Live in Dublin

Live in Dublin

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by Bruce Springsteen

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The double-disc set Live in Dublin brings the Boss's latest project, the Pete Seeger tribute We Shall Overcome, to the live stage in fine style. As Springsteen continues to mine his roots in folk music, blues, Dixieland, country, swing, and gospel, he brings renewed energy to his effortless brand of rock 'n' roll. The disc was recorded on November 17, 18See more details below


The double-disc set Live in Dublin brings the Boss's latest project, the Pete Seeger tribute We Shall Overcome, to the live stage in fine style. As Springsteen continues to mine his roots in folk music, blues, Dixieland, country, swing, and gospel, he brings renewed energy to his effortless brand of rock 'n' roll. The disc was recorded on November 17, 18, and 19, 2006, at The Point in Dublin, Ireland, with a track listing that leans heavily on The Seeger Sessions but also includes numerous Boss favorites. The collection is likely to become a treasured item in every Bruce Springsteen collection.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Live in Dublin by Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions band documents the final show of the group's long tour in support of the album that took them across the U.S. and Europe. Along with performances from the album itself, the show is peppered with readings of Springsteen's own tunes. The deluxe double-CD contains 23 songs performed by a 17-piece band that included a full horn section and backing chorus, numerous guitars, dobro, banjo, keyboards, accordion, field drums, sousaphone, euphonium, pedal steel, fiddles, standup bass and more. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions was recorded by a band that captured immediacy: a certain raw savoir faire and a bristling kind of joyous energy that a large group of musicians who were getting to know one another recorded at Springsteen's home studio. In this package, these songs, most of which come from out of history and time, are performed by a band that is a spit-shined, polished, and utterly prepared and professional unit. It's not surprising. Springsteen's a perfectionist anyway, and some of the rough edges left on the studio album were a surprise (a welcome one), here they've been honed and sharpened and this band could play with anybody. There is something cooler about this performance but its sheer musicality is a wonder. The horn charts are brilliant; there is room in some of these tunes -- such as "Erie Canal" -- for old New Orleans jazz-styled soloing and interplay; the time keeping as rhythm is captured not only by drums and bass, but by the chorus, and in lead and duet vocals. "Atlantic City" opens the show. It's radically rearranged as a monotone blues song. Other utterly reworked versions of Springsteen tunes, such as "If I Should Fall Behind" (a 19th century waltz that becomes a communal sing); a country version of "Highway Patrolman" and "Long Time Comin'" from Devils & Dust. There's an overly long, radical redo of "Open All Night" as a late-'50s rock & roll song with a very polished Andrews Sisters-styled female chorus which is joined a male one in call and response -- it's like you're hearing something from Pump Boys at the Dinette. And there are more surprises with other tunes from Springsteen's past. From The Seeger Sessions material there's a new version of Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live" complete with added lyrics; it's raucous and forceful. "O Mary Don't You Weep" is better than the take on the studio album. "Jacob's Ladder" (a Seeger original) is a wild gospel romp with full-on horns and popping snare. Springsteen's inventive folk song treatment of "When the Saints Go Marching In," and the rowdy gospel number "This Little Light of Mine" close the show. While there are many more notable moments here, there are three bonus tracks: a Cuban son version of "Blinded by the Light," and live versions of "Love of the Common People" and "We Shall Overcome," recorded for The Seeger Sessions but not used on the final disc. They add to the great sense of musical heritage that gave birth to the project in the first place. The latter tune is a defining moment: it's an underspoken element of surprise that closes the entire release with a moving, communal and spiritual dignity. It's also the only song here that doesn't feel like a number Springsteen has remade in his own musical image. Ultimately, this set feels not so much like a recording of the music of the "people" any longer, but more like another live -- and far more musically adventurous -- Bruce Springsteen record. Not that there is anything wrong with that. With Live in Dublin, something is lost as well as gained: it feels as if all of these songs -- not just the ones he penned -- have now become a part of Springsteen's catalog rather than a part of his repertoire.
Billboard - Ray Waddell
This would have been cool 100 years ago and will be 100 years hence.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Dan DeLuca
1/2 What makes this Live set essential for open-minded the radical reworking of selections from the Boss man's catalog.
Boston Herald - Larry Katz
Bruce serves up a batch of old folk Americana -- "Old Dan Tucker," "Erie Canal," "Jesse James," etc. -- but he does it his way: in epic, stadium-rock style.... And it’s grand fun.
Philadelphia Daily News - Jonathan Takiff
Another apt example of how a concert rendering can liven up material... the concert version benefits from months of fine tuning on the road, and the front guy's zeal to create the same kind of push/pull musical dynamic and excitement that you'd get in person with his E-Street Band. (Grade: A)

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Disc 1

  1. Atlantic City  -  Sessions Band
  2. Old Dan Tucker  -  Sessions Band
  3. Eyes on the Prize  -  Sessions Band
  4. Jesse James  -  Sessions Band
  5. Further On (Up the Road)  -  Sessions Band
  6. O Mary Don't You Weep  -  Sessions Band
  7. Erie Canal  -  Sessions Band
  8. If I Should Fall Behind  -  Sessions Band
  9. My Oklahoma Home  -  Sessions Band
  10. Highway Patrolman  -  Sessions Band
  11. Mrs. McGrath  -  Sessions Band
  12. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live [Bruce Springsteen Version  -  Sessions Band
  13. Jacob's Ladder  -  Sessions Band

Disc 2

  1. Long Time Comin'  -  Sessions Band
  2. Open All Night  -  Sessions Band
  3. Pay Me My Money Down  -  Sessions Band
  4. Growin' Up  -  Sessions Band
  5. When the Saints Go Marching In  -  Sessions Band
  6. This Little Light of Mine  -  Sessions Band
  7. American Land  -  Sessions Band
  8. Blinded by the Light  -  Sessions Band
  9. Love of the Common People  -  Sessions Band
  10. We Shall Overcome  -  Sessions Band

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Marc Anthony Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Patti Scialfa   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Art Baron   Mandolin,Trombone,Euphonium,Sousaphone,Penny Whistle,Group Member
Larry Eagle   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Clark Gayton   Percussion,Trombone,Vocals,Group Member
Charlie Giordano   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Group Member
Curtis King   Vocals
Curtis Rance King   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Lisa Lowell   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Cindy Mizelle   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Marty Rifkin   Dobro,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Group Member
Soozie Tyrell   Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Curt Ramm   Percussion,Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Frank Bruno   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Sam Bardfeld   Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Dan Lee   Organ
Jeremy Chatzky   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Greg Liszt   Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Gregory Liszt   Banjo
Ed Manion   Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Guy Carawan   Composer,Adaptation
Blind Alfred Reed   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer,Adaptation
Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Frank Hamilton   Composer,Adaptation
Agnes "Sis" Cunningham   Composer
Barbara Carr   Management
Zilphia Horton   Composer,Adaptation
John Hurley   Composer
Jon Landau   Management
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Alice Wine   Composer
Bob Weber   Drum Technician,Instrument Technician
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Kevin Buell   Guitar Techician
Traditional   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Aron Michalski   Guitar Techician
Brett Dicus   Audio Technician
Alison Oscar   Management
Marilyn Laverty   Publicity
John Cooper   Engineer,House Mix

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