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    I visited Paisley Park earlier this summer and have been in a Prince phase since then. Highly recommend going if anyone is in the twin cities area, regardless if you are a huge fan.

    Other than Sign O the Times I’ve also listened to Purple Rain and 1999. On to Dirty Mind next.

    I had never really listened to his work aside from the hits until recently. The man was a musical genius and was taken too soon.


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  2. 22 hours ago, Lampi said:


    Some of them were regulars on their tours, or maybe even played every night, but not that much, or never again, after that tour; or never played that often anyway (especially the WOAD songs).

    If I remember correctly, at least one of the shows from that tour had no WOAD songs performed at all. Only the title track was performed at the concert I went to.


    19 hours ago, rockaway88 said:

    There are a ton of songs that deserve to get more play. 

    For whatever reason, I feel like all of the war horses from the Rising (Lonesome Day, Sunny Day, Mary's Place, and The Rising) should be retired for a while. They have been regulars at E Street shows for almost 20 years now. 

    That would free up some space for less frequently played, but great songs like Downbound Train, Gypsy Biker, Streets of Fire, Kingdom of Days, If Wish I Was Blind...

    I agree with this. I’m surprised I Wish I Were Blind didn’t get played more in 1992-1993. Easily one of the best songs from that era.

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  3. On 5/24/2021 at 12:00 AM, NoneButTheBrave said:

    I would phrase the question the other way around. Pretty much all of 'em gain a lot when played live. There are few studio records (particularly the classics) that grab me. BTR, Darkness, The River, even Born in the USA, all sound like the band is on a leash and Bruce sings a lot of times like's he's constipated - esp. on Darkness and River.

    I got hooked on Bruce listening to Live 75/85 in my best friend's room about a good 20 years ago. When we dug up his dad's studio records, we were pretty much disappointed.

    I disagree with this as well. All of the Born to Run and Born in the USA songs are perfect as they are on record to my ears. I do agree that all of Darkness and much of The River are improved live, but the studio albums are still essential.


    On 5/24/2021 at 1:02 AM, Gretsch Country Gentleman said:


    My pick is the later versions of No Surrender.   Studio version was synth-heavy and muddy, which I think is why he came up with that slow acoustic version on the tour.  The guitar driven version that started around 09 I think, is the full realisation of a great, great song.

    That’s interesting, I actually think No Surrender is one of the songs that’s least improved live. It rocks on album but the live versions often plod.

    As for other songs that are improved live, I’d say all of the HT/LT songs are better live with the exception of Human Touch.


  4. Bruce’s next best album after Born to Run. I love everything about the Born in the USA album and era. The ESB sounded absolutely great in 84-85 and the songwriting is top notch. The fact that some don’t like it because it made him a superstar doesn’t really make sense to me. Why is that a bad thing?

    As others mentioned there are many great non album songs from this era but I don’t think there is a song from the official album I would cut. At times I think Born in the USA would have made a better double album than The River.

  5. On 2/26/2021 at 9:46 AM, Nick21 said:

    Love the USA leg. Clarence arguably plays better than he ever did - he sounds like somebody trying to prove a point when you listen to the NUGS releases (MSG in particular). The European shows lack the intensity and intimacy for me (we all know the stats about how the BITUSA songs outnumber the ToL material by the end of the leg...).

    The US leg is the best the band has ever sounded in my opinion, with the Los Angeles show being my favorite. One of the reasons this tour was so good was probably because the set lists didn’t change as much. I love how songs like I’m a Coward were built around the horns.

    But you’re right, the European leg just pales in comparison. It feels like The BITUSA tour with horns. The only real highlight of the European leg for me was Chimes of Freedom.

  6. I’m sad to hear about this. Bruce made a terrible mistake and if this is true he will face the consequences. I hope this will just be an isolated incident. Thankfully no one was hurt. The facts still seem to be coming out so I don’t think it’s fair to say he has a drinking problem yet. Its really ironic that this got leaked right after the commercial.

    That being said, I’m surprised how much coverage this is getting. It made the national news and GMA had a few minute long segment both days.


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  7. On 1/10/2021 at 12:40 AM, Daisey Jeep said:

    I bet your mum loved it !

    The colours are good

    If i made one from my concert shirts it would be too much black and not enough colour

    When you got it was it made from tee shirts ?

    She did indeed! The quilt isn’t made from the shirts itself but they are photocopied on it. My favorite part of it is the fake company names from lyrics like Baltimore Jacks Burgers and Johnstown Company construction.

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  8. So I when I was shopping online for Christmas presents last month I came across this blanket and decided to buy it as a  Christmas present for my mom. I finally just got it today. I think it’s pretty impressive. Does anyone else have anything like this?


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  9. On 11/16/2020 at 10:09 AM, sleepyjoe said:

    Every day for me! Lucky Town is one of my top 5 albums. While I'd be crazy to rank Human Touch that high, I do agree that it has lots of great songs I just don't like the production of the album.

    Despite the overly slick production of the record I absolutely love the album version of the title track. One of Bruce’s finest studio moments.

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  10. I agree that Bruce should have made one album instead of two, there was certainly enough good material for a solid single album. Human Touch is easily Bruce’s most dated album in terms of production. Its also way too long. The song writing is without a doubt superior on Lucky Town.  

    I enjoy listening to the 92/93 shows, since most of the songs from HT/LT are better live. Watching clips from these shows is kind of awkward though. Hearing the old classics with the other band is also weird. I think at the time Bruce just wanted to try something different and was burnt out with the E Street Band. Thankfully we got the awesome reunion tour later :)

    This may be an unpopular opinion but I’d take Human Touch and Lucky Town over Ghost of Tom Joad most days.

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  11. On 10/29/2020 at 11:48 AM, doesthisbusstop said:

    This album will keep until an ESB tour can start. It might be a year or two old, but not exactly River 2016. I can see maybe a box set or Tracks 2 adding to the choice of material to tour behind though which could make for the most varied and interesting set lists the band has ever played. 

    For sure. I find it highly unlikely that a tour will happen next year, but hopefully in 2022. I hope the Letter to You songs get played regularly but at this point his catalogue is so big so who knows. I do think WS will be ignored for the most part.

  12. The Trial of the Chicago 7. Like most Hollywood movies, it’s not entirely accurate but it’s still highly entertaining. It has a great cast and that trademark Sorkin dialogue. I found it to be extremely relevant to our current times despite being set 50 years ago. Probably the best movie I’ve seen this year, but that’s a low bar, considering this year has been pretty deprived for movies. If you have Netflix, it’s certainly worth a watch.


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  13. I just listened to the album and I’ll have to say I think this is his best since Magic. It certainly has an “E Street” sound to it. My favorites after a first listen are three songs in the middle, Last Man Standing, The Power of Prayer, and House of a Thousand Guitars. Bruce’s voice sounds great and the mixing is excellent.

    The only track I don’t like is Rainmaker, which I found to be a plodder. The album gives justice to Janey, Orphans, and Priest. I’m looking forward to hearing these songs live which will be in 2022 at the earliest I assume.

    I haven’t watched the documentary yet because I don’t have Apple TV. I guess I’ll have to subscribe...


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  14. On 9/8/2020 at 3:52 PM, doesthisbusstop said:

    Especially that live version on the Tempe blu ray. Incredible. 

    That show is the best recording of them that I’ve seen. Just amazing. Jackson Cage is great, one of the best on the album. Love the harmonica solo. Whitetown is decent but not quite top tier for me.

    Of all the River outtakes, Be True, Loose Ends, Restless Nights and Roulette are the only songs that absolutely should have been on the album that weren’t. Most of the other songs are solid, but didn’t necessarily have to be on the album.

  15. On 8/25/2020 at 11:47 PM, Daisey Jeep said:

    i would prefer to see Jungleland retired

    i know its Bruce's song not Clarence's and i know Jake is really growing into the sax part but its just not the same without the big man

    it could make the odd appearance in full album shows but id like Bruce to play C's part on harmonica or guitar 


    I was at the show which I believe was Clarence’s last ever performance of Jungleland- Baltimore 2009. Jake is great but you’re right, there was just about Clarence’s present that can’t be recreated. It’s just not the same without him.

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