Review by William Ruhlmann
Long before he sold substantial numbers of records, Bruce Springsteen began to earn a reputation as the best live act in rock & roll. His concerts were marathons, and this box set, including 40 tracks and running over three and a half hours, was about the average length of a show. In his brief liner notes, Springsteen spoke of the emergence of the album's "story" as he reviewed live tapes, and that story seems nothing less than a history of his life, his concerns, and his career. The first cuts present the Springsteen of the early to mid-'70s; these performances, most of them drawn from a July 1978 show at the Roxy in Los Angeles, present the romantic, hopeful, earnest Springsteen. The second section begins with his first Top Ten hit, "Hungry Heart" - this is the Springsteen of the late '70s and early '80s, an arena rock star with working-class concerns. After an acoustic mini set given largely to material from Nebraska - songs of economic desperation and crime - comes a reshuffling of Born in the U.S.A., songs in which the artist and his characters start to fight back and rock out. Finally, he brings it all back home to New Jersey, starting with the unofficial state anthem, "Born to Run."
The songs are Thunder Road, Adam Raised A Cain, Spirit In The Night, 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), Paradise By The "C", Fire, Growin' Up, It's Hard To Be A Saint In the City, Backstreets, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Raise Your Hand, Hungry Heart, Two Hearts, Cadillac Ranch, You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch), Independence Day, Badlands, Because The Night, Candy's Room, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Racing In The Street, This Land Is Your Land, Nebraska, Johnny 99, Reason To Believe, Born In The U.S.A., Seeds, The River, War, Darlington County, Working On The Hihgway, The Promised Land, Cover Me, I'm On Fire, Bobby Jean, My Hometown, Born To Run, No Surrender, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and Jersey Girl.
Features & Highlights
- 5 Lp box set.
- Has original picture printed booklet insert.
- Original press
|Part Number:||450227 4|
|Package Weight:||2.65 pounds|
|Package Size:||12.8 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches|