Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Richmond, VA (03/17/72)

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The Bruce Springsteen Band
Live At Richmond, Virginia
March 17, 1972
Richmond Arena

Download: FLAC/MP3

Non ‹ber Project Volume One: Richmond, VA 1972/03/17

DISC 1
DO IT WITH A FEELING (10:36)
CHEROKEE QUEEN (5:54)
LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND (9:22)
MAMA I’M COMING HOME (7:44)
NOT FADE AWAY / BO DIDDLEYíS A GUNSLINGER (8:50)
HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN (12:20)
WHEN YOU DANCE (13:54)

DISC 2
WHEN YOU DANCE* (13:54)
GOINí BACK TO GEORGIA (6:08)
GOT MY MOJO WORKINí (7:53)
ITíS ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE (11:55)

*Included On Both Discs.

THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND
Bruce Springsteen: Guitar, Vocals
Garry Tallent: Bass
Vini Lopez: Drums
Steve Van Zandt: Guitar, Vocals
David Sancious: Keyboards

Compiled by Audio2575, Special thanks to Pedro, Greasylake, Brucebase, Springsteenlirycs.com,Backstreets, Night, Tinker West and the man himself: Bruce Springsteen.

Stereo Soundboard Recording > 1/4″ – 2 Track Reel Tape > Cassete Tape > .WAV > ProTools

Welcome to the NON-Uber Series release of a great classic concert from the Bruce Springsteen Band. This is Volume 1 of what I hope will be many more to come.

In this set, all songs are in stereo, which was not available for any of the songs, including “Cherokee Queen” and “Hoochie Coochie Man” which have always been in mono. “Mama I’m Comin’ Home” is certainly a highlight here– the definitive recording of it, as well as a rockin’ song. “When You Dance” is a near complete recording with only a small dropout (as the March 14 rehearsal also has), but gains points as being a much more high energy live performance than the rehearsal take, with comparable sound quality and fantastic stereo guitar play between Bruce and Steve.

This recording comes from a set of 2 cassette tapes that I acquired in 1983 from a guy at a record store in Bloomfield, NJ. The tapes somehow got lost in the shuffle, and I had actually listened to them many years ago, but had thought that I now had these recordings on CD. I recently discovered the two tapes while trying to find songs for my “20th Century Songs” set.

When I had found these tapes earlier this year, I had hoped that as the UBER series of recording was being released, that this recording would help to dislodge some of the long held recordings that the “old fans” have in their possession and are kept between a small group of collectors, for the rest of the Bruce community to never hear. Unfortunately, this plan to uncover more lost gems like this was not successful… so, this is my offering to you. As I go through the remainder of these old tapes, I hope to discover more of the same.

Audio2575 – GreasyLake.org

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Buffalo, NY (11/22/09)

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Bruce Springsteen
Greetings From Buffalo Dream Night Upgrade
Crystal Cat Records, CC 978-980
HSBC Arena
Buffalo, NY, USA
November 22 2009

Links removed, officially released.

Original Silver Discs –> EAC (Secure) –> Waw –> Flac Level 8 & Align
EAC Log Files, md5 Files (Flac & Waw), Disc Scans Included

101 – Intro
102 – Wrecking Ball
103 – The Ties That Bind
104 – Hungry Heart
105 – Working On A Dream
106 – Introducing Greetings
107 – Blinded By The Light
108 – Growin’ Up
109 – Mary Queen Of Arkansas
110 – Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street
111 – Lost In The Flood
112 – The Angel
113 – For You
114 – Spirit In The Night
115 – It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City

201 – Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
202 – The Promised Land
203 – Restless Nights
204 – Surprise Surprise
205 – Green Onions
206 – Merry Christmas Baby
207 – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
208 – (I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
209 – Boom Boom
210 – My Love Will Not Let You Down
211 – Long Walk Home
212 – The Rising
213 – Born To Run
214 – Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

301 – Intro
302 – I’ll Work For Your Love
303 – Thunder Road
304 – American Land
305 – Dancing In The Dark
306 – Rosalita
307 – Higher And Higher
308 – Rockin’ All Over The World
309 – My Generation*
310 – The Wrestler*
311 – This Life*
312 – Detroit Medley*
313 – Wooly Bully*

* = Bonus Tracks

309-313 Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA, May 08 2009

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Dublin, Ireland (05/06/06)

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Bruce Springsteen
Silent T – The Seeger Sessions in Dublin
Point Depot
Dublin, Ireland
5-May-2006

Download: FLAC/MP3

CD-R (taper, equipment unknown) > CDEX > FLAC

Setlist
01 – O Mary Don’t You Weep
02 – John Henry
03 – Johnny 99
04 – Old Dan Tucker
05 – Eyes on the Prize
06 – Jesse James
07 – Adam Raised a Cain
08 – Erie Canal
09 – My Oklahoma Home
10 – Mrs. McGrath
11 – How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
12 – Jacob’s Ladder
13 – We Shall Overcome
14 – Open All Night
15 – Pay Me My Money Down
16 – My City of Ruins
17 – Buffalo Gals
18 – You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
19 – When the Saints Go Marching In

From the original uploader:
Here, somewhat belatedly, is the first European show, and arguably the first show of the tour proper.

I was there and it was an amazing show, real fun, with a very eager audience.

The title is a reference to the correct pronunciation of “McGrath”. He explains how he was chastised about this in the intro, which is at the end of the track with ‘My Oklahoma Home’. The pronunciation regressed on the subsequent BBC concert, so while the setlist may not be unique, this show may be only one with him getting that surname right!

The sound quality is ok, but could do with some improvement. Rather than fiddle with it, I have left this exactly as on the CD-Rs, so someone with better software and mixing skills will have an untainted source. If someone would like to do a remix, here are some areas in need of attention:
* The volume level is low and need normalising.
* May need more bass.
* There is some hiss on ‘s’ sounds, I noticed this on ‘My City of Ruins’

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Mobile, AL (02/21/81)

bruce springsteen - mobile 1981 - a night of singing dancing and howling

Bruce Springsteen
A Night Of Singing, Dancing & Howling
‘Label’: Ev2
February 21, 1981.
Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL

Source:
Master Cassettes (TDK-SA-90)> 1G safety copy TDK-SA-90>
TEAC cassette deck> JVC 5010 standalone> TDK Audio CDR’s (0)
Conversion: TDK Audio CDR’s (0) > EAC (Secure Mode) > TLH > Flac

TAPER: Freezer

Download: FLAC/MP3

Disc One:
01 Prove It All Night
02 Two Hearts
03 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
04 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
05 Independence Day
06 Who’ll Stop The Rain?
07 The Promised Land
08 Out In The Street
09 Intro / “Fight To Make This True”
10 This Land Is Your Land
11 Piano Intro
12 The River
13 Badlands
14 Thunder Road

Disc Two:
01 Cadillac Ranch
02 Sherry Darling
03 Hungry Heart
04 Fire
05 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
06 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
07 For You
08 Wreck On The Highway
09 Point Blank
10 Candy’s Room
11 Ramrod
12 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Disc Three:
01 I’m A Rocker
02 Jungleland
03 Born To Run
04 Detroit Medley (w/ I Hear A Train)

05 Intro / “I asked Him Where Vietnam Was”
06 The River
07 War
08 The Promised Land
09 I’m On Fire
10 Intro / “My Favorite Elvis Song”
11 Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc 3 tracks 5 – 10: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA. September 29, 1985. (MarkP)

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A very good audience tape, with the only problem being the taper’s girlfriend shouting and screaming A LOT.
She screams almost all the time through ’10th Avenue’ but other than that, I can’t say it bothers that much –
I’d say it pissed me off the most when she keeps screaming during the quiet parts of Jungleland.
I don’t usually get any recordings with a lot of screaming/shouting near taper, but on this show the good sound makes up for it enough.

Thanks a lot to mr. Freezer for taping the show and sharing this gem.

Little editing note: Reduced volume during some screaming parts between songs. One of the great performances of Sandy.

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Taper Notes:

I had a girlfriend who wanted to “sing” along all night. And she is LOUD and off-key and out of time
(you’ll love the first few songs in set 2…….) IF I had pulled that whistle out, she’d have
tooted it all night, her singing is bad enough….but it can be ignored IF you’re really a Boss fan….
(I was, this was my 7th show since 1975….in 1976 I had seat ! in row A and he jumped off the
stage in front of me while I was taping, looked at me, laughed and ran out into the audience……)
But as regards my then-girlfriend:
You’ll thrill to her duet with Bruce on Hungry Heart……
You’ll marvel at her version of Sherry Darlin’…..
You’ll be shaking your head as she joins in on the choruses of Fire….
You’ll be pissed off at me for not telling her to shut up…
But, hey, I was “in love” … she was so cute…..but she kept quiet through other shows, bands
like Ramones, Squeeze, John Cale, The Who, Snakefinger……I figured I owed her a night to get
sloppy drunk and sing and dance and howl at a concert…..Now, you too will get a chance to enjoy
her 25 years after the fact……Freezer

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Toronto, Canada (01/21/81)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, ON
January 21, 1981

Download: FLAC/MP3

mackeck master via JEMS

Recording Gear: handheld portable cassette recorder with built-in mic

2013 Transfer: Maxell UD-90 master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth-adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96 Audacity 2.0 capture) > iZotope RX 3 click removal and gap fixes > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (patch / edit / index) > xACT > FLAC

Seamless transfer, suggested CD breaks below…

101 Night
102 Out In The Street
103 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
104 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
105 Independence Day (10 second patch)
106 Who’ll Stop The Rain
107 Prove It All Night
108 Two Hearts
109 The Promised Land
110 The Price You Pay
111 The River
112 Badlands
113 Thunder Road
201 Cadillac Ranch
202 Sherry Darling
203 Hungry Heart
204 Fire
205 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
206 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
207 Growin’ Up
208 Fade Away
209 Stolen Car
210 Wreck On The Highway
211 Candy’s Room
212 Ramrod
213 Backstreets
301 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (7 second patch)
302 I’m A Rocker
303 Jungleland
304 Born To Run
305 Detroit Medley
306 Raise Your Hand

Known faults:
-Independence Day: 7 seconds patched with Recorder 2 (pitch corrected)
-Rosalita: 10 seconds patched with Recorder 1 (pitch corrected)
-Several recorder bumps were removed, 1 or 2 remain that could not be seamlessly removed

JEMS is pleased to present a previously uncirculated and complete master recording of the second night of Toronto ’81. It’s also the second show from the work of the taper(s) mackeck.

d.j.mackeck reached out earlier this year to report that his dad had recorded several Bruce shows between 1978 and 1984 in their hometown of Toronto, as well as cities within spitting distance like Detroit and Buffalo. He was kind enough to ship an initial batch of three masters, from which we made fresh transfers here at JEMS South.

The shows were recorded on a small portable recorder with built-in mic (likely a Toshiba or Sony, but memories have faded) in mono. As with the Buffalo ’80 recording, mackeck manages to avoid most audience chatter or noise, yielding a recording that is clear, relatively close, consistent and highly listenable. It only needed two small patches as noted above.

The only material flaw in this new Toronto recording was again micro gaps, like those found on the Buffalo master, only this time there were even more of them. In 50-60 random spots across the three hours, the recorder cuts out momentarily leaving an audible gap.

On the Toronto recording, the micro gaps are all well under a second in length, though absolutely noticeable. But happily for us, it isn’t 1981 but 2013 and audio technology has come a long way. Using iZotope RX and its magical “Spectral Repair” plug in, JEMS was able to repair the gaps in a manner that should make most of them inaudible to all but the most committed and headphone-wearing trainspotter. It was a more challenging tape to repair than Buffalo, but the end result is still quite remarkable. Samples provided.

As for the show itself, the second night of Toronto is obviously not nearly as well known as the first, for which there is an extant 90 minute soundboard recording (we will be doing mackeck’s 1/20/81 recording next). But like a lot of second nights, it is probably the more spirited performance. These would prove to be the fading days for some River classics, as this would be one of the last ten outings for “The Price You Pay” and “Fade Away,” both of which are sublime here, as are other tour stalwarts, “Stolen Car” and “Wreck on the Highway.” This early in ’81 it is still a classic River tour show, just one you haven’t heard very often.

To take this one the last mile and provide the patching is our comrade and the unchallenged king of multiple source recordings, MJK5510. Thanks to him for final finishing and prepping.

Big big thanks to d.j. mackeck and his dad for loaning JEMS their masters and recording the show in the first place.

BK for JEMS
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Recorder Information
Recorder 1: River Floor Version / ‘From Asbury Park In Love’
Recorder 2: Incomplete 14 song tape transfer (mjk5510)
Recorder 3: ‘Mackeck’ Master Tape Transfer

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Chicago, IL (10/11/80)

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Uptown Theatre
Chicago, Illinois
October 11, 1980
(1st Generation via the DS Archives)

Download: FLAC/MP3

Transfer: 1st Generation Tape > Nakamichi DR-1 (azimuth adjusted) > MacBook Pro > Audacity > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / tweak / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Prove It All Night
02 Badlands
03 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
04 For You
05 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
06 Wreck On The Highway
07 Factory
08 Jackson Cage
09 Out In The Street
10 The Promised Land
11 The River
12 Racing In The Street
13 Thunder Road
14 Jungleland
15 Good Rockiní Tonight
16 Cadillac Ranch
17 Fire
18 Sherry Darling
19 Here She Comes > I Wanna Marry You
20 The Ties That Bind
21 Point Blank
22 Crush On You
23 Ramrod
24 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
25 Because The Night
26 Stolen Car
27 Backstreets
28 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
29 Born To Run
30 Detroit Medley
31 Raise Your Hand

From the original uploader:
This is the first in a series of potential upgrades from longtime taper/trader, Dan Scripsema. First, a little history behind Dan and his archives, Dan began taping & trading in the mid 1970ís after noticing a taper at a Bob Seger show in 1976. He decided heíd purchase a deck himself and give it a go but the cheap deck he bought at the time did not give him the desired results. So, in 1978 , he upgraded to an Aiwa deck with an external mic which improved his quality, however, this rig was short lived after being caught in Kalamazoo, MI and the deck was damaged in the ensuing, as Dan describes it ìconfrontationî. Around this same time he began making contact with other traders and amassing a collection.

In 1979 he invested in a Sony D5 with a shotgun mic but with Bruce off the road at that time it wasnít until 1980 he was really able to put the new rig to use. It was during this time that he and some of his fellow trading buddies organized a national tape traders directory, he obtained vital information from fellow tapers/traders, categorized it and an early version of the tape traders tree was born. This set the group up for the early October start of the River tour. As the River tour took off, Dan covered most of the shows within driving distance of his home in West Michigan. The band of tapers which included such legendary tapers well known here, think Persic, Kivak, JEMS, etc., continued into the summer of 1981.

Before the Detroit shows in July of 1981 there was a gathering of the group at Danís house. From a personal aspect this was a very important gathering for Dan, the group bussed down to Detroit for the shows and it was on this bus trip that Dan met his wife of 33 years. Incidentally, Danís friend and fellow taper Lou Hill met his future wife on this same bus trip.

The collaboration continued for the Born In The USA Tour but as Tunnel Of Love hit the stores the responsibilities of family and fatherhood took over so everything was packed up and put away.

We fast forward to 2005 with things unchanged until a water pipe burst in Danís basement and much of his collection was lost. Luckily for us though, most of the Bruce archives were stored separately and survived.

That brings us to the second night in Chicago 1980, having to miss the first night due to work responsibilities a friend in Chicago hooked him up with tickets for the second night. He decided due to the venue size, not knowing where his seats were located and the fact he already had a friend taping that he would not be taping this show. The friend taping is the source of this 1st generation tape.

The two sold out October Chicago shows in the 4800 seat Uptown Theatre were part of a handful of early River tour theatre shows. These two shows prompted the addition of an arena show on November 20th due to the large number of fans who werenít able to get in to either show.

The early River shows donít seem to suffer from the same sound issues as the early Darkness shows, Clair Brothers Audio didnít appear to have any problems going from arenas to theatres and the sound is dialed in pretty quickly on this night, being the second night in the same venue couldnít have hurt either.
The show itself follows the basic set list for the first leg of the tour and is heavy in River material, the LP having just been released the day before. One slight addition to this show was an early set tour debut of ëFor Youí followed by a songs of despair mini set of ëDarkness On The Edge Of Towní, ëWreck On The Highwayí and ëFactoryí. Two nights later ëWreck On The Highwayí would be moved to its’ permanent place in the second set. Another tour premiere opens the second set in the high energy ëGood Rockiní Tonightí. Any personal recollections of the show have faded with the years.

Not only is this a nice material upgrade in sound, though far from perfect and should not be considered a top tier River show quality wise, but the between song edits found on the circulating versions are completely in tack here making for a much more pleasant and accurate listening experience. This in combination with the theatre setting gives this one a real ìyou are thereî feel absent from the previous releases of this show. The richness of Bruceís vocals comes through nicely, particularly on the slower songs. Samples provided.

At this point there are a handful of people we need to give some thanks to for helping to bring this show to you. First, earlmv for making the initial contact with Dan through Jungleland in regards to this specific show, earlmv put the word out that Dan wanted to get his archives into general circulation but someone was needed in the states to cut down on the cost. Next, oats1jvo picked up the ball with a follow up contact with Dan on how the best way to proceed would be. Oats1jvo put Dan and I in contact with each other and we are off and running. As with all my non JEMS postings, a huge thanks to E from JEMS for the lending of his backup DR-1 so more shows can continue to get into circulation.

And lastly, the biggest thanks to Dan for hanging onto his archives for all those years and his generosity in wanting to share it with us all. Please show your appreciation to all these folks in your comments.

Iím not sure whatís in store down the road but this is a worthy addition and upgrade to Bruceís River Tour legacy.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – New Haven, CT (05/18/77)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
New Haven, CT
March 18, 1977
“Official Audience Recording”
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Five
JEMS Archive

Download: FLAC/MP3

JEMS 2015 Transfers

Tracks 1-3: CB master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX4 > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Tracks 3-13: Low generation cassette > 1994 DAT > Fostex D-5 > Sound Devices UBSPre2 > iZtotope RX > pitch correction > iZotope Ozone and MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / patch / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Night
02 Don’t Look Back
03 Spirit in the Night
04 It’s My Life
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She’s the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (w/ Miami Horns)
08 Action in the Streets (w/ Miami Horns)
09 Backstreets
10 Jungleland
11 Rosalita (w/Miami Horns)
12 Born to Run
13 Quarter to Three (w/ Miami Horns)

Known Faults:
– Night: alternate source

– Don’t Look Back: alternate source

– Spirit In The Night: first 3:22 patched with alternate source
– She’s The One: 18 seconds patched with alternate source

Welcome to the fifth chapter of JEMS’ Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce’s remarkable 1977 tour. For the full history of our obsession with this era and the back story on these “Official Audience Tapes,” please refer to the notes in Vol. One found here:

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=38539

Installment No. 5 brings Springsteen to New Haven, Connecticut, as the tour settles into its final shows in the northeast, six of which are still to follow. For me, this is a period of near perfection in terms of the caliber of the performances and the sense of urgency that’s palpable in the recordings.

There may be only 13 songs in the set, but Bruce and the band are making every one of them count. My typical listening to material from ’77 has tended to focus on the unique songs, like “Action in the Streets” and “It’s My Life.” But in preparing this show, I was struck by just how good the “standard” songs are. Bruce sings “Spirit in the Night” and “Thunder Road” with every bit as much conviction as he does “Don’t Look Back,” and we all know how special “Backstreets” is every night in ’77. Fresh ears also picked out a lot of distinctive guitar work from Steve and Bruce that I felt I had never noticed before. “We tore it apart and put it together again” indeed.

New Haven is the final “official audience” source in the JEMS Archive. I consider it the best recording of the five, sounding just a bit closer, sharper and with better instrument separation than the previous four. It came to us from a different source than the first four (an insider, not a collector), so it may also be a generation to the good comparitively. But it is incomplete, joined in progress during “Spirit.”

Happily, our pal CB taped the show as well and loaned us his master cassettes. The CB source was previously released by Fanatic; we did a fresh transfer for this release. CB told me he taped from the back of the arena and it sounds like it, but the recording is still clear and fills in what’s missing from the better source to give us the complete New Haven show. Samples provided.

Special thanks yet again to: M and J from JEMS for pulling out our many versions of these DATs and helping make new transfers; to CB, one of “The Original Two” who got the whole Springsteen taping hobby started; the folks on the Stone Pony message board whose thread sparked this series; and to mjk5510 who takes our bits and bobs and gets them all pretty for you.

When the ’77 series returns, we’ll revisit Toronto, Detroit and Toledo, all from fresh master transfers. Until then, enjoy New Haven, and better still, add your thoughts about the show and the recording in the comments.
By JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Toronto, Canada (02/13/77)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
Maple Leaf Gardens Concert Bowl
Toronto, ON
February 13, 1977
JEMS Master
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Six
24/96 Edition

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: Teac M-100 microphone > Sony TC-153SD cassette recorder

JEMS 2015 Transfer: master cassettes > Nakamichi 670 azimuth-adjusted playback > Wavelab 24/96 > iZotope RX4 > iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Night
02 Rendezvous
03 Spirit in the Night
04 It’s My Life
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She’s the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (w/ Miami Horns)
08 Something In The Night
09 Growin’ Up
10 Action in the Streets (w/ Miami Horns)
11 Backstreets
12 Jungleland
13 Rosalita (w/ Miami Horns)
14 Raise Your Hand (w/ Miami Horns)
15 Born to Run

Known Faults:
None

Welcome to the sixth edition of JEMS’ Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce’s remarkable 1977 tour. For the full history of our obsession with this era and the back story on these “Official Audience Tapes,” please refer to the notes in Vol. One found here:

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=38539

Installment No. 6 rewinds to the first week of the tour and a 15-song set at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, the legendary hockey arena, set up in its Concert Bowl configuration which cut the arena to half its normal size. It is the first of three JEMS master recordings done on the ’77 tour, and, dare I say, we think you’re going to like this one quite a bit.

Toronto ’77 has circulated among collectors since not long after J taped it that frosty February. A master-to-DAT transfer was done in the early days of the format, copies of which almost certainly provided the source for releases like Soul Crusaders (E Street) and No Trouble In Receiver (EV2). It’s long been one of the better audience recordings of the tour, but it has never sounded as good as it could. This marks the first direct digital transfer of the master, and every step along the chain, from the azimuth-adjusted playback to high-resolution capture to final mastering, is superior to what was done to DAT 25 (how can it be?) years ago. Additionally, it lacks some of the minor edits found in the extant versions.

It’s also one of those shows that I personally played dozens and dozens of times throughout the years; the recording which definitively made be believe the following: “Night” is one of Bruce’s greatest show openers; “It’s My Life” had reached its zenith; “Something in the Night” is an under-appreciated classic; “Growin’ Up” can support more than one tall tale; “Action in the Streets” should have been resurrected when the horns came back in 1988 and 2012; the “You lied!!!” moment in “Backstreets” may never be rivaled; “Raise Your Hand” should have been played every night of the tour; and, finally, that J was (and remains) a highly skilled taper.

Hereís what J himself had to say about the show: ìBack in 1977, a taper had to rely on a network of friends and collectors across the country to get early warning of shows and ticket sales. In the case of Toronto, we had a great friend up north in fellow taper The Lewk. He took care of us on our many road trips into Ontario, and he exceeded expectations with this Bruce show, getting me and my friends great seats at Maple Leaf Gardens, curtained off lengthwise to form the ‘Concert Bowl.í The curtain improved the notoriously bad sound there, and The Lewk got me a seat just off the center aisle, ten rows back from the stage. This was the first of three Bruce shows I saw and recorded on this tour, using my Sony TC-153SD and Teac M-100 mic, which I mounted high in a headband. We expected new material on this tour as we presumed that Bruce was probably a month or so away from putting out a new album. After all, it had been a year and half since Born To Run was released. The Toronto show was unique, in that the fire marshall insisted there be an intermission, making it the first time Bruce had split the set, a feature that would later become a staple of the show structure. We got great versions of ‘Rendezvous’, ‘Something In The Night’ and ‘Action In The Streets,’ but the real highlight this night (and at all 1977 shows) was the incredible version of ëBackstreets.í It was never better than it was in 1977!î

Like this entire series, the Toronto performance is a pleasure to listen to and the sound quality (to my ears) approaches the best tapes of the tour, including those of our pal Steve Hopkins and whoever did the official audience tapes. It offers an airy high end, punchy low end and vivid clarity to pick out each member of the band making magic. Samples provided.

I know a lot of you have this recording already and, make no mistake, Toronto has always sounded good, but I think this version is definitive. Then again, I’m biased. We’re making it available in both standard and high-resolution 24/96 editions.

Massive credit goes to J for his outstanding original recording and for pulling out the masters one last time to capture them at 24/96 and giving me so much to work with. Thanks yet again to M, for providing his ’77 source tapes; to the folks on the Stone Pony message board whose thread sparked this series; and to mjk5510 who continues to provide invaluable assistance as JEMS’ packaging and distribution supervisor.

Our next stop in the ’77 series is two nights hence in Detroit and one of the greatest show openers of all time.

BK for JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Trenton, NJ (11/29/74)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
War Memorial Theater
Trenton, NJ
November 29, 1974
The Big A master via JEMS

Download: FLAC/MP3

Audience Recording (equipment unknown) by The Big A

JEMS 2013 transfer: master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 > resample 16/44.1 via iZotope MBIT+ > Peak Pro XT (pitch correction / patch / subtle tweak) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

101 INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET
102 SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
103 DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND ST ?
104 I WANT YOU
105 GROWIN’ UP
106 SAINT IN THE CITY
107 E ST SHUFFLE
201 JUNGLELAND
202 KITTY’S BACK
203 NEW YORK CITY SERENADE
204 ROSALITA
205 SANDY (Kivak Source)
206 A LOVE SO FINE (Kivak Source)
207 WEAR MY RING AROUND YOUR NECK (Kivak Source)
208 QUARTER TO THREE (Kivak Source)
BONUS TRACK
209 KITTY’S BACK (Kivak Source patched with Big A source – 39 seconds)

Known Issues:
Rosalita: 6 seconds patched at end
Last 4 songs from Kivak Source

mbrown02’s recent repost of Trenton ’74 reminded us that we were sitting on an alternate recording of the show. In fact, based on the data on Brucebase and to the best of our knowledge (though CB and JK might know better), Trenton may well be the first Springsteen show ever to be recorded by two different tapers, therefore making it the first two-source Bruce gig ever.

The Big A recorded Bruce several times in 1974-75, most notably the wonderful Philadelphia 11/1/74 recording and the earliest known capture of Max and Roy in the band from Kean College, 9/22/74. While he did not have high-end equipment, he got a very solid result here, arguably as good as Kivak’s previously circulated recording. Samples provided.

Not surprisingly, however, neither tape is complete, as the Big A missed the end of the show. We’ve added the missing songs from Kivak’s master to the Big A recording, as well as patching Kivak’s “Kitty’s Back” (which is cut on Kivak’s master), using the Big A source, for a bonus track. The result is two baseline recordings of the show, each made complete by patches from the other.

Needless to say this is a fantastic show from an other worldly era in Springsteen’s career. It includes an early cover of Dylan’s “I Want You,” a jaw-dropping “New York City Serenade” and the embryonic “Jungleland” with Suki Lahav on cello to name but a few highlights.

Thanks to The Big A for lending JEMS his masters. It isn’t easy to find new sources circa 1974-75 and he has provided several. Also big ups to mjk5510 for assembling this and doing the final release prep.

BK for JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Buffalo, NY (12/04/80)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo, NY
December 4, 1980

Download: FLAC/MP3

mackeck master via JEMS

Recording Gear: handheld portable cassette recorder with built-in mic

2013 Transfer: Maxell UD-90 master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth-adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96 Audacity 2.0 capture) > iZotope RX 3 click removal and gap fixes > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (patch / indexing) > xACT > FLAC

Tracked with no breaks, suggested breaks for burning to CD below…

101 Born To Run
102 Out In The Street
103 Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
104 Two Hearts
105 The Price You Pay
106 Factory
107 Independence Day
108 I Fought The Law
109 Prove It All Night
110 Racing In The Streets
111 The River
112 Badlands
201 Thunder Road
202 Cadillac Ranch
203 Sherry Darling
204 Hungry Heart
205 Fire
206 Candy’s Room
207 Because The Night
208 I Wanna Marry You
209 For You
210 The Ties That Bind
210 Wreck On The Highway
212 Stolen Car
213 Ramrod
301 You Can Look
302 Drive All Night
303 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
304 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
305 Jungleland
306 I’m A Rocker
307 Detroit Medley
308 Raise Your Hand

Known Faults:
-Prove It All Night: 5 seconds patched with Recorder 2 (kshavo source)

Just a few days removed from the 33rd anniversary of Bruce’s River stop in Buffalo, JEMS is pleased to present an uncirculated third source recording of the show from the master tapes.

d.j.mackeck reached out earlier this year to report that his dad had recorded several Bruce shows between 1978 and 1984 in their hometown of Toronto, as well as cities within spitting distance like Detroit and Buffalo. He was kind enough to ship an initial batch of three masters, from which we made fresh transfers here at JEMS South.

The shows were recorded on a small portable recorder with built in-mic (likely a Toshiba or Sony, but memories have faded) in mono. D.J. shared how this particular night went down:

“My dad couldn’t make it to the Buffalo show, as he was going to be in the Bahamas during that time. So he gave his ticket and the task of recording the show to my uncle. My uncle was 18 at that time, and this was his first time seeing Springsteen. So he, another uncle, my aunt and my mother drove down from Toronto to the Memorial Auditorium.

When they were going in, security stopped my uncle because of the recorder. But he managed to sneak the recorder into his boot and got in through another gate. The rest is history! My dad kept the tapes along with other recordings he made. I came across the tapes, listened to them and sent them to JEMS. In my opinion, my uncle did a really good job of recording the show as far as getting all of the songs recorded and flipping the tapes over at the appropriate times. This is the first of my dad’s tapes to be transferred to digital form. He may have dubbed a copy for my uncle, but other than that, none of my dad’s tapes have ever been shared or traded.”

Uncle Mackeck did do a really solid job. There’s a remarkable lack of audience chatter or noise on the tape, and though the gear wasn’t state of the art, the recording is clear, relatively close and the best of the now three known Buffalo recordings. Uncle Mackeck only cut one song, on his first flip during “Prove It All Night,” which has been patched with Recorder 2 (Kshavo source).

The only material flaw in the new Buffalo recording was micro gaps. In 20-25 random spots across the three hours, the recorder cuts out momentarily leaving an audible gap. Having cut my teeth on a “basic handheld recorder” myself, I learned the hard way that they can be unreliable and if jostled or perhaps held in the wrong position, drop outs can occur.

On the Buffalo recording, the micro gaps were all well under a second in length, though absolutely noticeable. But happily for us, it isn’t 1980 but 2013 and audio technology has come a long way. Using iZotope RX and its magical “Spectral Repair” plug in, JEMS was able to repair the gaps in a manner that should make them audibly invisible to all but the most committed and headphone-wearing trainspotter. The software uses an extrapolation algorithm to pull information from both sides of the gap and fill in like spackle. It worked like a charm.

To take this one the last mile and provide the patching is our comrade and the unchallenged king of multiple source recordings, MJK5510. Thanks to him for final finishing and prepping.

And a big thanks to d.j. mackeck and his dad for loaning JEMS their masters, and to Uncle for recording the show so well in the first place.

There are more mackeck masters to come.

BK for JEMS