BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - TOWSON, MD 1977

May 3, 2015 – 1:07 pm

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
Featuring the Miami Horns
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol Four [JEMS Archive, 2CD]

Live at the Towson Center, Towson State University, Towson, MD; March 13, 1977  “Official Audience Recording.” Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to JEMS and to mjk5510 for sharing this show at Dime.

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Known Faults:
- Tenth Ave Freeze-Out: 10 seconds patched at the start with alternate recorder
- Rosalita: 1:30 patched about 2/3 of the way through with alternate recorder

Welcome back to the fourth chapter of JEMS’ Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce’s remarkable 1977 tour. Installment No. 4 brings Springsteen to Towson, MD, 14 miles outside of Baltimore on the campus of Towson State University. In terms of the ‘77 tour, this stop is somewhere on the fourth turn, heading for the home stretch, with just 12 days left to go before the tour memorably wraps up in Boston on March 25.

There’s one very significant change to the set list this night, the introduction of one of Springsteen’s greatest rockers, “Don’t Look Back,” which would not be released for another 22 years. The song debuted three nights earlier in Toldeo, OH, and it is still in embryonic form, with lyrics evolving show to show.

At this point in the song’s evolution, Springsteen has the first verse and a half basically set, before we hear the couplet “riding out by the dynamo/pushing daddy’s car as fast as it would go” in the place of the eventual and more memorable “white lights burning, pocket’s full of cash/angel writes her name in lipstick on my dash,” most of which is found here in the third verse. The bridge is also different, centered around the lines “someday I want to hold you/someday I want to make you mine.” It’s a thrill to hear this wonderful song take shape.

Of the so-called “official audience tapes,” Towson is probably the least known, as it has never been bootlegged. We think you’ll find this new transfer an improvement over circulating copies. Like all these ‘77 official audies, the sound does vary slightly throughout the show, sometimes sounding more locked in than others, but, overall, the Towson tape is a fine listen.

Special thanks yet again to: M and J from JEMS for pulling out our many versions of these DATs and helping make new transfers; the folks on the Stone Pony message board whose thread sparked this series; and to mjk5510 who continues to stand at the ready in support of our efforts and add his magic to the finished product.

There’s much more to come from ‘77, so stay tuned.

BK for JEMS

Click here for the lossless flacs.

Click here: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol One

Click here: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol Two

Click here: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol Three

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Lineage:
low-gen cassettes (likely second generation) > DAT (circa 1993-94 16/48 transfer)
JEMS 2015 Transfer: 1994 DAT > Fostex D-5 > Sound Devices UBSPre2 > iZtotope RX > pitch correction > iZotope Ozone and MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / patch / index) > xACT 2.21 > 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. Night 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 102. Don’t Look Back 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 103. Spirit In The Night 7:42 (12.9MB)
Track 104. It’s My Life 11:53 (20.0MB)
Track 105. Thunder Road 6:36 (11.1MB)
Track 106. Mona-She’s The One 11:18 (19.0MB)
Track 107. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out 4:52 (8.2MB)
Track 108. Action In The Streets 5:48 (9.8MB)
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Backstreets 15:49 (26.6MB)
Track 202. Jungleland 10:38 (17.9MB)
Track 203. Rosalita 11:07 (18.7MB)
Track 204. Born To Run 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 205. Quarter To Three 10:05 (17.0MB)
54 mins

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