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bruce roxy

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

07-Jul-1978 Los Angeles,CA The Roxy,USA
Rave On
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
Paradise By The C
Adam Raised A Cain
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)
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.

Southern Accents In The Sunshine State (2Cd)

2CD FM BROADCAST CAPTURES TOM PETTY s COMPLETE 1993 Homecoming Concert, I think this is excellent. It’s a fine record of Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers at his absolute peak, and it’s both exciting and satisfying. Stephen C O’Connell Center, Florida, University Of Florida,
Gainesville, Florida; November 4, 1993.

This is an FM radio broadcast of a 1993 concert in Gainesville, Florida. It’s a good, varied set with fine performances of real classics like Learning To Fly, Refugee, Don’t Come Around Here No More and many others, which makes it, among other things, a great reminder of how many brilliant songs Tom and the Heartbreakers have recorded. There is also a good smattering of more rare tracks and some covers, some of which are very good and some of which – like Something In The Air – don’t work so well. Mike Campbell’s guitar playing is superb throughout. The track selection includes most of the standards but also some material that to my knowledge has never been recorded

The sound is very good. It’s certainly plenty clear enough to forget about sound quality and enjoy the music, and although occasionally there are some of the usual balance and fade problems with a live recording they don’t interfere. The engineers have done a fine job on the balance of audience noise and music, capturing the genuine excitement of the event without interfering with the sound of the band overmuch. There are some great audience moments, like them all singing “And I’m free falling,” or all yelling “Stop!” in exactly the right places in Don’t Come Around Here, which really get the thrill of the concert and make me wish I’d been there. (I join in anyway, mind you.) There’s a bit of chat in which you can feel Tom Petty’s rapport with the audience, but not too much. It’s pretty well an ideal live recording,
I’m a bit dubious about the release of old live material nowadays after some terrible-quality recordings have been released over the last few years, but I think this is a terrific album and it’s warmly recommended.


Now available at Amazon.UK

Talking headbostonteparty

Available now from Amazon, these two cd set are the same show Featuring an excellent radio broadcast from Talking Heads in August 1979 when, back on home turf in Boston, Massachusetts, the band played a rip roaring set to those smart enough to have bought a ticket and those lucky enough to have been living in the greater Boston vicinity to whom local FM radio transmitted the entire proceedings. Included as bonus tracks on this disc are the two cuts the group had played on Saturday Night live a few months before, which in completion, make for a superb package of Talking Heads music from a time when this ground breaking collective were the hottest thing around and the name on every hipsters lips.

talking heads boston

Recorded at The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979. FM Broadcast. The 1979 Talking Heads tour, promoting the release of their “Fear Of Music” album, would be the last to feature the stripped down quartet lineup and the first to gain them significantly more exposure in America. They had established themselves in Europe, America was just catching on to what an intriguing and captivating live band they were. one of the wildest and most memorable performances on this breakthrough tour. With the original B52’s opening this show, there was plenty of momentum before The Heads even hit the stage. This, combined with playing before an intelligent and relatively home turf audience, ignited an inspired performance. These excerpts, originally broadcast via the King Biscuit Flower Hour, capture several highlights from this memorable night. The band’s sound was clearly evolving, containing more complex rhythmic structures and song arrangements. The new songs had increasingly funny, yet even more thought-provoking lyrics. The overt awkwardness that frontman David Byrne often displayed onstage was just beginning to be perceived as the uninhibited expression that it really was, with many now dancing to it. His unusual vocal affectations were engaging and the music was clearly beginning to resonate more deeply, particularly in a live context. “Stay Hungry” begins the recording in a somewhat ominous style, with Jerry Harrison‘s keyboards adding even creepier textures than the album version. “Cities,” a track from Fear Of Music follows. It’s a galloping romp through Byrne’s stream of consciousness thoughts about city life. The last three tracks are all classics and equally fantastic performances. First up is a thoroughly engaging rendition of the non-album single side “(My Love Goes To A) Building On Fire.” The “Psycho Killer” that closes this set is outstanding, featuring Byrne firmly in the land of no self-consciousness and the entire group ripping into a wild jam with Byrne and Harrison both blazing on guitars. (Think of the heavy psychedelic fuzz guitar jam in the middle of The Chambers Brothers “Time Has Come Today” and you wouldn’t be far off). Following an ecstatic audience demanding more, they return for an encore of their unique take on Al Green’s “Take Me To The River”. Originally a gospel number, Talking Heads completely redefine the song and in the process make it their own. Shortly after this tour, Talking Heads would begin overtly expanding their musical parameters. Their studio recordings would soon reach an unparalleled intensity (and density) on their next album. They would make truly inspired choices at augmenting the stage band, without diluting any of their originality. With the help of MTV and its heavy rotation of the music video for “Once In A Lifetime” the following year, the band’s music would reach a much broader audience.