Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bruce Springsteen - 1978-07-07 - Los Angeles, CA (FM/FLAC)



(FM broadcast FLAC)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 
July 7, 1978 
The Roxy 
Los Angeles, CA 

Title: Out There in Radioland 
Source: Broadcast (FM) 
Label: JEMS Archives 

JEMS Transfer: First generation reel to reel tapes > Otari 5050mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer (June 2013) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 (speed corrected) > resample 16/44.1 > FLAC 

Files tagged in Media Monkey. 

Disc 1 
1. Intro 
2. Rave 
3. Badlands 
4. Spirit in the Night 
5. Darkness on the Edge of Town 
6. Candy's Room 
7. For You 
8. Point Blank 
9. The Promised Land 
10. Prove It All Night 
11. Racing in the Street 
12. Thunder Road 
13. Outro 

Disc 2 
1. Paradise by the C 
2. Fire 
3. Adam Raised a Cain 
4. Mona --> She's the One 
5. Growin' up 
6. It's Hard to be a Saint in the City 
7. Backstreets 
8. Intro (to Heartbreak Hotel) 
9. Heartbreak Hotel 
10. Rosalita 

Disc 3 
1. Independence Day 
2. Born to Run 
3. Applause Break 
4. Because the Night 
5. Raise Your Hand 
6. Applause Break and Credits 
7. Twist and Shout 

Release Notes: 
Around the JEMS offices, they are collectively referred to as the Big Five. I'm talking of course about the five live radio broadcasts from the Darkness tour. Since the start of the bootleg CD era, the Big Five have been released multiple times and the torrent era is no different. Until 2011, the weak sister in the bunch (apologies, girls) was clearly Atlanta, but JEMS' pre-FM upgrade changed that in a big way, as most of the show is now as good if not better than the best '78 FMs. 

Now the distinction of weakest falls to The Roxy, July 7, 1978. Whereas there are pre-FM sources for Cleveland, Winterland and the aforementioned Atlanta, Passaic and the Roxy exist only from off-air recordings, and, for whatever reason, 9/19/78 has always sounded better than 7/7/78. When we sourced the new version of Atlanta, the same cache of tapes included cassettes and studio reels of The Roxy that we thought might prove to be pre-FMs but, alas, they too were off air. Still, we thought they could be an upgrade to the best extant version of the show, which, depending on your tastes, is either Ev2's No Private Party or Crystal Cat's Roxy Night. 

Our project was well underway when we remembered an old set of reels we had obtained from a friend who was getting rid of his collection almost 20 years ago. Those reels include a note to our friend from the person who recorded the show off-air dated July 17, 1978, less than two weeks after the broadcast, so this is a first generation copy made at the time. The good news is this copy was recorded at 7-1/2 IPS (inches per second) from a master recorded at the same speed. Why is this important? Well, compared to a standard cassette which runs at 1-7/8 IPS and is an 1/8 of an inch wide, a 1/4-inch reel running at 7-1/2 has 8x as much tape surface to capture the recording. More tape, more accurate recording. 

So, unlike most Roxy '78 releases and torrents, this is a fresh transfer of a new, uncirculated, source tape, not a remaster of extant sources. It has also been speed corrected (Roxy Night has pitch issues). We would characterize it as a modest but material upgrade, but you should make your own choice. It's not a leap like Atlanta, but if you like a more natural sound, this might prove pleasing. Samples provided. 

Thanks to our old friend P for the reels all those years ago. Thanks also to Flynn, who has made this show his mission to improve. We continue to value his contributions to getting JEMS titles out there. 

Wayne Darlington for JEMS 

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