February 16, 2009 – 4:23 am

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Coliseum Night [Crystal Cat, 3CD CC 351/352/353]

Live on the River Tour at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, December 29, 1980.

The quest for a complete concert of Bruce Springsteen from his best years from 1978 to 1980 remains, at least officially, unrealised. When Live 1975-1985 came out, many fans wanted more. Over the years, the only concession has been the Hammersmith Odeon concert in London from 1975 that came as a DVD with copies of the Born To Run 30th anniversary edition. Later it came out separately as an audio 2CD set.

Perhaps Springsteen didn’t want to look back on his past work. Or had too much new ideas and music he wanted out. Whatever his reasons, intrepid fans have collaborated with radio DJs, soundmen, go-fers and insiders to release unofficially many classic shows from the late ’70s and early ’80s.

The three-night stand at Nassau Coliseum is a great place to start. All the shows were recorded and some tracks from Dec 28 and Dec 31 show up on the official Live box. But here is the three-hour long show from Dec 29, less the tracks that were officially released.

Ironic that many of the songs will mean as much today, in the current depressed economy, as when they first escaped from Springsteen’s imagination. From Factory, Independence Day to The Promised Land, they all come out sounding angry but hopeful, tired but liberated and most of all fiercely independent.

You’re gonna need this stuff to stay alive because there’s still a darkness on the edge of town.
- Professor Red

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.CD1
1 Night
2 Out In The Street
3 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
4 Who’ll Stop The Rain
5 Darkness On The Edge Of Town [omitted]
6 Factory
7 Dialogue
8 Independence Day
9 Two Hearts
10 Prove It All Night
11 The Promised Land
12 This Land Is Your Land
13 The River
14 Badlands
15 Thunder Road

1 Cadillac Ranch
2 Sherry Darling
3 Hungry Heart
4 Merry Christmas Baby
5 Fire
6 Candy’s Room
7 Because The Night
8 4th of July, Asbury Park [Sandy]
9 For You
10 Stolen Car
11 Wreck On The Highway

1 Point Blank
2 The Ties That Bind
3 Ramrod
4 You Can Look [But You Better Not Touch] [omitted]
5 Incident On 57th Street [omitted]
6 Rosalita [Come Out Tonight]
7 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8 Jungleland
9 Born To Run
10 Devil With The Blue Dress On
11 Good Golly Miss Molly
12 CC Rider
13 Jenny Take A Ride boogie
14 I Hear A Train/ Devil With The Blue Dress On [reprise]

CD1 Tk 5 and CD3 Tk 4 can be found on the official release Live/ 1975-1985 boxset.
CD3 Tk5 was officially released as a B-side/bonus track on 7″/12″ vinyl worldwide in 1986/87, and on CD in Japan only (”Live Collection” EP).

This boxset Live/ 1975-1985 remains the major official archive of Springsteen’s storming career. Buy it here.

  1. 13 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - THE RIVER TOUR, NEW YORK 1980”

  2. What a bis surprise ! A wonderful concert with a fantastic sound.It´s great.Thank you guys.
    Best wishes for you Joe

    By Joe "The Catman" on Feb 16, 2009

  3. Fantastico - MSG the boy had made it big on this tour… Hungry heart style

    By AC on Feb 16, 2009

  4. Superb! Thank you for a wonderful show!!! Just an observation, this show is from 12/29/80 and my CD copy of the Japanese Live Collection notes that Incideent On 57th Street is from the 12/28/80 show.

    By BK on Feb 18, 2009

  5. Professor Red:”You’re gonna need this stuff to stay alive because there’s still a darkness on the edge of town.” Damn right…and I would add continue to spit in the face of these Badlands, because since when has it ever treated us good?

    By Mark on Feb 19, 2009

  6. Hello BK

    According to these two sites, Incident On 57th Street is from the December 29, 1980 show:

    As we do not have a copy of Live Collection, we cannot do a comparison.

    Hopefully some readers can help clarify.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 19, 2009

  7. In this case I would prefer to trust the official info on the “Live Collection” CD. And if they really changed the ending of the original recording, it’s another version of the song – so this version here has not been released officially.
    And the japanese “Live Collection” is (for most european fans) so rare and hard to find that you can consider it unreleased ;-)

    Can someone – just for comparison – provide a link to this song, maybe both versions so that we can judge by ourselves?

    Apart from this omission (I have the “1975-85″-box-set, so the other two are no problem for me) it’s a great recording of a great show.

    By Walter on Feb 20, 2009

  8. Thank you, Big O and Walter for taking the time for clarification! In regards to comparisons…I can obviously assist with the Japanese version….if I only knew how. I can provide it in a number of formats (i.e. mp3, wav, etc.)if that’s a help. Otherwise I’m virtually a novice. If someone has the patience to “talk” me through I’d be happy to help any way I can.

    By BK on Feb 21, 2009

  9. What a great way to have expensive CCat boots! Thank you BigO! :)

    By nanker on Feb 23, 2009

  10. Thanks to reader BK who provided a listening track, we can confirm that Incident On 57th Street on the Japanese Live Collection is from December 29, 1980.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 23, 2009

  11. No fair not including Incident On 57th Street!!!! Just because it was released 20 years ago. It’s probably something that 10 people have and NO ONE can get it today!

    Any possibility of uploading it? I don’t want to sound greedy, but I am. I just don’t want to sound that way.

    By Dan on Feb 25, 2009

  12. This show was great as were the others at the Coliseum…how about the New Year’s Eve one?…with that great rockin’rendition of Auld Lang Syne?
    Thank you for making people being able to afford otherwise expensive and hard to find c’s…this what bootlegs should really be…free for fans…bootleggers don’t pay royalties after all, so why cost so much?
    Peace & Love!

    By Alex Corvini on Feb 25, 2009

  13. Damn, that’s the coolest car ever!

    By Mark on Feb 21, 2010

  14. the Cat is one of the most proffesional bootleggers ever…i do even buy cds from bands/music i don’t like at all..but because it are CC’s..i do collect them…
    and please take notice…the overal cd and booklets artwork are very expensive…
    the Cat really don’t make any money with her releases at all….it is the dealer on the streets who make them expensive…
    ( and the most respect the Cat deserves from me is that she is operating al by herself…)

    By johnny on Oct 12, 2010

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