July 27, 2012 – 2:20 pm

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The Bottom Line 1975 [Fanatic Records - Original Master Series, 2CD]

Live at The Bottom Line, New York, NY; August 13, 1975 (late show). Very good to excellent audience recording by ODoc55.

This previously-uncirculated show has just surfaced and it’s a big thank you to ODoc55 and Mr Anonymous; and to Rob (bsfanatic of Fanatic Records) for sharing this at Jungleland.

This is what Rob noted:

For the first time ever, this previously-uncirculated treasure is now being shared with Bruce Springsteen fans worldwide! The Bottom Line Shows are legendary and, for those wondering if a recording of the August 13, 1975 show would ever surface, the wait is finally over! For a fan who was there in those early days, Mr Anonymous can tell you what it was like:

“The story of Bruce’s early days has been documented many times, most recently in the current New Yorker magazine [click here]. As described therein, Bruce’s five-night, 10-show stint at The Bottom Line was crucial to launching his third album, Born To Run. Many executives at Columbia Records were frustrated with Bruce’s lack of commercial success and Born To Run was likely his last chance with the label. Columbia reportedly bought a quarter of the 500 seats for each show to distribute among music industry people to help spread the word. Even so, tickets did not sell out immediately and a week after going on sale they were available for any of the shows. That all ended when the public heard WNEW’s broadcast of show number 5. The next two nights, fans were lined up around the corner with the hope of getting a standing room spot at the bar to hear the new phenom.

This is the first recording of one of the late shows to surface. It is the first night and this tape captures all of the ambiance of this intimate club. You can hear each breath and whisper from Bruce while dishes and glasses are shuffled on the tables. Bruce seems to just appear behind the piano and gets a single reaction from the crowd as he opens solo with For You. It is evident how he captures the crowd more and more with each song. By the time he hits the 20-minute versions of Kitty’s Back and New York City Serenade, he has them in his hands.”

Thanks to Mr. Anonymous who met the taper, ODoc55, thru Dimeadozen.

Fanatic Records and Mr Anonymous proudly present for the first time this unearthed PREVIOUSLY UNCIRCULATED SHOW in the Original Master Series!

Source: Sony 110B mono cassette deck with builtin mic
Tape > CDR > EAC > Wave Editor > Magix > flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. For You (Bruce on piano) 7:09 (11.4MB)
Track 102. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out 4:08 (6.6MB)
Track 103. Spirit In The Night 6:31 (10.4MB)
Track 104. When You Walk In The Room 3:58 (6.3MB)
Track 105. Night (first known performance) 3:39 (5.8MB)
Track 106. Growin’ Up 3:05 (4.9MB)
Track 107. It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City 5:31 (8.8MB)
Track 108. The E Street Shuffle 12:17 (19.6MB)
Track 109. Born To Run 4:12 (6.7MB)
Track 110. She’s The One 5:38 (9.0MB)
Track 111. Thunder Road (Bruce on piano) 5:47 (9.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Kitty’s Back 19:56 (31.9MB)
Track 202. New York City Serenade 19:26 (31.1MB)
Track 203. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 11:38 (18.6MB)
Track 204. Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 7:08 (11.4MB)
Track 205. Quarter To Three 6:55 (11.0MB)

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  1. 5 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - THE BOTTOM LINE, NY 1975”

  2. Personification of intimate show.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jul 27, 2012

  3. it’s got it’s flaws as most such recordings do. Recommended for the fans. If you’re insisting on pristine soundboard, look elsewhere.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jul 27, 2012

  4. Thanks, BigO! Always room for more BRUUUUUUUUCE!!!

    By TDC on Jul 28, 2012

  5. Still, you’re doing a superior job in the current environment! All the best always!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 28, 2012

  6. I, Jerry Latimote was at That bottom line concert, my friend, Gary Anderson, was a Roadie for Mr.Springsteen, I had never heard of Bruce, Gary told me, Jerry you have to see this Guy, I said OK,I was blown away!! But hears the kicker, years later I worked at the h.e.a.r institute, which is a training facilities for working out and rehab from back or physical problems turns out the e” street band trained there for an upcoming tour, this place was owned by Phil dunphy, my friend Bernard also worked their. I now live in montana and I want Bruce hear and would love to be a part of it


    By jerry latimore on Aug 19, 2012

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