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Commercially Released: March 31, 1992
Produced by Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin and Roy Bittan
Recording Engineer: Toby Scott
Recorded from September 1989 thru March 1991 at A&M Studios,(Los Angeles), Soundworks West (Los Angeles),
Oceanway Studios (Los Angeles), One On One Studio (Hollywood), The Record Plant (Los Angeles),
Westlake Studios (Los Angeles) and Thrill Hill West (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio)
Part One - Human Touch Session Overview

Tunnel Of Love was dominated by relationship songs. Although technically still a couple, the relationship between Springsteen and Julianne Phillips had become estranged by spring 1987, several months before Tunnel Of Love was released. However the split did not become common knowledge until a year after-the-fact. Springsteen began the Tunnel Of Love and Human Rights Now! tours in February 1988 and completed them in October 1988. During this tour a romance blossomed between Bruce and band member Patti Scialfa. Following the tour Springsteen and Scialfa spent most of the following eight months out of the public eye at Bruce's home in California. However they spent the summer of 1989 in New Jersey, which included numerous Springsteen shore-area club guest appearances. Jon Landau has mentioned in interview that Bruce did virtually no songwriting during this October 1988–August 1989 period. Bruce and Patti were back out on the west coast by early fall. Bruce and Patti's October 1989 decision to start a family (their first child was born nine months later) seems to have coincided with Springsteen's decision to put the E Street Band into semi-permanent retirement. Bruce phoned all the members in October 1989 to give them this news.

The sessions for what became the Human Touch album took place entirely on the west coast (a first for Springsteen) and spanned about a 19-month period - from September 1989 to March 1991. The sessions included a variety of musicians, including E Street Band members Roy Bittan and David Sancious. Indeed, Springsteen's initial songwriting efforts for these sessions included several collaborations with Roy Bittan, who lived in Los Angeles close to Bruce. There were about 30 new songs recorded over the entire 19-month period, which means that there are still several titles still undocumented. An album could easily have been released in early 1991. However Bruce got cold feet and decided, after a short break, to continue writing and recording more material during 1991 (this material became the Lucky Town album sessions). So effectively the Human Touch album sat in the can, collecting dust, for an entire year. Many believe that decision to delay was a mistake. Some major compositions from the sessions were inexplicably left off the original album. Fortunately they have since appeared on Tracks and other compilations.

In November 1991, nearly five months prior to the album's commercial release, a 13-song tape from the Human Touch sessions leaked out to collectors. This tape contained different mixes (some barely noticeable, others quite different) from what would ultimately be released on the official album. Some of the thirteen songs on his tape can be found on the mainstream boot CDs “Gospel's Rain” and/or “Human Demos” – the others are currently only available via private cdr sources.
WITH EVERY WISH...................................
4:32....
HUMAN TOUCH............................
ROLL OF THE DICE
4:14
HUMAN TOUCH
REAL WORLD
5:23
HUMAN TOUCH
MAN'S JOB
4:32
HUMAN TOUCH
SOUL DRIVER
4:33
HUMAN TOUCH
CROSS MY HEART
3:44
HUMAN TOUCH
GLORIA'S EYES
3:42
HUMAN TOUCH
ALL OR NOTHIN' AT ALL
3:16
HUMAN TOUCH
I WISH I WERE BLIND
4:44
HUMAN TOUCH
THE LONG GOODBYE
3:24
HUMAN TOUCH
REAL MAN
4:27
HUMAN TOUCH
PONY BOY
2:09
HUMAN TOUCH
HUMAN TOUCH
6:25
HUMAN TOUCH
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON)
2:25
HUMAN TOUCH
VIVA LAS VEGAS
3:11
1990 comp/ESSENTIAL
CHICKEN LIPS AND LIZARD HIPS
1:42
1991 comp
30 DAYS OUT
4:42
1992 b-side
PART MAN, PART MONKEY
4:28
TRACKS / 1992 b-side
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
5:22
TRACKS
SAD EYES
3:47
TRACKS
LEAVIN' TRAIN
4:05
TRACKS
SEVEN ANGELS
3:28
TRACKS
MY LOVER MAN
3:56
TRACKS
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
3:05
TRACKS
OVER THE RISE
2:38
TRACKS
GOIN' CALI
2:59
TRACKS
LOOSE CHANGE
4:19
TRACKS
TROUBLE RIVER
4:16
18 TRACKS
GAVE IT A NAME

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RED HEADED WOMAN

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SECRET GARDEN

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ALL THE WAY HOME

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Part Two - Human Touch Sessions Details

VIVA LAS VEGAS – V1a..............................
3:11....
1990 compilation.......................
VIVA LAS VEGAS – V1b
3:03
ESSENTIAL
Note: Recorded September 13-14, 1989 at One On One Studio, North Hollywood. Bruce handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Bob Glaub (bass), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). First released in the UK in February 1990 on the Last Temptation Of Elvis charity album. Both above are the same recording. V1a is the charity album version and includes some brief Presley dialog prior to the start of the song. V1b deletes that dialog.
WITH EVERY WISH – V1a.............................
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WITH EVERY WISH – V1b
4:38
private cdr
WITH EVERY WISH – V1c
4:32
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Believed to have been one the first songs recorded for the album, in late 1989. All three versions above are the same basic recording. V1a contains just vocals and guitar (by Springsteen) and keyboards (by Roy Bittan). V1b and V1c (which are virtually identical sounding) contain overdubbed trumpet (Mark Isham), bass (Douglas Lunn) and drums (Kurt Wortman).
ROLL OF THE DICE – V1a............................
4:34....
private cdr............................
ROLL OF THE DICE – V1b
4:14
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Co-written by Springsteen (lyrics) and Roy Bittan (music). Recorded in December 1989 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles lead guitar and vocals and his four-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Tim Pierce (rhythm guitar). Background vocals courtesy of Bobby King. V1a is a significantly different mix than the album version and may possibly be a different recording altogether. It includes and additional 20 seconds of duet singing between Springsteen and King not found on the official version. According to comments by King he was called into the studio in January 1990 to overdub background vocals onto an already completed core recording.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE...............................
5:22....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Co-written by Springsteen (lyrics) and Roy Bittan (music). Recorded December 1, 1989 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums).
REAL WORLD – V1a..................................
5:44....
private cdr............................
REAL WORLD – V1b
5:23
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Co-written by Springsteen (lyrics) and Roy Bittan (music). Recorded in December 1989 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). The background vocals are by Sam Moore, who was called into the studio in January 1990 to overdub onto an already completed basic recording. V1a is a very different mix than the album version, with Sam Moore's vocals cutting in sooner and more prominent throughout.
MAN'S JOB – V1a...................................
4:22....
private cdr............................
MAN'S JOB – V1b
4:32
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Recorded in December 1989 at Soundworks West. Springsteen handles guitar and lead vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Background vocalists are Bobby King and Sam Moore. According to comments by King both Sam Moore and himself were called into the studio in January 1990 to overdub their background vocals onto the already completed basic recording. Both versions are the same core recording. V1a, which many consider superior, includes more prominent vocals from both King and Moore and what sounds like a different vocal take by Springsteen.
PART MAN, PART MONKEY – V1a.......................
4:26....
HD.....................................
PART MAN, PART MONKEY – V1b
4:28
TRACKS / 1992 b-side
Note: Written in 1986 and first recorded during the 1987 Tunnel Of Love sessions (that version isn't circulating) and then performed live regularly during the 1988 Tunnel Of Love tour. This studio version dates from January 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar, bass and vocals and his two-man backing band on this recording is David Sancious (keyboards) and Omar Hakim (drums). V1a and V1b are extremely similar and may in fact be identical mixes.
SOUL DRIVER – V1..................................
4:03....
private cdr............................
SOUL DRIVER – V2a
4:19
GR / HD
SOUL DRIVER – V2b
4:33
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: An interesting history behind this song. V1 was recorded by Springsteen and Roy Bittan at Thrill Hill West (Springsteen’s Los Angeles home studio) sometime in November 1989. The music for V1, which has a reggae feel, was composed by Roy Bittan, which is why some advanced pre-release info about the LP mistakenly listed “Soul Driver” as a “Springsteen-Bittan” composition. As it turned out the Bittan melody was ultimately dropped in favor of a Springsteen melody (which is why it’s listed as a Spingsteen-only song). V2 (two mixes) contains the Springsteen melody and was recorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles sometime during mid-late January 1990. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his five-man backing band on V2 is Randy Jackson (bass), David Sancious (keyboards), Michael Fisher (percussion), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Tim Pierce (rhythm guitar). Background vocals by Sam Moore.
SAD EYES..........................................
3:47....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on January 25, 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his four-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), David Sancious (keyboards), Michael Fisher (percussion) and Jeff Porcaro (drums).
REAL MAN – V1a....................................
4:25....
private cdr............................
REAL MAN – V1b
4:27
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Recorded sometime mid-January to early February 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his four-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), David Sancious (organ), Ian McLagen (piano) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). V1a is a slightly different mix, with the organ more prominent.
LEAVIN' TRAIN.....................................
4:05....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on February 27, 1990 at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is the same as on “Viva Las Vegas” - Bob Glaub (bass), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums).
CROSS MY HEART – V1a..............................
4:04....
private cdr............................
CROSS MY HEART – V1b
3:48
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Co-written by Springsteen (music and lyrics) and the late Sonny Boy Williamson (lyrics). Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Both of the above are a different mix of same core recording. V1a features an extended fade-out and an alternate guitar solo.
GLORIA'S EYES – V1a...............................
4:08....
private cdr............................
GLORIA'S EYES – V1b
3:44
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Same recording, two different mixes. V1a has a longer beginning and ending and a different guitar solo near the end of the song.
ALL OR NOTHIN' AT ALL – V1a.......................
3:52....
GR.....................................
ALL OR NOTHIN' AT ALL – V1b
3:16
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Both above are different mixes of the same core recording. V1a features a much-extended intro and fade out.
I WISH I WERE BLIND – V1a.........................
5:22....
GR / HD................................
I WISH I WERE BLIND – V1b
4:45
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). The legendary Bobby Hatfield (of Righteous Brothers fame) provides background vocals. Both above are significantly different mixes of the same core recording. Many consider V1a is the superior version - it features an alternate guitar, a different Springsteen lead vocal, Hatfield more upfront in the mix and a longer Springsteen-Hatfield duet fade-out. Note: due to the copying speeds used, V1a circulates among collectors in slightly different running time lengths (from 5:15 to 5:30)
30 DAYS OUT – V1a.................................
4:30....
GR / HD................................
30 DAYS OUT – V1b
4:42
1992 b-side
Note: Recorded sometime March–April 1990 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Both above are slightly different mixes of the same core recording. Released on the b-side of various 1992 singles; Leap Of Faith in Europe and Australia, Lucky Town in Europe, and Roll Of The Dice in Japan.
TROUBLE RIVER – V1a...............................
3:51....
GR / HD / DDITV........................
TROUBLE RIVER – V1b
4:16
18 TRACKS
Note: Recorded on April 6, 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Both above are different mixes of the same core recording. V1b is superior.
THE LONG GOODBYE..................................
3:24....
HUMAN TOUCH............................
Note: Recorded sometime in April-May 1990, most likely at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums).
HUMAN TOUCH – V1a.................................
6:41....
private cdr............................
HUMAN TOUCH – V1b
6:28
HUMAN TOUCH
HUMAN TOUCH – V1c
5:09
GREATEST / ESSENTIAL / promo cd
Note: Springsteen handles guitar and vocals and his three-man backing band on this recording is Randy Jackson (bass), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Additional background vocal overdub by Patti Scialfa. All of the above are different mix/edits of the same core recording. V1a features an extended intro and an extra guitar break mid song. V1c is merely an edited version of V1b and was officially released as a promo single in some countries and later on the official Greatest Hits and Essential packages.
SEVEN ANGELS......................................
3:28....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on June 29, 1990 at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar, bass and vocals and his two-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Shawn Pelton (drums).
PONY BOY – V1.....................................
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PONY BOY – V2
2:09
HUMAN TOUCH
Note: A traditional children's song not written by Springsteen. Recorded at the same time as “Chicken Lips And Lizard Hips”, sometime June - September, 1990 at Thrill Hill West. V1 is Springsteen solo. V2 is a different recording and with additional vocals by Patti Scialfa. Initially considered for donation to the Disney charity CD For Our Children but nixed in favour of “Chicken Lips”. Surprisingly (given the great original songs Bruce had available) V2 ended up on the Human Touch album. The version heard on the original leaked demo tape is V2.
CHICKEN LIPS AND LIZARD HIPS – V1.................
1:42....
1991 compilation.......................
CHICKEN LIPS AND LIZARD HIPS – V2

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Note: A children's song written by John & Nancy Cassidy. Recorded (at the same time as “Pony Boy”) sometime June - September, 1990 at Thrill Hill West. V1 is Springsteen solo. V2 is a different recording and with additional vocals by Patti Scialfa. V1 was donated to and released on the Disney For Our Children charity CD album in January 1991. Incredibly it was released on a single in Australia in March 1991.
MY LOVER MAN......................................
3:56....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on December 4, 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals and his one-man backing band on this recording is Jeff Porcaro (drums).
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) – V1a................
2:23....
private cdr............................
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) – V1b
2:25
HUMAN TOUCH
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) – V1c
5:56
1992 single
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) – V1d
4:45
1992 single
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) – V1e
8:19
1992 single
Note: Recorded in early December 1990, most likely at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. The song was registered at the US copyright office on December 18, 1990. Springsteen handles guitar, bass and vocals and his two-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Springsteen had premiered this song live a couple of weeks earlier at the November 1990 Christic Benefit – the album version has more refined lyrics. V1a is the leaked demo version, which seems to be virtually identical to V1b. V1c, V1d and V1e are 3 alternate dance mixes (the so-called “Little Steven Remixes”) done in spring 1992 by mixer David McNair and produced by Steve Van Zandt. These were first released in July 1992 in various single formats and there was even an edited version of V1c issued as well.
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT............................
3:05....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on December 6, 1990 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles guitar, bass and vocals and his 2-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums).
OVER THE RISE.....................................
2:38....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on December 7, 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles vocals and all instruments except for Roy Bittan (keyboards).
GOIN' CALI........................................
2:59....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on January 29, 1991 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles vocals and all instruments.
LOOSE CHANGE......................................
4:19....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on January 31, 1991 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. Springsteen handles vocals and all instruments except for Roy Bittan (keyboards).
GAVE IT A NAME....................................
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Note: Recorded between December 1990 and late January 1991 at either the Record Plant, Soundworks West or A&M Studios in Los Angeles. Planned for inclusion on the Tracks boxset, but Bruce was unable to locate the master tape, so he re-recorded the song on August 24, 1998 at his home studio in Colts Neck, NJ, and it's that recording which can be found on Tracks.
RED HEADED WOMAN..................................
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Note: Springsteen premiered this song live at the November 1990 Christic Benefit shows – a studio version was completed sometime during the Human Touch sessions (probably December 1990) but it remains un-issued.
SECRET GARDEN.....................................
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Note: Recorded for Human Touch but not utilized. Bruce re-recorded it in January 1995 with the E Street and that version appeared on Greatest Hits.
ALL THE WAY HOME..................................
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Note: Written sometime in 1990 or early 1991. Springsteen donated the song to Southside Johnny and Bruce took part in the July 1991 recording session in New York that produced Southside’s cover version. Bruce re-recorded the song in 2004 and released it on the Devils & Dust album.



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