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Tracks commercially released: November 9, 1998 / 18 Tracks commercially released: April 12, 1999
1998-99 Producers: Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Plotkin
1998-99 Technical Coordinator and Recording engineer: Toby Scott*
1998-99 Mixers: Ed Thacker, Thom Panunzio and Bob Clearmountain*
*see Brucebase session listings for the specific producers and engineers of the original recordings

Part One - Tracks / 18 Tracks Sessions Overview

Following the completion of the solo acoustic The Ghost Of Tom Joad tour in May 1997 Springsteen kept a relatively low profile and spent the summer months in New Jersey with his family. He held a studio session in November 1997 (the first of what is now known as the Seeger Sessions) and also participated in songwriting sessions with Joe Grushecky in December 1997-January 1998. According to interview comments by Toby Scott, (Springsteen’s audio archivist and recording engineer), it was in February 1998, during solo sessions being conducted at Bruce’s NJ home studio, that Springsteen approached Scott and said “let's do the boxed set”. Scott then went to work gathering the potential material from Springsteen’s massive audio library (located, along with Sony's sound archives, in the high-tech Iron Mountain facility near Buffalo, NY). Bruce’s NJ home studio (Thrill Hill East) served as the main operational center for all Tracks project activities.

Springsteen mentioned in an early 1999 interview with journalist Patrick Humphries that 200 to 300 different songs (twelve to eighteen CDs worth) formed the large pool of recordings that he initially reviewed in the spring of 1998 as potential candidates for the boxed set. Over the course of the next few months the 200-300 was narrowed down. According to Toby Scott by late June then number was down to about 128 songs (eight CDs worth). It was then narrowed down yet again during July to about one hundred songs (a six-CD set). Although these one hundred songs were prepped for the Tracks release there was a commercial decision made later in the summer to reduce the size of the release to a four-CD (sixty six-track) package. The package was delivered to Sony in mid-September in order to facilitate the mid-November 1998 release schedule.

The primary intent of Tracks (at least insofar as it’s slimmed-down six-CD and four-CD incarnations were concerned) was to cover all of Springsteen's commercially released album sessions. However due to ongoing (and at the time still-unresolved) court proceedings involving most of Springsteen’s unreleased 1972 studio recordings, it was decided not to release any of that in-dispute session material on Tracks. Consequently unreleased songs from the Greetings album sessions, or other demo sessions from that period, were not released in the package. The four "Hammond" CBS demo session songs that are found in the box were utilized because that particular studio session and those particular songs were not part of the court proceedings. Postscript: these legal matters were finally resolved, in Springsteen's favour, in 2001 – thereby freeing up these recordings for release at any time. It is likely that a "Tracks, Vol 2" (i.e., another boxed set of similar scope), will be released sometime in the future.

Despite stellar reviews the initial sales of the Tracks boxed set were well below expectations, probably due to this pricey retrospective not being issued in the wake of a huge selling Springsteen album (as had been the case in 1986 when Live 1975-85 followed the Born In The USA album). Partly as a consequence of the slow sales it was decided in January 1999 to release an abbreviated single CD version of Tracks titled 18 Tracks. This was intended for the more casual fan, although 18 Tracks also served the purpose as a promotional tie-in for the E Street Band "Reunion" tour that was announced at the same time. 18 Tracks contained fifteen recordings already issued on Tracks, plus three previously unreleased recordings ("The Fever", "Trouble River" and "The Promise"). Sales of 18 Tracks were also disappointing, although the Reunion tour that followed was a tremendous commercial success.
NOTE BELOW: # issued on both Tracks and 18 Tracks, ## issued only on 18 Tracks (not on Tracks)
SONG TITLE----............................
RECORDING DATE----
LOCATION----..............
SESSION ERA---...-




Mary Queen Of Arkansas
May 03, 1972
CBS Studios, NY
demo
It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City
May 03, 1972
CBS Studios, NY
demo
Growin’ Up#
May 03, 1972
CBS Studios, NY
demo
Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
May 03, 1972
CBS Studios, NY
demo
Bishop Dance
Jan 31, 1973
Max’s Kansas City, NY
Live in concert
The Fever##
May 16, 1973
914 Sound, NY
WIESS
Santa Ana
Jun 28, 1973
914 Sound, NY
WIESS
Seaside Bar Song#
Jun 28, 1973
914 Sound, NY
WIESS
Thundercrack
Jun 28, 1973
914 Sound, NY
WIESS
Zero And Blind Terry
Jun 28, 1973
914 Sound, NY
WIESS
Linda Let Me Be The One
Jun 28, 1975
Record Plant, NY
BTR
Don’t Look Back
Jul 02, 1977
Record Plant, NY
DARKNESS
Hearts Of Stone#
Oct 14, 1977
Record Plant, NY
DARKNESS
Iceman
Oct 27, 1977
Record Plant, NY
DARKNESS
Give The Girl A Kiss
Nov 10, 1977
Record Plant, NY
DARKNESS
So Young And In Love
Jan 06, 1978
Record Plant, NY
DARKNESS
Roulette
Apr 03, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Mary Lou
May 30, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
I Wanna Be With You#
May 31, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Bring On The Night
Jun 13, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Ricky Want A Man Of Her Own
Jul 16, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Loose Ends#
Jul 18, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Be True
Jul 21, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Stolen Car
Jul 26, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Dollhouse
Aug 21, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Where The Bands Are#
Oct 11, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Living On The Edge Of The World
Dec 07, 1979
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Take Em As They Come
Apr 10, 1980
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Restless Nights
Apr 11, 1980
Power Station, NY
RIVER
Rendezvous#
Dec 31, 1980
Nassau Coliseum, NY
Live in concert
Born In The USA#
Jan 03, 1982
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
NEBRASKA
Lion’s Den#
Jan 25, 1982
Power Station, NY
BITUSA
My Love Will Not Let You Down#
May 05, 1982
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Pittsburgh)
May 05, 1982
Power Station, NY
BITUSA
Wages Of Sin
May 10, 1982
Power Station, NY
BITUSA
This Hard Land
May 11, 1982
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Frankie
May 14, 1982
Power Station, NY
BITUSA
Johnny Bye Bye
Jan 00, 1983
Thrill Hill WEST, CA
BITUSA
Shut Out The Light
Jan 00, 1983
Thrill Hill WEST, CA
BITUSA
Cynthia
Apr 20, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Pink Cadillac#
May 31, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Car Wash
May 31, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
TV Movie
Jun 13, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Stand On It
Jun 16, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Janey Don’t You Lose Heart#
Jun 16, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Brothers Under The Bridges
Sep 04, 1983
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Man At The Top
Jan 12, 1984
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
Rockaway The Days
Feb 03, 1984
Hit Factory, NY
BITUSA
When You Need Me
Jan 20, 1987
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
TOL
Two For The Road
Feb 00, 1987
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
TOL
The Honeymooners
Feb 22, 1987
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
TOL
The Wish
Feb 22, 1987
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
TOL
Lucky Man
Apr 04, 1987
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
TOL
Trouble In Paradise
Dec 01, 1989
Soundworks West, CA
HT
Part Man Part Monkey#
Jan 00, 1990
Soundworks West, CA
HT
Sad Eyes#
Jan 25, 1990
Soundworks West, CA
HT
Leavin’ Train
Feb 27, 1990
Oceanway Studios, CA
HT
Trouble River##
Apr 06, 1990
Soundworks West, CA
HT
Seven Angels
Jun 29, 1990
Oceanway Studios, CA
HT
My Lover Man
Dec 04, 1990
Soundworks West, CA
HT
When The Lights Go Out
Dec 06, 1990
Record Plant West, CA
HT
Over The Rise
Dec 07, 1990
Soundworks West, CA
HT
Goin’ Cali
Jan 29, 1991
A&M Studios, CA
HT
Loose Change
Jan 31, 1991
Record Plant West, CA
HT
Happy
Jan 18, 1992
A&M Studios, CA
LUCKY TOWN
Back In Your Arms
Jan 12, 1995
Hit Factory, NY
BB-GREATEST
Brothers Under The Bridge#
May 22, 1995
Thrill Hill WEST, CA
GOTJ
Gave It a Name
Aug 24, 1998
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
RISING
The Promise##
Feb 12, 1999
Thrill Hill EAST, NJ
RISING

Part Two - Tracks / 18 Tracks Sessions Details

Please go to the specific session era from which these tracks emanate for details on each track.

Part Three - 1993 Tracks concept

At some point in 1993 (presumably following the conclusion of the 1992-93 World Tour) a 25-song archival concept "album" was produced in-house, perhaps to demonstrate the quality of Springsteen's unreleased archive. It's possible that this was an early Tracks concept. Ten of the 25 songs have been subsequently released, either on Tracks itself or other projects, twelve are known outtakes, two are a mystery, and one is a live cut. Please see the relevant album recording session page for more information on each track.

SONG TITLE----............................
SESSION ERA---...-
RELEASED?---...-
A Love So Fine
BTR
No
Sha La La (Live 1975-12-12)
N/A
N/A
New Spanish (Spanish Eyes)
DARKNESS
PROMISE
Hearts Of Stone
DARKNESS
TRACKS
Give The Girl A Kiss
DARKNESS
TRACKS
Dollhouse
RIVER
TRACKS
Night Fire
RIVER
No
The Man Who Got Away
RIVER
No
King's Highway
BITUSA
No
Triangle Song
DARKNESS
No
Do (You) Want Me To Say All Right
RIVER
No
Arnie
see notes
No
I Will Be The One
RIVER
No
From Small Things
RIVER
ESSENTIAL
Take 'em As They Come
RIVER
TRACKS
Johnny Go Down
BITUSA
No
The Glory Of Love
BITUSA
No
Ida Rose (No One Knows)
BITUSA
No
Bring On The Night
RIVER
TRACKS
Under The Gun
RIVER
No
Where The Bands Are
RIVER
TRACKS
Loose Ends
RIVER
TRACKS
Living On The Edge Of The World
RIVER
TRACKS
Angelyne
RIVER
No
That's Okay
see notes
No
Notes: Given their placement in the compilation both "Arnie" and "That's Okay" may be outtakes from "The River" sessions, but their absence from the studio logs is peculiar. "Angelyne" was recorded with the E Street Band in February 1980 before being donated in early 1982 to Gary U.S. Bonds.



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