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Official: 1977 archive release coming Friday, August 4 (!!!!!!!)


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According to backstreets.com: 

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SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT 
Official 1977 archive release coming Friday, August 4
In a surprise announcement on E Street Radio, fans learned that music from the 1977 tour would comprise the next download from the Bruce Springsteen live archive. Combining music from two New York concerts, Albany (February 7) and Rochester (February 8), the upcoming installment presents unheard music: no Albany recording has ever surfaced, and no 1977 performance has ever circulated from a soundboard source.

Speaking with host Jim Rotolo, Nugs.net's Brad Serling said that the 1977 tapes were part of a larger cache of tapes made by Chas Gerber, Springsteen's sound engineer from the middle of 1975 through the spring of 1977. These recordings, made for reference on the fly, are typically in mono and often incomplete: that's the case with Albany (of which about 45 minutes will appear). Rochester, also in mono, runs about two hours and is complete save for a couple of tape flips (post-production magic should make these less noticeable).

Without question, Gerber's tapes are of enormous historical significance, representing an era that fans consider one of Springsteen's most deserving of greater attention. And Friday's release calls on two of the five from 1977 that Serling said he had auditioned, so another release from ’77 isn’t out of the question.

Serling talked at length about the archive program, stating that the release schedule will now target the first Friday of each month for a new concert. Right now, 25 shows have been identified and approved, covering most eras of Springsteen's career. Not every era exists in the archive; the Gerber tapes, however, greatly expand what's available.

Before today, even the existence of an official 1977 recording was an uncertainty. But this release makes more than good on Serling's hint last month that the archive program would soon take a "deep dive." For many fans, '77 is just that.

Can't wait! Seems to be pretty cool!

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1977 is interesting not least because it is the year before 1978 - when things were of course better :D but also because these shows happened right after one of the earliest 'lost' Springsteen albums - the  phil spector album

Here is the brucebase blurb on it

 


1977-01-00 - CBS STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD

In January, with “Sugar” Miami Steve producing, Bruce joins (on acoustic guitar) for the recording of "Say Goodbye To Hollywood", a Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band single. It was released in April 1977. Bruce’s involvement on the recording was uncredited due to litigation taking place at the time with Mike Appel. However both Van Zandt and Spector have subsequently verified his performance on the recording. Bruce did not perform on the single’s b-side, "Baby Please Don’t Go". Spector did, however, confirm in a 1999 interview that several additional songs (titles undocumented), with Bruce taking a major role, were completed at these sessions - intended for a possible album release that never came to fruition. Spector noted that Springsteen has those unissued recordings.

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The Spectoresque record would have been great, but I think if it had happened, we'd have never had Darkness On The Edge Of Town in the way we know it to exist.

That time between 75 and 78, the lawsuit years, the exile from recording, that virtual disappearance in the exhaust fumes of his masterpiece...that was the distillation and crystalization of Bruce Springsteen.

 

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14 minutes ago, AMIW said:

1977 is interesting not least because it is the year before 1978 - when things were of course better :D but also because these shows happened right after one of the earliest 'lost' Springsteen albums - the  phil spector album

Here is the brucebase blurb on it

 


1977-01-00 - CBS STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY

SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD

In January, with “Sugar” Miami Steve producing, Bruce joins (on acoustic guitar) for the recording of "Say Goodbye To Hollywood", a Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band single. It was released in April 1977. Bruce’s involvement on the recording was uncredited due to litigation taking place at the time with Mike Appel. However both Van Zandt and Spector have subsequently verified his performance on the recording. Bruce did not perform on the single’s b-side, "Baby Please Don’t Go". Spector did, however, confirm in a 1999 interview that several additional songs (titles undocumented), with Bruce taking a major role, were completed at these sessions - intended for a possible album release that never came to fruition. Spector noted that Springsteen has those unissued recordings.

For me the most interesting thing about that interesting paragraph is how Stevie decided he wasn't happy with 'Miami' being his only nickname, so he decided to hoy another one in front of it. 

Christ knows why people were calling Stevie, 'Sugar'.

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1 minute ago, Paolo's Circus Story said:

For me the most interesting thing about that interesting paragraph is how Stevie decided he wasn't happy with 'Miami' being his only nickname, so he decided to hoy another one in front of it. 

Christ knows why people were calling Stevie, 'Sugar'.

Oh, God... 

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6 hours ago, Paolo's Circus Story said:

I'm sure if you combined all of his nicknames/alias/names you'd get an interesting story. 

What would it be? Something like Little Sugar Silvio Miami Frank Steven Giovanni "Stevie" "Johnny" "The Fixer" Van Zandt

Not forgetting 'Lento', his birth name.

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3 hours ago, Paolo's Circus Story said:

I wonder what time tomorrow this will be available from? 

Maybe a little after lunch in our timezone, since this kind of stuff is usually during the morning on those United States haha

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Somebody must have been very careful with these cassettes for them not to have leaked into bootleg circulation when so many others did.  I didn't think there were any '77 soundboards made so this is a very nice surprise. But I wouldn't expect the original tapes to sound any better than any of the other '70s cassette soundboards so it will be interesting to see what modern mastering can do. 

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Made up by the once a month schedule.  This is very exciting news!  Can't wait to see what they have lined up.  The uncertain schedule has been one of the main problems with releases being very sporadic.

Bet this will be a very popular release as I know how popular this tour was.  For me, shows like this are what I always hoped for from the archive series.  Every show might not be to everyone's taste (I am pretty nonplussed by the 76/77 tour myself except for the "slow" version of Something in the Night and the Animals covers) but these are the long lost gems!

Happy Friday for tomorrow to one and all.

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