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This review is from: Bound For Glory: The Rare 1973 Broadcasts (Audio CD)
A recording taken from two radio shows in early 73, one in the studio and the other from a gig. In the first Springsteen is actually interviewed and presents the band individually.The recording was actually his first time on radio and Springsteen is clearly nervous. The songs pre date Greetings and as such are indicative of the softer more folky Springsteen. Most feature just Bruce and guitar. Circus Story and Song for Orphans are particularly good. Does this Bus Stop at 42nd Street features the Band, Danny Federici, Clarence and Gary Tallent, .with a spoken intro by Bruce. The recordings are intimate and interesting. The next set of tracks are from a live gig at , the Main Point. New York Song is a rare recording, Circus Story reappears but has the addition of an intro by Danny. Spirit in the Night is probably the best known song here and still appears as a staple at any E-Street Band concert. A much broader Does this Bus makes an appearance and we see the beginings of the true E Street sound. Next up are two rare recordings of Santa Ana and Tokyo. This last track is excellent and highlights Clarence's influence on the sound. The set closes with Thundercrack and it is suitably loose and features some excellent work from Danny. In fact the second half of the album is very much dominated by both of the fallen members of the E Street Band and is a clear pointer of things to come.
I didn't really know what to expect from this release and it certainly isn't for newbies to E Street, but for existing fans there is a lot to be gleaned and enjoyed.
These are not bootleg releases either. Because of a legal loophole live recordings over 25 years old can be released without the artists permission. If this had been included in a box set of rarities to support Greetings from Asbury Park, people may see it in a different way.
I recommend this to anyone with a true interest in the origins of the Springsteen sound, the recordings are fine and listenable given their source and the sleeve notes are interesting. I hope there are more to this series of radio shows in the future.