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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Bruce Springsteen – New tape release “Coup De Grace” – September 21, 1978

Bruce Springsteen – Coup de Grace, Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – September 21, 1978

JEMS has released another great tape transfer from 1978:

Date: 1978-09-21
Location: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey

JEMS Archive

2011 transfer: 1/2-track, 15 IPS master soundboard reels >
azimuth-adjusted playback on professional reel to reel > 24/96 capture
to .wav > Nuendo 4 edit, mastering and resample with iZotope, Waves
and Slate plug-ins > FLAC

01 Intro
02 High School Confidential (patch at the start from extant board tape)
03 Badlands
04 Spirit in the Night
05 Darkness on the Edge of Town
06 Sweet Little Sixteen
07 Independence Day
08 The Promised Land
09 Prove It All Night
10 Racing in the Street
11 Thunder Road
12 Meeting Across the River
13 Jungleland
14 Set Outro
15 Set Intro
16 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
17 Fire
18 Candy’s Room
19 Because the Night
20 Point Blank
21 Kitty’s Back
22 The Fever
23 Incident on 57th Street
24 Rosalita
25 Born to Run
26 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
27 Twist and Shout

“Like The Dark Knight Rises, so too must the Passaic trilogy come to an end.

JEMS is pleased to release another significant Darkness tour upgrade,
this the third and final show at the Capitol Theatre, two nights
removed from the historic radio broadcast that would go on to become
one of, if not the most bootlegged recordings in Springsteen history,
Piece De Resistance. In homage to that bootleg classic, and in keeping
with our upgraded second night title, Douceur de Vivre, we’ve dubbed
the third night Coup de Grace, apropos, as it translates to “the
finishing blow.” Of course there’s a case to be made for going with
Bon Anniversaire, as at this show Bruce’s birthday (still two days
hence) was celebrated with a giant cake featuring an unusual filling.

The set continues the looser vibe of the previous night and offers
some appealing changes, including the return of “Racing in the
Street,” covers of “High School Confidential” and “Sweet Little
Sixteen” (introduced, per Brucebase Wiki, as “a birthday song to
myself”) and a welcome performance of “The Fever.” The show is also
one of seven known performances of “Incident on 57th Street” straight
into “Rosalita.”

Like Douceur de Vivre, what makes Coup de Grace so special is that it
was professionally recorded on reel to reel by a mobile recording
truck outside the theatre. The result is another live-as-it-happened
recording of incredible clarity. Again, that isn’t to say it is a
multi-track, mixdown; Coup is a raw, mixed-on-the-fly, wide stereo
recording done on 1/2 track at 15 inches per second. Compared to the
cassette sources circulating of other raw board tapes from this tour,
the quality here should be a revelation. Samples provided.

The transfer was handled as JEMS did for last year’s upgrade of The
Ties That Bind and Douceur de Vivre so I’ll quote those notes once
more: “There was baking involved, as the tapes had degraded in the [33
years that had passed]. The reel-to-reel tape deck was best of breed,
what the pros use, in a proper studio, calibrated and adjusted in
every way for optimal playback and capture at 24/96 using the best
possible sound card, cabling, etc.”

There was one missing piece on the new reels, oddly right at the start
where somebody must have forgotten to push record and missed the
beginning of “High School Confidential.” WWe’ve patched that in from
the extant cassette board source (thank you A). On the bright side,
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out” is now complete and we get to hear for the
first time ever the previously missing encore-closer, “Twist and

Your guest mastering engineer this time around is our respected
colleague and friend Hoserama, who you should know from his incredible
work (often described as better than official releases) on matrix
recordings from recent tours. He made these tapes sound as good as
they possibly could. Thanks H.

Please respect our wishes DO NOT post this on DIME.
Please respect our wishes and DO NOT REMASTER AND CIRCULATE any new or
remastered versions of this recording.

Wayne Darlington

Hoserama Remaster Notes:
Overall very solid recording. Love the stereo panning, tried to bring a lot of that out. My biggest issue with the recording is low lead vocals at times. Tried some tricks to bring it out, but not something you can easily draw out. I did a mix-mash of processing, but tried to keep the natural sound of the recording. Hope you like it. Thanks to the JEMS crew for tapping me for this project!”

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