Tapes wanted from: 1972-01-21 – The Captain’s Garter, Neptune, NJ

1972-01-21 – The Captain’s Garter, Neptune, NJ

Bruce Springsteen 1972 Early band photo

 

I’m trying to gather all the best sources from this 1972 show and then make it available to download for everyone. If you have other sources with different track time(s). Let me know!

If you have tapes. I’m happy to transfer them into a digital format. I’m interested of all Bruce Springsteen tapes from 1969-1972 era.

1972-01-21 – The Captain’s Garter, Neptune, New Jersey:

1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 1 (4:36)
1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 2 (4:28)
1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 3 (4:09)
1. Bottle Of Red Wine – Version 4 (4:37)

2. You Know My Love – Version 1 (12:08)
2. You Know My Love – Version 2 (11:58)
2. You Know My Love – Version 3 (11:02)
2. You Know My Love – Version 4 (11:26)
2. You Know My Love – Version 5 (12:17)
2. You Know My Love – Version 6 (11:27)

3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 1 (11:26)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 2 (11:07)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 3 (11:23)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 4 (11:33)
3. Why It’s So Hard – Version 5 (11:36)

4. Confessin’ The Blues – Version 1 (13:52)

5. Sweet Miss Sally – Version 1 (9:32)

 

Info from Brucebase:

1972-01-21 – THE CAPTAIN’S GARTER, NEPTUNE, NJ

BOTTLE OF RED WINE (3:58) / YOU KNOW MY LOVE (11:56) / WHY’S IT SO HARD? (11:34) / CONFESSIN’ THE BLUES (13:50) / SWEET MISS SALLY (9:32)

“One show, triple bill, with The Sundance Blues Band opening for Inferno and headliner Ruby Falls & The Rock City Band. This was the opening of a three-night residency for the Sundance Blues Band, and the group’s only-ever performances at this venue. The line-up of the Sundance Blues Band for this residency was Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez and David Sancious. Springsteen, who had only just returned from a month-long stay in California, joined the band onstage for elements of this and the following two nights shows.

The above-mentioned setlist is taken from an audience recording of very good to excellent quality that is close to soundboard standard and makes for enjoyable listening. Although the audio has now been positively linked to this residency, it is not yet established from which of the three nights it emanates. There are discernible edits between songs so this may be a “compilation” of material from one or more of these three nights. There doesn’t sound as if there are more than a few dozen people in the audience, consistent with the group being the early evening opener for this residency.

Vini Lopez handles the lead vocal on Eric Clapton’s “Bottle Of Red Wine”. Steve Van Zandt provides the Greg Allman-ish vocal on Willie Dixon’s “You Know My Love” (mentioned as being inspired by Otis Rush’s cover version). A highlight is the mesmerizing “Why’s It So Hard?”, written by Springsteen but sung here by Southside Johnny (there’s no Bruce-led vocal rendition in circulation). David Sancious’ organ playing on this track is nothing short of spellbinding. Springsteen provides the lead vocal on Walter Brown’s immortal “Confessin’ The Blues” and John Lee Hooker’s boogie romp “Sweet Miss Sally”. Bruce is playing rhythm guitar on all tracks. This material tends to circulate under a variety of dates, sometimes with audio from other 1971 shows added on.”


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Bruce Springsteen – Music Hall, Boston, MA, March 24, 1977

Bruce Springsteen – Music Hall, Boston, MA, March 24, 1977

Another fine fan “bootleg” released by JEMS:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
Music Hall
Boston, MA
March 24, 1977
16/44.1 CD Version

Steve Hopkins master via JEMS

Taping Gear: Sony ECM-99A > Sony TC-158SD (recorded on two Maxell UD 90-minute tapes, Dolby B encode)

JEMS 2012 transfer: SH master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (Dolby B decode) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96) > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone > .wav (24/96) > resample via iZotope MBIT+ to .wav (16/44) > FLAC

01 Night
02 Don’t Look Back
03 Spirit in the Night
04 Incident on 57th Street
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She’s the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
08 Growin’ Up
09 It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (slight bit of start missing)
10 Backstreets
11 Jungleland
12 Rosalita
13 Born to Run
14 Quarter to Three
15 Little Latin Lupe Lu
16 You Can’t Sit Down
17 Higher and Higher

“Night three of what I consider Springsteen’s greatest concert stand ever is the penultimate show in the run, and sets the stage for the final show one night later. Or, as some have argued, is night three the apex itself, the best performance of the bunch?

For me, its bit like debating Sassacaia vs. Solaia–they are both so fucking great, which is “the best” hardly matters, especially when you are fortunate enough to enjoy them both. As I have once, maybe twice, just so you don’t get the wrong idea.

And both shows we shall have, but up first is March 24 and what a show it is. It retains the addition of “Incident on 57th Street” from the previous night, but for my money this is a superior performance, one of the song’s finest. Joining the set this night are two welcome additions. The first is a lively “Saint in the City.” Here’s a track that shows off just how sublime Steve Hopkins’ recording is. I’m sure three nights into the run, the sound in the room had been tuned to perfection and Steve is getting it ALL. The guitar duel can be heard right down to the six strings.

The second addition is one you all know, and probably the song that pushed the Boston run into the rarefied air it occupies: a cover of Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”

Why is “Higher and Higher” so significant? Well, part of it has to do with the timing of these shows, which would be the final performances before Bruce returned to the studio to begin recording Darkness on the Edge of Town. While the Appel lawsuit was not yet settled, Bruce had seen the light at the end of the tunnel, so there’s a sense of both relief and anticipation that feels palpable in all four Boston ’77 performances.

“Higher and Higher” comes across like that perfect addition, that one step beyond, with Bruce telling his fans through the song that they had sustained him through this dark period, when his future as a recording artist was up in air. “Higher and Higher” is akin like that great finale song at the end of a musical that just seems to sweep up every theme of the night into one last exuberant declaration. Hear for yourself. Samples provided. Ticket stub, too.

Thanks yet again to Steve for allowing JEMS to present his incredible work in a fresh light.

The Boston ’77 run will return. A 24/96 version should follow tomorrow.

PLEASE DO NOT POST TO DIME AS WE WILL DO SO OURSELVES.

BK for JEMS”

 

Brucebase details: 1977-03-24 – MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA

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

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:

1975-08-13 – BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY


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Bruce Springsteen – Music Hall, Boston – December 3, 1975 – Master Tape

Bruce Springsteen “Close Encounter” – Born To Run tour master tape from JEMS

Another JEMS release have seen the light of day. This time from the Born To Run tour ’75. December 3, 1975 Music Hall. Boston, MA.


Date: December 3, 1975
Location: Music Hall. Boston, MA

Steve Hopkins master via JEMS

Taping Gear: Sony ECM-99A > Sony TC-152SD (recorded on two Maxell UD 90-minute tapes, Dolby B encode)

JEMS 2012 transfer: SH master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (Dolby B decode) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96) > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone > .wav (24/96) > resample via iZotope MBIT+ to .wav (16/44) > FLAC

01 Thunder Road
02 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
03 Spirit in the Night
04 Lost in the Flood
05 She’s the One
06 Born to Run
07 Pretty Flamingo
08 Growin’ Up
09 Saint in the City
10 Backstreets
11 Kitty’s Back
12 Jungleland
13 Rosalita
14 Sandy
15 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
16 Detroit Medley
17 For You
18 Quarter to Three

Release Notes

“JEMS is proud to partner once again with Boston taper Steve Hopkins to release some of the essential Springsteen recordings he made between 1974 and 1977. Steve recorded Springsteen a total of nine times and he has previously tormented two of those shows from his masters (plus a third, incomplete recording of Providence August 26, 1978 recorded by his friend FF). Late last year, JEMS picked up where he left off, releasing the next of Steve’s remaining Bruce masters, Providence, July 20, 1975. And earlier this year we issued a fresh transfer of Boston, December 2, 1975, number four in the series.

Number five is the second of those two nights at the Music Hall. Like the first night, it is another 18-song set, with two welcome variations: a lovely “Pretty Flamingo” replacing “The E Street Shuffle” and a stunning solo “for You” instead of “Party Lights” in the encore. And the “Kitty’s Back” might be even more epic than the prior evening. In short, it is another wonderful performance and Hopkins recording, this time with no cuts unlike most circulating copies. Listen for Steve’s guitar literally leaping from his on-stage amp into Hopkins’ mic. Samples provided and the ticket stub, too.

Boston 2 also turned out to be different for Hopkins himself in one major way that he recalls in detail:

“You’ll hear some crowd commotion during the slow final verse of ‘Spirit In The Night’ (‘Hazy Davy got really hurt…’). Here’s what happened. I was recording from the 2nd row center with my deck in a briefcase under my seat and holding the mic at head level, as high as possible without being obvious. As the song slows, the lights go down and Bruce jumps down from the stage into the orchestra pit and out of sight. There’s seating there now, but in 1975 there was an actual ‘pit’ between the stage and the audience. As the song continues, he peers up over the edge of the pit, locks eyes with the girl sitting next to me, continues singing and approaches her, climbs over the people in the front row and sits down in her lap, now singing directly to her. Then he proceeds to sprawl out, completely flat on his back, spread across four of us in that row, so that his head is actually in my lap, his mic and my mic are no more than a foot or two apart as he continues singing. All this time, the spot light is following him and on us, so I’ve lowered my mic under my seat, out of sight, but still recording, thinking security would be on me at any minute. And then, as quickly as it happened, he was gone and bounded back onto the stage to finish the song.”

Please enjoy Close Encounter. The Hopkins series will see you next in that most appealing of years, 1977.

BK for JEMS”


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