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DesmondP

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  1. Cover me. Only started liking it about 2 years ago.
  2. I am surprised at the surprise. Less than a year ago he said he had written some songs that he hopes are good, and that he needs to get the band together to start recording by the end of 2019. How likely was it (knowing Springsteen) that he would have had that recorded, released and be on the road in 6 to 8 months? There will be an album and shows, it might his next project, but it was always unlikely to happen this year -- if it is going to be an album backed rather than simply a nostalgia tour. And I'd rather wait for the former than settle for the latter. (Also, he needs to return to Cape Town :-) )
  3. Alternate Western Stars: could be the 'live' version we'll hear in the upcoming movie?
  4. Watch the video for Holding On on Youtube. And listen to Thinking of a Place. Now.
  5. True, Steve, but you really SHOULD give War on Drugs, especially most recent album, a spin.
  6. Yes - and if he DOES return to SA, I will ALSO cry! Either way, tears will flow.
  7. solo tour, yes - and then someone must please remind him Cape Town is en route to Perth.
  8. Whether one likes the song or not, I don't think one can fault the playing and the singing... I listened to it on the way to work again today, and it does lit up a Friday morning! Steve, I see Dan Patlansky is opening for Springsteen in Johannesburg. Surprised to see there is an opening act.
  9. Amen... I'm fortunate to have a fellow music junkie/mate as a contact at the Look & Listen in Fourways, but ja... I can give you a laundry list of new stuff I've downloaded from iTunes but still not seen the physical CD's of... Although the Musica in Sandton does have Wrecking Ball on vinyl.... Christmas is coming! *EDIT* I would hope that in light of the momentous occasion of Bruce visiting us for the first time ever, Sony SA will pull out all the stops to make sure the shelves are stocked with Springsteen related merchandise, including whatever new product there might be... ...Including a limited edition South African Tour Edition of said new product, with bonus tracks? You've got high hopes! In Cape Town the better Look & Listen branches all closed down, the Waterfront CD warehouse became Musica, and Musica is generally pathetic. In March 2012 I had an argument with the cashier: he told me there is no Springsteen album called Wrecking Ball, neither as a new release nor as a forthcoming release; I tried to convince him that it not only exists, it is Nr 1 on the US charts and I have heard all the songs... Frustrating. I still have everything up to Lucky Town on vinyl; it's time to complete my collection! They're just very expensive here...
  10. I agree Steve. And because he stays creative, keeps on doing new things, the old songs also sound new, or reinvigorated; they get a new context, become part of new narratives. (Hey, I hope the physical CD, whatever it may be, reach my local Musica before the concerts in January. Yesterday I wanted to buy the new Arcade Fire and they still didn't have it on the shelves...)
  11. Summed it up dude. You list pretty much everything I like about this song. Initially I focused on the horns and the vocals and the guitar, but after a few listens I was also struck by the great piano and drumming -- he is pushing the band out of any comfort zones! Being an E Streeter is no retirement gig! Maybe this recording-on-tour thing (if this is indeed what happened) is a great idea, the band is on fire and his voice is great. The threat is always that bands like this could be reduced to mere nostalgia acts, just reproducing themselves, so I really love that he is pushing for new sounds and arrangements. Maybe it's just me, but once or twice the horns, backing vocals and piano combo reminded me of my favourite groovy bits from Dylan's Slow Train and Shot of Love albums. Some kind of redhot, brassy, inner city gospel groove... (I am getting overexicted )
  12. OK, love it. Love the vocals, the backing vocals, the horns, love Morello. If it's indeed the lead single from a new album, I certainly find it stronger than WTCOOO, which was my least favourite from WB.
  13. 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! Yes I like Gypsy Woman - in fact, I am still waiting for a Bruce soul album, although I am not sure I will get much support for that idea on Greasy Lake! I like Clegg too,but he seems less 'Springsteen-esque' to me than some other SA articsts (althought the songs you mention could certainly work with E Street backing...) , like Jackhammer (Piet Botha), some of James Phillips's various incarnations, and others. Kramer's English album Delicious Monster has a lot of Bruce-like songs on there, including White Cortina, and I once chatted to him and he said Nebraska and other early Springsteen (and Waits) was indeed something he resonated with as a singer-songwriter-storyteller. I also once saw an interview with the late Johannes Kerkorrel in which he listed The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle as one of his favourite albums of all time.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.)
  16. PS. I read this in a New York Times article on Rick Rubin: "In addition to his 'never wearing a suit, never traveling, never going to an office' demands, Rubin also suggested (strongly) that Columbia become the first major record company to go green and abolish plastic jewel boxes for all its CDs. 'They thought about it and agreed,' Rubin said."
  17. 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... If I'm not mistaken, the cardboard sleeves was not Springsteen's decision, but a record company decision... I think all their new CD's since 2005 or 2006 came out in this format. I might be wrong. But I also need a CD, not a download.
  18. 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.
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