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Bruce Springsteen is continuing his live Archive Series of CDs which began last year with the release of the Apollo Theater, New York City concert of March 12, 2012 and the Agora Theatre, Cleveland show of August 9, 1978 (from The Darkness on the Edge of Town tour). The newest release, for which pre-orders began Tuesday, takes fans back to the Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, on December 31, 1975 when Springsteen and the E Street Band held the stage for an electrifying night.

The last night of 1975 was also the last night of the Born to Run tour. As the press information for this new release indicates, “engineer Jimmy Iovine brought The Record Plant Remote truck out for the occasion. Front of house recordings of this show have circulated for years, along with partial tapes of stereo mixes from the multi-tracks. This marks the first time the entire show has been mixed for release.”
Toby Scott at Thrill Hill remixed the tracks just last month, and Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering mastered them for this release. The nineteen-song rock and roll extravaganza includes seven of the eight songs from Born to Run (sorry, “Meeting Across the River” fans) as well as favorites from Springsteen’s first two albums (“It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City,” “4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy),” “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight”) and choice covers such as the epic reinvention of The Animals’ “It’s My Life,” “Mountain of Love,” “Pretty Flamingo,” the Detroit Medley, “Quarter to Three” and the show-closing “Twist and Shout.”

As with the other releases in Springsteen’s live series, Tower Theater Philadelphia 1975 is available in multiple formats: MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless , HD-Audio FLAC-HD or ALAC-HD) and CD. CDs will not begin shipping until March 1, but those purchasing the CD have the usual option to pay extra to obtain MP3s now.

All three volumes of The Bruce Springsteen Archive Series – plus a number of recent concerts from 2014 – are available at Springsteen’s official live store for download and physical purchase.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tower Theater Philadelphia 1975
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Spirit in the Night
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
It’s My Life
She’s the One
Born to Run
Pretty Flamingo
It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Mountain of Love
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Detroit Medley
Quarter to Three
Thunder Road
Twist and Shout

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band took the stage at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre and Ballroom on August 9th, 1978. This is the official released soundboard in the highest quality audio (HD) Imagine hearing Springsteen go from “Racing in the Street” into “Thunder Road” into “Jungleland” – and then he comes back out for the second half of the show. This epic Cleveland set is from August 9th, 1978, a highlight of the fabled Darkness tour, simulcast on local station WMMS. Springsteen burns through classics like “Rosalita” (with a snippet of the Village People’s “Macho Man”), castoff gems like “Fire” and covers from “Summertime Blues” to “Twist and Shout.” The peak is the 10-minute “Prove It All Night,” with the long, moody guitar-piano intro. This is simply the greatest live album the greatest of live rockers has ever officially released.



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  • New from the Bruce Springsteen Archives, transferred from the stereo reel-to-reel tapes via the Plangent Process and mastered at Gateway Mastering.  HD files are 24 bit / 192 kHz.
  • I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock’n Roll Hall Of Fame.  The tapes were part of an exclusive Springsteen exhibit “Asbury Park to the Promised Land”.  It wasn’t until the request to release this show came up that the tapes needed to be found.  Not at Sony, not at Thrill Hill Archives, not at the archiving company.  Last known location was the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame.  They informed me what box to look in and there they were, marked with the original indication of speed, tracks and show date.I had the tapes delivered to Plangent Processes for evaluation and transfer, if they seemed to be of adequate quality.  After comparison to other copies of this show, this was the best version and potentially the original master tapes. Plangent transferred all seven reels using their unique process, which corrects any speed variations for accurate playback.  This eliminates the wow and flutter usually found in the playback of any analog tape.  This new transfer to the digital domain was done at 192 (samples per second) with 24 bit resolution.  The resulting digital files were sent to Gateway Mastering for evaluation and mastering, as was done to the Box Set Volume 1, recently released to critical acclaim.  The resulting new master will give a renewed vigor to the already exciting show.
  • Just over a month after Bruce Springsteen launched his archival concert project, the E Street Band rocker has updated the download service with one of the most in-demand gigs from his legendary “Darkness on the Edge of Town” jaunt: An August 9th, 1978 performance from Cleveland, Ohio’s Agora Theatre and Ballroom.The Agora show was originally simulcast in its entirety by local rock station WMMS to celebrate that radio station’s 10th anniversary, The concert kicks off with a rendition of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” before Springsteen and the E Street Band deliver a setlist packed with Darkness tracks mixed with covers like “Gloria,” “Not Fade Away” and concert closer “Twist and Shout.” The Agora show also features the unique Darkness tour second set opener “Paradise By the ‘C’.”As the concert was broadcast over the radio, bootleg copies of the gig have circulated for years, giving it a near-mythological reputation among fans. However, this archival release marks the first time the performance has been officially released. The concert offers pristine sound quality thanks to a stereo mix cultivated from seven 1/4-inch reels  that Springsteen’s concert archivist Toby Scott unearthed after repeated requests to release the concert “I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame,
  • The Agora concert is available to download now at, while CD copies of the live album will start shipping January 23rd 2015.


Live show from the broadcast Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978, and another famous set available now through Amazon,
Bruce Springsteen surprised diehard fans over the holidays, releasing the first-ever official recording of his legendary and much-bootlegged August 9th, 1978, concert with the E Street Band at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre. The new stereo mix was available for download only at first, but a 3-CD set has just been released via

To mark the occasion, we’re featuring photographs taken that night by Clevelander Bob Ferrell, who was at the Agora working as a freelancer for Cleveland rock station WMMS/100.7-FM and Columbia Records. The Agora show was staged by WMMS to celebrate its 10th anniversary and was simulcast to other radio markets in the Midwest. One of Ferrell’s photos is featured on the cover of the new CD set.

Ferrell, then sales manager of Scene magazine, did a lot of side work as a photographer for WMMS, local record stores and national record companies with offices in Cleveland. Ferrell says he was a big fan of Springsteen, enjoyed the show, but had no inkling he was a witness to history.
“I photographed a lot of shows back then,” he said. “It was a great show, but I had no idea it would live on for so many years to be honest.”

Ferrell says he was positioned in front of the audience at the concert, kneeling just in front of the Agora’s stage. He was armed with two cameras and three lenses — a 24-millimeter wide angle, a 50mm and an 85mm. He says a fan jostled him just before the show began, cracking the 24mm lens. He hopped in his car, rushed home and found a 28mm lens, and hurried back to the concert. He arrived just before showtime, having miraculously secured an on-street parking space near the Agora.
The Agora concert captured Springsteen and the E Street Band at the height of their powers, after the success of “Born to Run” and just as “Darkness on the Edge of Town” was being released. Bootlegs of the show — recorded over the radio — have circulated for decades, making the Agora concert a favorite among diehard Springsteen fans.

Even Ferrell had a bootleg cassette copy, which he loved to play for friends while recounting his brush with history. “I lost the cassette somewhere, but Springsteen’s people said they were gonna send me a free copy of the CD as part of the deal to use my photo for the cover,” said Ferrell.

The Boss, of course, paid him for use of the photograph, too. “I’ve sold a few photos from the concert over the years,” said Ferrell. “I don’t have website, or digital copies of the photographs. But sometimes people track me down and I sell them a print.”

1. Summertime Blues
2. Badlands
3. Spirit In The Night

4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
5. Factory
6. The Promised Land
7. Prove It All Night
8. Racing in the Street
9. Thunder Road
10. Jungleland

1. Paradise By The “C”
2. Fire
3. Sherry Darling
4. Not Fade Away – Gloria – She’s The One
5. Growin’ Up
6. Backstreets
7. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
2. Born to Run
3. Because the Night
4. Raise Your Hand

1. Twist and Shout