by Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen


Long before he sold substantial numbers of records, Bruce Springsteen began to earn a reputation as the best live act in rock & roll. Fans had been clamoring for a live album for a long time, and with Live 1975-85 they got what they wanted, at least in terms of bulk. His concerts were marathons, and this box set, including 40 tracks and running over three and a half hours, was about the average length of a show. In his brief liner notes, Springsteen spoke of the emergence of the album's "story" as he reviewed live tapes, and that story seems nothing less than a history of his life, his concerns, and his career. The first cuts present the Springsteen of the early to mid-'70s; these performances, most of them drawn from a July 1978 show at the Roxy in Los Angeles, give us the romantic, hopeful, earnest Springsteen of "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and "Thunder Road." The second section begins with his first Top Ten hit, "Hungry Heart" -- this is the Springsteen of the late '70s and early '80s, an arena rock star with working-class concerns. After an acoustic mini-set given largely to material from Nebraska -- songs of economic desperation and crime -- comes a reshuffling of Born in the U.S.A., songs in which Springsteen and his characters start to fight back and rock out. Finally, he brings it all back home to New Jersey, starting with the unofficial state anthem, "Born to Run," and including "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Jersey Girl." Fans could rejoice that it found room for seven previously unreleased songs, including "Because the Night," but it wasn't as funny, as moving, or as exhilarating as a Springsteen show could be. Maybe no single album, however long, could have been, but where Springsteen impressed in concert because he tried so hard, here he seemed to have tried a little too hard to make a live album carry the freight of everything he had to say.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646532829
catalogNumber: 65328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Vocals,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Harmonica
Roy Bittan   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Piano,Synthesizer
Clarence Clemons   Background Vocals,Percussion,Track Performer,Saxophone
Danny Federici   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Accordion,Orchestra Bells,Organ,Piano,Synthesizer
Flo   Background Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Patti Scialfa   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Synthesizer
Garry Tallent   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Bass
Steven Van Zandt   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Max Weinberg   Drums,Track Performer
Stan Harrison   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Richie La Bamba   Trombone

Technical Credits

Sandra Choron   Art Direction
Bruce Springsteen   Songwriter,Liner Notes,Producer
Neal Preston   Cover Photo
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Bruce Jackson   Engineer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Allen Weinberg   Package Redesign
John Landau   Producer
Jon Landau   Producer
Chuck Platkin   Producer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer

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