BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – ” The Steel Mill Tapes “

Posted: November 11, 2016 in MUSIC
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Bruce Springsteen with Steel Mill at the Garden State Parkway Blues at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ on April 24th, 1970
On bootleg releases the song is sometimes edited into separate segments and assigned fictitious titles such as “I Got A Woman”, “Mountain Child”, “Rhythm”, and “Sunlight Soldiers”. Bruce sometimes referred to the song by the title “The Alarm Clock Song”. Sometimes it’s a little confusing, so the titles below may be not correct, but on this bootleg they are named this way, anyway it’s written by Bruce in 1969 or early 1970, one song, and probably the longest performance ever by Bruce.

Earlier this year, Bruce Springsteen released “He’s Guilty (The Judge Song)” on the companion disc to his book Born to Run. It’s just one of many songs recorded by his pre-fame band Steel Mill, which existed from 1969 to 1971. They had a cult group of fans in Virginia and New Jersey, and they taped many of their shows. Shows from 1969 feature the group playing originals like “Sister Theresa” and “Going Back to Georgia” in addition to covers like “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “For What It’s Worth.” Springsteen already has a concert download website, so adding in the Steel Mill shows won’t be a big lift.

Steel Mill:
Bruce Springsteen
Danny Federici
Vini Lopez
Steve Van Zandt


1 I Got A Woman 00:00
2 Garden State Parkway Blues 3:21
3 Sunlight Soldiers 20:49

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