Live In NYC

Live In NYC

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by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

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Bruce Springsteen built his reputation on the concert stage, sweating and testifying through shows that often hit the four-hour mark. And while there's no shortage of recordings documenting the Boss in concert, each live album seems to take on a personality all its own. Live in New York City has several unique aspects: It's a homecoming of sorts, given the

Overview

Bruce Springsteen built his reputation on the concert stage, sweating and testifying through shows that often hit the four-hour mark. And while there's no shortage of recordings documenting the Boss in concert, each live album seems to take on a personality all its own. Live in New York City has several unique aspects: It's a homecoming of sorts, given the locale and presence of a reunited E Street Band, who inject tried-and-true tunes like "Badlands" and (of course) "Born to Run" with that extra hit of octane. It's also a reaffirmation that Springsteen is still capable of cutting to the quick with a lyric, as borne out by the chilling "American Skin (41 Shots)," his take on the controversial shooting of Amadou Diallo by New York City policemen, which makes its first official appearance here. Culled from a ten-night stand at Madison Square Garden, Live in New York can sound somewhat disjointed at times, but the individual performances are hard to fault. From the slowly building intensity of "Prove It All Night" to the joyful bop of "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," Bruce and band maintain a precise dynamic control, while making it sound like they've not a care in the world. Despite the undeniable house-rocking ability of the E Street Band -- who, even after all these years, can often make an arena feel like a Jersey shore beer hall -- the album's most riveting moments are its quietest. The aforementioned "American Skin" is as spare as can be, while versions of "The River" and "Atlantic City" burn slow and low in their intensity. Perfectionists might be pining for more of the new material debuted on the tour -- the On the Road-style buddy tale "Land of Hope and Dreams" is the only other unreleased tune represented -- but there's enough meat here to keep fans gnawing happily until the Boss next emerges from the studio.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Compared to the gargantuan Live/1975-85, 2001's Live in New York City seems like the very definition of restraint, but consider this -- not only does it span two discs, it leaves out a considerable portion of the set list from the show and thereby the set list of Springsteen's celebrated 2000 reunion with the E Street Band. Some critics complained that this record was little more than a tie-in to the HBO special of the same name, but even if that's true, the record would have merit since it illustrates exactly why this group should never have parted ways. In a sense, even if this is the third live album in Springsteen's catalog, it's the first that attempts to replicate the feeling of an evening out with the E Street Band (the Live/1975-85 box tried too hard to be an ultimate experience; MTV Plugged captured a transitional phase). Though most reunions feel a little forced, this feels natural, yet never nostalgic, since the track listing never relies on the predictable. There are no hits in the conventional sense -- outside of "Born in the U.S.A." tucked away on the second disc and an initially uncredited "Born to Run" -- but there are many fan favorites interspersed with a few obscurities and new songs, most notoriously the protest song "American Skin (41 Shots)." This works in Springsteen's favor, since there's no pandering -- only the joy of making music with the band that understands him best. This doesn't really result in something essential, even if the new songs are quite good, but if you've ever been a fan, it's hard not to warm to Live in New York City.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
[three-and-a-half stars]...The inclusion of "American Skin," one of Springsteen's finest songs, alone justifies the release of Live in New York City....These performances make Live in New York City more than just a souvenir of a nostalgia tour; it's a document of a great combo still burning to outdo itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998549029
catalogNumber:
85490
Rank:
13550

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Love Will Not Let You Down
  2. Prove It All Night
  3. Two Hearts
  4. Atlantic City
  5. Mansion on the Hill
  6. The River
  7. Youngstown
  8. Murder Incorporated
  9. Badlands
  10. Out in the Street

Disc 2

  1. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
  2. Land of Hope and Dreams
  3. American Skin
  4. Lost in the Flood
  5. Born in the U.S.A.
  6. Don't Look Back
  7. Jungleland
  8. Ramrod
  9. If I Should Fall Behind

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Percussion
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Vocals
Patti Scialfa   Guitar,Vocals
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
Danny Federici   Keyboards
Garry Tallent   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar,Vocals
Max Weinberg   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Nigel Green   House Mix
John Kerns   Engineer
Jon Pareles   Liner Notes
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Michael Matousek   Guitar Techician
Kevin Buell   Guitar Techician
Sandra Choron   Art Direction
Harry McCarthy   Drum Technician
Bobby Cowan   Monitor Engineer
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Authoring
Monty Carlo   Monitor Engineer

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Live In NYC 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the t.v. showing of the live New York concert and decided whole heartedly that i love Bruce Springstein. His live performances just keep getting better with maturity, and the E - Street Band could kick the a** off of any other group of rock musicians in the world. a definite buy, even if my views are restrainedly British.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Live in New York City rocks better than any other live disc ever has. Breathtaking clarity and range on each track will put every die-hard Springsteen fan right back to their last concert moment with this amazing ensemble of musicians, and will convey to the few who have often wondered ''What's so special about a Springsteen concert?'' exactly what is so incredible. I've seen Springsteen 17 times in the last twenty years; and this album captures the best of each of those tours. Bruce and the rest of the E-Streeters have matured gracefully yet can still rip through the classics such as Prove it All Night; Badlands and Jungleland as if we were all still in our twenties. The more serious tracks are delivered with equal drama and resolve; from Youngstown to the spine-chilling 41 Shots. Thanks Bruce -- for singing me down the road of life. I understand what you're saying -- and I'll meet you in the Land of Hope and Dreams....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't heard this disc yet, I was at one of the two shows that it was taken from, and I was blown away. Bruce's stage presence is not matched. At 51 years old, he still manages to take his songs to another level with the power, the promise, the majestry, the minestry, of rock and roll.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
...don't get. That's the message here from the Boss, backed again by his legendary band. A cry for community and friendship are the domiant themes here. Bruce revitalizes his oldest and best music, and moves forward with great new rock songs, including the highlight: American Skin, a song about the violence of racism, that earned him a boycott from the NYPD's union leaders. Oh well. He could care less, and it shows. ''We need some quiet.'' he instructs. This is where his nickname comes from. Nothing but great material here, played and sung as good as it's ever been. This is a major release from Springsteen and the E St. Band. Prove It All Night, Atlantic City, Lost in the Flood, and Born in the USA are definitive versions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album captures the Springsteen we all know and love! Hearing these songs live bring you back to the time when you sat next to your older brother at your 1st Boss concert. This is a must have CD not just for Bruce fans, but for all music fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is superb. You can literally feel being part of the audience singing along with these remarkable songs. E Street Band hasn't been better!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of good music, good rock and roll, then you'll love this record. You'll enjoy the two new tracks as well as the old. The E Street Band still sounds great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great man. A great band. A great album. What can I say more ? Never blinded by ''the money & the fame sun'', never got tired of running in the first row on ''the highway rock''; Mr.Bruce Springsteen and his good old ''thunder friends'' shake ''the garden'' in the heart of ''the big apple'' with a rare energy, enthusiasm, skill and sophistication. Dancing with fire and walking on ice in every song, they remind us again and again all those ties [ brotherhood-faith-joy of living-love&passion-optimism-solidarity ] that make a difference - that bind tight. It is sad but true that we cannot go back to our younger days again; we cannot meet the same beautiful blonde blue-eyed girls in the sand, in the forest, in the campus or in our neighborhood again and we cannot be lost in the sea of ''burning love'' again. But happily; we have families, jobs, movies, books and records to depend on. And me, lately, I trust a lot this ''must have'' CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
having heard rave review of him in concert, i was dissapointed. sounds like he went to the bob dylan school of singing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Springsteen's icon status is largely the result of his passion for his craft and the boundless energy unleashed in every concert. This CD is true to form, detailing an experience that transcends rock and roll and borders on religious deliverence. ''Live In NYC'' maybe the definitive concert CD. From the rip-roaring, opening trifecta of ''My Love Will Not Let You Down''-''Prove It All Night''-''Two Hearts'' to the poignant, haunting finale ''America Skin (41 Shots),'' Live In NYC delivers like few CDs can. The legendary E Street Band is in fine form, led by the guitar slinging trio of ''Silvio'' Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren and Springsteen. Drummer Max Weinberg remains the backbone of this band, and Roy Bittan's touch on the keyboards is utterly magical. By the time the boys (and Patti} uncork the onslaught that is ''Youngstown,'' ''Murder, Inc.'' and ''Badlands,'' my CD player was smoking, the walls were shaking and the Bose speakers had fallen off the wall. And I was exhausted, totally drained. This is a CD meant to be enjoyed L-O-U-D. While ''American Skin'' has received the most attention of the newer songs {this may be one of the most important musical pieces of the past 10 years}, the inspiring ''Land Of Hope And Dream'' is the true standout, proof positive that Springsteen can still deliver as a wordsmith. Most of all, this CD is a statement of friendship and renewed commitment {''If I Should Fall Behind''}, of acknowldeging the past {a memorable ''Jungleland,'' the gem ''Lost In The Flood''and an untitled ''Born To Run''} and embracing the future. Springsteen and the band's sheer joy of performing echo throughout the CD and are most evident on ''Out In The Streets,'' ''Tenth Avenue Freeze Out'' and ''Ramrod.'' One problem: the concerts typically span three hours, while these discs weigh in at less. After witnessing several shows on the recent our and another dozen over the years, no CD could ever translate the power of the performances, but I'd love to hear the extra songs. Once again, Springsteen reminds us that the music does matter. He and the band ''Prove It All Night,'' neatly captured in two discs. So, take back your Britney, Rickey, Limp Bizkit and Crazy Town. The Boss is back, better than ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will enjoy every minute of this show.