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Commercially Released: October 6, 1987
Produced by Springsteen, Jon Landau and Chuck Plotkin
Recording Engineer: Toby Scott
Recorded from January to July 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio)
Additional recording, overdubbing and mixing at The Hit Factory, NY, A&M Studios, LA and Kren Studio (Los Angeles)
Part One - Tunnel Of Love Session Overview

Springsteen completed the Born In The USA tour in October 1985. He kept a very low public profile for the next twelve months, residing almost exclusively on the west coast with then-wife Julianne. During the spring, possibly early summer, of 1986 Springsteen undertook a series of low-key sessions at his home studio (Thrill Hill West) in Beverly Hills. These appear to have been solo sessions, perhaps mirroring Springsteen’s early 1983 Born In The USA solo sessions at the same location (although by this point Bruce's west coast home studio had been substantially enhanced compared to 1983). However these sessions were abandoned by the early summer of 1986 when a decision was made to proceed with the Live 1975-85 box set project. Springsteen devoted his energies during the remainder of 1986 preparing the large box set for its late 1986 release. The box set was a massive commercial success.

Following the release of the live box, Springsteen began a new series of solo-based home studio sessions in early 1987 that would form the foundation of the material issued on the Tunnel Of Love album (and the 1998 Tracks outtakes box set). Unlike during 1986 this time Springsteen recorded at his NJ home studio, with specific E Street Band members later brought into the Hit Factory in New York City to embellish or add parts. It appears the “NJ home studio phase” took place during the January-April 1987 period.

The May-July 1987 period saw Springsteen conducting further recording sessions back out on the west coast at A&M Studios in Los Angeles (and possibly related solo sessions at his west coast home studio as well). The initial phase of these A&M Studios sessions included three outside session musicians (together and individually) - Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel, and at the time a member of ex-Byrd Chris Hillman's Desert Rose Band), Richard Greene (a noted fiddle player) and James “Jimmie” Wood (a harmonica specialist). A July 1987 news piece in Rolling Stone Magazine reported on the three musician's involvement in Springsteen sessions in L.A. Some individual members of the E Street Band were also involved in these, or slightly later, west coast A&M Studio sessions. However the only recording that’s surfaced from all these west coast sessions is “One Step Up” (which features only Patti Scialfa in support). Of these three “outside” session men – only James Wood appears on any of the known recordings (a harmonica overdub on “Spare Parts”).

In 1995 Springsteen confirmed in an Australian TV interview with Molly Meldrum that nearly an entire album's worth of songs, material that effectively constituted another work-in-progress album separate from the Tunnel Of Love album, had been recorded during 1986-87. It is unclear from Bruce’s comments if he was talking about the material he is alleged to have recorded by himself during May-June 1986, or the material with the three (above-noted) session musicians that he recorded in Los Angeles in May-June 1987, or both. The Tunnel Of Love album was delivered to CBS in August 1987 and released in October. Tunnel Of Love can be seen as a virtual Springsteen solo album. Not a single circulating track that has surfaced from the sessions features the ensemble-type E Street Band playing that had characterized his previous studio albums (except Nebraska).
AIN’T GOT YOU.....................................
2:07....
TOL....................................
CAUTIOUS MAN
3:54
TOL
VALENTINE’S DAY
5:08
TOL
ONE STEP UP
4:16
TOL
ALL THAT HEAVEN WILL ALLOW
2:37
TOL
TWO FACES
2:59
TOL
WALK LIKE A MAN
3:33
TOL
WHEN YOU’RE ALONE
3:18
TOL
TOUGHER THAN THE REST
4:32
TOL
BRILLIANT DISGUISE
4:12
TOL
SPARE PARTS
3:36
TOL
TUNNEL OF LOVE
5:06
TOL
LUCKY MAN
3:24
TRACKS / 1987 b-side
TWO FOR THE ROAD
1:57
TRACKS / 1987 b-side
THE HONEYMOONERS
2:08
TRACKS
THE WISH
5:09
TRACKS
WHEN YOU NEED ME
2:53
TRACKS
PART MAN, PART MONKEY

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WALKING THROUGH MIDNIGHT

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Part Two - Tunnel Of Love Sessions Details

AIN’T GOT YOU.....................................
2:07....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and April 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce solo.
CAUTIOUS MAN......................................
3:54....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce solo.
VALENTINE’S DAY...................................
5:08....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce solo.
ONE STEP UP.......................................
4:16....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between May and August 1987 at A&M Studios (Los Angeles). Springsteen solo on multi-instruments. Patti Scialfa provides backing vocals.
ALL THAT HEAVEN WILL ALLOW........................
2:37....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce handles multi instruments and his one-man backing band on this recording is Max Weinberg (drums).
TWO FACES.........................................
2:59....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen handles multi instruments and his one-man backing band on this recording is Max Weinberg (drums).
WALK LIKE A MAN...................................
3:33....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen handles multi instruments and his one-man backing band on this recording is Max Weinberg (drums).
WHEN YOU’RE ALONE.................................
3:18....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen handles multi instruments and his one-man backing band on this recording is Max Weinberg (drums). Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons, and Patti Scialfa provide backing vocals.
TOUGHER THAN THE REST.............................
4:32....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen handles multi instruments and his two-man backing band on this recording is Danny Federici (organ) and Max Weinberg (percussion). Originally written as a rockabilly song.
BRILLIANT DISGUISE................................
4:12....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen handles multi instruments and his three-man backing band on this recording is Roy Bittan (keyboards), Danny Federici (organ) and Max Weinberg (percussion).
SPARE PARTS.......................................
3:36....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen’s four-man backing band on this recording is Garry Tallent (bass), Danny Federici (organ), Max Weinberg (percussion) and Jimmie (or James) Wood (harmonica).
TUNNEL OF LOVE....................................
5:06....
TOL....................................
Note: Recorded sometime between January and May 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Springsteen’s four-man backing band on this recording is Nils Lofgren (lead guitar), Roy Bittan (synthesizers), Max Weinberg (percussion) and Patti Scialfa (vocals). The Schiffer family of Point Pleasant, NJ provided the roller coaster vocals.
LUCKY MAN.........................................
3:24....
TRACKS / 1987 b-side...................
Note: Recorded April 4, 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce alone, on all instruments.
TWO FOR THE ROAD..................................
1:57....
TRACKS / 1987 b-side...................
Note: Recorded during February 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce alone, on all instruments.
THE HONEYMOONERS..................................
2:08....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on February 22, 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce alone, on all instruments.
THE WISH..........................................
5:09....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on February 22, 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce on all instruments. The drums (Gary Mallaber) were added to the core recording in 1998 for Tracks.
WHEN YOU NEED ME..................................
2:53....
TRACKS.................................
Note: Recorded on January 20, 1987 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen’s NJ home studio). Bruce on all instruments. The drums (Gary Mallaber) and violin (Soozie Tyrell) were added to the core recording in 1998 for Tracks.
PART MAN, PART MONKEY.............................
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Note: Springsteen composition from 1986; recorded for Tunnel Of Love but not issued. Performed live regularly during the 1988 Tunnel Of Love tour. Bruce re-recorded the song in 1990 during the Human Touch album sessions and that version was released as a 1992 b-side and then later on Tracks.
WALKING THROUGH MIDNIGHT..........................
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Note: Haunting ballad co-written by Springsteen (music) and Southside Johnny (lyrics) sometime in latter half of 1987. No Springsteen studio recording is known and he's never performed the song live. Recorded by Southside in early 1988 and released later in the year on his Slow Dance album.

Part Three - Tunnel Of Love Sessions notes

Thanks to studio logs, we can confirm that neither "Beneath The Floodline" or "Seeds" were recorded during the Tunnel of Love sessions.

A bootleg called “Lucky Man - Tunnel Of Love Demos & Rough Mixes” (Prime of Rarities label) purports to have outtakes and/or alternate mixes of eleven of the twelve Tunnel Of Love album tracks + “Lucky Man”. This is a false claim and a bogus CD, as all the tracks on this boot are exactly the same recording and mixes as found on the official album, except the boot is of poor sound quality.



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