August 11, 2012 – 6:53 pm

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Durham 1976 [ER Archives via JEMS, 2CD]

Live at the Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University, Durham, NC; March 28, 1976. Very good audience recording.

This show just surfaced and it’s not often one comes across a well-recorded and previously uncirculated Bruce Springsteen show.

So it’s thanks to fmcleanboots, caverluke for sharing the tracks at Lossless Legs, Wayne Darlington for JEMS and the ER Archives and everyone involved in sharing this among music fans.

Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Notes that accompanied the torrent:

Hello and welcome to the first in a planned series of releases from the ER Archives, the collection of an active ’70s taper and trader who stepped away from collecting, leaving his tapes pretty much dormant until now. We’re still culling through the archive, but it is already clear that it contains some previously uncirculated shows as well as upgrades to circulating tapes, both audience and soundboard. ER used high-end tape decks and good tape, so his copies of even well-known shows may well be improvements.

The first of them is this previously unknown recording from Duke University, March 28, 1976, making it the earliest document we have of the Chicken Scratch tour, predating East Lansing (a JEMS master recording as it turns out) by nearly a week. The Chicken Scratch tour draws its name from the trek’s circuitous routing and it hit several markets that were missed on the previous year’s tour, including the Carolinas.

Bruce alludes to this foray south at a couple points in the show, asking if anyone in the crowd was down from Jersey or New York (”we got the same crowd following us around everywhere”). He also name drops “Ducky Slattery,” made famous during the 1973 Main Point broadcast, saying that he used to tell a story about this guy who lived next to a gas station.

The setlist is reflective of the early part of the ‘76 tour, and features one of only four known (and three recorded) performances that year of “Blinded By the Light,” which Bruce himself introduces by saying they haven’t played it in a long time. The set also includes the first known cover of Eddie Floyd’s “Raise Your Hand,” with Bruce calling out at least one chord change (”D!”) to support the idea that this is indeed its premiere.

The Duke show is also notable as one of but a handful of period shows to contain performances of all eight songs from Born to Run, including the rarely played “Meeting Across the River.” There’s also a passionate reading of “It’s My Life” leading into “Thunder Road.” The good news is that a few minor defects aside, this is a very nice recording for 1976 and all the songs are intact without cuts. I even heard some guitar bits and vocal parts I had never noticed before in other ‘76 shows. The only missing track is the presumed set closer, “Quarter to Three.”

Wayne Darlington for JEMS and the ER Archives

Thanks to fmcleanboots over at Jungleland for originally uploading/providing this!

JEMS Transfer: presumed 2nd generation cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A
azimuth-adjusted transfer (July 2012) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 >
Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZoptope RX click repair and resample
to 16/44.1> Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (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. Night (4.9MB)
Track 102. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (6.2MB)
Track 103. Spirit in the Night (9.9MB)
Track 104. It’s My Life (12.7MB)
Track 105. Thunder Road (8.5MB)
Track 106. She’s the One (8.8MB)
Track 107. Born to Run (6.2MB)
Track 108. Meeting Across the River (5.6MB)
Track 109. Backstreets (13.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Blinded By the Light (7.1MB)
Track 202. Jungleland (14.3MB)
Track 203. Rosalita (16.0MB)
Track 204. Raise Your Hand (6.0MB)
Track 205. Sandy (10.4MB)
Track 206. Detroit Medley (11.8MB)

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  1. 7 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - DURHAM 1976”

  2. Thanks, BigO! This is a nice present for Bruce Week in the Boston area - 2 shows at Fenway and 1 at Foxboro this week! You guys ROCK!!!

    By TDC on Aug 13, 2012

  3. RE: “The set also includes the first known cover of Eddie Floyd’s “Raise Your Hand,” with Bruce calling out at least one chord change (”D!”) to support the idea that this is indeed its premiere.”

    According to a tour review in Rolling Stone (5/20/76), Springsteen played Raise Your Hand on Sunday, 3/21/76, at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. It does not specify weather or not this 3/21 show was the premiere of the song.

    By Rick on Aug 14, 2012

  4. um, whether, not weather. sound like i’m a fourth-grader, for god’s sake….

    By Rick on Aug 14, 2012

  5. you mean the ‘75!! Main Point broadcast! Show happened on Feb. 5, and aired on WMMR in Philly, what was the airdate I wonder?
    PS this is great great great! I still love everything live I’ve heard from early ‘75 and ‘76. If only a better live recording of ‘Action in the Streets’ existed.

    By Dan on Aug 16, 2012

  6. The Boston Music Hall 1977 shows have have really clear versions of Action in the Streets. Best I’ve heard, anyway.

    By Nick on Oct 9, 2012

  7. Is there any way to get the The Boston Music Hall 1977 show posted??? Looking for 1977 a late 1977 show in great quality. Anyone???

    By Webwar on Apr 17, 2013

  8. Hello Webwar- There are two Bruce shows from The Boston Music Hall, March 22 & 24 1977, on There are a few different songs on each night, audio quality is very good audience recording.

    By Dingus on Apr 17, 2013

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