BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
Somebody Tried to Blow Us Up Tonight [ER Archives via JEMS, 3CD]
Live at the Uptown Theater, Milwaukee, WI; October 2, 1975. Mix of audience and soundboard recordings.
If you are not a Bruce/E Street fan, this is probably not the place to start. The audience recording on Disc One can either turn you off or make you scratch your head and wonder what all the fuss is about. Those who think that this is going to be a dud can rest assured that Discs Two and Three are sourced from solid soundboards.
If you are a fan, then, this is a must-have!
Thanks to Wayne Darlington for JEMS and the ER Archives; to everyone involved in getting this out; and to fmcleanboots for sharing it at Dime and Jungleland.
Artwork by irm14278, posted at flickr.com - Thanks!
[Installment No. 6] is an upgrade to a soundboard classic: The Bomb Scare Show, Uptown Theater, Milwaukee, WI, October 2, 1975. Now is as good a time as any to explain how it is that ER Archives came to possess these superior copies of classic board tapes:
“I went bowling one cold evening at the Erlton Bowl and Lounge in Cherry Hill, NJ, December 22, 1973. Rolled a few frames and stepped into Uncle Al’s Theatre Lounge attached to the alley for a few beers. A sparse crowd was there and the small stage was stuffed with a gaggle of musicians readying to play. It was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
They played to the assembled few and absofuckinglutely blew us away! I immediately planned an excursion over to the Main Point since that was where they were playing next, nearby. That experience cemented my opinion that this was the next great rock band! After that I tried to see them at every opportunity: Le Garage on LBI, Tower Theater, Trenton War Memorial, Kutztown State, Painters Mill, all before the stadiums. Three or more times a week I was out at one venue or another seeing every show I could.
Along the way I met Ed Sciaky, WMMR DJ and kindred Bruce spirit. Eventually I visited his apartment in Philly off Lincoln Drive overlooking the Schuylkill River. I walked in and the place was wall-to-wall LPs: In the hall, the dining room, the living room, everywhere! We talked several times about getting good copies of Bruce’s live shows since Ed had them and about music, always music! Eventually, I convinced him to let me copy the Bruce shows he had.
Ed, being quite protective of Bruce and his live tape source, was reluctant, so I had restrictions: He gave me only one then two shows at a time and I had to have them back within 24 hours. So I copied the shows and got them back to him over the bridge and got another set to copy. I did this for close to a week - it was about all I did - and the end result was a rushed, but hopefully quality copy of about eight shows. I promised to keep them from the public, bootleg and commercial, for-profit distribution. I used only the best tape and copied from my Akai 4-track to my Tandberg stereo deck.”
Milwaukee and other soundboard recordings from the late Ed Sciaky have circulated for many years, and Sciaky’s collection seems to fall into two batches which we’ll call here for simplicity’s sake, early and late. The late batch includes some ‘78 boards, the early is all ‘76 or earlier. ER copied only the early batch and many years later, tapes from the late batch were copied from Ed’s reels to DAT by others. While some tapes from the early batch were also copied to DAT, not all of them were.
JEMS believes Milwaukee, along with the previously torrented Cleveland ‘76, and a few other ‘75 boards still to come from the ER Archive have never circulated from a known lineage and were never digitally transferred from Sciaky’s reels. We can’t state that definitively, but based on the research we’ve done it appears to be the case. So this copy of Milwaukee, we believe, is the lowest generation source ever transferred and torrented.
And to our ears it is a clear upgrade. Milwaukee has always been one of the better boards, but the clarity here, both in the high and low end, is striking. Compared to the previous best circulating copy, the new Milwaukee board transfer is lush and full, brighter and deeper in a way the old one never was. It has a true “you are there” quality.
Unfortunately the audience portion of the show is still crappy, but this copy should be better than you’ve heard it before. The start of the show isn’t cut as it is on other copies, and while it remains a poor recording, you can still make out what’s going on.
As for the Bomb Scare itself, the story has been told many times before so we’ll skip it here. If for some reason you don’t know the tale, Brucebase does a good job recapping the night: http://brucebase.wikispaces.com/1975#0210
The most famous performance from this night is Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie,” which Brucebase justifiably calls “outrageous.” If you’ve never heard Bruce shout “are you loose?!” when it is patently obvious he is, you have a great piece of Springsteen live performance history to look forward to.
But while Milwaukee is indeed loose, it isn’t a sloppy show and in fact it boasts a couple of epic performances including a record-breaking “E Street Shuffle” that, with its long intro, clocks in at well over 20 mins, plus a “Kitty’s Back” that is nearly as long. Two other great covers, a breakneck “Sha La La” and one of the earliest “Detroit Medley”s, provide additional highlights. And if you’re a Little Stephen fan (and who the fuck isn’t?), you’re going to love this mix, as his guitar and voice are high in it, which helps make this an especially fine night for “Saint in the City,” too.
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Audience Recording (equipment unknown)
Soundboard Recording (equipment unknown)
JEMS Transfer: very likely 2nd generation reel to reel tapes > Otari 5050mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX click repair > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 (speed correction) > resample 16/44.1 > FLAC
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Disc 1 (Audience Recording)
Track 101. Meeting Across the River (6.6MB)
Track 102. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (6.3MB)
Track 103. Spirit in the Night (11.6MB)
Track 104. Pretty Flamingo (15.6MB)
Track 105. She’s the One (8.8MB)
Track 106. Born to Run (8.2MB)
Track 107. Thunder Road (9.9MB)
Track 108. Bomb Scare (1.7MB)
Remainder of show from soundboard recording
Track 201. Little Queenie (14.6MB)
Track 202. The E Street Shuffle/Havin’ a Party (40.3MB)
Track 203. Saint in the City (9.4MB)
Track 204. Sha La La (5.7MB)
Track 205. Kitty’s Back (30.3MB)
Track 301. Jungleland (17.2MB)
Track 302. Intro (to Rosalita) (3.0MB)
Track 303. Rosalita (18.7MB)
Track 304. Detroit Medley (8.0MB)
Track 305. Sandy (12.6MB)
Track 306. Quarter to Three (14.3MB)
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