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  1. Paolo, I think you will be making a mistake by not seeing the film IF the interludes are not on the album. To me, it is the interludes that set the scene for the great performances that follow in the movie. I fell in love with this album even more after hearing the true meanings of what each song means to Bruce and what questions it creates for our own existence. This movie makes us take a deeper look at our life and our dealings with struggles in life. The line about baggage in the movie is spot on about the longer we live, the more unsorted baggage we carry is so true of someone dealing with depression. If you haven't been there, you don't understand the feeling of hopelessness that one has. What we see on stage is an act. it is a facade of what really goes on deep inside the mind of someone that battles everyday with that feeling of wanting to "see that sunshine". To truly understand "Bruce" and just how amazing his music is, you have to see the movie. Every song he writes is a tale of the meaning of being human. I don't want to give the movie away to those who haven't seen it but the movie did "speak to me". It made me question my existence in life and why I choose to do what I do. I perform on stage as well and not for an audience that is there to see me, but is forced to be there. Being a teacher, I have to put my struggles and problems aside and put on a show night after night. Performing for Bruce is his medicine. His opportunity for three hours, to allow his fans and himself, a chance to get away from the struggles of everyday life and just bask in the glow of his music. That is why music is so special.........It speaks to us in its own unique way. It's not "one size fits all". Is this the hard rocking E Street Band, NOPE. But for the message it sends, the strings bring the powerful message and the violin solo in "Stones" is as powerful for that song as the saxophone solo is in "Jungleland". This is why he is one of the best at what he does.
  2. just saw it myself and yes, you MUST see it in a theater with an amazing sound system!!!! Agree with the assessment about Stones, very powerful. Two great things about the movie without giving anything away. The sound mix is awesome and how they isolated Bruce’s voice to where to can hear every word to every song clearly brings the song into focus even more. i will see it again
  3. Looking very much forward to Saturday night and spending the evening seeing this with my 17 year old daughter. I think that quite a few of us on here have found something valuable from this album and I think that after seeing the movie, it will all become clear. Bruce is amazing at painting an image and allowing us to interpret it as we see it. I could see how a 22 year old might not "get it" while someone above the age of 40 might totally relate. There is something here for all of us. It is the "baggage" that Bruce refers to that makes this album so special. From losing love, to battling with depression, or just taking that long drive at sunset on the open road to just reflect on where we have been as a person. Life is what we make it and until the chapters have been written and we look back at the book and see where we have been, we truly don't appreciate the journey. That journey is reflective in both "Hitch Hikin" as he goes down life's "highway" at different stages. Or in "Hello Sunshine" where you struggle to get up in the morning and just hope that one day, the "sunshine" or "happiness" appears for just a moment to clear the cloudiness away from your life. This may be one of his best works because it is a reflective piece but people struggle because he didn't do in in a way that we would expect. But, just like life, we change and adapt and "slow down" a bit and in this album, he does just that.
  4. I'm sure there will be a blu-ray release in the next couple of months. We were all a bit surprised in June that there was even a theatrical release on the way. Warner Bros. will most surely want to cash in on this. It may not do as well at the theater but will sell well in blu-ray format. I am looking forward to the full sound experience.
  5. Just did a nice little side by side comparison of the two versions and you can hear how "smooth" his voice sounds in the studio version while the live version is vintage Bruce. The horns are well placed and his voice has that nice grizzle sound that makes it sound rugged like the western landscape. Can't wait to hear the rest of it. Bruce is like a handful of artist that I will take his live stuff over the studio stuff any day of the week. Only downside, which is minor is the background vocals are a bit overpowering at times but that is just a tiny flaw.
  6. Club- Sadly no Theater- nope Arena- Aug. 23, 2008 Scottrade Center, St. Louis Stadium- Sept. 7-8, 2012 Wrigley Field, Chicago
  7. Watched it with my 16 year old daughter last night and 20 minutes later, she was still in tears. After reading the pages and pages of posts, I have my own perspective on the performance and just wanted to share my views..... I wish I could have shelled out the money to see the show in person, but being a middle class worker with bills to pay and kids to feed, it was all about being selfless vs. selfish. So, I turned down my ticket opportunity and just thought about "what could have been". I think Bruce understood that not everyone could come to see the show and as critical as many have been about pricing, I get it. It's the law of supply and demand and the show "works" because of the very intimate setting. So for Bruce to share this moment with the masses is very much appreciated. I think what made the show "special", was the director's focus on Bruce's (as well as Patti's) eyes and facial features. The close ups made you feel like you were face to face with a man that had a story to share. He wanted to share his vision of life, self, and the world around him with YOU and YOU alone. It felt personal and meaningful. From the story of his hometown, his parents, struggle to find success, marriage, and the world around him, I think we could all pull something from what he was saying. We have all had success and failure, love and loss, and a constant search to find one's identity. The more you have experienced that, the more you "get it". That is what made this show special, I have been there, experienced it, and it allowed me to reflect on my own life and existence. To hear my daughter say and then burst into tears "Dad, when you die, I will never be able to hear a Springsteen song again" made the connection complete. She has taken the road trips to see him with me, sang along to the songs and read the stories. It was her "moment" to share with her dad and mine to share with her. It is a bond that you treasure forever. The songs had more meaning and the words stood out. Being acoustic and in a room of total silence, paired with the stories, made the words more meaningful and powerful. Every song was amazing for it's own reasons but The Rising and Born to Run really stood out but heck, who am I kidding, I LOVED THEM ALL!!!!! When Patti and Bruce performed together, you could feel the love for one another, they blended perfectly and the look into each other's eyes during "Tougher than the Rest", showed that Bruce had found love again and the type of love that is unconditional. It did feel like Bruce was closing another chapter on his life but I think we still have some more roads to travel. Thanks for the roller coaster ride Bruce, and for those of you that didn't "get it", I think the quote "If you haven't walked a mile in my shoes, you wouldn't understand" says it all. I think some had to have "lived it" to understand and appreciate it. It was deeply personal and I was glad to share it with my daughter and look forward to seeing it again with my other older daughter who is a fan as well
  8. Read the article as well. It all now makes sense why his music speaks to so many of us. We all live with that struggle inside us that we yearn to understand. He was able to channel it into his music and show a "real side" to himself. After reading this article, so many songs take on a whole new, deeper meaning to me and that is amazing. They always say that the artists that "struggle the most", write the best material. Because the struggle of life is what we seek to understand. I could never imagine going my whole life and never hear my father say the words "I Love You". You know he does through actions, but as we know, words are powerful and I guess that is why so many of us on here listen to every word, every note and feel the "power" of his music as he performs live. It "speaks" to us. From the roars and sing alongs to the absolute silence during a deep moment of a song, it all has purpose. This is why I lover real "music"
  9. After hearing World's apart on the latest release, absolutely. Others for me would include: Long Walk Home Tunnel of Love Take em as they Come Devil's Arcade Roll of the Dice
  10. Hi everyone!!! Been a while since I have posted but wanted to chime in on this recording. This is the first one of the series where I could really clearly pick out individual instruments in separate channels (speakers). The rising songs really just "spoke to me". I don't know if it was the fact it was not long after 9/11 that each song just was performed with such reverence and passion. He doesn't do the songs from that album enough and maybe it is because they can be a bit morbid but, isn't that what some Springsteen songs are about? He tells a story and tells it well. Empty Sky, You're Missing and World's Apart are amazing on this recording. I am left wanting more and get chills from the vocals and the setting of it all. I think Springsteen archives are like children, you love them all and it's hard to pick a favorite.