2020 Album Draft- Round 14 Pick 5- Box Sets- Cincinnati Babyhead selects Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band- Live 1975-85
A have a few boxsets, not many. I just about pulled the trigger on a Monk set I love but I just did the jazz thing. This Boss set won the day.
Being a Bruce junkie back when this set (5 LPs) was released, I was in hog heaven. At the time his live music wasnt easy to come by. Video of ‘Rosalita’, a ‘No Nukes’ performance of a couple songs, a Xmas song on a kids record. There were a few bootlegs kicking around but Springsteen wasnt happy about that for a lot of reasons, sound quality being one but I think mainly that someone was messing with his music. I stayed away from the bootlegs on principle. He wasnt making any money on his creations. So he released this set. It was time.
People just wanted to have some “Live Bruce”, a snapshot of his performances where he really did his best work. His live shows were an experience and people wanted a chronicle of that. CB being one of them. Not only did I get all the songs I dug but also some that were never released, ‘Because The Night’ (An absolute killer), ‘Fire’, ‘War’, ‘Paradise By the “C”, ‘Raise Your Hand’, ‘This Land Is Your Land’, ‘Seeds’, ‘Jersey Girl’. From the opening cut, Bruce on solo piano doing ‘Thunder Road’ right into a nasty version of ‘Adam Raised a Cain’ (One of the loudest songs I had ever heard live . I love when he wails on guitar and vocals) and down the line it’s a “Bruce and E Street Band Fest”. The record put me back at his shows. Needless to say. I dug it big time. The only way you could hear this music when it was released was buying the boxset (I dont remember it being outrageously priced) or catching some on the radio. Like the title says, it’s performances from a ten year period from 75 – 85. Covering ‘Greetings’ up to ‘Born In The USA’. It’s filled with an abundance of goodness. You also get to hear some of Bruce’s early raps. There’s a booklet with lyrics and a few notes but it is about the music for me.
So now I’m going to turn the controls over to our friend, Hans and let him choose a couple cuts off this record. I’ll be happy with whatever he decides. Thank all of you for making this “Island” thing so much fun. Later, CB.