Following three years of Reunion Tour releases from Autumn 1999, this month the Archive Series takes us back to the triumphant final leg of the tour from Madison Square Garden, with the antepenultimate night of the tour. The ten night stand at MSG holds a special place in the hearts of Springsteen fans - whether … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: June 27th, 2000 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
In my previous E Street Review I talked about the only High Hopes Tour show that was never released. Before getting back to Springsteen's 2014 tour in the coming weeks, I wanted to write about a concert from another tour that's notable for its unreleased shows.While it remains a Bruce Inc. decision to leave February … Continue reading Retro E Street Review: June 28th, 2003 – Milan, IT – San Siro
Well, I claimed back in June that this one wasn’t set for release anytime soon, but once again the Archive Series has delivered! While theories have ran rampant about Asbury Park Christmas shows, December 28th, 1980 or something else entirely, Nugs and Bruce Inc. have given us a Christmas miracle. When the following night was unearthed in June 2018, shouts for the release of this one were met with an unfortunate reality check. The master-tapes for this night were damaged and consequently, there was no chance of an Archive Series release. I don’t know who was keeping the faith, but there’s evidently magic in the night with this one. The Crystal Cat audience recording is really stellar sound-wise, but very little beats an official Jon Altschiller mix.
While it’s been stated that parts of “Lonesome Day” and “The Rising” were in fact missing from the multi-track reels – and as a result a two-track source was used to include them in the show – there’s more than enough in this one to make up for any potential downgrades in audio. If anything, the fact that “Incident” into “Rosie” and “Bobby Jean” and “American Land” transition the way they should is enough, but to have that opening trio of “Thundercrack”, “Seeds” and “Prove It”, that full WIESS album performance (including the Archive Series debut of the full band “Wild Billy’s Circus Story”) and those excellent performances of “Does This Bus Stop”, “Raise Your Hand” and “Human Touch” ends a great year for the Archive Series an outstanding note.
Kieran’s recommended listening from November 7th, 2009 – New York, NY:
“Thundercrack“, “Seeds“, “Prove It All Night“, “The E Street Shuffle“, “4th July, Asbury Park (Sandy)“, “Kitty’s Back“, “Wild Billy’s Circus Story“, “Incident on 57th Street“, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)“, “New York City Serenade“, “Raise Your Hand“, “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”, “Glory Days”, “Human Touch“, “Wrecking Ball” and “American Land”.
You can download this phenomenal night in the Garden here.
This will be my final Springsteen blog post of the year, so I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s visited this site in 2020. Whether you enjoyed what I’ve had to say or not, I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate you giving it a chance. I’ll be back on January 1st with Springsteen’s Archive Series: The possibilities for 2021 (and the Series’ Top 10 songs of 2020).
Before my next Previously from the Springsteen archive post where I’ll be talking about the final Working on a Dream Tour stop in Buffalo and its notable full album performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, I wanted to talk about another notable night from the tour. The first of two nights in Madison Square Garden is one that we know isn’t set for release anytime soon from the Springsteen archive, if ever, as Nugs’ Brad Serling confirmed there were issues with the drives this show was recorded on, making it pretty much impossible to recover it. It’s even been confirmed that we would have had this concert released over the next night and its first ever performance of The River album from start to finish if it were available. Fortunately most soundboard bootlegs circulating of this show are in good listenable quality and that definitely applies to the…
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Back on its First Friday schedule (for how long, only the powers that be know), the sixtieth concert released in Bruce Springsteen's Live Archive Series has arrived at a time when we all need it most. A lot has happened in the world since my last Springsteen write-up, and whether you're stuck at home courtesy … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: April 28th, 2008 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
It was only in June when we last had a delay in the Archive Series, but while that was a decision made out of respect to very important socio-political matters and the protests and demonstrations around America that arose from them, the delay this month was caused by something Nugs and Bruce Inc. couldn't make … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: November 11th, 2006 – London, UK – Wembley Arena
The last of six shows in Philadelphia on the Working on a Dream Tour was - to put it lightly - not received well at all upon its release from the vault in July 2017. Being the fourth of four shows from 2008 - 2012 released in a row, instead of celebrating the show's several … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: October 20th, 2009 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Spectrum
A Christmas special and Working on a Dream don't exactly go hand in hand for most fans, especially when you consider how the usual Festive Archive bonus is something from the Darkness Tour. Add to that the fact that this was the second of just two Archive Series releases in 2016 (the primary focus for Nugs were … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: November 22nd, 2009 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
Delayed a week in respect of current events and demonstrations taking place across the world, the Archive Series / Live Downloads project has returned and Nugs have decided not to further alter their schedule (after last month's last gasp New Jersey '81 release), and another Reunion Tour show featuring the likes of "American Skin" and … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: June 25th, 2005 – Stockholm, SE – Hovet
Before my next Previously from the Springsteen archive post where I'll be talking about the final Working on a Dream Tour stop in Buffalo and its notable full album performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, I wanted to talk about another notable night from the tour. The first of two nights in Madison Square … Continue reading Retro E Street Review: November 7th, 2009 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
As the Archive Series grows with each passing month, it's likely certain shows will be forgotten about, particularly those released in the early days of the project five to six years ago. Columbus '05, despite its reputation prior to being officially released as a fantastic audience recording during the Devils & Dust Tour, is surprisingly … Continue reading Previously from the Springsteen archive: July 31st, 2005 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center