Bruce played 3 concerts @ Nassau Coliseum at the end of 1980, and the New-year eve concert is the most famous. The concert bootleg “Nassau Night” (Crystal Cat) from the 12-31-1980 concert is one of the most famous (& best) Springsteen boots. BUT the concert he played on the 29th is also fantastic… and he played a heavenly version of “Incident on 57th Street” (only River Tour version – and next live version didn’t come until September 25th 1999 in Philadelphia, PA)
Incident on 57th Street – 1980-12-29:
“This is, uh…this is a song we haven’t done in a real long time…(?) …this is, uh, I hope I remember all the words, alright, I might not, I just learned them (?)…”
~Bruce intro for “Incident..”
1981 was not a great year in music for me, but still some wonderful albums & singles were relesed. Here are my 20 chosen songs.
Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan
Written by Bob Dylan, recorded in Los Angeles in the spring of 1981 and released in August of that year on Dylan’s album Shot of Love.
The love in “Every Grain of Sand,” though firmly rooted in Dylan’s conversion experience and his Bible studies, immediately and obviously reaches beyond its context to communicate a deeply felt devotional spirit based on universal experiences: pain of self-awareness, and sense of wonder or awe at the beauty of the natural world.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan, performing artist:The Middle Years )
In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet floods every newborn seed
There’s a dying voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and the morals of despair
The fall leg of 1984 featured a more intense Bruce than the summer 1984 shows. The darker songs, such as “Johnny Bye Bye” and “State Trooper,” were played more and more. …. This show features a gorgeous “Racing in the Street,” as well as an extended “Nebraska set.
–> The Boots
Many fans seems to agree on this being the best concert from the “Born In The U.S.A.” tour. Not my fav Springsteen tour, but this show is great!
Audience tape, probably the best of the tour. “Reason To Believe” has a intro with Bruce on the harmonica and Roy on the keyboards. “Johnny Bye-Bye” is introduced by Bruce as “Bye-Bye Johnny”, and includes a few lines of “Mystery Train” towards the end… “Racing In The Street” includes the now usual intro and also a spoken part at the end. “Kansas City” is included in the “Detroit Medley”. Recent reports on this show indicate that the original tape (or a 1st generation copy of it) was used for a radio broadcast in it’s entirety and that this broadcast was the source for the generally circulating tapes including the Crystal Cat release “Kansas City Night” . Now the show is available directly from Rick B’s master recording. Edited directly from the unedited master, a lot less edited, cut and processed than the Crystal Cat release. ‘Thunder Road’ fades out on the Crystal Cat release, but it is complete on this one. (“Roses In The Kansas Rain”, Ev2).
It’s not enough. By anyone else’s standards, of course, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975-85 is an embarrassment of riches — five albums and ten years’ worth of barroom, hockey-arena and baseball-stadium dynamite; greatest hits, ace covers, love songs, work songs, out-of-work songs — the ultimate rock-concert experience of the past decade finally packaged for living-room consumption, a special gift of thanks to the fans who shared those 1001 nights of stomp & sweat and the best possible consolation prize for the poor bastards who could never get tickets.
October 17: Bruce Springsteen released The River in 1980
But I remember us riding in my brother’s car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I’d lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she’d take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
They haunt me like a curse Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true Or is it something worse?
~Bruce Springsteen “The River”
Put on your best dress baby
And darlin’, fix your hair up right
Cause there’s a party, honey
Way down beneath the neon lights
~Bruce Springsteen “Out In The Street”