September 1, 2014 – 4:53 am

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On The Road Night [Crystal Cat CC850, 1CD]

Live at the Community Center, Berkeley, CA; March 2, 1973. Very good/excellent Pre-FM. Recordings at Alpha Recording Studios, Richmond, VA; May 31, 1973. Very good/excellent soundboard.

The tracks from the Berkeley 1973 show can also be found on the Cannon Blast Lightnin’ Flash [Cat’s Meow] boot and the general feeling is that the On The Road Night tracks are an audio upgrade.

As for the Alpha Recording tracks, DrBanan commented at Dime: “According to info on Jungleland, the pre-air production Reel-To-Reel tape got wider circulation with The Uber Series tape trader project, from where Crystal Cat most likely ‘lifted’ the master for [t]his CD. noted:

Recorded just weeks after the release of his first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, this historic opening set from Bruce Springsteen comes from a time when Bruce and the entire band could still (just barely) fit in one car… What makes this show particularly interesting and historical is that a few weeks earlier, Springsteen had actually been part of the very first King Biscuit Flower Hour, which was broadcast [on]… February 18, 1973. On that broadcast, Bruce only performed two songs and had to share the bill with Blood, Sweat & Tears and jazz-fusion pioneers, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The unique and eclectic co-bill gained Springsteen enough exposure and positive response to warrant his own set on the soon-to-become popular radio series.

This show, recorded a month later, is the entire set that Springsteen performed as an opening act for Blood, Sweat & Tears in Berkeley, California. Apart from the debut King Biscuit recording, it is possibly the very first professional live recording of The Boss to surface. His Dylan-esque demeanor is very apparent, especially on the acoustic oriented material. Highlights include a very early version of “Blinded By The Light,” a very fast-tempo take on “Does This Bus Stop At 82nd St?,” and a passionate read of “Lost In Fhe Flood,” whose line, “Did ya hear that? His body hit the street with such a beautiful thud,” remains one of the most visual lyrics in rock history.

Thanks to DrBanan for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Original silver CD > XLD (secure mode, cue & log files) > FLAC (level 6) > ffp (xACT)

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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Berkeley, CA; March 2, 1973
Track 01. Lost In The Flood 5:17 (8.9MB)
Track 02. Spirit In The Night 5:46 (9.7MB)
Track 03. Circus Song 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 04. Bishop Danced 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 05. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 06. Blinded By The Light 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 07. Thundercrack 12:44 (21.4MB)
45 mins

Bruce Springsteen - vocals, guitar
Clarence Clemons - saxophone, vocals
Danny Federici - keyboard, accordion
Vini Lopez - drums, vocals
David Sancious - organ, piano, clavinet
Garry Tallent - bass, vocals, horn

Alpha Recording Studios; May 31, 1973
Track 08. Satin Doll 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 09. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 10. Circus Song 6:34 (11.0MB)
Track 11. Growin’ Up 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 12. New York Song 6:50 (11.5MB)
Track 13. You Mean So Much To Me 8:20 (14.0MB)
35 mins

Track 01-07, March 02 1973, Community Center, Berkeley, CA
Track 08-13, May 31 1973, Alpha Recording Studios, Richmond, VA

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  1. 9 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BERKELEY 1973”

  2. Incredible!

    By Job Hunter on Sep 1, 2014

  3. My wife will enjoy these.. Thanks!

    By Tom on Sep 1, 2014

  4. The quality of these recordings is outstanding, by far the best I’ve heard!

    By BobCatAl on Sep 1, 2014

  5. Many thanks, BigO! I emailed you recently to ‘Restart’ Cannon Blast Lightnin’ Flash so I really appreciate your effort to not only make these tracks available again but to provide a version that’s an audio upgrade plus bonus tracks ;o)

    By jrinscotland on Sep 1, 2014

  6. Thanks for posting this. Have a few bootlegs featuring The Boss from the 70’s, but nothing this old. Will be a treat to hear him from the dawn of his career. Thanks for sharing!

    By MisterManiac on Sep 2, 2014

  7. Beautiful….. :)

    By rick on Sep 3, 2014

  8. bored in the U.S.A., I was..loud and bored in the U.S.A.

    By stump rivers on Sep 8, 2014

  9. Wonderful stuff! Keep up the good work!

    By Stephen Park on Sep 14, 2014

  10. What a great find! Thank You…….brings back memories of teenage years listening to Live at Asbury park

    By Excess on Sep 17, 2017

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