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Bruce Springsteen - Live Archive Releases

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chris S., Aug 24, 2015.

  1. Chris S.

    Chris S. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    West Babylon, NY
    I have always wanted Bruce to release official live recordings of classic shows. I have bought all of them so far in normal def. flac and they sound good (not amazing) with the 88 show sounding the best IMHO. Maybe it's because I had good quality boots of all but the latest, I have found that I play 'em once and they sit on the digital shelf. I've been a big fan since 78 and I still play the albums up through TOL not infrequently and some of the newer stuff as well. I just can't seem to get into these recent releases.

    As a contrast I play live Dead releases all the time. I especially like the more formal live releases such as Sunshine Daydream and the more recent Wake Up To Find Out. Maybe it is the superior sound quality over the Dick's and Dave's picks.

    I'll probably keep buying the Springsteen archive releases because, well that is what I do, but I am just not as excited about them as I was in November. I'm not looking to start a Bruce love him or hate him thread, I have just been wondering if these releases have left others feeling the same way I do.
  2. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident

    I think my thoughts are similar to yours for the Nassau show. He's my brief summary of the ones I've downloaded.

    Tower 75: Was great to get this full show after having about half of it in release quality. Love this mix! "10th Ave" is simply gorgeous and the rave-up version of "Does This Bus Stop" is really fun. On "Sandy", Bruce sounds like he uses a different inflection on many of the lines, which was new to me. This complements the official release of the 1st Hammersmith show nicely as he's much looser. My only complaint is that the mastering sounds a little hot at times, and the opener, "Night" sounds a bit cacophonous.

    Nassau 80: I listen to this one the least. Guitars are way too low in the mix for me. I'm really hoping for another shot at a show from the River tour at some point via the archives series or a box set. Definitely the most 'disappointing' release for me so far, but that's a relative term.

    Meadowlands 84: This surprised me the most, and has kindled an interest in the Born In The USA shows for me. I had previously heard some audience recordings and that booming sound with the mid-80s instrumentation wasn't a good combination for me. But on this release, Bruce sounds so fresh, singing very well and letting me hear the early 1984 tour for pretty much the first time. "Atlantic City" is stellar as is the opener. A very good 1st set that I keep coming back to, especially those Nebraska songs. I love how loud and clear Clarence is when he says, "Kid you'd better get the picture!"

    LA 88: This one is another eye opener, even after owning Roses And Broken Hearts for so many years. I am really enjoying this quite a lot. Bruce is vulnerable and has open wounds, and we get a big chunk of the Tunnel album done live (along with a lot of other 'new' songs). I only wish we could have this in sound that rivals the Chimes Of Freedom EP. Bring in Bob Clearmountain to work his magic and make this baby a full-on live album (and video). May I suggest the April 27th show, which was the source for 2 official music videos.
  3. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

    The Southwest
    The issue I have is that I skip through his extended raps and the expansive Motown/R&B encores, so I do not find it compelling to listen to a handful of the shows from start to finish.
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  4. Coricama

    Coricama Classic Rocker

    Marietta, GA
    I bought the Cleveland '78 show and love it! That and 'Winterland' cover the best of Bruce live for me. I don't really need any others.
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  5. Chris S.

    Chris S. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    West Babylon, NY
    I love those 78 shows. I think I just played them out over the past 30 years or so!
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  6. belardd

    belardd Senior Member

    Fort Worth TX
    Archive Series returns with a Devils & Dust tour standout
    After a summer lull, Bruce Springsteen's archive download series is back, leaping forward two decades for the release of Columbus, July 31, 2005, one of the finest performances on the Devils & Dust solo tour.

    Springsteen's 24-song setlist at the Schottenstein Center's Value City Theatre is a doozy and loaded with true rarities, from the set-opening world premiere of "Lift Me Up" to one of but six known performances of Tunnel of Love’s closing masterpiece "Valentine's Day," preceded by its TOL emotional companion, "When You're Alone." And that's just the beginning. Columbus also features the tour premiere of "Back in Your Arms" on electric piano, piano readings of "For You" and "Lost in the Flood," the Born in the U.S.A. outtake "Cynthia," and "State Trooper" among numerous highlights. It's available today on Brucespringsteen.net, powered by Nugs.net.

    Nugs.net's Brad Serling tells Backstreets that, given its bounty of rarities, Columbus came up repeatedly as a worthy candidate when Toby Scott sought the input of "the electorate" to choose a show from the Devils & Dust tour. The performance is but one special night in a run of magical shows in the Midwest that fans have often cited as the tour's apex.

    The entire D&D tour was captured live to 24/96 digital multi-tracks. To create the Columbus release, Scott loaded the raw show recordings into ProTools and used an analog mixing board to create the release mix, which was then captured high-res via a two-track DSD recorder. The DSD files were mastered, like other titles in the series, by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering for all formats. The live download store on Brucespringsteen.net will release Columbus in standard and high-res (24/96) formats, in addition to physical CDs, which will ship in the coming weeks.

    Outside of the initial Apollo Theatre offering, Columbus is the first Archive release from this century, representing a tour many current fans will have seen in person. And fine audience recordings aside, this period of the Devils & Dust tour has never been heard before in this quality, another reason why the show was chosen.

    As for the longer span between releases, Serling explained that stakeholder vacations did slow the pace a bit, and horses also changed in midstream: an initial plan for the next release was a show from the 1995 Tom Joad tour, which got as far as mixing before being set to the side in favor of 2005. But he reiterated that the goal remains a steady and consistent stream of archive releases. "We're independent of the Sony world (schedule-wise)," he assured, before hinting that consideration of titles for the next wave is already underway.

    Serling also reminded us that while Devils & Dust was a solo tour, Columbus does feature one additional musician: Alan Fitzgerald, Springsteen's keyboard tech, who contributed off-stage keyboards and gets due credit here.
    - September 25, 2015 - Erik Flannigan reporting - Columbus photograph by Christy Osoling

    Bruce Springsteen - Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, 12 String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano; Alan Fitzgerald - Keyboard accompaniment (off stage)
    Recorded by John Cooper July 31, 2005 Columbus, OH on the Devils & Dust Tour
    Mixed to DSD by Toby Scott from 24 bit / 96 kHz 24 channel multitracks at Stone Hill Studio, August 2015
    Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering
    HD Files are 24 bit / 96 kHz. Also available in DSD - a high resolution audio download format. For playback software
    please see the FAQ
    CDs will start shipping October 12
    PERFORMED:July 31, 2005

    LIFT ME UP05:31
    DEVILS & DUST04:33
    FOR YOU05:41
    ONE STEP UP04:46
    THE RISING05:09
    TWO HEARTS04:39
    THE HITTER06:28

    BOBBY JEAN04:52
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  7. marmil

    marmil It's such a long story...

    Is the show from the Sony studios ca. '96-'97 available anywhere (legal or otherwise)?
  8. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Senior Member

    April 5, 1995 w/The E Street Band? Yes - available, No - legal.
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  9. marmil

    marmil It's such a long story...

    Does it have a name? I was there and it was amazing and I'd like to own it. Sbd or aud?
  10. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Senior Member


    There are soundboards available one just called Sony Studios and one called Blood Brothers: The E Street Reunion
  11. Adam Bosman

    Adam Bosman Forum Resident

    Thanks for posting that this was out! Total surprise today, and what a great show. I'm a little disappointed they passed over the Joad era, but this is pretty freakin close!!
  12. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Senior Member

    Backstreets say they had a Joad show ready to go, then changed their minds for the Devils & Dust show so they have one ready to go. I wouldn't expect them to put out two solo shows in a row though.
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  13. Adam Bosman

    Adam Bosman Forum Resident

    Cool, thanks for that info. Good to know it's on the horizon at some point. I used to listen to Joad a lot in deep winter (January/February), so it'd be nostalgic to get a live recording of that around the same time!
  14. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Pass. I detest Valentine's Day
  15. uncle

    uncle Senior Member

    I am passing on this one. Solo acoustic Bruce just doesnt do it for me, but I hope all the fans that are into it enjoy this release. Keep the shows coming and hopefully the wait between releases won't be as long. I will be curious to see how this one sells vs the previous ones.
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  16. joeortonjr

    joeortonjr Forum Resident

    A solo piano version of Valentine's Day is the main reason I will be buying this new release.
  17. windfall

    windfall Forum Resident

    fantastic. Can't wait to hear this one.
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  18. dee

    dee Forum Resident

    ft. lauderdale, fl
    I liked the Joad concerts I saw because the new songs were featured so much. However, the Devils and Dust tour is more musically interesting to me with Bruce playing different instruments and playing more form his catalogue of songs.
  19. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

    The Southwest
    Wow, skipping the '90s tours/shows. Hopefully they revisit the earlier tours after this release.
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  20. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Was a great show, but not really interested in it as a download.
  21. INSW

    INSW Forum Resident

    The 75 is complete and the 88 is a huge upgrade from any 88 boot. The rest are all shrugworthy, to me, anyway. Overall I think as much thought and care goes into these as his official live releases.
  22. Adam Bosman

    Adam Bosman Forum Resident

    Any speculation on when the next Archive release is coming? The 2005 show was a month ago, right?
  23. superstar19

    superstar19 el Borracho caliente

    Canton, MI, USA
    I'm hoping for Tempe '80 complete to tie in with the River box?
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  24. posnera

    posnera Forum Resident

    After immediately picking up the 75, 78 and 80 shows, I've cooled off. The 78 show makes my ears bleed and I agree with the criticism that the 1980 show has the guitars buried in the mix. Has the sound quality improved on the BITUSA and TOL releases?
    I'll grab the D+D show simply because I have never listened to anything from that tour.
    As i understand it, there are supposed to be more shows released in a more "official" format in the future. Unless some of these official boots are improvements over the hundreds of hours I already have, I'll wait for a superior product.
  25. superstar19

    superstar19 el Borracho caliente

    Canton, MI, USA
    The BITUSA show is mastered just fine. The mix isn't anywhere near as bad as NYE 80, but I'd still like to hear the guitars up-front a little more.

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