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From the dramatic opening bars of "My love will not let you down" to the sombre team delivery of "If I should fall behind" the album transports you to a time and place where you could obtain "cold beer at reasonable price & pizza for everybody"
New renditions of old classics are a revelation specifically a "plugged" version of "Youngstown" and a blistering rescue from mediocrity of "Two Hearts" and "Prove it all night"
The usual anthems are present and do not dissappoint "Born to run", "The River" and "Jungleland" demonstrate the amount of passion and energy that we have come to expect from Bruce's live performances.
The highlights of the album are the tracks on which you can hear the dueling guitars of the part time mobster Steve Van Zant, Bruce and the most under-rated backing singer/guitarist Nils Lofgren - "Murder Incorporated" & "Two Hearts".
I am surely a die hard fan for the last 16 or so years and have witnessed the marathon concerts first hand and if you haven't seen THE BOSS "live" well this is nearly the next best thing.
This CD breathes new life into old favourites such as Badlands, Jungleland and Born to Run (listen to those guitars) and brings previously neglecteded tracks such as Youngstown poundingto the listeners attention. I have heard Bruce say many times that his music matures and 'breathes in the years', well just listen for proof.
As for the new tracks, 41 Shots and Land of Hope and Dreams show that Bruce is still pumping out moving and powerful music. These are future classics.
For Bruce Springsteen fans, this is proof of what we all know, he is the master, for those who haven't discovered him yet, open your eyes and ears and be entertained.
I have been lucky enough to see Bruce Sprinsgsteen a number of times and I have experienced that terrible feeling, walking out of whatever venue he has played, that this might have been the last time, every time. I am afraid the release of this album may confirm my fears. I hope I am wrong.