Bruce Springsteen 1975-08-13 The Bottom Line – New York, NY

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Bottom Line – New York, NY – August 13, 1975 (Late Show)

While the Wrecking Ball tour has continues, there is still nice amount of fan “bootleg” releases coming out every now and then.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band The Bottom Line – New York, NY August 13, 1975 (Late Show)

Bruce Springsteen Bottom Line 1975 cover artwork


Release notes:

Original Master Series

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The Bottom Line – New York, NY
August 13, 1975 (Late Show)

Audience Recording by ODoc 55
Source-Sony 110B mono cassette deck with builtin mic
Tape>CDR>EAC>/Wave Editor>Magix>flac


FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER this previously uncirculated treasure is now being shared with Bruce Springsteen fans worldwide! The Bottom Line Shows are legendary and for those wondering if a recording of the August 13th, 1975 show would ever surface, the wait is finally over! For a fan who was there in those early days, Mr Anonymous can tell you what it was like:

“The story of Bruce’s early days has been documented many times, most recently in the current New Yorker magazine. As described therein, Bruce’s five night, ten show stint at The Bottom Line was crucial to launching his third album, Born to Run. Many executives at Columbia Records were frustrated with Bruce’s lack of commercial success and Born to Run was likely his last chance with the label. Columbia reportedly bought a quarter of the 500 seats for each show to distribute among music industry people to help spread the word. Even so, tickets did not sell out immediately and a week after going on sale they were available for any of the shows. That all ended when the public heard WNEW’s broadcast of show number 5. The next two nights, fans were lined up around the corner with the hope of getting a standing room spot at the bar to hear the new phenom.

This is the first recording of one of the late shows to surface. It is the first night and this tape captures all of the ambiance of this intimate club. You can hear each breath and whisper from Bruce while dishes and glasses are shuffled on the tables. Bruce seems to just appear behind the piano and gets a single reaction from the crowd as he opens solo with For You. It is evident how he captures the crowd more and more with each song. By the time he hits the 20 minute versions of Kitty’s Back and New York City Serenade, he has them in his hands.”

Thanks to Mr. Anonymous who met the taper, ODoc55, thru Dimeadozen

Fanatic Records and Mr Anonymous proudly present for the first time this unearthed PREVIOUSLY UNCIRCULATED SHOW in the Original Master Series!

Enjoy! Rob – Fanatic Records

Bruce Springsteen 1975-08-13  The Bottom Line – New York, NY – Track list:

Disc One:

For You (Bruce On Piano) (7:09)
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (4:08)
Spirit In The Night (6:31)
When You Walk In The Room (3:58)
Night – (First Known Performance) (3:39)
Growin’ Up (3:05)
Its Hard To Be A Sain In The City (5:31)
The E Street Shuffle (12:17)
Born To Run (4:12)
She’s The One (5:38)
Thunder Road – (Bruce On Piano) (5:47)

Disc Two:

Kitty’S Back (19:56)
New York City Serenade (19:26)
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (11:38)
Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (7:08)
Quarter To Three (6:55)

Available on bootleg torrent sites near you. 🙂

More details about the Bottom Line gigs. See the Brucebase entry for this date:


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