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Previously unreleased 1976 Radio broadcast. Broadcast live in early 1976 from L.A.’s legendary Roxy Theatre by that city’s KMET FM Radio, this dynamic set captures the former Velvet Underground front-man, Lou Reed, working through an eight song selection of some of his finest work he had released up to that juncture. Featuring a sublime ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’ dating back to the first VU album, ‘Lisa Says’, a song written at a similar time and indeed demoed by the Velvets but not released until it’s inclusion on Lou’s first, eponymous solo LP in 1972, and two cuts apiece from October ’75’s ‘Coney Island Baby’ (‘Kicks’ and the title track) and his then yet to be released ‘Rock and Roll Heart’ (I Believe In Love and You Wear It So Well) – a record not issued until October ’76. He was never going to get out alive however without performing …‘Wild Side’, thus a 10 minute rendition of this classic tune provides the penultimate number of this energetic performance.

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performing live July 7th, 1978 at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. The remarkable setlist includes no less than six premieres: “Rave On,” “Point Blank,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Independence Day,” “Raise Your Hand,” and “Twist And Shout.” This show and others on the Darkness tour in 1978 are considered some of the best shows Bruce will ever do. The new song “Independence Day” is performed for the first time and on the piano by Bruce. This is the only known time Bruce did this on the tour. “Point Blank” features different lyrics to later versions and the arrangement is slightly different. Also includes the first known tour performances of both “Raise Your Hand” and “Twist And Shout.” All this and he skipped “Jungleland?” Very few tickets to this concert ever made it into public, and right before the show Bruce learned that over half of the 500 seats in the Theatre were filled with people from the press and CBS, he asked half of them to leave as politely as he could, and give their tickets to fans waiting outside. This show was also one of the main sources for the official Live 1975-85 box set, which includes eight songs from this show – “Spirit In The Night,” “Paradise By The ”C,”” “Adam Raised A Cain,” “Growin’ Up” (with a few cuts during the story), “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City,” a heavily edited “Backstreets” with the “Sad Eyes” sequence removed and part of the third verse switched with a different performance, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” and “Raise Your Hand.” They sure picked the right show to do it, but they edited “Backstreets!” Originally broadcast on KMET FM Radio, this show unfortunately circulates as recordings from the radio broadcast unlike the other radio broadcasts from the 1978 which have pre-FM sources available. Recordings of this show have circulated on many unofficial LPs and on CDs since about 1980. In the U.K., a legal loophole provides companies to release unofficial bootlegs (surprising that Bruce has not sued them yet?). Recently, a first generation 7-1/2 IPS (inches per second) reel was found and transferred. The result is a substantial upgrade from all previous releases, with a more clearer sound and no pitch issues. But a new recording was given to a U.K. company from someone who recorded the broadcast on a perfectly new stereo equipment set. The result is here, clear with the quality it should have had in the first place. But still, since the theatre was small, you can still hear the audience yelling and shouting even though it is right from the board.

The Classic live FM broadcast of the legendary Roxy Theatre show, often regarded as one of the best shows ever. 3 cd set. available via Amazon.co.uk

07-Jul-1978 Los Angeles,CA The Roxy,USA
FIRST SET:
Rave On
Badlands
Spirit In The Night
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Candy’s Room
For You
Point Blank
The Promised Land
Prove It All Night
Racing In The Street
Thunder Road
SECOND SET:
Paradise By The C
Fire
Adam Raised A Cain
Mona
She’s The One
Growin’ Up
It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City
Backstreets (w/ Sad Eyes)
Heartbreak Hotel
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
ENCORES:
Independence Day (solo piano)
Born To Run
Because The Night
Raise Your Hand
Twist And Shout
FM broadcast – Premiere of Point Blank, Rave On and Independence Day is performed solo on piano for only time on the tour. Point Blank features different lyrics to later versions and is played slightly differently. Originally broadcast on FM Radio.

Lou Reed was touring in support of “Rock and Roll Heart”, when he rolled into L.A.’s Roxy and played a set that was recorded for later radio broadcast. Lou Reed and his road band (which included Michael Fonfara on keys and Marty Fogel on sax) sound like they’re having a fine time, and with free jazz legend Don Cherry sitting in, the band’s frequent jams give this an exploratory feel that sets it apart from some of Reed’s other live sets of the period.

Lou Reed himself is in a loose and playful mood (at least by his standards), occasionally goofing on the lyrics, and reveling the opportunity to make noises with a new guitar synthesizer. The set does include two lesser-known tunes from Rock and Roll Heart, ‘You Wear It So Well’ and ‘I Believe in Love,’ and the extended improvisations will make this worth a listen for serious Lou Reed fans!!, Available now from Amazon on
LP – 140 Gram Double transparent vinyls (White and Blue)