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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA on February 5th 1975. Held as a benefit for the 270+ seat coffeehouse This Is the Soundboard Recording for “Prodigal Son At The Main Point” (Prodigal Son)

On this day 40 years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played a gig at a coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania called The Main Point. With a capacity of just 300 and an assortment of homemade baked goods, The Main Point was a popular venue amidst Philadelphia’s folk music movement in the 1970s. Everyone from Leonard Cohen to Jackson Browne to Cat Stevens would hit The Main Point’s stage during its heyday, but no concert was more revered than the one Bruce Springsteen gave on February 5th, 1975.

Coming six months before the release of “Born to Run”, the setlist included the live debut of “Thunder Road” (then known as “Wings of Wheels”) as well as spirited, extended versions of “Kitty’s Back”, “New York City Serenade”, “Rosalita”, and “For You”. Rounding out the set were covers of Bob Dylan’s “I Want You”, Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.”, and Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love”.

The concert was broadcast live on-air by Philadelphia radio station WMMR and since emerged as one of the most popular bootleg recordings. Listen to the full stunning 18-song, 160-minute performance.


01. Intro – Incident On 57th Street 0:00:00
03. *Mountain Of Love 0:10:34
04. Born To Run 0:13:56
05. The E Street Shuffle 0:18:44
06. *Thunder Road “Wings for Wheels” 0:31:41
07. I Want You (Bob Dylan cover) 0:38:09
08. Spirit In The Night 0:45:10
09. She’s The One 0:51:29
10. Growin’ Up 0:57:59
11. It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City 1:01:25
12. Jungleland 1:05:33
13. Kitty’s Back 1:15:23
14. New York City Serenade 1:27:07
15. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 1:47:01
16. 4th of July, Asbury Park 1:59:37
17. A Love So Fine / Shout 2:06:24
18. For You 2:15:28
19. *Back in the U.S.A. (Chuck Berry cover) 2:23:50

Bruce is introduced by Ed Sciaky to start the broadcast. Suki Lahav played violin and added backing vocals on several tracks as well as Gerry Tallant and Clarence Clemons

The Band 
Bruce Springsteen, vocals, guitar
Clarence Clemons, saxophone, backing vocals
Garry Tallant, bass, backing vocals
Danny Federici, organ, accordion
Roy Bittan, piano
Max Weinberg, drums
Suki Lahav, violin, backing vocals


There have been several versions of this concert released as bootlegs.
Whilst I have not received a copy of the CD yet to confirm the concert is accepted as ‘essential for the Jackson Browne fan.The concert was recorded at The Main Point, Brym Mawr, PA on the 7th September 1975.
The show was broadcast on station WMMR-FM and of course many people taped it! Hence the plethora of bootleg CDs released.

The show was for a series of benefits and therefore was advert free!
Because of the long length the ‘taper’ had to turn the tape over or switch and there was a slight delay between “Son For Adam” and “Cocaine” but of course different sources may have resolved this.


From my research when Runaway was finished the poor DJ on WMMR-FM thought the concert was over and started his closing the show spiel.But then there was an encore!.Other bootlegs spliced alternative sources for the final track.