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According to the nugs blog : the Réunion show Philadelphia September 25 1999 is the new archive release for June 2020

https://blog.nugs.net/


 

1999-09-25 FIRST UNION CENTRE, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Soundcheck: IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET (4 takes) / CRUSH ON YOU / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / NEW YORK CITY SERENADE

INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET / THE TIES THAT BIND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / TWO HEARTS / ATLANTIC CITY / FACTORY / POINT BLANK / YOUNGSTOWN / MURDER INCORPORATED / BADLANDS / OUT IN THE STREET / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SHERRY DARLING / STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA / NEW YORK CITY SERENADE / LIGHT OF DAY / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND / LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS / RAISE YOUR HAND (with Ali Weinberg)

Another incredible show. Sources say that the soundcheck and show was in part filmed. Surprise opener "Incident On 57th Street" is a tour premiere, last played in 1980. Set also includes "New York City Serenade" and the final tour performances of "Streets Of Philadelphia" and "Raise Your Hand". "Atlantic City" returns to the set after a short break; it was last played on July 24. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" includes "It's All Right", "The Monkey Time", "Take Me To The River", "Red Headed Woman", and "My Girl". "Light Of Day" includes "You Can't Sit Down" and "I've Been Everywhere". Ali Weinberg features on keyboards on "Raise Your Hand".

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Ffs Erik. Get a grip. That third paragraph is total cringe.

Well this hits the spot... Incident is glorious... I'll never understand the "I pass" and "not for me" comments... $12.95 for the lossless download and I'm transported back to 1999, which beats the he

I remember reading about the setlists on backstreets as the days to the L.A. stand counted down. He always will give his best to Philadelphia, and always has. The magic town that made him famous. I ca

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I’m sold! Great spot regarding the early publication of the NUGS blog post. Guess we’ll need the Übers to release what IEM/ALD tapes they have from the birthday show for that to finally be widely available in very good quality.

In case it gets deleted, here’s Flanagan’s essay:

 

It’s all about moments.

For those of us fortunate enough to have seen many Bruce Springsteen concerts and multiple tours, particular shows stand out for any number of reasons, from the people with whom we attended to favorite songs that made the setlist that night. But the most indelible memories often come down to a special, unexpected moment.

Prior to this show, Bruce hadn’t played “Incident on 57th Street” since December 29, 1980, a gap of nearly 19 years, and a performance that itself proved to be a one-off on the original River tour. Hell, the song only got played five times on the Darkness tour. Three decades later, the Reunion tour became a catalyst for the revival of many dormant classics, none more beloved or longed for than “Incident.”

I can only imagine the tears of joy and quivering chins that sprang forth when Springsteen commenced his sixth and final show in Philadelphia with this magisterial reading of “Incident on 57th Street.” I would have been a puddle, overwhelmed by the caliber of the performance. While he would go on to play the song three additional times on the Reunion tour and revisit it on special occasions ever since, if Philadelphia ‘99 had been the song’s only modern airing, it would be held in the same regard as the officially released one from Nassau ‘80.

Despite a long show the night before at the Spectrum (unfortunately not recorded on multi-track due to the venue change for the rescheduled date), 9/25//‘99 finds Bruce in particularly strong voice. On “Incident,” he finds a connection to those vintage versions, singing with real passion, taking his time and sending the song soaring. The E Street Band is also up to the task, needing but that day’s soundcheck to nail the epic. The performance of “Incident” is not a recreation (listen to the fresh edge on the guitar tone) but a thrilling revival of one of Bruce’s early classics.

Springsteen’s vocal prowess continues and the versions of “The Ties That Bind” and “Prove It All Night” that follow ring particularly true across the board: singing, playing, intention. There are already great Reunion shows in the Archive Series, but Philadelphia ‘99 will sound fresher than you expect, as new details jump forth. For example, Jon Altschiller’s sonorous stereo mix treats us to a fantastic Stevie and Bruce vocal exchange on “Prove It.” 

The show’s first half runs from strength to strength, with peak Reunion takes of “Two Hearts,” “Atlantic City” and “Factory.” “Point Blank” arrives with a captivating organ and saxophone intro in what is its first Reunion tour performance released in the Archive Series. “Point Blank” is not a song you think of as a Clarence Clemons showcase, but his textures start the song on an appropriately unsettling note, and later, Steve’s guitar solo is similarly edged.

“Youngstown,” “Murder Incorporated,” “Badlands,” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out” (which also bears some tasty fret work from Van Zandt) are strong as they were night after night in 1999, with “Tenth” dropping in on “Red Headed Woman” and a very sweet verse and chorus from The Temptations’ “My Girl.”

The party atmosphere extends with “a little last taste of summer for you,” “Sherry Darling,” another showcase for the musical and vocal chops of the E Street Band who are in collective top form.

The tone shifts movingly with the first full-band performance of “Streets of Philadelphia” in its namesake city. The modern Springsteen masterpiece is beautifully rendered, Van Zandt’s background vocals adding richness.

The evening enters the rarified status of hosting not one but two circa 1973 epics, with “New York City Serenade” (itself only recently revived after a 24-year slumber), delivered in stunning fashion in what might be its strongest ‘99 performance. Each E Streeter wraps themselves in musical glory: Stop it Stevie. Stop it Big Man. Stop it Roy. You’re killing us with your melodic beauty.

The set winds down in largely expected fashion, but Philadelphia ‘99 does add two additional songs to the Reunion tour Archive roster. Clarence Clemons’ great night extends to his most famous saxophone solo in “Jungleland,” which is spot on. I can’t imagine the band has played “Jungleland” better than this in the modern era. The other new addition is the show-closer, “Raise Your Hand,” played as the pure soul classic it is and celebrating the band-fan bond that Philadelphia has offered since the very beginning. 

If you’re looking at Philadelphia ‘99 and thinking it is “only” 22 songs long, remember six of those tracks top the ten-minute mark on this night of epic performances. I’ve heard longer Reunion tour shows, but I’ve never heard stronger.

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This is an awesome show (and far better than the birthday show a night earlier) and I would be delighted if this is released at some point but gonna hope it is fake news until it appears on the Nugs Bruce site as still hoping for Indy Day 85 or 06 Aug 84

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Just now, Karembu said:

This is an awesome show (and far better than the birthday show a night earlier) and I would be delighted if this is released at some point but gonna hope it is fake news until it appears on the Nugs Bruce site as still hoping for Indy Day 85 or 06 Aug 84

Blog is live on the NUGS website as we speak - luckily I can’t see why Flanagan would have written that, and they’d have prepped it for publication today, if this wasn’t the release. Really looking forward to this one!

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Just now, Nick21 said:

Blog is live on the NUGS website as we speak - luckily I can’t see why Flanagan would have written that, and they’d have prepped it for publication today, if this wasn’t the release. Really looking forward to this one!

It is undeniably great but for a number of reasons, today is going to be more than a little shitty for me so was hoping for BITUSA to make up for it a little.

Will still get this regardless though as no complaints about the show.  Would just have preferred it next month but hey ho

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19 minutes ago, theseshadows said:

Just change the topic title to july :-).

Epic show!

Changed:P:D

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You can find the new essays by Erik Flanagan if you click on the essay for 31/12/80 Nassau download. I did this last month and found the Stockholm essay early so this is probably the best place to see what's coming out on the First Friday morning.

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Has it been a month already ? :lol:

This show looks awsome

Looking forward to it

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1 hour ago, Nick21 said:

Blog is live on the NUGS website as we speak - luckily I can’t see why Flanagan would have written that, and they’d have prepped it for publication today, if this wasn’t the release. Really looking forward to this one!

These blogs going live may cease from now on, especially if management are reading...

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11 minutes ago, doesthisbusstop said:

Can’t wait to get the HD files of this one. Is there a decent audience boot in circulation? 

If I am correct there is een IEM (in ear monitor mix) recording floating around 

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53 minutes ago, Growin' Up said:

Nice - this looks a good 'un.   If only for a Reunion show sans that horrendous version of The River. 

Now if only they would chop three weeks out of 10th Avenue

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33 minutes ago, Marnix said:

If I am correct there is een IEM (in ear monitor mix) recording floating around 

Yes. The best AUD (and a highly listenable one at that) was an EV2 release from memory. 

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4 minutes ago, Early North Jersey said:

Never heard Sherry or Incident from the Reunion tour ..... Or Raise Your Hand for that matter ..... Would be interested to hear those

"Incident" was on October's 23/10/99 release: http://live.brucespringsteen.net/live-music/0,23110/Bruce-Springsteen---The-E-Street-Band-mp3-flac-download-10-23-1999-Staples-Center-Los-Angeles-CA.html

The guitar solos are really botched, but I love this version regardless. Listening to it as a double header with the greatest version from 29/12/80 is something I do regularly :)

https://cantfindtickets.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/new-from-the-springsteen-archive-october-23rd-1999-los-angeles-ca/

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