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Live Bruce the the Boss' best!
on 11 March 2001
From the first piano notes of Thunder Road to the very last Jersey Girl, Bruce delivered the live album his fans had been waiting for for fifteen years. If you are a fan, and you needn't be a fan to listen to Bruce bash his way through all his hits, you'll love Thunder Road. This song is usually played with full band, as in the recorded version on the Born To Run album, or with an acoustic. This proves Thunder Road can be presented any way, still a classic. Running breathesly we continue with the hits, Rosalita, Paradise By The C and Sandy may not be that well known amongst people but fans have taken these songs to their hearts. After the early club material, we bound into Hungry Heart and the stadium sing-along that always kicked this off. Most of the material from hereonin is from the mamouth Born In The USA tour of 84 and 85. Cadilac Ranch, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Promised Land, Growing Up and all the stadium favourties are there. Darkness is as moody today as it's always been. Bruce is ever the story teller, this has not been ignored here. Before singing the River he tells the audience about how he drafted the dodge for Vietnam and this makes the haunting harmonica which kicks the song off, all the more effective. Bruce launches into a very powerfull cover version of War, I think this is better than the original, far more powerfull. Turn the CD up for that one!
Born In The USA is far more relentless in concert than the recorded version, his voice is louder, the drums are truer and you get carried away with the crowd and imagine what it must of been like watching that. Bruce also plays This Land Is Your Land and No Surrender with his usual acoustic and harmonica combination. His voice sounds stronger, he believes what he is singing and you actually get into the words a little better. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out completes the rockers for the collection, a celebration about having a band. Bruce uses horns, all the band and a heap of enthusiasm on this.
Jersey Girl concludes the collection, not the usual Detroit Medley that Bruce used on his tour, you can really feel yourself driving very slowly on a cool, sunny night with the girl that you love. And with that, Bruce holds his guitar aloft and is gone. Not really, as this collection is not ONE concert but you get the idea.
It's relentless, it leaves you breathless and dying for another play. Almost as good as being there, until you actually are there and then you realise it is a distant second.
Still the best live offering from him (until April, that is) so enjoy