Dr. Zoom

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    Nesna, Norway
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    May 1985
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
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    Music, coffee, karate, literature, angling

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  1. I'm sure it would be possible, but why would they choose Friends, I would think they have other smaller and more appropriate options; Hovet has been mentioned, don't know if Globen is available... Friends seems like overkill to me, even if they scale it down, that place is huge.
  2. Thank you. That really made my day, lovely song.
  3. Yes, and there was The Ties That Bind, Sherry Darling, Independence Day long before that, even Born To Run. So, nothing new in regards to LOHAD and Wrecking Ball and one shouldn't hold that against them - the difference being that those two were released as live tracks before being released as studio tracks, one on a more or less obscure 10-inch vinyl...
  4. Interesting. If Bruce doesn't have the rights to those pre-Greetings songs, I wonder specifically which songs they would be. If Song To Orphans were one of those, then it's interesting that it was released - but then again, it could be one of the early songs he does have the rights to, like Henry Boy and the pre-Greetings songs on Chapter & Verse. Because in releasing those, I'd think Bruce has the rights.
  5. As two or three others have said: not every single time, the first Jungleland after Clarence's death was not aced. At all. And it hasn't been aced every time since, either. I'm no fan of Soozie's violin playing or her violin on many songs - I mean, Cadillac Ranch with violin? That she's a somewhat limited player became very obvious during the Seeger tour, when she shared violin duties with Sam Bardfeld. Pretty clear who was the more exciting and better player. That said, her violin playing on the studio Shut Out The Light is stellar,and I like ver playing on the acoustic Two Hearts.
  6. Since there's pro video footage of the opening show in 1992, I'd say there's a fair chance of a recording from that show. I would also think that a recording of the show would have been analysed closely before the 2nd show, since it was a new band, etc. Not necessarily a multitrack recording, but a recording of some sort.
  7. Maybe, but one has to bear in mind that at the time of the 1st American Recordings, Johnny Cash had been dropped by Sony. I think the fact that Cash was without a record company at the time he was picked up by Rubin is important for the resulting album (I still think the first is the best). Bruce is in a very different place, not sure a pairing necessarily would go well. But it could!
  8. Born In The U. S. A. - must be the greatest opening stadium anthem ever. Born To Run - BTR never sounded better than on this tour. Thunder Road - see BTR comment. Atlantic City - brillantly rearranged, never been bettered. Cadillac Ranch - maybe matched by the 1980 versions - not 1981! -, but easliy the most fun in 85. How can one not like Nils' styrofoam cowboy hat?
  9. Have to comment a bit further on this, since I think it's really spot on and the stadium portion of the tour hasn't been held in high regard. I've been critical of it myself, but this release redeems this part of the tour quite a bit. Yes, it was Bruce at the top of his fame and packing huge stadiums, but even then he managed to tweak his shows as the tour progressed - and he changed them according to how much publicity he'd get. This, the fourth last show of the tour, is more socially conscious and more political than the last Meadowlands show in 84. I think Bruce had realised that he at least had the larger public listen to him (or at least lend an ear), and used this to make bolder or bigger statements; just take the beginning of the show, it should be very hard to miss. I haven't seen what songs the other superstars of the era played at the time (I'm thinking that Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna were the others comparable to Bruce at the time, but in 1985, Bruce was #1 on the planet), but I don't think they were playing This Land Is Your Land, or writing new songs with the same theme that Seeds had. That consciousness had come more and more during the tour, but obviously had started much earlier on The River tour, but at that point he wasn't anywhere near his 1985 popularity. He could have played it completely safe, but didn't. That's kinda cool.
  10. I also think I turned my youngest on to I'm Goin' Down - that sax break is kinda funky, innit? She left the dinner table singing "down, down, down", that should be a good sign.
  11. This thing just gets better and better. Was listening to it while making dinner - that's often the way I listen to these releases - and the The River intro really hits home, much more than the version on the Live box. The first official one is more epic and feels more... mythological, it fits so well with the Springsteen myth and of course ties very well in with the earlier story in Growin' Up. So, in that sense it was well chosen. But on this Archive release, it's more like a story preceding Independence Day in 80-81, but with added and/or matured insight. Compared to the It's My Life story on the Upper Darby release, it's just completely different, and those two stories really show how much Bruce had matured and that his music had matured with him. Suddenly, the question Doug asked Bruce about what he was doing with himself, is a two-way street, there's no rage but understanding; Bruce didn't know what Doug was doing with himself, and couldn't then understand what it was like for his father to be Doug. Which he recognises years later, and in this story; even though Bruce himself doesn't have a family. I thought about this last Autumn, actually - I realised that I knew very little of my dad's life - too little, at least - and that it's too late to get him to tell about it now (he's not dead, btw, but he's not able to speak very well). I figured that my own son will at least have the opportunity to know as much as possible (but he ain't getting every single fact and some stuff is R-rated "there was this time that Dad went to the pub and had too many beers..." - not yet, son. He'll have to wait for that stuff, if he ever gets to hear about it ) I think every child has this sort of experience at one point or another, so it's not unique in any way. But the fact that it bleeds through to influence Bruce's music and that we can follow and relate to it in this particular way, is. By far my favourite The River intro.