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Using Brucebase as reference point, and not thinking too long. Please note that Brucebase has the tabs 'released' and 'unreleased' for non-album songs.

Greetings: none. All not-so-great Dylan imitations, reason why they really choose the best songs from that era for inclusion on Greetings, including Mary Queen and The Angel.

WIESS: Song For Orphans. Also because of the first thought, Thundercrack, is great live, the studio version is a bit disappointing compared to live versions.

Born To Run: Walking In The Street (Lovers In The Cold). Darkness: The Promise (what else?). The River: Roulette (honourable mention for Take 'Em As They Come and Be True). Nebraska: Johnny Bye Bye. BUSA: Janey Don't You Lose Heart. Tunnel: Two For The Road. Human Touch: 30 Days Out. Lucky Town: none. (According to Brucebase, the only LT outtake was Happy, and I really do not like that song). Greatest Hits: Missing (a criminally underrated song). Joad: Dead Man Walking. The Rising: Harry's Place.

Devils & Dust: none. (Again only known outtake, the not-so-great The Little Things That Count). After that, it becomes somewhat confusing-like: Long Walk Home is clearly the best outtake from Seeger Sessions, but it was officially released on Magic, so would a little bit strange to mention it.

A honourable mention for Frankie, a song recorded for various albums, and one of Bruce Springsteen's greatest outtakes.

Scrolling though those lists gives again the notion Bruce Springsteen threw many (very) great songs away (sometimes gave away to others, or on a B-side or on a future album), but also that many songs were outtakes for a very good reason: because they were not good songs.

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Greetings; Winter song...at least I think this was Greetings outtake. It's brilliant anyway and should have been on an official album.

WIESS: Thundercrack

Born to Run; Lonely night in the park

Darkness; The Promise / The Way

The River; Roulette

Nebraska; Sugarland

Born in the USA: None but the Brave

Tunnel of Love: Two for the road

Human Touch/ Lucky Town; Happy

The Ghost of Tom Joad; Dead Man Walking

The Rising; Down in the Hole

Devils and Dust; No outtakes as far as I understand.

Magic; See above

WOAD: See above: 

Wrecking Ball; See above:

Western Stars; Apparently he wrote about 30 songs for this album so who knows we may yet hear some in the future.

Letter to you; Don't think there were any outtakes for this.

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WIESS - Song For Orphans (if that counts?) or Thundercrack

Born to Run - Linda Let Me Be the One

Darkness - SO MANY. Iceman. Preacher's Daughter. Ain't Good Enough For You...

The River - I Wanna Be With You

Nebraska - The Big Payback

Born in the USA - None but the Brave

Tunnel of Love - 2 For the Road

HT/LT - Happy

The Rising - Harry's Place

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Only going to mention the ones that step right up and grab me

Wild and Innocent-Zero and Blind Terry

BTR-Linda Let me Be the One

Darkness-Dont Look Back

The River-Little White Lies

The River-Be True

Born in the USA- Protection, Wages of Sin, Brothers Under the Bridges

Tunnel- Lucky Man

 

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Like @StolenCar66 im only choosing ones i love that absolutly grab me 

Randolf street- not sure if it was ever in contention for an album 

(WIESS)Thundercrack / seaside bar song

(BTR) Linda or lonely night in the park ...no way - who am i kidding !!   I mean the  acoustic solo demo version of thunder road with Chrissie not Mary 

https://youtu.be/yTqCf0LIRqU

(Darkness ) The promise (with all the God dam words) because its my 3rd favourite song of all time 

(The River) Roulette 

There are just too many from Nebraska - BITUSA to just pick 1 for each album - it needs its own thread but Fade to black is my 1st equal favourite outake so i gotta at least  pick it

(ToL) The wish 

(HT) Loose change  (love it )

(LT) Happy 

My other 1st equal favourite outake is without a doubt is Its the little things that count (Joad)

(The Rising ?  or D&D ?) Down in the hole 

(Magic) rainmaker 

(WOAD) Hay blue eyes

HH hurry up sundown 

Gotta wonder what all the outakes from WS are like???

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Well this will be my favorite and maybe not the best.

1. Bring On The Night - Darkness

2. Roulette -the River

3. Born in the USA - Nebraska 

4. MLWNLYD - Born in the USA

5. Seven Angles - HT-LT

6. And if Harry's Place is an outtake from Magic? 

Don't know much about the other era's 

 

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2 hours ago, Jimmy James said:

6. And if Harry's Place is an outtake from Magic?

Brucebase lists it as both a Rising and Magic outtake, with the origins of the song maybe dating back to late 90s.

Apparently lyrics were written first (late 90s-early 2000's) and music was only fully developed during Magic sessions.

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2 hours ago, rockaway88 said:

Santa Ana 

Lovers on the Cold

Because the Night

Meet Me in the City

This Hard Land

What album was Leavin Train written for? The guitar and vocals on that song are some of his best I have heard from the studio.

Ht/Lt?

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I know I'm not doing this right ...

But my top 5 outtakes still yet to be released are:

1. Losin' Kind (Nebraska outtake)

2. Waiting on the End of the World (GH sessions)

3. There Are No Kings in Texas (aka Evacuation of the West) Wild & Innocent

4. Break Out (Darkness)

5. Lovers in the Cold (BTR)

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16 hours ago, rockaway88 said:

What album was Leavin Train written for? The guitar and vocals on that song are some of his best I have heard from the studio.

Human Touch.

6 hours ago, the imposter said:

Lovers in the Cold (BTR)

They wanted to put Lovers In The Cold (aka Walking In The Street), on Tracks, but they could not find the mastertape (anymore). Such a shame, as it is a really beautiful, poetic song (but it would not have fit on Born To Run also).

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