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Live: 1975-85 (3CD) Live, Box set, Original recording remastered

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To say that Springsteen's live shows with the E Street Band were legendary is the height of understatement. On a good night, the set might extend to three and four hours of exhilarating, pulse-pounding rock & roll. How best to capture that on CD? Or was it possible at all? As it turns out, Live 1975-1985 comes as close to the experience as possible. Culling material from various tours and settings ranging from small rooms to stadiums, the three-CD set emphatically displays Springsteen's charisma as a bandleader and storyteller and makes plain the sheer power of the E Street Band. Some of the many highlights here include covers of Edwin Starr's "War," Tom Waits's "Jersey Girl," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and rare versions of originals such as "Because the Night," "Fire," and "Seeds." And relax--all the hits are here as well. If you never saw Springsteen and the E Streeters back then, you might still get your chance. But this set chronicles a special time in the life of a special performer. --Daniel Durchholz

Disc: 1
1. Thunder Road
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Spirit In The Night
4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
5. Paradise By The 'C'
6. Fire
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Disc: 2
1. Cadillac Ranch
2. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
3. Independence Day
4. Badlands
5. Because The Night
6. Candy's Room
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Disc: 3
1. The River
2. War
3. Darlington County
4. Working On The Highway
5. The Promised Land
6. Cover Me
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live, Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yes, it is the only album you'll ever need, but than again, with over 200 minutes of music, its nearly 5 times longer than the average Springsteen album!
The Live Box Set is an extremely impressive collection of Springsteen, arranged chronologically (with exception of the last track)
The First Track, Thunder Road, is the only one taken from the '75 tour (Born To Run). Its missing its Rock and Roll feel, but stripped to the piano and no guitars or drums, it has a much more intimate feel to it that you can really appreciate.
The Next 8 Tracks are taken from the '78 Tour (Darkness On The Edge Of Town) and interestling enough, only 1 from the album released during that time. Here you'll find many early classics, from Its Hard To Be A Saint In The City, Rosalita and Growin' Up to an previously unreleased "Paradise By The 'C.'" Its also important to note that Bruce covers the song "Fire," a song he wrote, but was never released before, which had become a #1 hit for another group. These are all immaculately recorded, and sound better than their original albums, they are taken from the Roxy, which holds only a few thousand, if even that (some say closer to 1000) so you get that small, intimate feeling
The next several tracks are from the "River Tour" in '80 and '81 and are mostly tracks from his '78 album (Darkness On the Edge Of Town) Including blistering versions of Badlands, Darkness On The Edge Of Town and Candy's Room. Also included here is an electrifying previously unreleased version of "Because The Night" the song Springsteen co-wrote with Patti Smith. Also included is a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and a very good cover at that.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "maldajune" on July 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I grudgingly accepted a pair of tickets to see Springsteen in Austin in the early 80's, I thought I'd simply drag my not-so-interested sister with me and stay for a few songs just so I could tell my generous friend I'd gone. Springsteen was not someone whose music I knew anything about, and I sure didn't think I wanted to sit in a crowded auditorium and listen to mediocre music.
In Austin, in the Frank Erwin Center, I soon realized I had nosebleed seats and Springsteen would be little more than a speck to me. Oh, well, I thought. Going downstairs will be easier than going up, and I won't be here for long.
It took me three days to really get my voice back and a lot longer to come down from the high of that evening.
Springsteen, as usual, had no opening act, and for 4 hours that evening, I watched the rest of the audience stand up and sing along with every single song. (The only time anyone sat down was when Springsteen chatted with us, and even then most people stood up and talked back to him as if he could hear what they were saying, as if he was having a personal dialogue with them.) I saw a performer who not only did his personal best to make the show a spectacular one, but who also had a firm hold on what it took to make a show magical while never coming across as conceited or self-involved. Springsteen sat at the edge of the stage and talked to us, introduced us all to Vietnam vets, talked softly (and a bit shyly) to us about the plight of farmers both local and national. He encouraged us to contribute to various community-based organizations that served vets, farmers, and food banks. He talked about himself, and about his music. And he played some of the most touching and rousing music I've ever heard.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When Bruce released this live album back in '86, fans jammed record stores to wait in line to buy this much anticipated release. Bruce released it as a gift to his fans who had been with him since the beginning and were begging for a live release. Bruce made his name a live act and although no live album can ever replace being at a concert, this album comes the closest to actually achieving that feat. Most live albums are a double or maybe triple album affair, Live 1975-1985 was originally a five record set. From the opening track of a solo Bruce on the piano in "Thunder Road" to the closing "Jersey Girl", we are taken on a musical journey through Bruce's career. We are treated to unreleashed gems like "Seeds", "Because The Night" & "Fire" to covers like "Raise Your Hand", "War" & "This Land Is Your Land" to fiery versions of "Rosalita", "Born In The USA" & "Born To Run" to moving epics like "Independence Day", "The River" and "Racing in The Streets". There are too many great live versions of songs to list and there is no let up from beginning to end. Bruce was so popular at the time that altough this was a pricey five-record set, it was first album to debut at number one since 1976. It's common place nowadays, but a rare feat at the time. Bruce is the king of the stage and this album provides recorded proof of that fact.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joseph La Belle on February 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was a long awaited box set. It comes as close to a Bruce Springsteen Concert as possible without buying a ticket. The "Boss" takes you down the thundering road of his musical history of this time frame. If you have never seen the "Boss" live then you don't know what your missing.From the hard core Bruce Springsteen listener to the newly discovered fan this set is a MUST HAVE.The pure sound and feeling I get from this historical recording is unsurpassed. Bruce Springsteen's performance from Thunder Road to Jersey Girl will evoke feelings of joy,sadness and pure outright feeling of having you heart dancing in the aisle. Springsteen's cover of "War" and "This Land is Your Land" are the best I have ever heard. Bruce includes songs such as "Beacuse the Night" and others that have never been included in a studio recording before makes this more of a treat. Owning this set is not an option in the life of a Bruce Springsteen Fan's music collection. This is the live set to rival all others. If you don't own all of the Boss' recordings this will make you want more and more!
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