14 February 2011

Bruce Springsteen - "Valentine's Day" (Band Rehearsal 1988)

The Night Owl has always held a special place for Bruce Springsteen's 1987 release Tunnel of Love. Its oftimes intensely personal lyrics and more subtle melodies still lead us to conclude that this is The Boss' Blood On The Tracks.

"Valentine's Day" is the memorable final cut of the album. As far as we can tell from our research (although this is certainly subject to intense scrutiny from Bossophiles), the only time Springsteen has played the song live is a handful of dates in 2005 during his Devils and Dust solo tour.

But our treat to all of you on this feast of St. Valentine is an obscure audio recording of "Valentine's Day" from a 28 January 1988 band rehearsal at the Expo Center in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Backed by the E Street Band and The Horns of Love (Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg and associates), its a shame the arrangement never saw the light of day.

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