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About gbsmooth

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  • Birthday 02/14/1971

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    Surrey, UK. Hardly badlands really.
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    1984 - was 13
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
  • Interests
    Red Wine, My sons, Getting fit, wrestling guitars.
  1. Stopped by to read reactions to the interview - thought it was fascinating. His voice is brilliant - is he doing the audio book? Great to hear Brian Fallon get a mention as well. Love know what all the questions sent in from lakers were. Mine were (not used as far as I know)- Do you ever lose track of time when on stage and end up thinking 'damn I meant to play that song tonight.... - mentioned because of the 2012 Hyde park McCartney curfew power off incident. and the slightly low key ending to the Olympic park gig where he played a short acoustic Lucky day when everyone was waiting for Thunder Road. Would he consider booking an O2 arena, Prince style residency for all the European fans. Stadium shows are great but we rarely get to feel the power of the band indoors. Was the song Man at the Top more confessional that it first appeared?
  2. Great topic - and an excellent read (doesn't sound as good playing on jukebox in Liverpool is hilarious). Scarecrow is a great belting raw album that I really rate, Rain on the scarecrow, Small town, lonely old night, ROCK , stand for something are superb - the real gem which passed me by in the rush until I heard the stripped down acoustic version on Rough Harvest is Between a laugh and a tear which is very Springsteenesque (not sure that is a word but it probably is here). I think JCM could have been bigger than he was but he was always a bit ore mid west small town and didn't have the power of the E st por the touring stamina. Whereas you heard a bruce hit (DITD for example) and delved deeper and pretty soon you the river, darkness and BTR albums which opened up new sounds, horizons and possibilities. JCM was a bit more reflective and small town romantic / angry wheres as BS had the ocean to fuel him. Lonesome Jubilee and is a great album - 3 top 20 hits (according to wikipedia) so he's well worth exploring and he hasn't done badly - Rock n roll hall of famer it seems. Its a top 20 non bruce album in my book and the opening chords on smalltown are great to thrash out.
  3. I have a playlist called (imaginatively) 'Lucky touch' which is made up of songs from this era as I feel there are some real gems hidden on these albums – yes the production isn’t great but the writing is solid with some great lines. Better Days Lucky Town Living proof I wish I were blind If I should fall behind With every wish The big muddy Human touch 57 channels (the quiet brooding album version not the LA riot remix ‘thank you disperse’) Just imagine if he had included things like Goin cali, Gave it a name or When the lights. I often think that had these songs been a solo album it would be as respected as Devils & dust/Joad or even Tunnel. A lot of the bad feeling stems from the ‘other band rather than the songs themselves. Good to see so many picking out Big muddy – one of those songs that floats in my mind from time to time.
  4. Hi all, Took the plunge last night and downloaded Perth 3 as it looked a good set and had terry's song. What times we live in when we can now download a show from the other side of the world in pretty great quality for £6.30 (UK) - less than 2 beers. I'm sure I'm not alone when I think of all the record fairs I used to go to, the money spent buying tapes or the £35 triple CD's in awful quality that promised so much. Oh the money.. On first listen of the show the production is better than some of the recent albums somehow. So here is a question - do we think BS will check the download stats and maybe try some real random shows to drive sales. Is the move to full album shows a way of testing it and seeing if people buy them? This is a chance to put out all the material he has kicking around, appease the fans and earn money. For example how about a full album Nebraska electric or the Ties that bind album. This is a nifty way of playing all the albums that could have been, the running orders that might have happened and we can buy great quality versions for less than we spend on a live nation booking fee, postage fee and processing fee. These are good times and at this price it kills the download/file sharing market. I'd share my copy if anyone wanted it but why bother- you can download it in 15 mins. I'm keen to get Melbourne 2 next - full album BTR, solo THL and lucky town. I'll be watching the set lists even more closely now. Thanks to everyone giving tips & tricks and those incredible covers. Just an amazing community.
  5. Great to read through this thread today. It was a mad show, more like a smaller 'club' gig than a big arena with all the high energy covers. It felt like he was determined to play the songs he first learned on guitar - especially with summertime blues. Sound was one of the best and the crowd, though on the more mature side was great. Signs were very random indeed. Having missed Wembley, and been to Coventry & hard rock I was really hoping for Thunder Road at the end but couldn't see how we would have the time - the house lights had been up since BTR (possibly as a hint to get off) and the high vis roadies were all standing by ready to tear the stage down, they even starting walking forward at the end of shout. I was so chuffed when he walked back with the acoustic but then totally confounded and overjoyed to get Janey which I have always loved (esp the D&D tour version) - but at the same time I was tinged with sadness that there would be no Thunder road (and thinking how random it was to miss out twice after lucky day at Hard Rock) and then he went straight into Thunder road. Just a diamond moment and I swear I saw people with tears in their eyes. Last gig for me after 3 great shows this year - bring on the next live box. Thank you Wales - Cardiff is a great venue, great pubs close by, good sound and we even had a very civilized curry on the way back.
  6. Still on that devils and dust compilation - just had a great moment where I couldn't work out what the song was and then clicked "I came by your house the other day....." great version of Bobby Jean, no idea the song would work in that country rockabilly style. love the versatility. Will try it later.
  7. Am listening to a devils and dust live compilation - currently Across the Border, just heard terrific versions of Because the night and living proof. Great antidote to man-flu.