domenica 10 giugno 2018
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
St Louis, MO
February 28, 1977
"Official Audience Recording"
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Two
Lineage: low-gen cassettes (likely second generation) > DAT (circa 1993-94 16/48 transfer)
JEMS 2014 Transfer: 1994 DAT > Fostex D-5 > Sound Devices UBSPre2 > iZtotope RX > pitch correction > iZotope Ozone and MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC
03 Spirit in the Night
04 It's My Life
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She's the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (w/ Miami Horns) (splice)
08 Action in the Streets (w/ Miami Horns)
11 Rosalita (w/Miami Horns)
12 Born to Run
13 Quarter to Three (w/ Miami Horns)
-Thunder Road: splice
Welcome back to the second round of JEMS' Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce's remarkable 1977 tour. For the full history of our obsession with this tour and the back story on these "Official Audience Tapes," please refer to the notes in Vol. One found here:
Our second installment is a cracking set from St Louis that despite featuring but 13 songs, still clocks in at close to two hours, thanks in part to long/epic versions of "It's My Life," "Mona > She's the One," "Rosalita" and a particularly gripping "Backstreets," played here at a much slower pace than you're used to (as is "Tenth Avenue"), perhaps because it is so heavy with emotion.
Despite Bruce's mumbled apology "sorry we're late," the show gets off to a lively start with "Night" and quite brilliant reading of "Rendezvous." The tour's unique original song, "Action in the Streets" (never played again with the E Street Band after this tour) is a highlight every single night and the same can be said for all the songs that feature the Miami Horns.
You will likely find the sound quality here to be a step up from Richfield/Vol. One. It is closer and fuller, with Garry W. Tallent well represented in the mix. If there's any complaint about the sound quality its that Bruce's vocals at some of the loudest peaks of the show ("Thunder Road," "She's the One" and "Born to Run") seems to be breaking up or distorting a bit in the PA, but you might not have noticed that if I hadn't pointed it out. Samples provided.
Thanks to M and J from JEMS for pulling out our many versions of these DATs and helping make new transfers, to the folks on Stone Pony whose thread sparked this series, and to mjk5510 who takes the handoff again and runs up the middle for the end zone.
BK for JEMS