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SteveJhb

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  1. Come now... Facebook is saving you time, saving you money, and putting YOU, first...
  2. Kay I know the '95 version really well, so it's a case of trying to hear it with an unbiased ear... Like with the WB version of LOHAD, I first thought 'and now?' but it's become one of my favourite tracks on the album. Yes, Morello is very front and centre on it, which is going to be a divisive factor for fans... (I was a huge fan of the first Audioslave album and I happen to like Morello's guitar work personally) I don't dislike it, I just need to hear it more and digest it I think.
  3. Oh well... MOG not available in South Africa apparently...
  4. I saw our mayor's crack once. It was pretty gross.
  5. James Phillips was a true great.... Sunny Skies is arguably one of the best albums made in SA...
  6. I quite liked the '96 version too, those organ licks and the warm backing vocals, let's say his 'LA sound', reminded me a bit of Dylan's Shot of Love album... (which contained some of Dylan's worst lyric writing but some red hot music, I think). The live versions from Aus are really great - if this recording-on-the-go thing means they can capture some of the touring band's heat in the studio, great. I never before minded listening to Bruce doing a cover song (Jersey Girl, War, etc.) so the fact that this single is a cover does not bother me. As long as it rocks, eh. (And hey, since it's the new single, we'll hear it live in SA - and maybe that means he retains the horn section for the new tour.) I am also hoping he plays it here, and don't even suggest he might drop the E Street Horns... I will be devastated... One of my favourite live tracks is a cover... Bruce's version of Jimmy Cliff's Trapped is a masterpiece. As far as recorded covers go, one of my favs is his version of Guthrie's I ain't got no home. Interesting is that he seems to pick songs by others that sound like Springsteen songs: Jersey Girl and Dream Baby Dream sounded like Springsteen songs even before he touched them. Will he next record David Kramer's White Cortina? :-) I was thinking of adding to the unfounded covers album rumour by suggesting the Spanish and Portuguese songs he did in Chile and Brazil were also recorded in the studio and will be on this album... Plus a Spanish language acoustic version of Tom Joad. I discovered a Curtis Mayfield tribute album a little while ago on which Bruce does a really great version of Gypsy Woman... Bruce aside, I am a huge Johnny Clegg fan... I have this fantasy of Johnny joining Bruce on stage on the 1st of Feb to sing December African Rain or Great Heart together... Unlikely, but it would be really cool!
  7. I quite liked the '96 version too, those organ licks and the warm backing vocals, let's say his 'LA sound', reminded me a bit of Dylan's Shot of Love album... (which contained some of Dylan's worst lyric writing but some red hot music, I think). The live versions from Aus are really great - if this recording-on-the-go thing means they can capture some of the touring band's heat in the studio, great. I never before minded listening to Bruce doing a cover song (Jersey Girl, War, etc.) so the fact that this single is a cover does not bother me. As long as it rocks, eh. (And hey, since it's the new single, we'll hear it live in SA - and maybe that means he retains the horn section for the new tour.) I am also hoping he plays it here, and don't even suggest he might drop the E Street Horns... I will be devastated... One of my favourite live tracks is a cover... Bruce's version of Jimmy Cliff's Trapped is a masterpiece.
  8. I have to confess I never knew HH was a cover. I have always loved the '96 Greatest Hits sessions version... The vocal, the drums, the crunchy lead guitar... Having just heard the Havalina's original for the first time, I have to say I understand Bruce's affinity for the song and also, damn, that original version is a bloody good song.
  9. That a 25 year long dream comes true for people like me...
  10. Tracks II - Would be over the moon... But I would be somewhat disppointed with it being only compressed digital files and it would be the first time, as far as I know, that Bruce has done this with more than just a single. I have always believed Bruce (or Bruce Inc as you guys say) try to give us good quality product and with great packaging (Darkness box set is a great example) so not arguing with anyone but I hope it's NOT a digital only release. And Tracks II AND a new album AND Bruce touring SA the first time... I can die happy... *EDIT* AFTER he has played here...
  11. If I may ask, how do you know Steve and Tom will both be part of the touring band in Feb? Has this been confirmed? I ask because that would mean, hopefully, that we will also get Nils, Steve and Tom in SA. Which would pretty much blow my little mind...!
  12. Racing In The Street, from the Paramount Theatre 2009. My favourite recording of my favourite Springsteen song...
  13. Great song, great live performance from a great live album. Someone else I would very much like to see play live. (As well as DBT)
  14. I consider myself a diehard Springsteen fan... I love him and his music. I rate much of his music good to great to truly brilliant, but I don't for a second believe everything he has put out is a masterpiece. By sheer volume of work alone that's an impossibility. But I also ask myself, does anyone ever say "Bruce, this is crap"...? I know JM has done it before. I always wonder if Elvis Presley had, instead of people on the gravy train, a few people around him in the mid Seventies saying 'Dude... WTF?" How different the history of rock 'n roll might have turned out.
  15. Well you made me look it up. "During a Sound Opinions interview broadcast on Chicago FM radio, Lanois told Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot that “Series of Dreams” was his pick for the opening track, but ultimately, the final decision was Dylan’s. Music critic Tim Riley would echo these sentiments, writing that “‘Series of Dreams’ should have been the working title song to Oh Mercy, not a leftover pendant.” http://johannasvisions.com/bob-dylan-oh-mercy/ Either way a damn good album and the Bootleg Series 8 which completes more of the Oh Mercy story is essential listening. But I too, digress.
  16. The song High Hopes was already released in 1995. I got it on the Blood Brothers EP together with the great documentary of the ESB. But i´m curious if we get an EP with High Hopes, TGOTH (with Morello), Dream Bream Baby and the new leaked Homestead or a complete album. http://youtu.be/qmmxYCR52rY I know, I got it with my original VHS copy of Blood Brothers. But that was a limited edition EP unavailable in the mainstream, not a Bruce Springsteen album. People don't know how lucky they were back then, when it was only limited. Too true... Blood Brothers is one of my favourite songs by Bruce... But I also really love the 'Ton Of Bricks' version on the EP. It's not better, not worse, just different, and still worth listening to.
  17. They haven't done this in SA, I can tell you. Still plenty of plastic jewel cases being released here by all labels, Columbia included, with Bruce being the exception.
  18. The song High Hopes was already released in 1995. I got it on the Blood Brothers EP together with the great documentary of the ESB. But i´m curious if we get an EP with High Hopes, TGOTH (with Morello), Dream Bream Baby and the new leaked Homestead or a complete album. http://youtu.be/qmmxYCR52rY I know, I got it with my original VHS copy of Blood Brothers. But that was a limited edition EP unavailable in the mainstream, not a Bruce Springsteen album.
  19. i want a propper EP in a cd case -not a cardboard sleeve either Don't mind the cardboard sleeve too much... Bruce's CD releases since 2005 have all been cardboard I think... But I do agree I must have a CD. I know the world is going digital, and I love having a huge iTunes library, but In 5 or 10 years time when computers and iPods and hard drives have crashed and are distant memories, I still want be able to pull out a CD and play it when I feel like it...
  20. Often it's not something about the song that's missing, I think, but its 'fit' in the overall structure/narrative of an album. Land of Hope and Dreams proved pivotal for the Wrecking Ball album, and certainly not like a rehashing of old material just to fill a whole. The guy composes not just songs, but albums. But who knows, maybe this is just an EP, something to keep us talking until the real thing comes... or maybe not. Either way, I enjoy a good Springsteen release rumour on a Sunday morning. The great thing about it, if it does turn out to be an EP, is that we can then still expect a full album...
  21. The Promise: 1978 - 2010 This Hard Land: 1982 - 1995 Land Of Hope And Dreams: 1999 - 2012 High Hopes: 1995 - 2013? I'm sure there are others I haven't thought of as well but it's not unusual for Bruce to keep going back to a song until something about it 'clicks' for him...He hears things we don't. We hear an early version of a song and think 'great!' but he obviously knows something is missing, at least for him... I guess when it feels right for him, he decides its time to share it with us...
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