VERSION 4 (WIP)
A STUDIO GUIDE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Welcome to On The Tracks Version 3 WIP which will hopefully become a definitive guide to Bruce songs (to compliment all the lyric sheets out there) through their not inconsiderable history. This document concentrates on studio recordings, both offical releases and un-released out-takes and demos.
Click on the options below for details of each album session
April 2006- Ongoing WIP to convert to V4.0 – some pages and text will not be formatted correctly and some will soon disappear as they are consolidated – bear with us – it will be better soon
The tracks are laid out in a timeline with all the out-takes and alternate versions credited with a source recording – if it is available. The officially released version timings are of course sourced from the CD’s but the timings are actual and not what would necessarily appear on the CD track time display. Wherever possible the other track times are sourced from CD, then LP and finally tape – there are two main reasons for this
1/ CD’s are easier to use
2/ More importantly, as long as the source material on the CD was running at the right speed (which is not always the case with the un-official sources) it will remain accurate. Tape speeds vary considerably from deck to deck, and therefore the more a tape is dubbed, or depending on the tape deck used, the greater the potential for speed variation. This accounts for what could be considered major time differentials in exactly the same track in many cases.
All tracks are timed for music – count in times (unless they are embedded in the intro) are not included and the chatter that accompanies many outtakes is also not timed.
details the shortened source reference in the Timeline.
Additional information, usually cribbed from any source material I can get my hands on will be included where appropriate on each track.
Where no timing or source is detailed it means either that I know it exists and haven’t got it or that I haven’t got round to doing the analysis on the different versions (if any) as yet.
New source material is surfacing all the time so these pages will (I hope) never be complete – only as up to date as possible for instance we still have to hear/get our hands on Electric Nebraska or the missing demos from Born To Run or Tunnel or… well it goes on and on.
There are a great many other Bruce song titles which are known but I have only included information or reference to them where they are known to exist on a tape source somewhere. Many songs referred to in other works were either never recorded or are never likely to surface.
This is always a working document and any other information or queries (or contradictions) are very welcome – E mail me directly at brucebase with any information that is relevant.
“The kids call him Billy the Saint”