December 3, 2009 – 4:02 pm

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Merry Christmas From Asbury Park [no label, 1CD]

Very good recording, mostly soundboard.

The 1986 Bruce Springsteen boxset, Live/1975-85, showed (especially to the casual listener) what the fans already knew - that a Springsteen show is not a mere concert but an Event.

And for many, it was the 1987 compilation, A Very Special Christmas - which featured Merry Christmas Baby - that showed that Springsteen’s Christmas shows are something really special and worth following.

Thanks to mchuck22, the tracks on this CD are compiled with that in mind. mchuck22 notes: “My goal was to create a one-disc sampler of the best tracks from the Asbury Park Convention Hall holiday shows - structured loosely along the lines of a typical show. I tried to include a good mix of Christmas favorites and essential Springsteen tracks.”

While mchuck22 thanked “everyone who taped and shared the original recordings and to EV2 for his fantastic work,” we are grateful to mchuck22 for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site.

As mchuck22 said: “I wish everyone a blessed holiday season and a fantastic 2010!”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Deck The Halls (12/08/01) (894k)
Track 02. Incident On 57th Street (12/08/01) (12.6MB)
Track 03. Blue Christmas (12/17/00) (5.9MB)
Track 04. Christmas Day (12/06/01) (9.0MB)
Track 05. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) (12-08-03) (6.1MB)
Track 06. Shine Silently (12/17/00) (8.9MB)
Track 07. The Wish (12-08-03) (7.7MB)
Track 08. Kitty’s Back (12/17/00) (14.3MB)
Track 09. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (12/06/01) (4.6MB)
Track 10. My City Of Ruins (12/17/00) (8.7MB)
Track 11. I Don’t Want To Go Home (12/17/00) (5.4MB)
Track 12. Rosalita (12/17/00) (10.3MB) (10.3MB)
Track 13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (12/17/00) (7.9MB)
Track 14. WMMR Christmas Message (831k)

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  2. Having finally seen Bruce live at the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, I have completed my metamorphosis from “dislike” (in the 1970s) to “mild indifference” (in the 1980s and 90s) to total fan (2000s).

    Thanks BigO…..once again, you RULE!

    By Walter on Dec 3, 2009

  3. always a treat to hear Bruce around the holidays!.. love the WMMR promo…Philly has always loved the Boss!

    By mike t on Dec 3, 2009

  4. What a great day! I go to BigO and find The Boss AND Betty Chesnut! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    By TDC on Dec 3, 2009

  5. Fantastic show!
    I have to mention that southside johnny & the jukes
    surely were on the stage with the “other” boss.
    I wish i was at their monumental new years’eve concert they use to give every year,a lot of fun :)

    By greenland on Dec 3, 2009

  6. Who is singing with Springsteen on “Christmas Day (12/06/01)”?????????

    By Ray on Dec 4, 2009

  7. when was that WMMR promo recorded? I worked there when we discovered Bruce.

    By Mimi on Dec 5, 2009

  8. Mimi, As a longtime Ed Sciaky listener, I believe the promo is from an interview Ed did w/Bruce in November ‘74. He played that interview back a couple times in the 90’s and maybe once in this decade, and if I’m correct, I believe he said it was right after Roy and Max had joined the band in late 74.

    By Nick on Dec 5, 2009

  9. Amazing stuff! Thanks a lot for sharing this.

    By stiant on Dec 12, 2009

  10. bring it on

    By derek on Nov 27, 2011

  11. I just came across this now. Thanks

    By Matt on Jan 13, 2012

  12. My fav Nils Lofgren song as well, in “Shine Silently.” Thanks!

    By Steve MC on Dec 16, 2014

  13. Ray, the The South Community Choir of Asbury Park was playing together on several songs with Bruce on 12/6/01, so probably one of those women.

    By Greg on Dec 24, 2014

  14. Oh man, every time I hear Springsteen butcher “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” I puke all over the place. Without question the WORST rendition of a Christmas song ever!
    Who taught this guy to sing? Leonard Cohen?

    By SpilledVodka on Dec 17, 2015

  15. Has anyone found this on Dime? I searched but nothing came up….thanks!!

    By randolph on Dec 23, 2015

  16. Thanks a lot for Kitty´s Back!!

    By jonas on Jan 27, 2016

  17. Yep - Nobody Rocks Christmas Like Springsteen. And, by the way, I’m glad my Santa-added graphic was thought good enough to serve as the cover art.

    By DrHGuy on Nov 30, 2016

  18. Hello DrHGuy

    Thanks for the effort. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 30, 2016

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