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Friday, July 08, 2005

Springsteen - Live or Memorex?


  • Listening to Bruce Springsteen's studio albums is more enjoyable than listening to his live albums.
  • Bruce Springsteen's studio albums are better than his live albums.
  • Bruce Springsteen rocks.

I know Bruce Springsteen enjoys (and deserves) a reputation as one of the all-time greatest live performers in rock and roll history. I've only seen him live once, when he was touring in support of his early 1990s albums Human Touch [ ] and Lucky Town [ ]. It was a fine show but almost certainly nothing compared to the Born in the USA tour. (For one thing, the Big Man wasn't there; he had a woman playing saxophone.) Plus he didn't really play an excessively long show. I would've loved to see him in the 1970s and early 1980s. I have a video with Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) on it that looks awesome. Jersey girls rush the stage. And he is loving it. But I digress.

It just seems that the energy and entertainment value of his live shows does not translate onto his live recordings. I like Bruce Springsteen. I listened to every song on his studio CDs (other than Cover Me from the Born in the U.S.A. album) chronologically on more than one long drive. But I never intentionally listen to any of his live songs that are also on his studio CDs. (I do love Jersey Girl and Fire off the 3 CD live set, and his live version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town is the best version of that song anywhere ever.)


Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

While I am inclined to agree for the most part, I feel obligated to point out that you may have left out Merry Christmas Baby, as the #1 Christmas song by a popular artist that is not a traditional Christmas song. Maybe you are not familiar with this song?

I am very fond of his acoustic versions of some of his better songs. For example, No Surrender appears to lend itself very well to the live acoustic format.

The live recording I have (Live at the Globe) has a pretty kick ass version of Thunder Road on it. But the crowd tends to ruin it. All those lunk-heads start trying to sing along which drives me absolutely insane. It also has a nice rendition of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Maybe you don't have that CD? That's too bad.

7:39 AM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

You're right, Phinease. I did forget Merry Christmas, Baby. That is a fabulous song. And I don't have the Live at the Globe CD. Please feel free to send me some mp3s off that sucker at your convenience.

10:17 AM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

I might send you some, but I should warn you, the acoustics at The Globe make the Boss sound a lot like the Partridge Family!

3:21 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger The Donger said...

A friend and I recently debated one of the age-old questions: "Is Bruce Springsteen a talentless hack, or is he better than you think?" I believe both could be true; if he were a talentless hack, he would be better than I think.

11:01 PM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

that is mildly amusing, but vigorously offensive.

tripe alert.
tripe alert.

6:12 PM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger The Donger said...

OK, OK. I threw too many peppers into the gumbo on that one. Please pardon the offense.

8:52 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous Funshine Bear said...

A Finnish peasant woman, a harvest field mouse, whips, chains, whistles, yoyo's, my grandma riding by on bicycle giving me the finger, and a duck.

11:21 AM, July 20, 2005  

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