 1975.
JACKSON CAGE - V1.................................
0:20....
LM-7...................................
JACKSON CAGE - V2
0:57
LM-7
Note: V1 is the chorus, V2 is familiar, but much slower than the final album take. Possibly sourced from May 1979.
3) Recorded at Springsteen’s home in Holmdel, NJ during January-February 1980.
EVERYBODY WANTS MY BABY - V1......................
2:15....
LM-7...................................
EVERYBODY WANTS MY BABY - V2
0:35
LM-7
Note: Punkish song. The two takes are combined into one track on 'Lost Masters VII'.
STOCKTON BOYS - V1................................
2:50....
LM-7...................................
STOCKTON BOYS - V2
1:25
LM-7
STOCKTON BOYS - V3
0:30
LM-7
STOCKTON BOYS - V4
0:46
LM-7
Note: Thematically similar to "Stockton Girls". Four takes, V1 appears to be full-length with some bluffed vocals.
STOCKTON GIRLS....................................
1:45....
LM-7...................................
Note: Thematically similar to "Stockton Boys".
TWO HEARTS........................................
1:23....
LM-7...................................
Note: Chorus is similar to the album, but the verse heard here is very different.
WHITE TOWN - V1...................................
3:06....
DROC1..................................
WHITE TOWN - V2
3:15
LM-7
WHITE TOWN - V3
1:00
LM-7
WHITE TOWN - V4
0:50
LM-7
WHITE TOWN - V5
0:45
LM-7
Note: aka "Down In Whitetown". Contains some lyrics that would end up in "Jackson Cage".
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V1......
2:40....
LM-7...................................
YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH) - V2
2:45
LM-7
Note: Lyrically familiar, but melodically different to the LP version.
YOU GOTTA BE KIND.................................
2:00....
LM-7...................................
Note: A reggae song.



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