I was playing by myself. And I remember I was breaking up with this girlfriend and I went away for a week and I came back and she'd painted all the walls to my room black That's not true, I made that, I made that up According to Sony's logs of Bruce Springsteen's studio sessions, the song was cut 27 Jun and 26 Oct It's likely that the song was recorded during the first session 27 Jun and some overdubbing took place during the second session 26 Oct Bruce Springsteen plays guitar and sings vocals on this track, and is backed by Vini Lopez on drums, David Sancious on piano and keyboards, and Garry Tallent on electric bass.
The track, as well as the whole album, was produced by Mike Appel and Jimmy Cretecos. Bob Spitz was also present and he recorded the performance on a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
According to BrucebaseFOR YOU was apparently a shorter, not fully realized version of a song that Bruce seems not to have gotten around to finishing until the sessions for the first album were underway. See the " Auditions" section below for more details. Appel was then employed at Pocketful Of Tunes Inc. Springsteen performed two or three songs, some on piano and some on acoustic guitar.
Only Appel and West were present at this first meeting. Appel has stated in interview that he was not particularly impressed by what he heard at this initial audition but did see raw creativity in the lyrics of BABY DOLL. That performance was not recorded and the titles of the other song s performed remain unclear. Appel indicated an interest in promoting them in some way and the meeting ended with an agreement to keep in touch but no commitments from either party.
Meanwhile Springsteen continued gigging with The Bruce Springsteen Band in New Jersey and Virginia and visited his family in California for a few weeks around the holidays.
The next meeting between Springsteen and Appel took place on 14 Feb Springsteen performed a set of seven songs at Appel's office at Pocketful Of Tunes. The songs were performed live solo on acoustic guitar to an audience of three: Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, and Bob Spitz. Spitz recorded the performance on a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
After that performance Appel and Cretecos began putting the wheels in motion to sign Springsteen to a comprehensive range of contracts. In Marchit was agreed that Appel and Cretecos would promote Springsteen's interests. For that purpose, Appel and Cretecos formed three partnerships owned equally by the two: Laurel Canyon Management to act as Springsteen's manager, Laurel Canyon Productions to cover his recording activities, and Sioux City Music Inc to cover his songwriting activities.
In the meantime, Springsteen entered into an "Exclusive Management Contract" with Laurel Canyon Management and an "Exclusive Recording Contract" with Laurel Canyon Productions, but did not sign any songwriting agreement at this time, apparently wishing to think this matter over a bit longer.
The two contracts were signed at Appel's office. Appel wanted to sign Springsteen to Columbia Records. John Hammond and Mike Appel were the only two present at the audition.
All songs were performed on acoustic guitar and the performance, which lasted about 30 to 40 minutes, was not recorded but based on the collective recollections of the attendees at least the following four songs were played:.
I was embarrassed carrying it around the city. I walked into [John Hammond's] office and had the audition and I played a couple of songs and he said, 'You've got to be on Columbia Records. But I need to see you play. And I need to hear Kittys Back - Bruce Springsteen - Westbury Music Fair (CD) you sound on tape. Springsteen said that he and Mike Appel "walked all around the Village trying to find some place that would let somebody just get up on stage and play.
We went to the Bitter End, it didn't work out. We went to another club. And finally we went to the old Gaslight on MacDougal Street and the guy says, Kittys Back - Bruce Springsteen - Westbury Music Fair (CD), 'Yeah, we have an open night where you can come down and play for half an hour'. There were about 10 people in the place and I played for about half an hour. No recording has emanated from this club appearance which lasted about Kittys Back - Bruce Springsteen - Westbury Music Fair (CD) minutes and included just 4 or 5 songs.
Both Springsteen and Appel have mentioned these two tracks as having been played:. John Hammond was impressed. I want you to come to the Columbia Recording Studio and make a demo tape".
He invited Springsteen back to CBS to make a studio demo audition tape the following day. Springsteen said, "A demo I made at Bill Graham's studio in San Francisco in '69 was the only other time I'd ever been in a real recording studio.
Columbia was very old-fashioned: everybody in ties and shirts; the engineer was in a white shirt and a tie and was probably 50, 55 years old, it was just him and John and Mike Appel there, and he just hits the button and gives you your serial number, and off you go. I was excited. I felt I'd written some good songs and this was my shot.
I had nothing to lose and it was like the beginning of something. The session consisted of 12 songs. Click on any of the below links for more details. Four of the tracks recorded during that demo session would be officially released in on the Tracks box set. Hammond was prepared to sign Bruce on the spot but administrative formalities within CBS Kittys Back - Bruce Springsteen - Westbury Music Fair (CD) that it would take several weeks for that to become reality.
I think we better act quickly because many people heard the boy at The Gaslight so that his fame is beginning to spread. He's an original in every respect. I'd like to meet him if you can arrange it. Springsteen told Mark Hagen, "I knew a lot about John Hammond, the work he'd done, the people he'd discovered, his importance in music and it was very exciting to feel you were worth his time.
No matter what happened afterwards, even it was just for this one night, you were worth his time. That meant a lot to me.
He was very encouraging — simply being in that room with him at the board was one of my greatest recording experiences. According to Heylin, Hammond thought that Springsteen might be better off on the Epic subsidiary, but Mike Appel intercepted: "[Hammond] decided that Bruce should be with the younger people at Epic and not with the stodgier, older people at Columbia — and he got this in his head.
I always felt that Columbia was the classiest label on the planet. I just always saw [Bruce's] record going round on that red label, just like Dylan's did. The two contracts were signed at the office of New York attorney Jules Kurz, a sole practitioner specializing in music and entertainment law who was then handling Appel and Cretecos' business affairs. This new management agreement replaced the one from March and made changes in remuneration and compensation rates between the parties; it was a better deal for Springsteen than the previous one.
There were multiple sessions held at each location and the session dates at the two locations may have Kittys Back - Bruce Springsteen - Westbury Music Fair (CD) intertwined. All with wildly differing ticket demand from city to city.
My friend who was on the crew at the time said it was a logistical nightmare. But he also said that every single show was a corker. Last edited: Apr 10, ZoomApr 10, Location: Phoenix, AZ. Frank DiscussionApr 10, Zoom like this. Location: Boston, MA. Tom CampbellApr 10, Location: United Kingdom. Tom Campbell and walrus like this.
Location: Maplewood. Mike MApr 10, Location: England. The song was played in a full-band version, with Bruce Springsteen backed by the Max Weinberg 7, plus Bobby Bandiera on guitar. See the live 29 Apr version for more details. The song was also practiced the previous day at Count Basie Theatre during the concert's rehearsals. The song was played in a full-band arrangement featuring a horns section.
See the live 07 May version for more details. These concerts were billed as "Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg 7 and Friends", with The Max Weinberg 7 serving as the house band, and Springsteen bringing guests on and off the stage throughout the shows.
On these shows the song was played in a full-band arrangement with Springsteen backed by The Max Weinberg 7. These were the first live performances of the song to feature a full horn section, as it does on the album. Since Springsteen has been playing the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit shows. See the live 03 Nov version for more details. Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase.
There's also a story in one of Philip Lynott's biographies that goes like this: Lynott was sitting somewhere in the United States possibly by some pool in Los Angeles trying to get up the nerve to walk across and introduce himself to Bruce Springsteen. Lynott was gutted when Springsteen got up to leave, but before he did, he came over to Lynott and said, "Hi I'm Bruce Springsteen and I really like your music. If you have any information about the above, or additions, corrections, references and name of books, please contact me via the below form or by email:.
Contact me at or by using the online form. Share this page:. Toggle navigation. Live audio Live audio cont. Log in. Intro back to list. KITTY'S BACK Album version Catlong sighs holding Kitty's black tooth She left to marry some top cat, ain't it the cold truth And Kittys Back - Bruce Springsteen - Westbury Music Fair (CD) hasn't been a tally since Sally left the alley Since Kitty left with Big Pretty things have got pretty thin, yeah, yeah It's tight on this fence since them young dudes are muscling in Well, Jack Knife cries 'cause baby's in a bundle She goes running nightly, lightly through the jungle And them tin cans are exploding out in the ninety-degree heat Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleecker Street It's sad, but it sure is true Cat shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs Ooh, ooh, what can I do?
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