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Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD) Live, Original recording remastered

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Two CD live archive release from New Jersey's finest. Until recently, only a few lucky concert-goers were able to experience the magical and the sensational night of November 18, 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. As soon as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band took the stage that night, the performance immediately became a classic and defining moment in history of the band, perfectly encapsulating the passion, the drama, the intensity, and all that embodies this extraordinary band. Now, the entire concert is available on a special two-CD set, featuring over two hours of live music. A must-have for any fan who wants to finally hear for him or herself this epic and historical event. Columbia.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Thunder Road - The Song
  2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  3. Spirit In The Night
  4. Lost In the Flood
  5. She's the One
  6. Born to Run
  7. The E Street Shuffle / Having A Party
  8. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
  9. Backstreets

Disc: 2

  1. Kitty's Back
  2. Jungleland
  3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) - Bruce Springsteen
  4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  5. Detroit Medley
  6. For You
  7. Quarter to Three

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • ASIN: B000E97X66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Orfield on March 19, 2006
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In 1975, the weight of the world was on young Bruce Springsteen's shoulders when he and the E Street Band headed for London for the very first time. Constant touring and rave reviews hadn't translated into record sales and his label, which had taken a gamble on him when they signed him in the first place, was about to dump him. Worse, every night he had to face skeptical crowds who wanted to see why critics kept calling this young ruffian from New Jersey "the future of rock and roll." Such was the case in 1975 when they walked out on the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon.

With everything on the line, Bruce and the boys played like they had nothing to lose. They were lean, young, and hungry. They played with heart. They played with passion. They played with urgency. And, on this night, they were untouchable. This CD captures that show in its entirety (a DVD of the show is included in the 30th Anniversary box set of Born To Run).

Few bands can match the versatility that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band display here. Witness the opening tender, wide-eyed rendition of "Thunder Road" followed by a feisty, swaggering version of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out." Or "She's The One" which goes from a slow simmer to a full boil in a mere five minutes. Or "Born To Run," which Bruce plays with all of the blue-collar grit and youthful defiance that would later make the song a classic. Or how 'bout the "Detroit Medley," in which the band absolutely ROARS through Mitch Ryder's "Devil With A Blue Dress On," "Good Golly Miss Molly," and "Jenny Take a Ride"? He follows THAT with a heartbreaking reading of "For You" before revving things up again, ramrodding through a rollicking version of Gary U.S. Bonds' "Quarter To Three." Are you KIDDING me?
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When Bruce Springsteen performed this concert in 1975, he wasn't a rock superstar, but he was on the cusp of becoming one. Long renowned as a live act and a critic's fave, he had yet to match that prowess on the charts and was in danger of being dropped by Columbia. Born To Run changed that and he became a phenomenon landing on the covers of Time & Newsweek simultaneously. This show at the Hammersmith Odeon has long been a favorite of bootleggers and this version superbly remastered for a fantastic sound. Unlike many live albums, this is not a compilation of performances from various shows, but a complete show as it was originally performed. The performance captures what it must have been like to see the E Street Band in its glory days. From the opening with a subtle "Thunder Road" that spills into a fiery "Tenth Avenue Freezeout" and continues into a free form jazzy "Spirit In The Night" you see three unique and distinct aspect of this versatile band. Lost In The Flood" has a burning intensity while "She's The One" has a slow build into a rollicking, rootsy rocker. "Born To Run" was not yet the anthem it was to become thus it was played early on in the set. "The E Street Shuffle" is virtually unrecognizable from the album version. It is slowed down to shuffling Jersey soul beat and throws in verses from Sam Cooke's "Havin' A Party". It is a great example of how Mr. Springsteen reinvents many of his songs for his concerts thus not just recreating album versions on stage. "It's So Hard To Be A Saint In The City" has a gritty, street-smart vibe and "Backstreets" has a mournful tone. "Kitty's Back" also has a jazzy feel and in this version the band pays homage to an influence of theirs, Van Morrison by including snippets of his "Moondance".Read more ›
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My first serious exposure to Bruce Springsteen was with Live 1975-85. While that set still remains my favorite Springsteen album (and favorite album of all time), I now understand the frustrations among longtime fans about its limitations and flaws. While many of the indivdiual tracks might be definitive versions of that particular song, it doesn't really succeed in capturing one of Bruce's shows, and there's precious little material from the 1975 that appears in the title. It seems like a huge waste that it took nearly 30 years into his career for Springsteen to release a full, unedited concert on CD (there's the fine Barcelona DVD, but the audio for that has never been released as of this writing). And so the inclusion of the video of this concert on the remastered Born to Run set was huge news for Springsteen fans, most of whom will take live material in any form we can get. And now we have it on CD in pristine sound. I know a lot of people see this release as unnecessary, but I am glad to have it in this format since I don't have the knowledge or the desire to rip the audio from the DVD.

As I said, I started listening to Springsteen immediately after the height of the Born in the USA days. I hadn't heard many live recordings from before the Darkness tour, so I wasn't really familiar with Bruce's sound prior to 1978. And honestly, I didn't really care for his vocals from anything recorded- live or stuido- in the 1970s. Too much Jersey street punk schtick, and it sounded like he was trying to deepen his voice by singing from the back of his throat. I generally considered Bruce to be at his vocal peak during the 80s, between "The River" and "Tunnel of Love". However, this concert overcomes any vocal limitations that Bruce may have had back then.
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