December 17, 2009 – 12:51 pm

The long and winding road of Bruce Springsteen.

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Madison Square Garden 2009 - The Complete River [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, November 8, 2009. Very good audience recording.

All great rockers (and albums) should have quotable quotes. Think of Dylan, and “To live outside the law, you must be honest” comes to mind. Before The River, Bruce Springsteen had “labels” - “Born To Run,” “Darkness At The Edge Of Town.” But that changed with The River.

On November 8, after the opening song, Wrecking Ball, Springsteen tells the audience: “[The River] was a record that was sort of the gateway to a lot of my future writing. It was a record we made after Darkness On The Edge Of Town. It was a record made during a recession - hard times in the States. It’s title song is a song I wrote for my brother and sister.

“My brother was in the construction industry, lost his job and had to struggle very hard back in the late ’70s, like so many people are doing today. It was a record where I first started to tackle men and women and families and marriage. There were certain songs on it that led to complete records later on: The River sorta went to the writing on Nebraska, Stolen Car went to the writing on Tunnel Of Love.

“Originally it was a single record. I handed it in with just one record and I took it back because I didn’t feel it was big enough. Wanted to capture the themes I had been writing about on Darkness. I wanted to keep those characters with me and at the same time added music that made our live shows so much fun and joy for our audience. So, In the end, we’re gonna take you down to The River tonight.”

If Born To Run and Darkness are seen as self-actualising albums, then The River is where Springsteen moved from “I” to “we”. And there aren’t that many rockers who can not only work the crowd but create a community (within the arena/stadium) the way Springsteen does.

Among Springsteen’s albums, The River, Nebraska and Ghost Of Tom Joad are particularly important today because they contain the seeds and sentiments that helped put a new man in the White House a year ago. Barack Obama went on a campaign of change but other than a new face in the office, the more things seem to look the same. Apart from getting a Nobel Peace Prize, Obama has committed 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan; there isn’t more peace in Iraq; Guantanamo is still around and the banksters are still pulling the strings.

Recently Obama quipped, “I’m the president but he’s The Boss.” In front of the press, Obama is media savvy and very glib. One wonders how he squares off things when he’s alone; and one wonders what Springsteen really thinks of Obama.

By running through the entire River album, Springsteen might be reminding Obama to hold true to values that define Main Street, not Wall Street - decency, compassion and the brotherhood of the American community. Listening to this show, one realises something is amiss when it looks so easy for Springsteen to get the crowd on his side yet it is Obama whose popularity rating that is drastically dropping.

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true or is it something worse?”

Thanks to Kathleen for recording and sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site; and to lexus11 for the artwork.

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.

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Disc 1
Track 01. Wrecking Ball (8.5MB)
Track 02. Introduction to The River (3.2MB)
Track 03. The Ties That Bind (5.2MB)
Track 04. Sherry Darling (6.7MB)
Track 05. Jackson Cage (4.4MB)
Track 06. Two Hearts (5.6MB)
Track 07. Independence Day (6.5MB)
Track 08. Hungry Heart (5.7MB)
Track 09. Out In The Street (8.9MB)
Track 10. Crush On You (4.7MB)
Track 11. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (5.2MB)
Track 12. I Wanna Marry You (6.6MB)
Track 13. The River (9.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 14. Point Blank (9.1MB)
Track 15. Cadillac Ranch (7.8MB)
Track 16. I’m a Rocker (5.2MB)
Track 17. Fade Away (8.8MB)
Track 18. Stolen Car (6.7MB)
Track 19. Ramrod (10.0MB)
Track 20. The Price You Pay (8.5MB)
Track 21. Drive All Night (13.6MB)
Track 22. Wreck on the Highway (8.1MB)

Disc 3
Track 23. Waiting On A Sunny Day (8.8MB)
Track 24. Atlantic City (8.6MB)
Track 25. Badlands (7.1MB)
Track 26. Born to Run (9.0MB)
Track 27. Seven Nights to Rock (7.4MB)
Track 28. Sweet Soul Music (6.5MB)
Track 29. No Surrender (6.5MB)
Track 30. American Land (10.6MB)
Track 31. Dancing in the Dark (8.1MB)
Track 32. Can’t Help Falling in Love (3.3MB)
Track 33. Higher and Higher (13.1MB)

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  1. 20 Responses to “DREAM LOVER”

  2. Thank you so much for this! AWESOME!!!

    By Gabriel on Dec 17, 2009

  3. Bruce rules! I was at the show at MSG the night before when he performed his album, “The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle”.
    It was a religious experience.

    Thanks, Big O…

    By TDC on Dec 18, 2009

  4. Thank you ! ! !
    Fan since 1973 ….. Great Artist! Great Man !

    By JP on Dec 18, 2009

  5. Did Springsteen do a complete cover of Nebraska during the tour? I know he did Wild and Innocent, Greetings from Asbury Park, The River, Born to Run-but I was hoping for a Nebraska night. Anyone know?

    By BB on Dec 19, 2009

  6. I don’t believe he did a complete run of the Nebraska album, BB. He did E Street Shuffle, Born To Run, Darkness, The River, and Born In the USA in various cities, although Born To Run was played the most. I don’t know that he played the Greetings album… I hadn’t heard that. I can’t imagine pulling out “Mary Queen of Arkansas” for live performance.

    Anyhow, it might’ve been interesting to hear the whole Nebraska album - played electric with the band - but I don’t know much appeal that would have for most people. That’s a great album, one I love more than most of his other albums (though Born To Run remains my favorite), but I don’t think that album’s a selling point for people the way BTR, for example, is.

    Thanks to Big O for making this show available!

    By Shaun on Dec 20, 2009

  7. They did Greeting from Asbury Park at Buffalo on November 22-possibly the best concert of the best tour the band has ever done. There is an awesome recording of it on dimeadozen (eztorrent) and well worth looking for. I agree that BTR is great but I was a fan before Greetings even came out ( I grew up in Jersey, at the shore, and I am the same age as Patti- saw Bruce many times before any records came out) and Nebraska remains one of my favorites. I had hopped to collect all the individual album/concerts but apparently they skipped a few. There is a Mary Queen of Arkansas on that Buffalo show so you must find it.

    By BB on Dec 20, 2009

  8. BB, I just checked out the official Springsteen site… You beat me to it, as I just came back here to eat crow and say that he did do the Greetings album in Buffalo, NY. Who’d a thunk it? That’s really interesting. I’ll have to look for that.

    Anyhow, I was fortunate enough to attend a complete BTR in Milwaukee last month. I’m hoping that there’s some kind of official release coming from this tour. Can you imagine a DVD set featuring complete performances of each of the albums Bruce and the band did? Probably won’t happen, but it would be a treat!

    I still like the idea of an complete, electric Nebraska by the way…

    By Shaun on Dec 20, 2009

  9. How ’bout a concert with the entire “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” album ? That album makes “Nebraska” sound like The Beach Boys…

    By TDC on Dec 20, 2009

  10. LOL, TDC… Two fine songs on that album: The title song and “Youngstown,” and that’s about it. Definitely not the album Nebraska is.

    By Shaun on Dec 21, 2009

  11. A hockey beat writer friend of mine who was backstage at the Buffalo show sez BS was talking like it might be the last ESB show ever. Clarence is past 70 and the Boss is 60. Anyone else up on this rumour stuff? BTW, I was at a show in Madison, WI about six months after the “Wild” release and found that show a “religious experience”. The recent show I attended was very good but not transcendental by any stretch of the imagination. The new stuff just doesn’t have the power of the classics.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 23, 2009

  12. I heard a similar rumor last year about a possible ESB retirement — Clemons’s health and Max’s departure for the Tonight Show were mentioned.

    A friend of mine actually got 10 minutes with Bruce backstage during the Dream tour, and he said he was very focused on showing his newer generation of fans that he’s still got it (not sure why anyone would question that).

    By thOr on Dec 24, 2009

  13. Actually, Clemons will be 68 in exactly 10 days… I just looked him up on IMDB (DOB 1/11/1942). Still, point taken, he’s getting up there in years and he’s had major health issues.

    By Shaun on Jan 2, 2010

  14. I agree with Johnny that Bruce’s recent material simply doesn’t match the early days… From Tunnel of Love (decent, but not great) I haven’t cared much about Bruce’s stuff. Exceptions are the wonderful Seeger Sessions album (& subsequent tour) and there were some really good songs on The Rising too.

    I hadn’t even cared about E Street tours lately, but I couldn’t pass up seeing the Born To Run album played live. It turned out to be a great show, and I was glad I went. I hope we haven’t heard the last of them, and I hope Bruce surprises me with at least one more great album.

    By Shaun on Jan 2, 2010

  15. OK, I do know my basic math… I’m writing this from the States on January 1, but it’s already January 2 in Singapore. :-)

    By Shaun on Jan 2, 2010

  16. Here is a great link and a GREAT BLOG that other like minded sould should know about - The Jolly Joker - check out this site!! I have linked the page for the 11-22-09 (or if you are so inclined the 22-11-09) Buffalo show:


    By Adam Dean on Jan 4, 2010

  17. Here is a link to a GREAT BLOG that other like minded souls should know about - The Jolly Joker - check out this site!! I have linked the page for the 11-22-09 (or if you are so inclined the 22-11-09) Buffalo show in which The ESB played ‘Greetings From Asbury Park’:


    I wanted to add that there has been some confusion about whether or not this site is linked to ’spyware’ but from my personal experience I have no problems after hundreds of visits. The blog specializes in Grateful Dead, Jazz, British, and many other genres.

    By Adam Dean on Jan 4, 2010

  18. AMAZING!!!! Thank you!! I can’t believe they did the whole damn album! Wow!

    By Paul on Dec 11, 2013

  19. Prophetic about pathetic O. 4 years ago the editor noted: “…yet it is Obama whose popularity rating…is drastically dropping.”

    “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true or is it something worse?”

    Sadly, I think we all know - it is something much worse. Obama continues to embarrass. At Mandela’s memorial service, he’s having fun with selfies. Even Michelle is pissed at him. Hey, prez, even if you don’t feel like a prez, at least ACT like one on the WORLD stage.

    OK, Bruce and The “E” do a great performance.

    By Job Hunter on Dec 11, 2013

  20. invalid links for dream lover-the river at michigan 2009-springsteen
    thank for all french fan

    By bruno C on Feb 21, 2016

  21. SO many links are broken it’s not worth even trying to listen to!

    What a shame.

    By Jeff Powell on Nov 4, 2017

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