September 8, 2009 – 4:05 am

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Providence 1975 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Palace Theater, Providence, RI, July 20, 1975 (first show of the Born To Run Tour). Very good master audience recording by Dan Lampinski.

Okay folks, this is history here. Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run Tour in 1975 started about a month before the release of the album. Ever the showman, Springsteen opened his first show of the tour with the relatively contemplative Incident On 57th Street (with an edginess on the side) - just to warm up the audience - before the (again relatively) more familiar tune of Spirit In The Night.

From the new album, Springsteen started with the crowd-pleasing Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out before performing Thunder Road (the opening track) and he made the effort to introduce the song to the crowd. As can be seen from the setlist, Springsteen was still relying on tracks from his earlier two albums but that would change over time when Born To Run not only became his breakthrough album but one of the rocker’s defining albums.

If the 1975 year-end charts were dominated by Elton John, The Eagles, Olivia Newton-John, The Average White Band, John Denver, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Jefferson Starship, it is not surprising that to a lot of jaded ears, Springsteen was a breath of fresh air and rock’s new hope. And if his songs dealt with losers, no-hopers and those marginalised on the sideline, his shows reflected a desperate urgency which gave a glimmer of hope to anyone game enough to try one more time. And anyone who caught the Springsteen fever would never be the same again.

For this, we have to thank music fan Dan Lampinski for taping the show and to djscomics (Kev & Carl) for sharing the tracks on the Dime site. And thanks to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

This is djscomics’ tale:

Once in a while, karma smiles and something really special just sort of falls in your lap. This is one of those moments. Carl was up in Foxboro, Mass to see John Wetton and The School Of Rock All-Stars, and being the friendly guy that he is, he started talking with the guy sitting next to him. Turns out they had more than a little common musical ground, starting with King Crimson and it worked rapidly downhill from there.

Shockingly, the topic of tapes came up and it just so happens this guy taped a bunch of shows in the 1970s that he essentially kept to himself. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened next. This series of torrents represents the fruits of Carl’s labour - multiple trips to Dan’s house to pick up tapes, lovingly and carefully transfer the recordings and then prepare them for our collective listening pleasure. It is my honour to be able to seed these recordings and I hope that everyone who downloads them will get as much enjoyment out of them as we have…

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
01 Incident On 57th Street
02 Spirit In The Night
03 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
04 Growin’ Up
05 Saint In The City
06 E Street Shuffle
07 Born To Run
08 Thunder Road
09 New York City Serenade (Speed Flaws)

Disc 2
01 Kitty’s Back
02 Rosalita (spliced)
Encore 1
03 4th Of July Asbury Park (Sandy)
04 A Love So Fine
Encore 2
05 Sha La La
06 Quarter To Three

In 2005, a 30th anniversary edition of Born To Run was released (1CD and 2DVD). Click here to order the boxset.

Those who are looking for a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s Prodigal Son At The Main Point: February 5th, 1975 (Left Field) - aka The Saint, The Incident & The Main Point Shuffle or You Can Trust Your Car To The Man Who Wears The Star - can now order a copy of the lossless silver disc here.

  1. 13 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - PROVIDENCE 1975”

  2. No comments (yet)? Well, I’m gonna check it out. History indeed! Thanks Big O.

    By Shaun on Sep 8, 2009

  3. I went to many, many shows at The Palace Concert Theater in Providence. Thanks so much for the Genesis and now Bruce. I don’t need to comment on these excellent shows, but I will mention the venue. It was a terric, intimate setting for a concert. I saw everything from a young Rod Stewart to an all-out crazy Mott The Hoople and Slade double bill with Slade “treating us” to some full frontal nudity.

    By TheFantome on Sep 8, 2009

  4. hey bigo, thanks! it’s pretty good quality for a tape. i was playing it walking today and mountain-felt forum show i got off here maybe in jan. i need to put cream whiskey show on my ipod now.

    will get liu sola.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 8, 2009

  5. hey bigo, thanks! i will play disc 2 walking.

    i actually fixed a couple song titles.
    rosalita (come out tonight)
    it’s hard to be a saint in the city (i just fixed this one).
    4th of july, asbury park (sandy)
    the e street shuffle

    sometimes i hate being a perfectionist.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2009

  6. Cheers BigO —

    this Biznoss iz off the hiznook and thru the riznoof!

    By heli0tr0pe on Sep 10, 2009

  7. Can’t wait to hear this shows. I attended the two Bruce shows at Kutztown State College in the following days (July 25th & 26th)…my first! As always, thanks for sharing.

    By Bubbles on Sep 10, 2009

  8. Thanks for this. A real treat! There was a great aircheck from Atlanta 1978. Anyone got that?

    By Tom on Sep 10, 2009

  9. You can never have too much early Springsteen. ‘73-’76 was a great time. Thanks again Big O.

    By Rex on Sep 10, 2009

  10. Fantastic-thanks

    By dannyjack on Sep 12, 2009

  11. I agree with Rex - you can never have enough Springsteen. Thanks BigO…

    By TDC on Sep 17, 2009

  12. I forgot where I heard this story, possibly on the Springsteen “Born to Run” 30 year commemorative set, but Bruce, being the perfectionist that he is, could not tear himself away from the studio for the mixing of “Born to Run.” As the story goes, he stayed up all night working, and though he was not completely satisfied, he had to stop because his tour was starting the next day in Providence. So they declared the album complete, packed up the band and drove to Providence, and this must have been the show they played. It’s funny how he introduces the song “Born to Run” as the title song from his next album, and the audience only gives it a luke warm response. This recording captures a great moment. Thanks!

    By MikeG on Oct 3, 2009

  13. Just found this lost gem. Thanks Big O. I saw the two shows wich followed these in Kutztown, PA. Both were killer shows, featuring Chuck Berry covers and crushed wooden chairs on the basketball court…so much dancing. Wish there were recordings of these shows at B level or better.

    By Bubbles on Jan 23, 2011

  14. Fans who are looking for a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s Prodigal Son At The Main Point: February 5th, 1975 (Left Field) - aka The Saint, The Incident & The Main Point Shuffle or You Can Trust Your Car To The Man Who Wears The Star - can now order a copy of the lossless silver disc here:

    By bigozine2 on May 18, 2011

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