An observation you can frequently see fans making about Springsteen's Archive Series is the repetition of songs present in multiple releases. It's unsurprising with sixty-six unique concerts now unearthed, as much as it was when we had half as many, but something I've realised this far into this project is that nuances and context can … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: April 28th, 1988 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
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
A year and a half later, the newest instalment in Springsteen's Live Archive Series follows on fittingly from it's two previous tour releases. In the first Springsteen concert release from 1997, the dust of celebratory atmosphere we can hear in the Freehold and Asbury Park homecomings has settled, and for Springsteen it's back to business … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: May 18th, 1997 – Nice, FR – Palais Des Congrès Acropolis
In the week leading up to this first Archive Series release of 2020, I was given the opportunity, and an exciting one at that, by Backstreets Magazine to review the second night in St. Paul from 2012, which you can read here. In writing that review, it left me uncertain what to do in relation … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: November 12th, 2012 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
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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December is always an exciting month in the Springsteen Archive Series, and thankfully, this year isn't any different. The First Friday schedule continues its revival, and the sixty-first unique concert released in the project is taking us on a long anticipated trip back to 1975. It was December 2018 when we last visited this year … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: November 24th, 1975 – London, UK – Hammersmith Odeon
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
When the First Friday era of the Archive Series came to an end last month, it left many fans curious about when the 59th show to be unearthed from the vault would see the light of day. Given that Springsteen's twentieth studio album, Letter To You, is going to be released on October 23rd and … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: September 30th, 1978 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
After a strikingly good first night in the Brendan Byrne Arena, the Prodigal Son and his band of men (and now) women are back for their first attempt at smashing the bar they'd just set twenty-four hours earlier. It's taken some time for this September Archive to be released, and it's also been a little … Continue reading New from the Springsteen archive: August 6th, 1984 – East Rutherford, NJ – Brendan Byrne Arena
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