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Commercially Released: July 29, 2002
Produced and mixed by Brendan O’Brien*
Recording Engineer: Nick DiDia*
Recorded January - March 2002 at Southern Tracks Studio (Atlanta, GA)*
* Springsteen’s numerous studio sessions from 1996 - 2001 did not involve Brendan O’Brien or Nick DiDia. These sessions (at Thrill Hill East, Thrill Hill West and The Hit Factory) were produced either by Springsteen (alone) or co-produced by Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. Recording Engineer was Toby Scott. Please refer to session details for specific credits, where known.

Part One - The Rising Session Overview

Springsteen issued the Ghost Of Tom Joad album in November 1995. Little did anyone suspect at the time that it would be six years and seven months (July 2002) before the next Springsteen studio album of recently written and recorded compositions would be released. Because of the tremendous amount of time that elapsed, the studio session period for what became The Rising is an enigma. Nearly all the recordings on the album emanate from one brief session period in early 2002, yet there are over five years' worth of earlier studio sessions of which only a few recordings have yet emerged – even though much was recorded.

Immediately following the release of the Ghost Of Tom Joad album Springsteen undertook an extensive solo tour that lasted for 17 months - until late May 1997. Bruce has mentioned that he wrote numerous songs while on this tour, some of which he actually premiered live during the tour. During breaks in this tour Bruce recorded new material - from June to August 1996 and then from March to April 1997. Both sessions were held at Thrill Hill East (Bruce’s New Jersey home studio). Both were solo sessions.

In November 1997, several months following the completion of the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour, Springsteen undertook studio further sessions at his NJ home studio. About seven non-original compositions were recorded with a group of musicians Bruce had not previously recorded with. These have now become known as "The Seeger Sessions - Phase 1". Since the above-mentioned session produced recordings that Bruce subsequently decided to release on a stand-alone album, then please refer to The Seeger Sessions section for details on these recordings. Soon after (in December 1997 – January 1998) Springsteen undertook a song-writing collaboration session with Joe Grushecky at Bruce’s home studio. Song titles are known from this period but recording session details, if any, are unknown. According to comments made by engineer Toby Scott it was in the early spring of 1998 (shortly before Bruce’s father passed away) that Springsteen told Scott the time was right to proceed with the long-anticipated box set of archived, unreleased studio takes. Although the Tracks project dominated activities during the remainder of 1998 Springsteen also recorded numerous new songs at his home studio during the February 1998 – February 1999 period, although little has been released.

Springsteen re-assembled the E Street Band for the Reunion (Tracks) tour. This tour lasted for 16 months, from March 1999 thru June 2000. Although no studio sessions took place during this touring period, there was an expectation that studio work with the E Street Band would follow this tour and a resulting new E Street Band album would emerge in late 1999 or early 2000 – however we now know that no such E Street Band sessions ever took place. In spite of the lack of E Street Band involvement in the studio Springsteen did in fact conduct scattered solo sessions at his Thrill Hill East home studio during the September 2000 - January 2001 period. Numerous songs were recorded – but details remain very sketchy. It is suspected that the base recording of only one of the fifteen songs issued on The Rising album emanates from these sessions.

Springsteen finally entered the studio with The E Street Band in March 2001 – their first sessions together since January 1995. The spring 2001 sessions were produced by Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin and recorded by Toby Scott. Several songs (titles unconfirmed) were recorded during this session – but only one “American Skin (41 Shots)” has been released.

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001 Springsteen wrote a number of new songs that were influenced by the disaster. A new series of studio sessions with the E Street Band took place in Atlanta from late January to mid-March 2002. Comments made by Garry Tallent and Danny Federici would indicate that the amount of time the E Street Band were together in Atlanta was actually very brief – a far cry from the E Street Band studio session formula of the 1973-84 era. All Southern Tracks Studios sessions were produced by Brendan O’Brien and recorded by Nick DiDia, neither of whom had worked with Springsteen previously. O’Brien also handled the mixing. It would appear that 14 of the 15 recordings issued on The Rising album were recorded at these sessions, although only about half of the songs that appear on the album were actually composed after 9/11. It is known that a total of seventeen songs were recorded during the sessions; fifteen on the album plus "Harry's Place" and "Down In The Hole", both of which would eventually be issued on 2014's High Hopes.
NOTHING MAN....,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..
4:23....
RISING.................................
WAITIN’ ON A SUNNY DAY
4:18
RISING
LET’S BE FRIENDS (SKIN TO SKIN)
4:21
RISING
FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD
3:52
RISING
MY CITY OF RUINS
5:00
RISING
COUNTIN’ ON A MIRACLE
4:44
RISING
LONESOME DAY
4:08
RISING
MARY’S PLACE
6:03
RISING
YOU’RE MISSING
5:10
RISING
THE RISING
4:50
RISING
PARADISE
5:39
RISING
EMPTY SKY
3:34
RISING
INTO THE FIRE
5:04
RISING
THE FUSE
5:37
RISING
WORLDS APART
6:07
RISING
GAVE IT A NAME
2:47
TRACKS
THE PROMISE
4:38
18 TRACKS
LIFT ME UP
5:16
1999 comp / ESSENTIAL
HARRY'S PLACE

HIGH HOPES
DOWN IN THE HOLE

HIGH HOPES
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS)
5:14
2001 promo cd
GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE
2:55
2002 comp
SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME

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PILGRIM IN THE TEMPLE OF LOVE

uncirculating
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU

uncirculating
IN FREEHOLD

uncirculating
LONG TIME COMING

uncirculating
THE HITTER

uncirculating
CODE OF SILENCE

uncirculating
ANOTHER THIN LINE

uncirculating
THE WALL

HIGH HOPES
LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

uncirculating
I’LL STAND BY YOU ALWAYS

uncirculating

Part Two - The Rising Sessions Details

LET’S BE FRIENDS (SKIN TO SKIN)...................
4:21....
RISING.................................
Note: Written and originally recorded at Thrill Hill East (Bruce’s NJ home studio sometime during the 1999-2001 period. The base recording from one of these home sessions was utilized and then embellished with additional instruments and production at Southern Tracks Studio in early 2002 and released on The Rising album. This is the only recording issued on the album that was not recorded from scratch at the Atlanta sessions. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals. The choir vocals are provided by the Alliance Singers.
NOTHING MAN.......................................
4:23....
RISING.................................
Note: Written by Bruce in 1994 and recorded during that period (this version is not circulating). Re-recorded at Southern Tracks Studio in early 2002 and released on The Rising album.
WAITIN’ ON A SUNNY DAY - V1a......................
4:18....
RISING.................................
WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY – V1b
4:13
promo CD
Note: Written and recorded at Thrill Hill East by Bruce sometime during 1998. That recording has not surfaced. The song was practiced at rehearsals for the E Street Reunion tour in early 1999 and a complete band version was performed during the soundcheck for the June 17, 1999 show in Germany - but it was not played during the show or at any later show on the 1999-2000 tour. Re-recorded in Atlanta in early 2002 with the E Street Band and issued on the album. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, while Brendan O'Brien plays glockenspiel and orchestra bells. V1b is a 4:13 version that runs 6 seconds shorter than the regular “Rising” album track and also features a notably different mix; with both the lead and backing vocals as well as the bass lines and sax solo being much clearer, louder and generally more upfront. In addition, the drum sound also was altered considerably, and there are about 5 extra seconds of Bruce doing his high-pitched “oh-oh-oooh” vocals not included on the album version. Issued as a US-only 1-track promotional single in 2003.
FURTHER ON (UP THE ROAD)..........................
3:52....
RISING.................................
Note: Written by Springsteen in 1999 or early 2000 and premiered live on June 4, 2000. The version found on the Rising album was recorded at Southern Tracks in Atlanta in early 2002, although an earlier studio version with the E Street Band from March 2001 may exist in the vaults.
MY CITY OF RUINS..................................
5:00....
RISING.................................
Note: Written by Springsteen in November 2000 and premiered live on December 17, 2000 at a benefit gig in Asbury Park. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, Jane Scarpantoni plays cello.
COUNTIN’ ON A MIRACLE – V1........................
4:44....
RISING.................................
COUNTIN’ ON A MIRACLE – V2
5:01
ESSENTIAL
Note: Written in 2000. These are two different recordings, both emanating from Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta in February-March, 2002. V1 is with E Street Band and the Nashville String Machine backing. V2 (which was also videoed on Super8 film) is a country-blues arrangement performed solo by Springsteen on acoustic guitar.
LONESOME DAY - V1a................................
4:08....
RISING.................................
LONESOME DAY – V1b
3:34
promo CD
Note: It remains unclear if this composition was written before or after 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, Larry Lemaster and Jere Flint play cello. V1b is a shorter radio edit issued on a US-only 1-track promotional single in 2002.
MARY’S PLACE......................................
6:03....
RISING.................................
Note: It remains unclear if this composition was written before or after 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, Jane Scarpantoni plays cello. The choir vocals are provided by the Alliance Singers. The horn section is Mark Pender (trumpet), Mike Spengler (trumpet), Richie Rosenberg (trombone), Jerry Vivino (tenor sax) and Ed Manion (baritone sax).
YOU’RE MISSING....................................
5:10....
RISING.................................
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, Larry Lemaster and Jere Flint play cello. The song also features the Nashville String Machine.
THE RISING........................................
4:50....
RISING.................................
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, Jane Scarpantoni plays cello.
PARADISE..........................................
5:39....
RISING.................................
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002.
EMPTY SKY.........................................
3:34....
RISING.................................
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. Brendan O'Brien contributes hurdy gurdy.
INTO THE FIRE.....................................
5:04....
RISING.................................
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals, Brendan O'Brien plays hurdy gurdy and glockenspiel and Jane Scarpantoni plays cello.
THE FUSE – V1a....................................
5:37....
RISING.................................
THE FUSE – V1b
5:37
private cdr
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded in Atlanta at Southern Tracks during February-March, 2002. V1a is the official album track. V1b, usually referred to as “the 25th Hour Remix”, includes slightly different editing and features an added string/orchestra arrangement/overlay written during the fall of 2002 by conductor Terence Blanchard for the Spike Lee-directed movie 25th Hour (released in December 2002). The V1b remix of the song is heard during the film’s closing credits, although neither V1a nor V1b were issued on the film soundtrack album (released January 2003) – V1b remains officially unreleased except as heard in the movie itself. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin and background vocals.
WORLDS APART......................................
6:07....
RISING.................................
Note: song composed post 9/11. Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, during February-March, 2002. The background parts contributed by Asif Ali Khan and group were recorded by Chuck Plotkin at Henson Studios in Hollywood, CA. Soozie Tyrell contributes violin.
GAVE IT A NAME....................................
2:47....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded at Thrill Hill East (Bruce’s NJ home studio) on August 24, 1998. Produced by Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. Bruce handles vocals all instruments except for keyboards (Roy Bittan).
LIFT ME UP........................................
5:16....
1999 comp / ESSENTIAL..................
Note: Recorded at Thrill Hill East (Bruce’s NJ home studio) sometime October 1998-January 1999. Produced by Springsteen (alone). Bruce handles vocals and all instruments. Written by Bruce specifically for the John Sayles movie “Limbo” and first released on the movie soundtrack album in June 1999.
THE PROMISE.......................................
4:38....
18 TRACKS..............................
Note: Recorded at Thrill Hill East (Bruce’s NJ home studio) on February 12, 1999. Produced by Springsteen (alone). Bruce solo, on vocals and piano. Specifically recorded for release in April 1999 on the 18 Tracks compilation.
HARRY'S PLACE.....................................
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HIGH HOPES.............................
Note: Written by Springsteen in 2001. The song is not related, either musically or lyrically, to "Mary's Place" – they merely happen to share the same word in the title. Springsteen confirmed in a July 31, 2002 TV interview with journalist Ted Koppel that seventeen songs were recorded in Atlanta and that "Harry's Place" was one of the two songs that didn't make the final 15-song line-up for the Rising album – Bruce felt this rocker about a fictitious local kingpin didn't blend in well with the rest of the album's material. During that TV interview Springsteen, upon request of Koppel, actually recited the entire first verse of this song's lyrics. Comments made by Springsteen since 2002 suggest that only the lyrics were written in 2002 and the music was added some years later, perhaps during 2007's Magic sessions. Therefore it seems unlikely that any 2002 takes of "Harry's Place" exist. Subsequently issued on 2014's High Hopes. It should be noted that "Hard Drive" (often mentioned in the same breath as "Harry's Place") was not a Rising-era recording or song – rather it was a never developed (i.e., no lyrics/music) title found in Springsteen's Rising sessions song-writing notebook that had first been seen and noted by journalist Jon Pareles in a July 2002 interview with Springsteen at Bruce's home.
DOWN IN THE HOLE..................................
........
HIGH HOPES.............................
Note: Springsteen confirmed in a December 2013 in a Rolling Stone interview that "Down In The Hole" was recorded during sessions for The Rising. Possibly re-recorded in 2013 and issued on 2014's High Hopes album, although it's likely that the 2002 basic track was re-used, with the addition of some overdubs.
GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE..............................
2:55....
2002 compilation.......................
Note: Written by Johnny Cash. Recorded at Thrill Hill East (Bruce’s NJ home studio) in February 1999 and produced by Springsteen (alone). Bruce solo, on vocals and guitar. The performance was also video recorded and first broadcast commercially on April 18, 1999 as part of the Johnny Cash Tribute special on the USA’s TNT network. The recording was not officially released until September 2002 on the Cash Kindred Spirits tribute album. The video of the performance has yet to be officially issued, although it circulates among collectors via copies of the original TV broadcast.
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS)..........................
5:14....
2001 promo cd..........................
Note: Written by Springsteen during the spring of 2000 and premiered live on June 4, 2000 at a show with the E Street Band in Atlanta. Recorded with the E Street Band at The Hit Factory, New York City on March 2, 2001. Produced by Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin. Released on a promotion-only single in June 2001
SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME........................
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uncirculating..........................
Note: Written by Bruce during December 1995 and early January 1996 while on the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour and premiered live on January 10, 1996.
PILGRIM IN THE TEMPLE OF LOVE.....................
........
uncirculating..........................
Note: Written by Bruce in March - April 1996 while on the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour and premiered live on April 16, 1996.
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU......
........
uncirculating..........................
Note: Also known as “Never Any Other For Me But You”. Written by Bruce in mid-1996 while on the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour and premiered live on September 19, 1996.
IN FREEHOLD.......................................
........
uncirculating..........................
Note: Bruce wrote "In Michigan" backstage in Kalamazoo, MI while on the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour and premiered it live the same day, September 24, 1996. The concept was to write a song which included the name of the state of the location he was playing. He then expanded on the premise of the song and premiered the almost completely rewritten “In Freehold” on November 8, 1996 in Freehold, naturally. Also known as "Freehold". It is unclear whether this song was recorded during studio sessions.
LONG TIME COMING..................................
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uncirculating..........................
Note: Written by Bruce in the summer or early autumn of 1996 while on the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour and premiered live on October 16, 1996. Recorded during studio sessions in 1998 (this version is uncirculating). Re-recorded in 2004 and released on the Devils & Dust album.
THE HITTER........................................
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uncirculating..........................
Note: Written by Bruce in the autumn of 1996 while on the Ghost Of Tom Joad tour and premiered live on November 13, 1996. Recorded during studio sessions in 1998 (this version is uncirculating). Re-recorded in 2004 and released on the Devils & Dust album.
CODE OF SILENCE...................................
........
uncirculating..........................
Note: Co-written by Bruce and Joe Grushecky during December 1997-January 1998. Springsteen premiered the song live on June 12, 2000 and released a live version (recorded June 29, 2000) on The Essential Bruce Springsteen in 2003. A Grushecky studio version (with Bruce on support vocals) was released on his album A Good Life in July 2006.
ANOTHER THIN LINE.................................
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uncirculating..........................
Note: Written sometime between late 1997 and early 2000. There remains some confusion if “Another Thin Line” is a writing collaboration with Joe Grushecky or if it was composed entirely by Springsteen. Springsteen premiered the song live on June 22, 2000. He then prefaced another performance of the song on June 29 by commenting “here’s something I wrote with Joe Grushecky”. However a publishing registration, as well as the official US Copyright filing (July 21, 2000) lists the song as a Springsteen-only composition. Neither artist has officially released a recorded version.
THE WALL..........................................
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HIGH HOPES.............................
Note: Written December 1997-January 1998. The title and idea came from Joe Grushecky and written by Springsteen after he and Patti Scialfa visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Bruce premiered the song live on February 19, 2003 and prefaced the performance by mentioning that he’d visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington in December 1997 and that several days later Grushecky (in advance of their songwriting sessions) sent Bruce a newspaper clipping about the Vietnam Memorial. Grushecky subsequently wrote a different, but similarly themed, song called “On The Wall” that appeared on his 2002 Fingertips album. Recorded in the late 90s (perhaps during sessions for Tracks) and issued on 2014's High Hopes.
LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS...........................
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uncirculating..........................
Note: Written by Bruce sometime in 1998 or early 1999. The song was premiered live with the E Street Band on March 18, 1999. A later live version with the E Street Band was officially released on the Live In New York City package. Cut in 2011 and issued on Wrecking Ball.
I’LL STAND BY YOU ALWAYS..........................
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uncirculating..........................
Note: A mysterious history. A ballad written by Springsteen sometime between 1998 and 2000 and inspired by Bruce’s reading of Harry Potter books to his youngest son Sam. This is not a children's song however. Sometime in early 2001 Bruce made the song available to director Chris Columbus, who at the time was shooting the first of the Potter movies. A Springsteen recording of the song was filed with the US Copyright Office on June 13, 2001. However the Springsteen song was ultimately rejected due to Harry Potter novelist/creator JK Rowling’s contractual stipulation that no commercial songs of any type be used in the Potter film series, Warner Bros Music President Gary Lemel, who was involved in the Potter music, was asked by USA Today about this Springsteen song but said he preferred not to comment publicly – but in doing so seemingly verified the basic truth in the story. In September or October 2001 Springsteen donated the song to fellow Sony artist (and Latin/Salsa star) Marc Anthony, who recorded a cover version. In late 2001 both Sony and Anthony issued press releases specifically promoting the Springsteen composition and mentioning it would be one of the tracks on Anthony’s forthcoming album “Mended” (and likely the lead single off the album). Strangely, when the “Mended” album was finally released in April 2002, the song was not on the album, nor was it issued as a single. A later special edition of the Mended album with bonus tracks also didn’t include the song. There has been no explanation as to why the Springsteen composition was not issued.



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