BLINDSPOT is an unreleased song written by Bruce Springsteen. In 1994, Springsteen recorded an album with Shane Fontayne and other members of the 1992-1993 touring band. His manager Jon Landau wasn't a fan of the project and recommended shelving it and focusing more on a "career overview", which lead to the Greatest Hits sessions with the E Street Band in early 1995. It is believed that BLINDSPOT was recorded during the sessions for that unreleased album, sometime in the fall of 1994.
A finished recording of BLINDSPOT was filed at the United States Copyright Office on 07 Apr 1995.
Type of Work: Music
Registration Number / Date: PAu001840769 / 1995-04-07
Description: Sound cassette.
Notes: Words & music.
Copyright Claimant: Bruce Springsteen
Date of Creation: 1995
Names: Springsteen, Bruce
Shawn Poole, a Springsteen fan, visited the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, in late December 2016. There he had the opportunity to listen to some unreleased Bruce Springsteen recordings, including BLINDSPOT. He reported to Backstreets.com:
Like "Between Heaven & Earth," "Blindspot" features a hip-hop-style drum track, synth wash and an electric guitar solo, though this track's solo is more prominent and extended. The rhythm track on "Blindspot" also features the sound of a male shout repeatedly sampled in the same manner that James Brown's and Bobby Byrd's shouts were sampled in Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock's 1988 hip-hop classic "It Takes Two." The lyrics focus on the troubling aspects of interpersonal relationships as well, exploring the darker aspects of our own personalities that can make forging and maintaining our relationships so difficult. Just as everybody's got a hungry heart, so does everybody have a blindspot. Bruce also uses a lyrical image similar to one found in Jackson Browne's "Your Bright Baby Blues" (from The Pretender, produced by Jon Landau) where the singer feels like he's flying at first, but then realizes he's actually on his knees.
BLINDSPOT is also known from a demo tape that Springsteen recorded in early 1993 (see section below for more details). Two takes of BLIND SPOT are available on that tape, one clocking at 2:08 and the other at 1:51. Neither of the two is finished, but they clearly exhibit the makings of a major work. The recorder is stopped and re-started once during the first take. The second take is more fully realized.
During an extended break in the World Tour 1992-1993 (Jan-Mar 1993), Springsteen recorded a collection of acoustic guitar demos at his home in Beverly Hills, CA. A private tape of 14 songs from these sessions (or possibly one session) exists, but is not circulating among collectors:
A comment heard on that tape regarding a well-documented news event indicates that most -- or very likely all -- of this audio was recorded on 25 Feb 1993. These recordings are similar in sound quality and recording style to Springsteen's 1979 and 1981 home demos cassette recordings. They are not professional studio recordings. Springsteen utilizes a cassette recorder that he manually stops and starts as needed.
None of these recordings exhibit a finished songwriting product. These are unfinished compositions, both musically and lyrically, and are in varying stages of completeness. However most of these songs show enough musical and lyrical development that it's probable that Springsteen finished them sometime during the 1993-1995 period and they exist as fully realized demo or studio recordings in his archive vault.
The above info about the 1993 home demo tape is taken from Brucebase.
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