BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
1979-1980
The River outtakes
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A Tear Must Fall - Remastered The River Outtakes (EV2) (3cd)
1979-1980 - New York - Power Station -  The River outtakes (147m + 76m bonus)
Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, Steve Van Zandt,
Max Weinberg

Disc 1:

"The River" outtakes:
1) The Ties That Bind (3:34)
2) Sherry Darling (4:10)
3) Restless Nights (3:56)
4) Cindy (2:29)
5) Independence Day (5:29)
6) Hungry Heart (3:49)
7) Out In The Street (4:19)
8) Crush On You (3:09)
9) You Can Look (2:07)
10) I Wanna Marry You (3:30)
11) The River (4:54)
12) Point Blank (5:24)
13) Cadillac Ranch (3:02)
14) She's A Rocker (3:25)
15) Fade Away (4:49) *
16) Stolen Car (4:41)
17) Ramrod (3:57)
18) The Price You Pay (5:50)

Disc 2:

"The River" outtakes:
1) Roulette (1:23)
2) Roulette (3:37)
3) White Lies (2:46)
4) Take 'Em As They Come (4:30)
5) Be True (3:51)
6) I Wanna Marry You (3:27)
7) Cindy (2:29)
8) You Gotta Fight (2:06)
9) Mr. Outside (3:10)
10) Chevrolet Deluxe (5:00)
11) Stolen Car (4:28)
12) Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own (2:50)
13) Big Things (Big Things One  Day Come) (2:36)
14) Mary Lou (3:13)
15) Where The Bands Are (3:31)
16) Held Up Without A Gun (2:16)
17) Roulette (3:41)
18) I Wanna Be With You (3:18)
19) Loose Ends (4:07)
20) Hungry Heart (instrumental) (2:57)
21) I Wanna Marry You (3:36)
22) The Price You Pay (5:37)

Disc 3:

Bonus outtakes 1970-1978:
1) Train Song (6:44)
2) Goin' Back To Georgia (5:36)
3) Guilty (6:13)
4) Song To Orphans (6:32)
5) Song To Orphans (live) (8:18)
6) If I Was The Priest (piano) (5:44)
7) If I Was The Priest (guitar) (4:21)
8) Two Hearts in True Waltz Time (3:31)
9) Winter Song (6:03)
10) Janey Needs A Shooter (1972) (6:07)
11) Evacuation of The West (4:32)
12) Wild Zero & Blid Terry (instrumental) (6:06)
13) Janey Needs A Shooter (1978) (6:58)

* Skip at 0:13.

Source: See info for sources and remaster notes.
[A Tear Must Fall - Remastered River Outtakes] Flac set shared as torrent on Jungleland by erno00.
No SBE's - TLH analysis - fingerprints
Brucebase and Bruce Springsteen database list several studio sessions for "The River".
Complete artwork can be found here.

Recording details:
Disc 1 tracks 1 & 14: May-June 1979.
Disc 1 tracks 2, 5 & Disc 2 track 13: late 1979.
Disc 1 track 3: April 11, 1980.
Disc 1 tracks 4, 10 & Disc 2 track 7: on or just prior to July 20 1979.
Disc 1 track 5 & Disc 2 track 5: sometime from Feb to May 1980.
Disc 1 track 6 & Disc 2 track 20: June 1979, probably on or shortly before June 20.
Disc 1 track 7: sometime from Mar to May 1980 – among the final batch of songs completed.
Disc 1 track 8, 13 & Disc 2 track 8: sometime from April to June 1980.
Disc 1 track 9: sometime from June-Aug 1979.
Disc 1 track 11: sometime in July or August 1979.
Disc 1 track 12: May or June 1979.
Disc 1 track 15: sometime from March to June 1980.
Disc 1 track 16: July 1979.
Disc 1 track 17: June or July 1979.
Disc 1 track 18 & Disc 2 track 22: on or shortly before June 21 1979.
Disc 2 tracks 1, 9 & 10: Holmdel, NJ circa 1979.
Disc 2 tracks 2 & 17: April 3 1979.
Disc 2 track 3: sometime late April-June 1979.
Disc 2 track 4: shortly before or after April 10 1980.
Disc 2 tracks 6 & 21: July 21 1979.
Disc 2 track 11: July 26 1979.
Disc 2 track 12: around July 16 1979.
Disc 2 track 14: May 30 1979.
Disc 2 track 15: Oct 9 1979.
Disc 2 track 16: March or April 1980.
Disc 2 track 18: April or May 1979.
Disc 2 track 19: July 18 1979.
Disc 3 tracks 1, 2 & 3: Fillmore Recording Studios in San Francisco on Feb 22 1970.
Disc 3 track 4: likely Pocketful Of Tunes Studio May-Jun 1972 but this is possibly from 914 Sound Studios in July.
Disc 3 track 5: live at Max's Kansas City, 1972. Shows how much different the live arrangements can be.
Disc 3 track 6: CBS Studios, New York, NY on May 3 1972.
Disc 3 track 7: probably recorded at Mike Appel’s office or home, New York, NY during April 1972.
Disc 3 track 8: likely recorded at 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during July-Aug 1972.
Disc 3 tracks 9 & 10: 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during Jan-Feb 1973.
Disc 3 tracks 11 & 12: 914 Sound Studio, Blauvelt, NY during Jun-Sep 1973.
Disc 3 track 13: Atlantic Studios in 1978.

Source details:

Disc 1 tracks 1, 9, 11, 18 & Disc 2 track 5: "The Ties That Bind".
Disc 1 tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, Disc 2 tracks 2, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13 & 20 :
         "The Definitive River Outtakes Vol 2", ES-25/26.
Disc 1 tracks 3, 12, Disc 2 tracks 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 19:
         "The Definitive River Outtakes Vol 1", ES-14/15.
Disc 1 tracks 4, 14, Disc 2 tracks 7 & 21: "Lost Masters V", LOVE 005.
Disc 1 track 16, Disc 2 tracks 18 & 22: "Lost Masters VI", LOVE 006.
Disc 3 tracks 1, 2 & 3: "The Unsurpassed Springsteen Vol. 1", YD 018.
Disc 3 tracks 4 & 11: "Prodigal Son", DOS 101-2.
Disc 3 track 5: "The Unsurpassed Springsteen Vol. 2", YD 019.
Disc 3 tracks 6 & 8: "Before The Fame", PER5899.
Disc 3 tracks 7, 9, 10 & 11: "The Unsurpassed Springsteen Vol. 6", YD 037.
Disc 3 track 12: "The Unsurpassed Springsteen Vol. 5", YD 036.
Disc 3 track 13 directly from tape source.

Track descriptions:

Disc 1 track 1: Alternate take, slightly different Bruce lead vocal, sung in different key and entirely different mix.
Disc 1 track 2: Alternate mix with some alternate "party noises".
Disc 1 track 3: Original mix with some more vocals than on "Tracks" version. (Maybe completely different take).
Disc 1 track 4: Unreleased outtake with Clarence's vocal track.
Disc 1 tracks 5 & 6: Complete take.
Disc 1 track 7 & Disc 2 track 19: Alternate mix.
Disc 1 track 8: Rough take with more background vocals, no sax solo.
Disc 1 track 9: Unreleased rockabilly outtake.
Disc 1 track 10: Take #8, new vocal track.
Disc 1 track 11: Alternate mix with no harmony vocals in the end.
Disc 1 track 12: Completely different arrangement.
Disc 1 track 13: Different vocal take, less hollering & different guitar sound at the end.
Disc 1 track 14: Take #6 with different vocal, mixed up front.
Disc 1 track 15: Vocal take #19, composite fade from take #17.
Disc 1 track 16: New mix, different lyrics and three more verses than on the released version(s). Amazing.
Disc 1 track 17: Alternate take with a lot more shouting.
Disc 1 track 18: Contains an additional lyric verse not found on the released version.
Disc 2 track 1: Acoustic home demo. Bruce at home creating the song.

Disc 2 track 2: Early mix with no piano track and guitar & organ mixed up. Outstanding.
Disc 2 track 3: Unreleased studio outtake (similar to Be True & Mary Lou).
Disc 2 track 4: Alternate take with some different lyrics and arrangement.
Disc 2 track 5: Alternate take (#28) with ending harmony vocals by Bruce.
Disc 2 track 6: Take #4, different mix.
Disc 2 track 7: Unreleased studio outtake without Clarence's vocal track.
Disc 2 tracks 8, 9 & 10: Acoustic home demo.
Disc 2 track 11: Take #3, different mix.
Disc 2 track 12: Different lyrics, completely different (early) mix (this one has guitars up in the mix).
Disc 2 track 13: Take #22. Yes, really, take #22. And they launched directly into take #23 after this one.
Disc 2 track 14: Alternate take with some different vocals and mix.
Disc 2 track 15: Different mix.
Disc 2 track 16: Acoustic home demo into full band alternate take.
Disc 2 track 17: Alternate mix with the piano track.

Disc 2 track 18: Alternate mix (drums way up) with some different lyrics.
Disc 2 track 20: Instrumental backup track.
Disc 2 track 21: Alternate take with new vocal, spoken intro, and no sax or backing vocals at the end.
Disc 2 track 22: Completely different arrangement.
Disc 3 track 1: This is about as close to mainstream country as Springsteen has ever gotten –
                     and out of character with Bruce’s other known compositions of the era.
Disc 3 track 2: This unabashed Allman Brothers - influenced tune was the third most requested song of the
                     Steel Mill era, behind “Resurrection” and “Guilty”.
Disc 3 track 3: Written in the summer of 1969 and performed in concert regularly during the second half of 1969
                     and throughout 1970.
Disc 3 track 4: Written soon after the May 2 audition for John Hammond and found on a proposed track-listing
                     document for the Greetings album. “Song To Orphans” was an occasional inclusion in Bruce’s
                     opening solo segment during the first three months of the Greetings LP tour.
Disc 3 track 6: According to comments by Bruce this was written in late 1970 or early 1971.
Disc 3 track 8: Garry Tallent OR Richard Davis on bass.
Disc 3 track 9: Bruce on piano. Haunting.
Disc 3 track 10: The lyrics were written during 1972, although the melody was culled from a 1971 Springsteen
                  composition performed live by the Bruce Springsteen Band called “Talkin About My Baby”.
Disc 3 track 11: Originally titled "There Are No Kings In Texas" but Bruce has copyrighted the song under the
                      title "Evacuation Of the West". This band recording does not feature David Sancious and does
                      not include any instrumental or vocal overdubs.
Disc 3 track 12: The melody is the exact same as the earlier recorded and completed “Phantoms”.
Disc 3 track:13 A rough rehearsal, of lower audio quality than most other session material.


Useful resources:

Brucebase - 1981
Bruce Springsteen database - setlists
Wikipedia - The River Tour
Brucebase - The River sessions


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