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Geneva, NY 1974 [JEMS Transfer, 3CD]

Live at the Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NY; December 7, 1974 (previously uncirculated). Very good audience recording.

Thanks to the taper; ML; the JEMS team; and to mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Known Faults: E Street Shuffle: splice

JEMS is pleased to release another lost and found recording, this of a previously uncirculated show at the Geneva Theatre in Geneva, NY, December 7, 1974, Bruce and the band’s second to last gig of the year. According to the indispensible Brucebase, the concert was booked by the local Hobart & William Smith College and featured Jae Mason as the opening act.

Geneva turns out to be an unusually solid tape for the era, recorded with two mics in stereo and remarkably free of material cuts. The crowd around the mics, presumably the taper and his friends, are going crazy but it only as to the atmosphere on this highly listenable document of a fantastic period in Springsteen’s concert history that featured Suki Lahav on cello.

While the show is largely standard for the era, that sells short a set list that includes a stunning “Incident” to open, the striking cover of Dylan’s “I Want You,” and an epic three-song stretch that moves from the as-yet-unreleased “Jungleland” to “Kitty’s Back” to what just might be the longest ever performance of “New York City Serenade,” clocking in north of 24 minutes of majesty.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, due to Bruce breaking a guitar string, we’re treated a rare lead vocal from the Big Man, Clarance Clemons, on the time-filling vamp, “Gimme That Wine.” The show wraps with a rousing “A Love So Fine” into a storming “Wear My Ring” and last but not least, “the greatest dance record ever recorded,” “Quarter to Three.”

The tape itself is one of half a dozen reel-to-reels loaned to JEMS from ML, which were all low-gen copies of known recordings with this one major exception. A big thank you to him for shipping out the reels and letting us release the show. Thanks as well to AM and PR, whose enthusiasm for Geneva got me even more excited about it. Tapeboy handled the pitch adjustments, which are much appreciated. And last but not least, thanks to mjk5510 for catching the files as always when they come off the post-production line.


Click here for the lossless flacs.

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recording gear: unknown tape recorder > stereo mics
ML reel source via JEMS
JEMS 2015 Transfer: Likely first-generation reel copy (3-3/4 IPS) > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > IZotope RX + Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Incident On 57th Street 9:23 (15.8MB)
Track 102. Spirit In The Night 7:13 (12.1MB)
Track 103. Does This Bus Stop On 82nd Street 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 104. I Want You 6:26 (10.8MB)
Track 105. Growin’ Up 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 106. E Street Shuffle 16:47 (28.2MB)
Track 107. It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City 5:14 (8.8MB)
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Gimme That Wine 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 202. Jungleland 11:00 (18.5MB)
Track 203. Kitty’s Back 18:04 (30.4MB)
Track 204. NYC Serenade 25:17 (42.5MB)
58 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. Rosalita 12:00 (20.2MB)
Track 302. Sandy 7:29 (12.6MB)
Track 303. A Love So Fine 9:08 (15.3MB)
Track 304. Wear My Ring 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 305. Quarter To Three 6:48 (11.4MB)
39 mins

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  1. 4 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - GENEVA, NY 1974”

  2. A real gem. Thanks to all involved.

    By Nick on Dec 10, 2015

  3. not bad for 41 freaking years ago.
    Only thing wrong - and its a minor thing at that but Suki Lahav played violin not cello.
    thanks for the show

    By Dwight on Dec 11, 2015

  4. Thanks, BigO. This is a nice cherry on top of the banana split that is the new River box set.

    By TDC on Dec 11, 2015

  5. Thank you BigO for keeping access to this show alive! I am from Geneva, and love getting every show I can from our beloved Smith Opera House (back in ‘74 called Geneva Theater before going back to it’s original name). I’m looking forward to downloading this for my ears and my archive! Again, thank you!

    By Michael Ball on Apr 17, 2019

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