BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - LARGO 1981

May 15, 2020 – 5:35 am

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
Largo 1981 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Capital Centre, Largo, Maryland; August 7, 1981. Recorder 2. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Earlier in May 2020, Bruce Springsteen announced the release of the latest title in his live series, with all proceeds from the sale of the show going to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. The concert was held at the then brand-new Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford on July 9, 1981. The original 24-track, 30 IPS reel-to-reel tapes have been transferred by Jamie Howarth. ‘Brendan Byrne Arena 1981′ is available now in various formats including MP3, Lossless, 192/24 HD-Audio, DSD, CD-R, and CD-R+MP3. Click here to order the show.

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The mood is probably electrifying and Springsteen fans will lap this up. Casual listeners, however, can find better sounding Bruce shows elsewhere.

Thanks to mjk5510 and Hobbes4444 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- Badlands: 11 seconds at beginning patched with Recorder 1
- Born To Run: taken from another version of the same source
- Detroit Medley: taken from another version of the same source
- Born To Run: 56 seconds patched at the beginning with Recorder 1

Recorder 1: River Flood Project
Recorder 2: Hobbes4444/mjk5510 (this version)

The home stretch of The River Tour produced some of Bruce’s most inspired concerts of his entire career and none perhaps more inspired than the three-night run at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland.

Though the final night of the three night run may be a step below the opening night on August 4, it still ranks as one of Bruce’s best performances of the River tour. After returning from a successful run of shows in Europe, the last leg of the tour was more focused losing some of the excess that would stretch the marathon shows at the end of 1980 to the longest of his career.

Feeling a bit like the late 1980s shows younger brother, it sits nicely between those marathon performances and the much shorter get in, take care of business and get out European shows.

After discovering my copy of this show was indeed a second source and much improved quality, I contacted the usual suspects for any additional copies and “Hobbes4444″ came through with a beautiful DAT copy of the same source that was superior to my copy albeit with a few issues.

Unfortunately, the DAT was missing “Born To Run” and “Detroit Medley”. Fortunately, my copy had both, though “Born To Run” was missing the start. We’ve used those two tracks from my slightly inferior copy and patched “Born To Run” from Recorder 1.

The first few notes of “Ramrod” were also missing from the DAT but were present on my copy so two seconds have been patched from my copy to the DAT copy (this is fairly seamless). Two additional patches in “Badlands” and “Born To Run” from Recorder 1 are noted above.

Bruce’s mic also goes out during “Prove It All Night” after the “if dreams came true, oh wouldn’t that be nice” line for the next couple of lines.

This is a major upgrade to a brilliant show and we’re hoping this new source gets frequent play in your River Tour playlist.

mjk5510 & Hobbes4444

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Transfer:
Hobbes4444 DAT transfer > Peak Pro 6 (pitch adjusted) > iZotope RX / ozone 5 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (patched / post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Badlands 5:21
Track 102. Prove It All Night 5:13
Track 103. The Ties That Bind 4:11
Track 104. Darkness On The Edge Of Town 4:44
Track 105. Summertime Blues 3:32
Track 106. Johnny Bye Bye 3:22
Track 107. Independence Day 6:39
Track 108. Two Hearts 2:45
Track 109. Out In The Street 4:59
Track 110. The Promised Land 6:48
Track 111. The River 6:12
54 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. This Land Is Your Land 5:04
Track 202. Who’ll Stop The Rain 3:51
Track 203. Thunder Road 6:54

Set 2
Track 204. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out 4:51
Track 205. Hungry Heart 4:29
Track 206. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) 3:38
Track 207. Cadillac Ranch 4:58
Track 208. Sherry Darling 6:40
Track 209. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 6:37
Track 210. Backstreets 9:02
57 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. Ramrod 4:32
Track 302. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)/Sweet Soul Music 13:01
Track 303. Jungleland 11:09
Track 304. Born To Run 4:32
Track 305. Detroit Medley (New Orleans/Shake) 10:52
Track 306. Twist And Shout 7:21
52 mins

Lineup:
Bruce Springsteen - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Roy Bittan - piano, keyboards
Clarence Clemons - saxophone
Danny Federici - organ
Garry Tallent - bass
Steven Van Zandt - guitar
Max Weinberg - drums

Click here to order Brendan Byrne Arena 1981.

  1. 48 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - LARGO 1981”

  2. Powerful stuff. He was at his best in 1978-81, the last years he still had something to prove. Not only that, but Darkness on the Edge of Town to these ears was his best album and is liberally represented. Rock and roll, for its own sake, as a mission statement. Imagine that. Thanks BigO, definitely worth a download.

    By Tony Pizza on May 15, 2020

  3. Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson reveals ‘incurable lung disease’ diagnosis: ‘My days are numbered’

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  4. I thought he was Aqualung

    By Billy on May 15, 2020

  5. That must be another fake derrick. Use your own name you Dic suckin motherfuckin Jew bastard. Hope it’s not true bout Ian Anderson. Big Tull fan during their early years . Up thru Aqulung in 71 . Clive Bunker left after that the band wasn’t the same .

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  6. Anti , never a huge Springsteen fan , but this was Bruce at his peak . The River was his best fuckin album in my opinion

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  7. Twernt me…nuther fake. Hey Anti - you gonna leave Moms basement this weekend or is she having another “watersports/scat weekend”?

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  8. Hey Derrick , David Duke ‘ Anti and hhh. Good news . The virus is mainly hitting the niggers . The states with the most niggers is having the most cases . ‘Maybe this means fewer niggers .

    By Nelson. on May 15, 2020

  9. I’m sick of these assholes using my name…maybe I can troll other places

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  10. Am I missing some prime coc here? I like to lick all sizes. Especially the “curds” from the uncircumcised ones. The dirtier the better!

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  11. Not me. More fakers.

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  12. States like Vermont, Maine , North and South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Alaska don’t have as many niggers so they’re not getting it as bad .

    By Nelson. on May 15, 2020

  13. Anyone know where I can find some used COVID-19 First Responder gloves? Looking to lick some germs. Prefer gloves from ethnics…

    By Nelson on May 15, 2020

  14. Stop faking my name asshole! Or is it my schizophrenic half brother again….

    By Nelson on May 15, 2020

  15. Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, New York, New Jersey have tons of niggers and Florida and NY have lots of wetback spicks as well so more virus cases

    By Nelson. on May 15, 2020

  16. I figured I’d get targeted by the fakers just like everyone else . Oh well have fun nigger lovers.

    By Nelson. on May 15, 2020

  17. Nelson , that is good news . The fewer coons the better. It don’t surprise me none though . Coons , gooks and spicks is filthy nasty motherfuckers , not wearing masks sprayin their spit everywhere in public. The scumbags

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  18. Maybe the fuckin virus will do what the men in the white sheets would do if they was around today . Get rid of some coons

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  19. Twernt me above. Neither one . More fakes .

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  20. Rumor has it Bruce the boss gots a Big Un

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  21. Hey U L E ‘ Patti would know .

    By Scaromouch on May 15, 2020

  22. Rumor has it Clarence gots a Big Un too

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  23. of course

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  24. Correction Clarence had a Big Un

    By U L E on May 15, 2020

  25. I’m my own twin sister.

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  26. Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, Pepsi, Pepsi. No Coke. Pepsi.

    By Derrick on May 15, 2020

  27. Last two not me

    By THE ANTIDERRICK on May 15, 2020

  28. I just jerked out another load from looking at young boys pix from my stash in various positions masturbating

    By Billy on May 15, 2020

  29. Bruce is hung like a horse , and liked to fuck hard and fast . As energetic backstage as he was onstage.

    By Pam Des Barris on May 15, 2020

  30. I once had a three way with Bruce , Jackson Browne and Sting . Early 80s that’s a true story.

    By Pam Des Barris on May 15, 2020

  31. Did they cum on your face

    By Billy on May 15, 2020

  32. I miss the old days. Now I’m just a saggy old hag with droopy tits and a prolapsed uterus from all the pounding. I’m only good for Derrick, U L E and ANTI to take turns alternating jerking on me and licking it off. They are good, except Derrick since he has boilovers rather than any spurt. U L E still eats it though.

    By Pam Des Barris on May 15, 2020

  33. I wouldn’t have noticed the edits if they hadn’t been pointed out, and they aren’t really audible even if you know where they are. GREAT WORK and THANK YOU to all concerned. I would love to hear Bruce’s Broadway song & story shows, but until they appear, I’ll be rattling the windows playing this show. There was a lot of bad music in the 80s–this is the good stuff.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on May 15, 2020

  34. I wish I was one of Tiberius Caesars’ minnows. I still jack off to you Pam. You were hot back in the day. U still give me boners

    By Billy on May 16, 2020

  35. Phil May, frontman of riotous band the Pretty Things who were acclaimed peers of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, has died aged 75.

    He died in hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, from complications following hip surgery after a cycling accident, that are not related to coronavirus.

    By sking on May 16, 2020

  36. Now the moon is almost hidden
    The stars are beginning to hide
    The fortune-telling lady
    Has even taken all her things inside
    All except for Cain and Abel
    And the hunchback of Notre Dame

    By Mark on May 16, 2020

  37. There’s a whole lot of people in trouble tonight
    From the disease of conceit
    Whole lot of people seeing double tonight
    From the disease of conceit
    Give ya delusions of grandeur
    And a evil eye
    Give you the idea that
    You’re too good to die
    Then they bury you from your head to your feet
    From the disease of conceit

    By Mark on May 16, 2020

  38. I went to the wedding of Mary Lou
    She said, “I don’t want nobody see me talkin’ to you”
    Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
    About dignity

    I went down where the vultures feed
    I would’ve gone deeper, but there wasn’t any need
    Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
    Wasn’t any difference to me

    By Mark on May 16, 2020

  39. Everything Pam said about Bruce is soooo true . The mans Dic is enormous. and what stamina. I also screwed Jackson Browne back in the seventies. Another very large Coc .

    By Groupie Chick Traci on May 16, 2020

  40. God damn I’m envious. I was born way too late to have experienced any of this . 1981 was my birth year . The same year as this show . Fuck I’m pissed .

    By Dee Dee Longley on May 16, 2020

  41. It seems most rock stars have Big Dics which just makes me more pissed . Size matters a lot . I would have been a great groupie. Men say I give great head . I usually swallow . Men hate when you spit it out . No black guys though. I draw the line there my parents raised me better than that .

    By Dee Dee Longley on May 16, 2020

  42. Jackin off to dee dee’s comments

    By Billy on May 16, 2020

  43. Do you start out by licking the shaft up n down Dee Dee. Then start working the tip and head

    By Billy on May 16, 2020

  44. Dee Dee sounds like my kind of woman. At least she doesnt swallow coon coc

    By Derrick on May 16, 2020

  45. Since when do you like women, Derrick?

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 16, 2020

  46. I fuc nuns

    By Derrick on May 16, 2020

  47. Youre a real perv Derrick.

    By HHH on May 16, 2020

  48. blah blah blah boo hoo hoo whaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

    By Mark on May 17, 2020

  49. I am a co¢ksucker. A real serious co¢ksucker. I will suck co¢k all day and all night. I love co¢k. I love co¢k. I love di¢k all day and all night. I love co¢k. Suck co¢k suck co¢k suck co¢k all day and all night. I am a co¢ksucker.

    By Nelson on Jul 3, 2020

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