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).
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”
Well now I’m no hero
All the redemption I can offer, girl
Is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now?
Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow
Back your hair
Well the nights busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
Bruce is one of our greatest heroes. He’s still a rather young guy, and a celebration is due when he turns 68..
Here is my list of his 10 best songs.
1. Thunder Road
The screen door slams
Marys dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
Roy orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that’s me and I want you only
Live London 75:
1. Prove It All Night
I’ve been working real hard, trying to get my hands clean,
Tonight we’ll drive that dusty road from
Monroe to Angeline,
To buy you a gold ring and pretty dress of blue,
Baby just one kiss will get these things for you,
A kiss to seal our fate tonight,
A kiss to prove it all night.
For me, I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn’t do very well in school. The basic system of education, I didn’t fit in; my intelligence was elsewhere.
The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
They call him the Boss. Well that’s a bunch of crap. He’s not the boss. He works FOR us. More than a boss, he’s the owner, because more than anyone else, Bruce Springsteen owns America’s heart.
~Bono (induction speech for at the 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
The September 19th 1978 concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, in Bruce’s home state of New Jersey, is arguably Bruce Springsteen’s single greatest live performance. I’ve listened to quite a lot classic Springsteen bootleg concerts over the years.. this remains my favorite.
This show has been widely bootlegged under the title “Piece de Resistance”. It is a stunning concert not least with Roy Bittan’s brilliant piano playing and Max Weinberg’s clockwork drumming providing a backdrop as hard as diamonds. It also has that characteristic feature of the tour that the slow songs are played with a burning intensity while songs like “”Badlands” and “Born to Run” sometimes display a New York Punk intensity.
~Red on Black (amazon.com review)
From brucebase: Radio broadcast, soundboard tapes (all three nights in Passaic were recorded by the Record Plant’s mobile unit, both on multi-track and live-to-two track) and professionally shot in-house black and white video. Probably one of the best all-time concert recordings. Broadcast on WNEW-FM New York and nine other stations in the north-east, including WBCN-FM and WCOZ-FM Boston, WIOQ-FM Philadelphia and WIYY-FM Baltimore. Set includes great versions of “Because The Night” and “Fire,” and also includes what many consider to be the finest examples of “Racing In The Street” and “Thunder Road” ever.Essential. Also, video footage is available. A short live excerpt from this show (Bruce’s band introduction during “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”) was officially – and exclusively – released on a promotion-only 7″ flexidisc issued to subscribers of Austrian pop magazine “Rennbahn Express” in June 1981. Thanks to Lost in the Flood for that info. Following the show, WBCN-TV news reporter Felipe Luciano interviews Bruce. Released on CDs:
‘Piece De Resistance’ (Great Dane)
‘Southside Bruce And The E Street Jukes’ (Seagull)