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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City
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2001 two CD live release from the Rock icon. This set documents Springsteen and the E Street Band's highly successful 1999-2000 Reunion Tour, their first concert tour together in 11 years.
If Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were a playground basketball team they'd be the one made up of local legends that don't have as much spring in their legs as the young bucks, but get by on guts and guile. Culled from the two Madison Square Garden shows that closed out the revived E Street Band's 1999-2000 road show, this 20-song collection deftly entwines fan favorites with fresher material, including two new offerings, the stately "Land of Hope and Dreams" and the solemn "American Skin"--the latter prompted by the shooting of unarmed New Yorker Amadou Diallo by police officers. When Springsteen and company (including both Miami Steve Van Zandt and his successor, Nils Lofgren, on guitar) look back, they temper the force of the original arrangements with ingenuity and a sense of spacing. The E Street Band in their heyday may have served up four-hour marathons, but they felt stopwatch-tight. Here Springsteen reconciles his rocker and reflective sides as "The River" curves along through a serpentine course, "Mansion on the Hill" is given a curious (albeit lovely) Hawaiian treatment, and "Born in the U.S.A." resurfaces as a deep-blues lament. The gang can still muster a take-no-prisoners attack, as witnessed by the hard-charging likes of "Two Hearts" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out." --Steven Stolder
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 5 x 0.31 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Columbia
- Item model number : 2110223
- Original Release Date : 2001
- Run time : 2 hours and 11 minutes
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Columbia
- ASIN : B00005AFVR
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,962 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I've had this for about two weeks now and I'm just gonna say it (write it). I own hundreds of CDs - from Miles Davis to John Coltrane to Zappa to King Crimson to The Clash etc etc. I'm a musician and I especially love live sets. This is flat out the most fantastic live recording I own. Land of Hope and Dreams is the most tour-de-force thing I have ever heard. It is just breath-taking. The tension and release is almost unbearable and that gut wrenching, otis-redding-type of scream at the end of the piece just leaves me saying "sweet Jesus" and shaking my head, every time.
TWO YEARS LATER: This release is ALWAYS on my IPod
But mostly this is Bruce Springsteen, with the same energy and power he had 25 years ago, telling us and showing us that this far down the road he still believes that rock and roll can save us, can redeem us. He still believes music can change the world. At a time when it sometimes seems that no one believes in anything besides greed any more, that's a might fine message.
The old songs are rendered in new and interesting, sometimes powerful ways. Like Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, he is still experimenting, still trying to make each show fresh and interesting. Too few artists make the effort. I don't go to live shows or listen to albums of live shows to hear note for note versions of the studio tracks; I want to hear if the artist has something new to say. Bruce Springsteen will never, ever let you down; it always fresh, different and new.
Whether it's the whole band singing lines from "Wait for Me," transforming a love song into a pledge about the future of the E Street Band, or using "Tenth Avenue Freezeout" to preach the redemptive power of rock and roll, the old stuff is new.
"Land of Hope and Dreams," his closing number in Oakland, is a stunning reply to another song about sinners and trains, exactly analogous to Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," which fans will recall from the "Live 1975-1985" compilation. Bruce still makes you think.
And then there's "41 Shots," which some reviewers have criticized as 'too repetitive' in its constant refrain of the title; dudes, count the number of times it gets said. I get just about 41. You bet it's repetitive. But Bruce never does anything without a reason.
But the thing that struck me the most at the Oakland show and after listening to this album (other than this 51 year old's level of energy) is that the man still cares. He cares about this audience, he cares about the world and he cares about his art. And he's not afraid to let you know it. Buy this album.
I did not have this album on vinyl and was hoping songs like Jungleland and Land of Hopes and Dreams would sound better than my old CD. I am very disappointed in the sound quality of this pressing. Songs sound compressed and inconsistent throughout. Perhaps I received a bad pressing but it sounds like they made this from a low quality digital source converted to analog. Too bad was really looking forward to this finally on record. Also bought the rising on vinyl and must say that album sounds great. Buy that album on vinyl instead much better sound quality
Anyone still hung up on the sequencing, use your CD player to program the order any way you want. Or copy and reburn to your heart's content.
Bottom line, this is great music made by the greatest performance band I have ever seen. Lay down your money and enjoy!
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The live versions of all add energy and passion in a way that is almost unique to him IMHO. Only Neil Young is truly comparable.
Great recording really get the atmosphere a good price for 3 records