This two-disc set -- essentially the audio companion to the concert DVD that hit shelves in '05 as part of the Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition -- was recorded at the zenith of the "future of rock 'n' roll" hype that enveloped Bruce Springsteen at the midpoint of the '70s. And doggone it if the music in the grooves doesn't bear that out. Not yet ensconced as the Boss -- in England, he was pretty much an unknown quantity -- Springsteen does his best here to win over the audience by virtue of his willingness to work up a sweat (a key component in the tightly-wound ten-minute take on "Rosalita") and his ability to turn a phrase (the focus of a hush-inducing "Lost in the Flood"). There are no small gestures here, not on Bruce's part and not on the part of the E Street Band, who run through their paces with an incredible blend of clockwork precision and playground mischievousness on epic versions of both "Kitty's Back" and "The E Street Shuffle." The give-and-take is nimble enough to keep listeners at the edge of their seats even after repeated listens, particularly on a set-ending salvo on which the musicians proudly reveal their bar band roots -- shimmying through their trademark "Detroit Medley" and honking woozily through "Quarter to Three." The set is sure to bring back memories for longtime Springsteen fanatics and is likely to create some for those who weren't around to experience the genesis of Brooce-mania.
Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 4.7 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Had this concert been released at the time it was recorded, it probably would have made the list of great 70s live albums alongside of Dylan's Before The Flood, The Band's Rock Of Ages, and Van Morrison's It's Too Late To Stop Now. Thirty-five years later, it seems to lack some of the gravity and depth of Springsteen's later live sets. Other than that, it is a very good recording of Bruce and the E Street Band just as they hit it big. They had a jazz-rock sound that no one else could match. You can hear them improvising on the long songs like Kitty's Back and Rosalita. I do note that the guitar sound was not as loud and tough as it became on later live sets. Still, Springsteen would not sound nearly this loose on a concert CD until Live in Dublin 30 years later.
More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best live album ever What more can I say songs like tenth avenue freeze out and born to run will knock your socks off
More than 1 year ago
This was recorded when he was relatively unknown - except for his cult following in the US. This is by far one of the best live performances I have ever heard. Virtually every track is outstanding. This recording captures his true essence when it comes to his concerts. The digital recording is exceptional, it is hard to believe this was recorded with analog equipment. A must buy for any E Street Band fan!
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