May 21, 2011 – 3:14 am

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Somerville Story [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA; February 19, 2003. Very good soundboard, with the exception of Disc 1, Track 1, which is sourced from an audience recording.

On February 19 and 20, 2003, Bruce Springsteen and Patty Scialfa played two benefit concerts for the now-defunct DoubleTake magazine at the Somerville Theatre. DoubleTake was a magazine about the documentary film world and had stopped its operations due to financial problems.

This is what noted: “[In 2003] Bruce Springsteen held a pair of “Master Class”-style shows in Somerville, MA, offering glimpses into his songwriting craft, explicating songs line-by-line, and even taking questions from the audience. While a stunning change of pace from the recent E Street Band shows, very few fans actually got to witness those performances (and only after paying big bucks) - and by the time the Q&A session bit the dust on the second night, one kinda had the feeling that it’d never happen again.”

Click here for Somerville Nights, the article that appeared in Backstreets #76.

The audience recording of the show was released by Crystal Cat (Doubletake Night) and the Godfather Records (Intimate Night), and now, the soundboard, which has just been released in Japan. Acoustic Springsteen that is hugely haunting and highly entertaining.

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (3.6MB)
Track 102. Darkness On The Edge Of Town (5.2MB)
Track 103. Adam Raised A Cain (10.9MB)
Track 104. My Father’s House (12.2MB)
Track 105. Does The Bus Stop At 82nd Street (4.7MB)
Track 106. Growin’ Up (17.2MB)
Track 107. In Freehold (14.6MB)
Track 108. Thunder Road (10.8MB)
Track 109. Nebraska (13.1MB)
Track 110. The River (12.6MB)
Track 111. Sherry Darling (9.0MB)
Track 112. Born In The USA (7.2MB)
Track 113. Souls Of The Departed (6.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. The Wall (6.4MB)
Track 202. Bobby Jean (7.0MB)
Track 203. My Hometown (11.2MB)
Track 204. Brilliant Disguise (8.6MB)
Track 205. Stolen Car (5.8MB)
Track 206. Save The Last Dance For Me /It’s The Little Things that Count (6.2MB)
Track 207. If I Should Fall Behind (10.6MB)
Track 208. The Ghost Of Tom Joad (8.0MB)
Track 209. Sinaloa Cowboys (6.1MB)
Track 210. The Rising (8.3MB)
Track 211. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day (15.6MB)
Track 212. The Promised Land (10.6MB)

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  2. This is a great listen - I have the Crystal Cat. Always room for more Bruce. Thanks, BigO!

    By TDC on May 21, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i liked disc 1. thanks!

    right now i am listening to wertmuller project-quasimodo, berlin, germany 11.6.08 you offered two years ago. it’s a good one. i got the brotzmann tenet show and keji, o’rourke, kuge shows you offered too last year. killer avant!!! i put the nels cline singers-safari sam’s, west hollywood, ca 12.5.07 on my ipod this morning. that’s a great one! it’s one of my favorites. i got it 5.30.08 from bigo! keep the great avant boots coming!!!


    By Ed Saad on May 22, 2011

  4. This is a great offering! Springsteen is very good in this kind of situation.
    There’s an official DVD of masterclasses he did somewhere; this post is a great complement to that disk
    Many thanks!

    By tony on May 23, 2011

  5. tony - that DVD is called “Storytellers” and is part of the VH1 series, and it is occasionally shown on VH1 and Palladia. Enjoy!

    By TDC on May 24, 2011

  6. Thanks for another great Bruce show. I never heard this one before. Thanks to all involved in bringing it to us.

    By Matt on Jun 7, 2011

  7. This is truly something very, very special and very much appreciated - but might it be possible to re-upload the following missing songs/files:

    106. Growin’ Up (neither link currently works)

    107. In Freehold (neither link currently works)

    206. Save The Last Dance For Me / It’s The Little Things that Count (message reads ‘no file’)

    210. The Rising (message reads ‘no file’)

    Track 211. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day (neither link currently works)

    Thanks again.

    By Nick on Jul 28, 2015

  8. thanks for the post - could you check the links again, some not working

    much appreciated.

    By tom on Nov 7, 2015

  9. thanks for the help with the links - i’m not sure where you reside, but its raining in Georgia now on a Sunday morning. My 3yr old is listening to this show with me and is trying to strum along on his toy guitar. That’s what it’s all about.


    By tom on Nov 8, 2015

  10. When I click on the blue links, the tracks open in a new tab in the browser, but no download starts. Any advice?

    By EP on Mar 20, 2017

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