BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
1977-1978 - New York, NY
Darkness On The Edge Of Town outtakes
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American Madness - Remastered Darkness On The Edge Outtakes (EV2) (4cd)
1977-1978 - New York - various studios - "Darkness..." outtakes - sbd (281m)
Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, Steve Van Zandt,
Max Weinberg + David Lindley

Disc 1: Darkness mixes

1) Don't Look Back (3:01)
2) Prove It All Night (4:03)
3) Candy's Room (2:43)
4) The Promised Land (4:17)
5) Badlands (4:01)
6) Something In The Night (5:07)
7) Factory (2:14) *
8) Racing In The Street (6:47)
9) Prove It All Night # 2 (3:56)
10) Darkness On The Edge Of Town (4:27)
11) Spanish Eyes (6:21)
12) Sherry Darling (5:04) **
13) Streets of Fire (3:55)
14) Candy's Room # 2 (3:02) ***
15) Prove It All Night (live) (7:52)

Disc 2:

1) The Promise (5:28)
2) Badlands (3:46) $
3) Adam Raised A Cain (4:11) *
4) Something In The Night (5:06)
5) Prove It All Night (3:32) $
6) Down By The River (Say Sons) (2:18)
7) Taxy Cab (City At Night) (3:03)
8) Factory (2:11)
9) Streets of Fire # 1 (3:51) *
10) Because The Night # 1 (2:32) **
11) The Iceman (3:15) &
12) The Preacher's Daughter (5:18)
13) Crazy Rocker (5:02)
14) Drive All Night # 1 (4:48)
15) The Way # 2 (3:52)
16) The Fast Song (instrumental) (2:58)
17) Someday, Tonight (instrumental) (4:39)
18) Racing In The Street (5:52) $

Disc 3:

1) The Promise (7:11) *
2) Hearts Of  Stone (5:13)
3) One Way Street (5:48) #
4) Candy's Boy # 1 (5:33) =
5) Endless Night (English Sons) (3:53)
6) Spanish Eyes (3:47)
7) Streets of Fire # 2 (3:52) *
8) Factory (2:12)
9) Loose Ends (4:14)
10) Independence Day (6:17)
11) Drive All Night # 2 (8:27)
12) The Way # 1 (4:01)
13) Racing In The Street (6:10) ?
14) Don't Look Back (instrumental) (3:24)
15) Badlands (instrumental) (4:12)
16) Castaway (The Ballad) (3:14)

Disc 4:

1) What's The Matter Little Darling (4:08)
2) Get That Feeling # 2 (3:05) !
3) Get That Feeling # 1 (3:25)
4) Candy's Boy # 2 (4:56) =
5) Rendezvous (2:52)
6) I Wanna Be With You (3:08)
7) Don't Look Back (3:04)
8) Ramrod (4:00)
9) Frankie (4:48)
10) Because The Night # 2 (3:19)
11) Sherry Darling (3:52) *
12) Outside Lookin' In (2:24)
13) I'm Going Back (5:44)
14) Fire (5:09)
15) The Fast Song (3:06)
16) Break Out (aka All Night Long) (2:27)
17) Talk To Me (instrumental) (3:59) *
18) Racing In The Street (6:55) +

* Fades out.
** Fades in. "Big Man".
*** Almost completely different lyrics.
$ Some different lyrics.
& Diginoise and skips from 0:55 to 0:58. Some lyrics later ended up in "Badlands".
# "Big Man (...) Phantom do your thing".
= Music is completely different compared to "Candy's Room".
? Few different words and slightly different melody.
! [Cut as it fades out].
+ Some different lyrics. Fades out.

Source: see below for details.
[American Madness (Remastered Darkness Outtakes)] Flac set shared as torrent on Jungleland by CosmicKid.
No SBE's - TLH analysis - fingerprints
Brucebase and Bruce Springsteen database list several studio sessions for "Darkness On the Edge Of Town".
Complete artwork can be found here.

Disc One (1) details:

Source: 'Original Darkness Mixes', E Street Records ES-08.
Date: June 1977 - April 1978
Location: The Record Plant, New York City, NY

Original mixes for the album, recorded from original acetates.

- Some tracks have some crackle & hiss, nothing I could do to remove it (they were on the original files)

Disc Two (2) details:

Recording details:
- Tracks 1,9,10,16,18 recorded at Atlantic Studios, NYC August 1977
- Tracks 2,3,5 recorded at Atlantic Studios OR The Record Plant, NYC August 1977.
- Tracks 4,17 recorded at The Record Plant, NYC September 1977.
- Track 14 recorded at Atlantic Studios, NYC June 1977.
- Tracks 6,7,8,11,12,13,15 recorded at The Record Plant, NYC Oct-Dec 1977.

Source details:
- Tracks 1,9,14,16 from 'Lost Masters II', LOVE 002
- Tracks 2,3,5,10,17 from 'Lost Masters III', LOVE 003
- Tracks 6,7,12,11 from 'Loose Ends', Scorpio
- Track 8 from 'Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection', ES-17/18
- Track 4 from 'The Promise', BS300
- Track 15 from 'Ultra Rare Trax Volume 1', MR001
- Track 13 from 'Treasures From The Vault', Ev2 (DDITV edit)
- Track 18 is a mix of 'Lost Masters III' & 'The Promise'.

Track descriptions:
Tracks 1,6,7,10,12,13,14,15,16,17 unreleased outtakes
02 Different lyrics
03 Alternate take w/ different lyrics
04 Different mix
05 Lyrics from 'Something In The Night'
08 Violin overdub from David Lindley
09 Earlier take
11 Virtually identical to 'Tracks' version
18 Slow version with different lyrics (solo piano?)

Disc Three (3) details:

Recording details:
- Tracks 8,13,15,16 recorded at Atlantic Studios, NYC August 1977
- Track 6 recorded at Atlantic Studios OR The Record Plant, NYC August 1977.
- Tracks 1,7,10 recorded at The Record Plant, NYC September 1977.
- Track 3,4,11,14 recorded at Atlantic Studios, NYC June 1977.
- Tracks 2,5,12 recorded at The Record Plant, NYC Oct-Dec 1977.
- Track 9 recorded probably at The Record Plant, NYC April 1978.

Source details:
- Tracks 3,11,13,14,15 from 'Lost Masters II', LOVE 002
- Tracks 6,8,10 from 'Lost Masters III', LOVE 003
- Tracks 4,9,16 from 'Loose Ends', Scorpio
- Tracks 2,5,7,12 from 'Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection', ES-17/18
- Track 1 from 'Treasures From The Vault', Ev2 (DDITV edit)

Track descriptions:
Tracks 1,3,4,5,6,10,11,12,14,15,16 unreleased outtakes
02 Different mix without the '98 recorded horns on Tracks
07 Different mix
08 Alternative lyrics
09 Different mix
13 Alternate version with harp

Disc Four (4) details:

Recording details:
- Tracks 2,4,11,15,17,18 recorded at Atlantic Studios, NYC August 1977
- Tracks 8,10 recorded at The Record Plant, NYC September 1977.
- Track 5,6,7,9,12,14 recorded at Atlantic Studios, NYC June 1977.
- Tracks 1,3,13,16 recorded at The Record Plant, NYC Oct-Dec 1977.

Source details:
- Tracks 2,9,14,17 from 'Lost Masters II', LOVE 002
- Tracks 4,11,15,18 from 'Lost Masters III', LOVE 003
- Tracks 5,6,13,16 from 'Loose Ends', Scorpio
- Tracks 1,3 from 'Treasures From The Vault', Ev2 (DDITV edit)
- Tracks 7,10 from 'The Promise', BS300
- Track 12 from 'Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection', ES-17/18
- Track 8 from 'The Iceman', BS100

Track descriptions:
Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 unreleased outtakes
07 Rough vocals, very different take
18 Different lyrics


Useful resources:

Brucebase - Darkness
Bruce Springsteen database - setlists
Brucetapes - 1977


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