[color=green]:::->Tracklist<-:::[/color][LIST]Lost Masters Volume 1:
Alone in Colt's Neck
(The Complete Nebraska Session)
All songs: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos. Four track mixes. Colts Neck, New Jersey. Recorded over a period of days in late December 1981 through January 1982. Compiled and edited by Bruce Springsteen possibly January 3rd, 1982 (tracks 1-14).
2. Atlantic City
3. Mansion on the Hill
4. Born in the USA
5. Johnny 99
6. Downbound Train
7. Losin' Kind
8. State Trooper
9. Used Cars
10. Open All Night
11. Pink Cadillac
12. Deputy Later retitled "Highway Patrolman"
13. Reason to Believe
14. Child Bride Later retitled "Working on the Highway"
Songs 1-8: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Atlantic Studios, New York City, June 1977.
1. One Way Street
2. Don't Look Back Instrumental
4. Drive All Night #1 Original version
5. Drive All Night #2 Alternate version
6. Something In the Night
7. Candy's Boy #1
Songs 9-15: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Atlantic Studios, New York City, August 1977.
9. Fast Song #1 Instrumental
10. Streets of Fire #1
11. Badlands #1 Instrumental
12. The Promise
13. Talk to Me Instrumental
14. Get That Feeling
15. Racing In the Street #1 Alternate version with harp
Lost Masters Volume III:
Rattling The Chains
Songs 1-5: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Atlantic Studios or The Record Plant, New York City, August 1977.
1. Badlands #2With different lyrics
2. Adam Raised a Cain Alternate take with different lyrics
3. Factory Alternative lyrics
4. Racing in the Street #2With different lyrics
5. Prove It All Night With lyrics from "Something in the Night"
Songs 6-13: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Atlantic Studios, New York City, August 1977.
6. Because the Night Early version
7. Racing in the Street #3 Slow version with different lyrics
8. Streets of Fire #2 Different lyrics
9. Fast Song #2
10. Sherry Darling
11. Candy's Boy #2
12. Badlands #3 Different lyrics
13. Spanish Eyes
Songs 14-16: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Record Plant, New York City, September 1977.
14. Independence Day Original from 1978
15. Break Out Early version
16. Some Day, Tonight Instrumental
Lost Masters Volume IV:
(Songs That Got Away)
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Lost Masters Volume IV:
(Songs That Got Away)
1. Roulette acoustic demo
Bruce Springsteen, Home Demo. Holmdel, New Jersey circa 1979. This is Bruce at home actually creating the song. Fascinating.
2. Roulette original version
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Power Station Studios, New York City, April 3, 1979. Completely different version to the one finally released in 1988, including vastly different lyrics and an alternate mix. This original version features prominent keyboards by Mr. Bittan and a much more "accusatory" vocal by the Boss. Hard to imagine someone thinking they could improve upon this. They didn't.
3. Protection Mix #2
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Hit Factory, New York City, August 1, 1983. The full E Street Band completed take of song written for Donna Summer. Complete final take. 1st generation from 24-tracks master.
4. Chain Lightning
5. Under the Gun #1 Originally titled "Rich Punk" by Bruce
6. Under the Gun #2
7. Under the Gun #3
8. Under the Gun #4
9. Under the Gun #5
10. Night Fire
11. Man Who Got Away
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Rehearsals at Telegraph Road Studio, Holmdel, New Jersey, March 30, 1979.
12. Man Who Got Away Acoustic demo
Bruce Springsteen, Home Demo, Holmdel, New Jersey circa 1979.
13. Mary Lou
14. I Don't Want to Be
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Rehearsals at Telegraph Hill Studio, Holmdel, New Jersey, September 16, 1979
Songs 1-2: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Power Station Studios, New York City 1979/1980.
1. (She's A) Rocker #1 Take #4
Early version of song "I'm a Rocker" with different lyrics
Completely different take to released version with lyrical changes. This take, minus the count-in, times out at 3:20, 0:14 less than released version.
2. (She's A) Rocker #2 Take #6 with different vocal, mixed up front
Another completely different take to #4 above with Bruce's vocal way up in the mix.
Songs 3-14: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Power Station Studios, New York City, July 20th, 1979.
3. Rickie (Wants A Man Of Her Own) Alternate take with more organ and different lyrics
A different take than the previously circulating version. What distinguishes this track is Roy's organ way up in the mix.
4. Cindy #1 Alternate take with double track vocals
5. Cindy #2 Alternate take with Clarence's harmony vocals
Yet another take of this tuneful, teenybopper love song (and we say that in a positive way), this version is highlighted by an unlikely Clarence harmony vocal.
6. Ramrod #1
7. Ramrod #2
8. Ramrod #3 This take has some different lyrics in the second verse
9. Ramrod #4 Work outs with extra sax overdubs and instrumental end
Four different takes of what some Springsteen enthusiasts call one of Bruce's most misunderstood tunes, some fans citing this as one of Bruce's saddest songs. The four takes included here differ greatly to the released version and include studio chatter and Clarence working out his sax parts. A primo take is #4, where Steve's harmony vocal is way up in the mix and long outro.
10. I Wanna Marry You #1 Alternate take with new vocal, spoken Intro, and no sax or backing vocals at the end
A beautiful alternate version with a rougher new vocal by Bruce, spoken intro and no sax or harmonies at the end.
11. I Wanna Marry You #2 Take #16
With more background vocals added
Another altemate version with brighter harmony vocals added to the mix.
12. I Wanna Marry You #3 Take #22
Without background vocals or sax solo at the end
Bruce starts singing late on this take A different vocal take by Bruce, this version is longer and contains no background vocals or sax at the end. You can hear Bruce talk in between this take and the next: "I'm gonna run to the hotel and get my bag."
13. I Wanna Marry You #4 Take #24
Overdub #2 Different vocals and no sax solo or background vocals at the end
Now the mix really changes, with the keyboards more prominent and a new Bruce vocal with some slight lyric changes.
14. I Wanna Marry You #5 Take #12
Overdub #4 Different vocals, more organ but no sax solo or background vocals at the end
Another drastically different take with Danny's organ way up in the mix, keyboards more prominent overall, lyric differences and no sax solo/harmony vocals at the end.
Song 15: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Soundcheck at Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ, July 8th, 1981.
15. All I Need
Bruce probably wrote the song the same day (you can hear his home demo on The Lost Masters VII) and quickly rehearsed it with the band the same day at the afternoon soundcheck before one of his 6 sold-out shows at the Meadowlands Arena, where Gary US Bonds was a guest. Gary would eventually release the song one year later in his album "On The Line," his second album produced by Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve.
Lost Masters Volume VI:
Travel In Fear
(Unreleased River Masters Volume II)
1. Hungry Heart #1 Alternate mix
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, June 21, 1979. Alternate mix with extended ending. What is noticed immediately is that this take has a count-in and no vocal histrionics by Bruce during the intro prior to his singing the first verse. Piano seems to be a little more prominent in the mix, the lead vocal less so, and there are no "la la las" during the chorus. Extended outro has this take clocking in at around 22 seconds longer than the released version (3:19).
2. Hungry Heart #2 Alternate mix
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, June 21, 1979. Another alternate mix with different count-in than #1. Similar to #1 with distinct vocal variations, this take also features an extended outro.
3. The Price You Pay Alternate take with 12-String guitar and accordion
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, June 21, 1979. A classic E Street Band performance of one of Bruce's great "lesser known" songs, this alternate take features a totally different mix to the released version. A count-in and a different intro start things off on this more uptempo version, with keyboards and accordion figuring more prominently in the mix and a significantly different guitar sound. Most evident are the many lyrics differences and the additional verses to the released version, in addition to the much different ending. This take is different to the one featured on the previously released CD "The Ties That Bind" and clocks in at 5:43 vice 5:27 on the released version.
4. I Wanna Be With You
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, June 21, 1979. A well known "Darkness" outtake, this take of a classic Bruce "power pop" song is different to the previously circulated version, as this is actually from the sessions for "The River." Bruce's vocal has more muscle and the lyrics differ considerably to the "Darkness" outtake. Max and Clarence REALLY strut their stuff on this unreleased gem.
6. Stolen Car #1
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, June 21, 1979. Yet another completely different take of "Stolen Car," this take features a new mix, different lyrics and three more verses than the released version. Almost a minute longer and a totally different take than the one found on the CD "The Ties That Bind" (4:28), this cut times out at 4:48.
7. Angelyne #1 Acoustic demo
Bruce Springsteen, Home Demo, Holmdel, New Jersey circa 1979. Bruce's solo acoustic working demos of a tune that would eventually evolve into "The River." This interesting look at song construction features Bruce working out parts of the song with his guitar and his voice simulating a guitar, singing several recognizable verses, and several attempts at the chorus sung in both a high and a low voice. Perhaps some of you technical wizards out there can edit the various pieces into one complete track. From any perspective, a fascinating look at the birth of a classic.
8. The Ties That Bind New mix, take #8
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, circa 1979/1980. This alternate take features a slightly different Bruce lead vocal, is sung in a different key and it is an entirely different mix.
9. Hungry Heart #3 Different harmonies
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, circa 1979/1980. Very similar to the released version but with slightly different harmonies and an extended ending.
10. Stolen Car #2 Alternate lyrics
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, circa 1979/1980. Another alternate take of "Stolen Car" similar to the one on "The Ties That Bind" but considerably shorter.
11. To Be True
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Power Station Studios, New York City, circa 1979/1980. Original version with double tracked lead vocal and a very enjoyable extended harmony ending.
12. Angelyne #2 Acoustic demo
Bruce Springsteen, Home Demo, Holmdel, New Jersey circa 1979. Working out lyrics and harmonies. See notes of track 6.
13. Angelyne #3 Acoustic demo
Bruce Springsteen, Home Demo, Holmdel, New Jersey circa 1979. Working out lyrics and guitar riffs. See notes of track 6.
14. Angelyne #4 Acoustic demo
Bruce Springsteen, Home Demo, Holmdel, New Jersey circa 1979. Working out lyrics that would evolve into the song "The River." See notes of track 6.
Songs 1-16: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos. Holmdel, New Jersey, January 11th, 1980.
1. Everybody Wants My Baby
2. Stockton Boys #1
3. Stockton Boys #2
4. Two Hearts
5. Stockton Boys #3
6. Stockton Boys #4
7. Stockton Girls
8. Untitled Harmonies
9. You Can Look #1
10. You Can Look #2 Reggae version
11. You Gotta Be Kind
12. Down in Whitetown #1
13. Down in Whitetown #2
14. Drive All Night harmonies Bruce sings harmonies over tape of studio outtake from 1977/1978 sessions
15. Down in Whitetown #3
16. Down in Whitetown #4
Songs 17-20: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos. Holmdel, New Jersey, unknown date in 1979.
17. Untitled Harmonies
18. Party Lights Very similar melody to "Fade Away." On this take you can hear Bruce's girlfriend (Joyce Heiser) talk to him.
19. Jackson Cage #1
20. Jackson Cage #2
Songs 21-23: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos. Holmdel, New Jersey, July 8th, 1981.
21. All I Need The same day Bruce rehearsed this song during the soundcheck prior to one of his concerts at the Meadowlands Arena (you can hear it on The Lost Masters Vol. V)
22. Fade to Black #1 This is different to the 1983 home demo.
23. Fade to Black #2
Songs 24-26: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos. Holmdel, New Jersey, early 1980.
24. Stolen Car harmonies Bruce sings over tape of band rehearsal from January 1980
25. Love's Gonna Be Tonight #1
26. Love's Gonna Be Tonight #2
Lost Masters Volume VIII:
Under The Gun
(Solo Masters Volume II)
All songs: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos. Holmdel, New Jersey, possibly March/April 1979.
1. Protection #1
2. Protection #2
3. Protection #3 Incomplete takes
4. Protection #4
5. Protection #5 Incomplete take
6. Love And Kisses #1
7. Love And Kisses #2 Harmonies
8. Every Day & Every Night Harmonies from this song were later used on "Janey Don't You Lose Heart" four years later
9. Under The Gun #1
10. Under The Gun #2 Guitar riff
11. Under The Gun #3 Incomplete take
12. Under The Gun #4
13. Under The Gun #5
The phone rings in the middle of take #4. Bruce answers it: "yeah?, ah, one, two seconds, alright?." Bruce resumes the song and the phone rings again: "hi?, no, it's airight, I'll talk to you now," but he goes on with the song.
14. Jeannie Needs A Shooter #1 Harmonies
15. Jeannie Needs A Shooter #2
16. Untitled Guitar Riff
17. Man Who Got Away Harmonies
Bruce sings harmonies over band rehearsal tape (possibly from the March 30th 1979 rehearsal that you can find on volume IV of this collection).
18. Chain Lightning #1
19. Chain Lightning #2
20. Chain Lightning #3
21. Baby Don't Go #1
22. Baby Don't Go #2
23. Mary Lou #1 Incomplete takes
24. Mary Lou #2
25. Mary Lou #3
26. Mary Lou #4
All these demos of Mary Lou" have Bruce trying out different lyrics.
Lost Masters Volume IX:
Love is a Gun
1. Love is a Gun
2. Walking On the Avenue
3. Take Em As They Come
5. Baby Come Back
6. Love & Kisses
7. Love Will Get You Down (x4)
9. Out on The Run
10. Under The Gun
11. Find It Where You Can
12. Everyone Loves You
14. Bring On the Night
Lost Masters Volume X:
Jesse James And The Wages Of Sin
(Solo Masters Volume IV)
All songs: Bruce Springsteen. Acoustic home demos, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, early 1983.
1. Long Way Home
2. Ruled by the Gun #1
3. Ruled by the Gun #2 Harmonies and guitar solos
4. Downbound Train
5. Wages of Sin #1
6. I Need You #1
7. I Need You #2 Background vocals
8. Ruled by the Gun #3
9. Ruled by the Gun #4 Harmonies
10. Baby I'm So Cold (Turn the Lights Down Low)
Early version of "Follow That Dream," with lyrics from "Loose Ends"
11. Untitled Riff
12. Wages of Sin #2
13. Wages of Sin #3 Harmonies
14. Wheels Make the World Go Round
15. Glory Days Original demo
16. Wages of Sin #4
17. Fade to Black
18. Your Love (Is All Around Me Now) #1
19. Your Love (Is All Around Me Now) #2
20. Jesse James #1
Harmonies similar to song "None But the Brave"
21. Jesse James #2 Harmonies
22. They Killed Him in the Street #1
23. They Killed Him in the Street #2 Harmonies
24. True Love Is Hard to Come By #1
25. True Love Is Hard to Come By #2
26. True Love Is Hard to Come By #3
Early version of "Janey Don't You Lose Heart"
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[color=blue]The Lost Masters: Introduction
In the spring of 1996, word quickly spread of a 19-CD set called "The Lost Masters" consisting of studio outtakes, home demos, and rehearsal sessions from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band from the years 1977-1983. In addition to the 19 discs, two "Best of" sets would also be released and would include bonus tracks not found elsewhere in the set. The discs were to be released individually in groups of five or so and the first five surfaced in early summer.
The CDs can basically be broken down into 5 segments: Darkness outtakes (2 CDs), River outtakes (2 CDs), home demos (4 CDs), rehearsal sessions (5 CDs), and Hollywood Hills garage tapes (3 CDs). Rounding out the set are the complete Nebraska sessions, Born in the USA outtakes, and "Big Expendables," which consists of studio outtakes from The River, home demos, and rehearsal sessions.
Obviously, personal opinion differs, but the Darkness outtakes, the Nebraska session, and the Born in the USA full band outtakes seemed to top most people's lists of the best of the series. These four discs offered, for the most part, the best sound quality, and, in the case of the Nebraska disc, the most revealing look at said album.
The Darkness outtakes discs contained the best sound quality of any grouping of the Lost Masters. Although only 2 songs on these discs were previously uncirculated, the alternate takes of several songs more than makes up for it. Prove It All Night with the lyrics from Something in the Night sheds new light on both songs. Other songs with alternate lyrics include Adam Raised a Cain, Badlands, and Racing in the Street. However, the gems of these discs might be The Promise and Frankie in sound quality never before heard.
The River outtakes, while containing outstanding sound quality for the most part, were marred by multiple takes of the same song. It also seemed like these discs offered up the fewest previously-uncirculated songs, although, it must be said, the Definitive River Outtakes Volumes 1 and 2 would have been hard to surpass.
The home demos are difficult to judge. Almost all the material on these discs was previously uncirculated, and these discs shed a huge amount of light on the way Bruce Springsteen creates his songs. However, multiple takes on songs and the blandness of most songs make these difficult to listen to repeatedly.
The rehearsal session discs received the most critical reviews. These discs featured Bruce and the Band rehearsing the same song ad nauseam and in less-than-stellar sound quality, making it very difficult to listen to some of these discs even once; eight consecutive run-throughs of Held Up Without a Gun and Two Hearts with very little noticeable difference, due to the sound quality, can be enough for almost anybody. The real gems to turn up in these discs were Chevrolet Deluxe, originally "released" on the River Refinery tapes, although this version is very different than the home demo; Living on the Edge, a very rocking number in the vein of Buddy Holly; Wreck on the Highway in a country arrangement; and Stolen Car, as it goes through the transition from the Son You May Kiss the Bride version to the eventual released version. Volume 14 could be the most revealing rehearsal disc as it features four previously uncirculated songs.
Although consistenting mostly of rehearsal takes, Volume 4 cannot be grouped entirely with those discs, as it includes a home demo of Roulette as well as the supposed first take of the song with the band in the studio. The highlight of this disc, and highlight of the whole set for me, is Protection, a song Donna Summer recorded with some guitar work from Bruce himself. Bruce's version of Protection is faster and more forceful than Summer's, and the sound here is of official release quality.
The Hollywood Hills Garage Tapes were interesting, annoying, and repetitive, sometimes all on the same disc. Again, the repetitiveness of several songs, most notably Don't Back Down, which begins Volume 18 with eight different versions, brings down several of these discs. In addition, while it is interesting to hear Bruce fool around with a synthesizer and a drum machine, four consecutive versions of My Hometown can be quite enough; it has also been pointed out that the same drum beat is used on several songs. On the other hand, previously uncirculated songs such as The Klansman, Seven Tears, Unsatisfied Heart, and Richfield Whistle show a transition from the Nebraska material to the more band-friendly Born in the USA. Another gem is the complete take of Shut Out the Light with an additional verse discussing drug abuse by the protagonist.
Volume 1, however, was the gem of this set for many people. The long-awaited original acoustic version of Born in the USA can finally be heard, and the true meaning of the song cannot be ignored in an arrangement somewhat similar to the solo acoustic tour version, albeit a bit faster. One has to wonder how differently the song would have been received had this version been released. Downbound Train was another song supposedly recorded for Nebraska, and, it must be said, was done a favor when Bruce and the E Street Band later recorded it for Born in the USA. Child Bride is essentially Working on the Highway but slowed down tremendously, and some say that Child Bride is better than it's album counterpart; a friend said that if the entrepreneurs behind the Lost Masters were ever tried, they could play Child Bride back to back with Working on the Highway and they would be acquitted. Another interesting note is the song Losin' Kind about a couple who commit a crime before crashing their car in the snow, essentially the same song as Highway 29, released almost 14 years later on The Ghost of Tom Joad album.
Volume 19 is a companion-piece to Volume 1 in some fashion, as it is a collection of Born in the USA outtakes. Although only three songs from this CD had never circulated previously, the sound quality surpasses all previously circulated versions of these songs. TV Movie quickly became a favorite for many people, and some people speculated on Bruce doing an album of rockbilly material; TV Movie, Pink Cadillac, Stand On It, County Fair, and Little Girl could almost be side 2 of such an album.
The source of the tapes that became the Lost Masters has been debated in several circles but without reaching a definitive answer. While several tape collectors high on the food chain reportedly had these tapes for a couple of years, those collectors only had copies and their original source was the one who made the Lost Masters possible. One doesn't have to go too far back in Bruce history to find two very plausible suspects.
The biggest disappointment of the Lost Masters series was the absence of the legendary Electric Nebraska tapes, full band arrangements of the songs Bruce "recorded" in January of 1982. Those tapes exist somewhere, and, if we're good, hopefully they will one day surface.
Hope you enjoy the liner notes and track listings!
Verona Drive, Silver Spring, November 1997
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