July 10, 2010 – 4:26 am

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The Great White Boss [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Bottom Line, New York, August 15, 1975; My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, July 31, 1973 and Music Hall, Boston, MA, March 25, 1977. Vinyl rip, crackly sound. Source said to be very good FM broadcast.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a short-lived record store in North Miami, Florida, and they sold bootleg LPs, but some of their customers wanted the music on cassette, so the task fell to me to create cassette versions. I was agreeable to this because I could copy the LPs to 7.5 IPS reel to reel on the first play. But the fact remains, the pressing of the Springsteen three-LP set is fairly crackly. - Philip Cohen

One of the joys and highlights of a Springsteen show is the stories he tells. As any fan knows, Springsteen doesn’t just tell you a story. He sort of drags it out, embellishes it and turns it into an epic tale, a sort of modern-day Homer. Anyone else would have just said, “And saxophone Clarence Clemons joined the band.” The way Springsteen tells it, they were down on their luck, the weather was shitty and Clemons shows up like the second coming of Godzilla. “I said, ‘Steven, am I crazy or this that dude carrying a saxophone?’ We figured, any guy at four in the morning, dressed in white, walkin’ like no rain with a saxophone was not to be messed with, was let to walk on by…”

William Ruhlmann gives a bit more background to this release in the All Music Guide:

Two of the LPs in this three-record boxed set are drawn from Bruce Springsteen’s early-show performance on August 15, 1975, at the Bottom Line club in New York, a set broadcast live on WNEW-FM. Springsteen’s stand at the Bottom Line, just prior to the release of Born to Run, helped to make him a national phenomenon, and you can hear why on this collection of songs drawn from his first three albums, along with such rock & roll covers as the Crystals’ “Then [S]he Kissed Me,” and the Searchers’ “When You Walk in the Room,” and Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ “Quarter to Three,” not to mention the extended introduction to “The E Street Shuffle,” in which Springsteen tells the story of how Clarence Clemons joined the E Street Band…

The Great White Boss includes a third bonus LP (at a 45-RPM running time) that features a version of Springsteen’s “You Mean So Much to Me” (later farmed out to Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), recorded live in July 1973, on one side, and the never-released Springsteen songs “Don’t Look Back” (a powerful rocker that just missed being on Darkness on the Edge of Town) and “Action in the Streets,” recorded live in March 1977, on the other. With most of the album drawn from a radio broadcast, the sound quality is excellent for a bootleg.

Readers should bear in mind that one of the advantages of the internet is that it really does pamper music fans. In the past, fans had no choice but to live with scratchy vinyls or recordings drawn from tapes that were several generations down from the masters. Today, it’s easier for fans to search out a soundboard or radio or digital broadcast; and if they are not happy with the audience recording from person A they can very likely find a nice one from person B.

For all the fans who had to live with their copy of The Great White Boss and for those who always wanted a digital copy of the record (warts and all) - anyone who had lived through those times knows what it was like to wear out the vinyl or cassette tape… this one’s for you.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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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Disc 1
Track 101. 10th Avenue Freeze-Out (5.1MB)
Track 102. Spirit In The Night (9.6MB)
Track 103. Then She Kissed Me (4.4MB)
Track 104. Growin’ Up (5.1MB)
Track 105. It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City (6.2MB)
Track 106. The E Street Shuffle (27.3MB)
Track 107. When You Walk In The Room (4.9MB)
Track 108. She’s The One (6.8MB)
Track 109. Born To Run (6.1MB)
Track 110. Thunder Road (8.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (14.6MB)
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Track 202. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (9.8MB)
Track 203. Quarter To Three (6.0MB)
Track 204. You Mean So Much To Me Don’t Look Back (4.4MB)
Track 205. Don’t Look Back Action In The Street (7.6MB)
Track 206. Action In The Street You Mean So Much To Me (10.3MB)

Tracks 101 to 203 - Bottom Line, New York, August 15, 1975
Track 204 - My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, July 31, 1973
Tracks 205 to 206 - Music Hall, Boston, MA, March 25, 1977

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  2. Sweet!!

    By bill on Jul 10, 2010

  3. Awesome. Thanks. I can live through the crackles. Just gimme some mo’ Boss! Would really like to see a nice version of the 1978 Atlanta show broadcast come up for grabs. Just puttin’ that in your ear… ;-)

    By Tom on Jul 10, 2010

  4. Phillip Cohen is THE MAN…

    By TDC on Jul 10, 2010

  5. Great stuff, thanks for making these available!

    Tracks 204-206 are mislabeled.
    204 is Don’t Look Back,
    205 is Action In The Street
    206 is You Mean So Much To Me

    By The Small Man on Jul 10, 2010

  6. Hello The Small Man
    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 11, 2010

  7. Thanks again, Phil! You haven’t disappointed me yet. This is from the best, in my opinion, time in Springsteen’s career, before he was “discovered” by popular radio.

    By Namoosedog on Jul 11, 2010

  8. Thank you for this!!! I have most of these tracks scattered through some Bruce live compilation cassettes my mate made for me in the late 70’s…it’ll be weird to hear them in their proper sequence after so long…this is great!!!

    By Monty on Jul 11, 2010

  9. I have a complete Bottom Line show dated 7-16-75 with an identical set list except that “Kitty’s Back” is played after “Thunder Road”. This is a great show and was available on the TUBE site. Phil’s notes are pretty good, so, it probably is the same show. Great stuff!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jul 15, 2010

  10. CORRECTION: The 7-16-75 show is the 3rd night of 3 at the Bottom Line - the 5th show of 5 - and is from a terrific WNEW-FM broadcast.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jul 15, 2010

  11. Hey Johnny, do you know if 7-16-75/WNEW is still available on TUBE or somewhere? I’m looking there now & don’t see it. It’s my brother’s b’day (EEK, tomorrow!) & part of his gift is copies of shows recorded on that day by various people in various years. I’ve found a handful & this would be great to add.

    (Anyone else know of recordings of other cool shows on the 16th of July?)


    By Motorvilleboy on Jul 15, 2010

  12. just to clarify here. wnew only broadcast one show. it was august 15th 1975. not july. there were no bottom line july bruce shows at all. he did 5 nites 10 shows total. i saw 4 shows out of the 10. the only one that was broadcast was the early set on the 15th. if the one anyone has sounds like a broadcast thats what you have. the shows were the 13th thru the 17th. the show broadcast was the 5th of 10 shows. if your recording is labeled another date and sounds like a broadcast its mislabeled. there are recordings from other nites but none are from the radio.

    on another note–thank u bigO for this and all other postings. u are the best but u knew this. haha.

    By darth on Jul 18, 2010

  13. To Motorvilleboy: I know it is late, but on July 16th, 1996, Michael Jackson performed a lot of his hits for the King of Brunei. The 2 CD concert is available on this site. If it is one that you would still like to get your brother, It is available on this website.

    Thanks BigO.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jul 18, 2010

  14. Thanks, 2yrsnojob. I saw that Michael show a while back on here, but didn’t grab it (this was a spontaneous idea for his b’day; and he loved the shows I did find & copy for him). BigO, is the M.J. Brunei show available or could you Restart it? :-)

    Darth, thanks for the clarification too. Too bad there wasn’t a Springsteen show that day after all.

    And of course a big kiss to thank BigO for the heavy lifting in the first place.

    On another note, be careful, boys and girls! I tried to grab another show from TUBE via Megaupload, which gave me a virus that corrupted my Internet Explorer until I just now managed to fix it. Bastards!

    By Motorvilleboy on Jul 19, 2010

  15. Another gem from Phil & BigO. I love these vinyl boots. The slap dash artwork and that weird Hangman label photo. It was much more fun collecting these for those reasons. Please share more rare vinyl boots with us.

    By Matt on Sep 12, 2010

  16. Is there any chance you have the SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE JUKES Jukes Live At The Bottom Line 1976 radio station promo LP?

    By Dwight Schrute on Nov 11, 2010

  17. Thanks for sharing.

    I have this on vinyl but had no idea where or what it came from.

    Even stranger August 15th 1975 was the day i was born.

    By Irishjon34 on Dec 14, 2011

  18. I would love to find an E Street Band show from the Fall 1974 tour.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Feb 2, 2014

  19. wood - its not a lot but specifically from the fall since u were specific there are 4 on sugarmeg. they are -





    there could be others but i went by titles only. i didnt look thru the ones that didnt have dates on them. and if it didnt fall in the dates 9-22 thru 12-21 i didnt list it.
    when u get to the b’s scroll all the way down and then up about an inch.

    By darth on Feb 3, 2014

  20. dwight - i know its over 3 years after u asked but i didnt see your request til now. the only reason i did was because of woodstock’s comment here. i dont know if u ever found the item u were looking for. however i located a show that southside johnny did at the bottom line the following year. he played there constantly. i was even at this show. i went to all wnew events. the link isnt any good and i checked it for u. however this is what i did find -

    Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
    with Ronnie Spector
    The Bottom Line
    New York, NY
    FM Broadcast (WNEW-FM)
    192 kbps (vbr)
    Artwork Included

    CD 1:
    01. This Time It’s For Real
    02. Got To Get You Off On My Mind Without Love
    03. Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
    04. Little By Little
    05. She Got Me Where She Wants Me (La Bamba)
    06. It Ain’t The Meat It’s The Motion
    07. I Choose To Sing The Blues
    08. Baby I Love You (Ronnie Spector)
    09. Walking In The Rain (Ronnie Spector)

    CD 2:
    01. Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Ronnie Spector)
    02. Be My Baby (Ronnie Spector)
    03. The Fever
    04. I Don’t Want To Go Home
    05. Havin’ A Party
    06. You Mean So Much To Me (Ronnie Spector)
    07. You Don’t Know Like I Know
    08. Outro

    this isnt the one u are talking about of course. the one u want was released as a promo in april 96 with 10 songs. heres a link to it -

    he did put out a live album in 1980 u know. that came out in between regular studio albums to keep fans happy while he worked on a new album. that one has 15 songs on it. it was 2 lps and when they made a cd out of it they left off one song. im sure since u are a fan u knew all this. thats called reach up and touch the sky.

    i havent found anyone offering the free dl of the bottom line promo but i did find someone selling them for $15. heres a link -

    By darth on Feb 3, 2014

  21. Thanks, Darth. I appreciate the information. I was at the show at the State Theater in New Brunswick sometime around December 16 that year.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Feb 8, 2014

  22. wood - well that seems likely since he seemed to stay close by and its only 2 weeks later than the last of the 4 items i mentioned. i saw his first outside of nj show back in 73. it was recorded for the first ever kbfh. it was at max’s kansas city in nyc. it was just under a half hour when they aired it but it was of course longer than that when it happened. the other half of the first kbfh show was mahavishnu orch from a boston location.
    when bruce did the palladium in nyc in 74 i saw him then too. then he did 10 shows in 5 nites at the bottom line in 75. i saw i think 3 of those shows but not the one that was aired. i sat home recording that one. i still have my copies of newsweek and time tho. and i have a copy of the born to run album with the script writing on it. i think its either a promo or an import i forget. i know its rare tho. i kinda stopped collecting bruce (cept boots) around 96 or 97. i am not very fond of everything hes done but i do love a lot of what he has done.
    if u collect him.. every south africa show from last week was recorded from the sbd. theyre all available. i cant tell u which one is better than another. im horrible at that. unless its extremely obvious.

    btw.. i have a pic of me with bruce from outside the tower records store in la on sunset around 84 or 85. i didnt wanna bother him inside while he was shopping so i waited outside for him. i had forgotten that he had moved to calif from nj and asked what he was doing there. he said in his inimitable way.. just buyin some records just buyin some records. ive shot him numerous times over the years since about 81 thru i think 95 altho i am not sure exactly the last time i got any shots of him altho when he wore the gold lame suit at the rock n roll hall of fame induction ceremony at the waldorf wasnt the easiest time. the closest up pics are from when he did sat nite live and the party was 2 blocks north and a block west at a bar restaurant type of place (i forget the name) but its across the street from the sheraton which is on 7th ave. and i guess that would be around 52nd or 53rd st. middle of the block facing north. thats in fact when sebastian bach showed up and tim leary. the only time i ever got any pics of tim leary. other people showed up too that nite. it was an incredible party. i think it was early 92. maybe feb? sounds about right.. 22 yrs ago. wow.

    im curious about something. why isnt steven involved in current things lately? i see nils is and of course tom is on this on this new album and all the latest shows and tv appearances. and maybe its been written and i just didnt see it but i dont know why van zandt isnt around. i so love that man.

    By darth on Feb 9, 2014

  23. btw.. acdc and bruce fans might think this is interesting -

    By darth on Feb 9, 2014

  24. Max’s Kansas City in 1973 was not Bruce Springsteen’s “first outside of NJ show”. According to Brucebase, it was probably July 18, 1971 at Monroe Park in Richmond, VA.

    “One daytime outdoor show, with the 10 piece Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. Support act was Sunny Jim. This was the first known gig a Springsteen-led band had played in Monroe Park”. Springsteen had appeared before at Richmond with Child and Steel Mill.

    If you scroll down the page to 1971-07-23, you’ll see that The Bruce Springsteen Band played a set that day at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center in NYC.

    By Dingus on Feb 9, 2014

  25. well evidently there were a few shows of bruce with the e street band (which is what i meant btw.. not bruce solo) outside of nj before max’s. however at the time of the brdcst and for a bunch of years afterwards (like at least 8 years) it had been believed that he/they had not done any shows outside of nj til max’s. so i accepted this information as fact. in fact everyone at the show was even talking about that fact. i was 12 years old at this show. i was with my next door neighbors who had brought me to many performances and events around the ny area. my parents trusted them with me. i found this site -

    which seems to be the same one as the idiot above found. and i see that the band had joined bruce in 73 for a few pre max’s shows. thats what i should have been more careful to have said. it is what i meant. but even then he had evidently done a few before 1-31-73. now with the net we can see this.

    now we need the actual recordings themselves since what we have had may not have been what we thought we had. scroll down on the link i provided about one full inch.

    By darth on Feb 9, 2014

  26. btw.. i have a pic of me with bruce

    bullshit lets see just one of these so called pictures .

    By darth but not darth on Feb 9, 2014

  27. “(which is what i meant btw.. not bruce solo)”
    Then that’s what you should have typed. A ten piece band is not a solo act.

    “i found this site”
    After I posted it. You’re welcome.

    “the same one as the idiot above found”
    So you insult someone for providing the correct information after you make yet another mistake…

    By Dingus on Feb 9, 2014

  28. i stands accused!

    By darth but not darth on Feb 9, 2014

  29. but i needs to be excused,har har!

    By darth but not darth on Feb 10, 2014

  30. i didnt click on your link. i found it on my own. notice the differences. the 5th letter is an s. and i never even looked at the 1971 year. i only concerned myself with the year 73. since i knew that was the year in question. i had chosen to do a search on my own and found the site then noticed u had given the same site after i pasted it into my posting and said shit look at that.

    but u know the biggest difference? i didnt sit on the edge of my seat waiting for u to post something so i could jump on it. now make sure u respond. lol. hurry i have a little treat for u.

    By darth on Feb 10, 2014

  31. Yes, of course you did. *snicker*
    I have no doubt it happened that way. *chortle*
    You said you never read my comments *chuckle*
    I read yours and said look at that bullshit rationalization! LMFAO!

    By Dingus on Feb 10, 2014

  32. darth lies

    By darth but not darth on Feb 10, 2014

  33. ten references to his mighty self in two short paragraphs. the king of ego is in super me mode today.

    By darth but not darth on Feb 10, 2014

  34. i am me as you are me and we are me and me is altogether…
    mememememe the new darth same as the old darth

    By darth but not darth on Feb 10, 2014

  35. Many thanks!!

    By Paul on Mar 25, 2014

  36. @darth
    Hey! fyi ~ (in case you haven’t heard yet!)— Steve is overseas filming a series (shown over there) called “Lillyhammer”
    Seen ВЅ & Band 2x recently ~ and was total awesomeness αs usual, & it hasn’t been made out to be a big-deal (no Stevie) like I thought it might—
    but I, personally, missed Steve!

    By Terrilynn on Apr 30, 2014

  37. yes terrilynn ive heard a bit about that. thanks tho for the update. i dont save every show that comes along by bruce but since he played those shows in africa a couple of months ago all the shows he’s done have been released from the sbd. if u are collecting them im sure u knew this. he was here last week and while i didnt go (but could have for $20) the show is dl’able on another site. so far i havent seen a single show hes done not be available within a few days from the sbd. if only all my faves would follow suit. im sure bruce heads are going crazy.

    By darth on Apr 30, 2014

  38. Lentineoyt go back to mexico . Nobody wants you here

    By Derrick on Apr 28, 2022

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