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Kansas City 1978 [A JEMS Group Project, 2CD]

Live at the Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas; June 16, 1978. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to AK, BK, Goody, Slipkid68 and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- Badlands: missing
- Night: missing
- Spirit In The Night: missing

After pressing “play,” I flashed back to the great audience recordings from Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 tour behind Darkness on the Edge of Town, like Boston (May 31), the Forum (July 5), the Spectrum in Philadelphia (August 18) and Saginaw (September 3) - each of which have seen significant upgrades in the file-sharing era.

Kansas City (June 16) brings another upgrade, this time from the early days of the ’78 tour. And it’s a soundboard, a really good soundboard. Despite being incomplete (the tape begins after the third song), this version - mastered using a DAT made from first-generation cassettes from the master cassettes - is materially better than previous incarnations. Those had pitch challenges, and were far less clear, lacking this one’s fuller fidelity.

The setlist in Kansas City - the Darkness tour’s 17th date - plays out like others before it. Springsteen was playing songs ordered in a way where repetition built muscle memory. The fire and the passion and the joy? Those you either brought with you when you set out, or you didn’t. It’s that simple. There’s no practice for any of that. Still, it was early.

With the FM radio broadcast at the Roxy on July 7 exactly three weeks away, the E Street Band had plenty of time to tighten up - and did they ever, making their formal ‘78 coming-out an event to remember. Note that the three known soundboard recordings from this part of the tour are separated by a week: this one (June 16), Portland (June 24), and Berkeley (July 1). It’s almost like someone wanted to hear how the music progressed as the Los Angeles radio date approached.

In the Darkness era, Springsteen was fastidious in his attention to detail, down to the clothes the E Street Band wore on stage. Whether to help Jimmy Iovine build the soundscape for the Roxy broadcast or to conduct the band more precisely, it’s hardly a stretch to think that he listened to tapes as he went along.

In all this preparation and getting better and just plain kicking rock ‘n’ roll ass every damn night, one wonders how it occurred to him that “The Promised Land” needed a new introduction. With a harmonica part played in a different key, no less. Maybe that kernel of inspiration came from listening to a taped performance like this one.

One might also wonder: where are those tapes now? Let’s be clear: no mobile recording unit followed the tour. The first evidence of one is in Berkeley, followed of course by one in Los Angeles and the following night [July 8] in Phoenix, then most likely not again until Passaic.

Save for Berkeley, should that ever see an official release, Kansas City could stand as an instance where we step closest to the source.

From start to finish, the music and its purpose come across in exceptionally good sound. Though the structure is a lot like other performances from that year, Kansas City isn’t quite a Darkness classic; still, the music more than holds its own.

Many outstanding soundboards and official live releases from the ’78 tour circulate, but none does justice to a crucial song from that era: “The Promise.” Played 22 times that year, it didn’t feature in any of the five radio broadcasts that year - hardly an accident, in our estimation - nor in nights two or three at the Capitol Theatre. Soundboard sources were limited to an incomplete Berkeley recording (partially upgraded by JEMS in 2017) and the Portland 6/24 tape.

With the Kansas City upgrade, this version of “The Promise” takes its place as the song’s highest-quality recording. It’s a monumental solo piano performance, made better by a superb capture: no hiss issues here whatsoever, just natural, clear sound. Stupendous.

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This release is truly a group effort, it all began with AK’s beautiful DAT made from 1st generation tapes directly copied from the master reels.

We have chosen not to patch the missing tracks with the audience recording because we do not have a new source to work with and it’s not standard operating procedure to use an existing source for anything other than patching cuts in the source tape. Those tracks are readily available on other releases. We hope in the future we will get a low generation source of the audience show at which time a re-work may be in store. This one easily stands on it’s own.

JEMS friend and partner goody did most of the heavy lifting on this one getting the drifting pitch just right. I would venture to say this is the first time this show runs entirely at the correct pitch, in addition he spent hours removing hundreds of the tiniest flaws and defects so what you have in your hands is the definitive version.

Slipkid68 once again handled performance notes and as is always the case, you are transported to the show before the first note rings off of Bruce’s guitar.

mjk5510 tied it all together with final editing details, smoothing the rough edges and tying up loose ends.

BK’s steady hand oversaw the entire project guiding it to the finish line.

We must give the biggest thank you to AK who continues to be a key player in upgrading many shows over the years you now regularly listen to, without his deep archive we would continue to view the Mona Lisa through a layer of dust.

A JEMS Group Project (AK, BK, Goody, Slipkid68, mjk5510)

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AK 1st Gen Tapes > DAT
Transfer: Master Cassettes > 1st Gen Cassettes > Unknown Nakamcihi Deck > DAT > .wav file > Audition (Pitch Bender, various amounts; Align & center channels; 100s of noises reduced or removed; Level’s adjusted) > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Darkness On The Edge Of Town 6:04
Track 102. For You 6:05
Track 103. The Promised Land 5:34
Track 104. Prove It All Night 8:30
Track 105. Racing In The Street 8:17
Track 106. Thunder Road 5:46
Track 107. Jungleland 10:43
Track 108. Paradise By The C 4:08
Track 109. Fire 2:51
Track 110. Adam Raised A Cain 5:50
64 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Mona/She’s The One 12:39
Track 202. Growin’ Up 9:26
Track 203. Backstreets 10:48
Track 204. Rosalita 12:09
Track 205. The Promise 7:37
Track 206. Born To Run 4:56
Track 207. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 6:24
Track 208. Quarter To Three 10:37
75 mins

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  1. 37 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - KANSAS CITY 1978”

  2. rah rah rah sis boom bah good lord I can`t stand this cat and his band

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 2, 2020

  3. Hmmmm. Boss Un. How I wish I could get my hands on it.

    By U L E on Nov 2, 2020

  4. Twernt me above fakes fakes and more fakes

    By U L E on Nov 2, 2020

  5. Rumor has it the Boss gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 2, 2020

  6. That’s why they call him the boss U L E . Penis power.

    By T J on Nov 2, 2020

  7. Bruce was hung like a horse . I thought he was going to kill me with that thing . I had to be at least 14 inches long and big around as my wrist . As for giving him head ? Forget about it . My mouth can’t stretch that far .

    By Pam Des Barris on Nov 2, 2020

  8. I’ve sucked off horses, that’s how I know. I got half of Clarence’s saxaphone down my throat once! Forget that previous comment, my syphilitic brain has been acting up lately. What day is this??

    By Pam Des Barris on Nov 2, 2020

  9. Rumor has it Clarence gots a Big Un too

    By U L E on Nov 2, 2020

  10. Of course

    By U L E on Nov 2, 2020

  11. David , derrick, the election is tomorrow. Orange face trump vs the corpse in waiting Joe ( blow Biden, and his mixed screaming banshee running mate Kamala Harris. The cnn / msnbc talking heads are doing everything to help joe blow and his puppet master Kamala . The left wing liberals hope to use old fossil Joe to gain power , leapfrog him into power and make America a socialist nation

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  12. Open borders , defunding the police , allowing Black apes Muslims, Mexicans , and other darkies to run amok and slowly but surely eliminate Whitey from the equation. I doubt Joe Blow who’s pushing 80 makes it thru two terms , then it’s Kamala time . AOC , Towelhead Omar and their ilk will now have massive power abd in time America will resemble a third world country

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  13. Orange face is an egomaniac, narcissistic asshole who envisions himself as a modern day Fuhrer / Hitler

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  14. His handling of Covid could be the equivalent of Hitler marching to Russia , against the advice of his generals

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  15. If he loses it will be because of covid period . My opinion is that Orange face is the lesser of two evils here , A Joe Blow victory and its Kamala time and whitey becomes marginalized and we become a nation of socialism .

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  16. I think Joe Blow wins because of Covid , then Kamala time waits for him to croak . Much nose holding at the polls as usual

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  17. Pretty awful choices , both of them

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  18. you would think the rest of the world cares about your election get over it no one cares

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 2, 2020

  19. i like a big election

    By Derrick on Nov 2, 2020

  20. HHH , if this virus is so bad , how come so many people in trumps cabinet and all these other Republicans who have tested positive never really get sick ? Not one of them is in ICU or have any serious symptoms. Even Trump and Fat Cris Christie survive it . Makes you wonder if this virus is really that bad . Maybe it is a democratic conspiracy to get rid of trump .

    By Nelson on Nov 2, 2020

  21. Nelson , if this virus is so bad , how come so many people in trumps cabinet and all these other Republicans who have tested positive never really get sick ? Not one of them is in ICU or have any serious symptoms. Even Trump and Cute Cris Christie survive it . Makes you wonder if this virus is really that bad . Maybe it is a democratic conspiracy to get rid of Trump , whose ass I would lick , in a New York minute .

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  22. I have diarrhea of the mouth and the ass.

    It’s fun to shit in my pants!

    By HHH on Nov 2, 2020

  23. Twernt me above . I don’t post about penis

    By U L E on Nov 3, 2020

  24. Hey triple h - Nelson - DD If this virus is so bad , how come so many people in trumps cabinet and all these other Republicans who have tested positive never really get sick ? Not one of them is in ICU or have any serious symptoms. Even Trump and Fat Cris Christie survive it . Makes you wonder if this virus is really that bad - LOL. Maybe it is a democratic conspiracy to get rid of trump, or not.

    By Derrick on Nov 3, 2020

  25. HHH, you come out with the same ole schtick all the freakin time. Talk about repeatin yerself…

    By DD on Nov 3, 2020

  26. Yeah triple h, you’re like a scratched record.

    By Derrick on Nov 3, 2020

  27. Scratch my inner thighs, Derrick.

    Wiggle your ears while you suck me off.

    Do it, you pathetic little pussy.

    By HHH on Nov 3, 2020

  28. I didn’t know that triple h and you Derrick were a couple of gay boyz

    By DD on Nov 3, 2020

  29. And I hope the Trumpter was careful when he took his maga cap off as it could have almost pulled off his wig/hairpiece/toupee or whatever it is he has on his head.

    By DD on Nov 3, 2020

  30. I wanna give y’all a tug job

    By Derrick on Nov 3, 2020

  31. Have not posted. any DD comments not me. its the fakes, mark an all his sissy boys

    By DD on Nov 3, 2020

  32. You just now posted here, you God damned idiot! Now shut you fat face, snowflake!

    By Dave Smith on Nov 3, 2020

  33. Yeah DD, keep comin’ here sayin’ you ain’t posted when you obviously have.

    By Derrick on Nov 3, 2020

  34. DD’s busy eating ass, no time to comment.

    By HHH on Nov 4, 2020

  35. He ate my fat black wife’s ass all night long! She fell asleep and he kept going!

    By HHH on Nov 4, 2020

  36. DD’s an asshole who eats assholes. What else is new?

    By Derrick on Nov 4, 2020

  37. we have asshols calling each other assholes.pathetic lil gay trolls

    By DD on Nov 4, 2020

  38. i wants to give hhh and dd a nice tug job then let them fuck me in my mouth

    By Derrick on Nov 4, 2020

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