Monday, July 07, 2008

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: 1975 Hammersmith Odeon, London

I was so disappointed by Magic. Even more so because I had just discovered this magnificent 1975 Hammersmith Odeon Live, the boss's first concert in London, which became some kind of a myth and was finally released, both in "Born to run" 30th anniversary edition, and as a standalone CD later on. So what can I say: Springsteen is at his best, the band's performance is as tight as can be, and I think you just need to watch Jungleland played and sung as if it was the most important thing in their lives down here to see I'm not making things up.

1975 Hammersmith Odeon, Part 1
1975 Hammersmith Odeon, Part 2


Anonymous said...

It's worth not forgetting (as Springsteen seems to have done) that this was the FIRST performance, judged at the time to be far from his best, and a disappointment after all the BTR hype. Those who were at the second Hammersmith performance, a week or so later, saw the Holy Grail of all gigs. It's been a long time, but the memories still linger.

Anonymous said...

what's the pass for cd 1?

misha said...

There's no pass

tfrancis said...

magic is terrible, the production renders it completely un-listenable! same with the recent morrissey albums, theres nothing going on, they've been produced so that all the instruments hover at the same level, so boring and a real shame :'-(

i have a bootleg of springsteens recent gig in cardiff on my blog: if anyone is interested :-)