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on 15 February 2012
So the Boss made some rubbish videos - it took him till mid-career to make his first - but if you want to see the man, in concert and on film, this must be one of the places to look. A case can be made for another disc, from 2000 till 2012 (post Wrecking Ball) to cover The Rising, Seeger Sessions and Magic - and hopefully, his new record and tour.
Of course, it would be great to see earlier Bruce on film - and if you're keen, get the great Live at the Hammersmith Odeon from 1975, but this really starts in 1978/79, 5 years after he wowed us with 'Greetings'. Bruce thought video was 'film the band live or canned'. Most US bands had no Top of the Pops that gave so much of a head start to UK bands. It wan't till Nebraska and then Born in the USA that much effort went in - and it still seems he is unhappy making videos that don't record the band in some way. But obviously, the BITUSA videos helped propel that album to top-selling status, however clunky most of them look. The songs are the thing. This package comes in 2 DVDs, the first goes up till 1990 or so, the second is more recent and for me, unfamiliar. I enjoyed the second disc more than I expected, as it contains some nice live performances of Hungry Heart and other, earlier tracks and some of his film videos like Philadelphia.
Perhaps if I didn't love Bruce this collection would get fewer stars. Some of these are naff, but the material is great, and as a chronicle, it's very worth having. Some are rough, some too smooth, some ridiculous, but all... great.