THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

June 22, 2011 – 3:17 am

C’est La Vie… Give this show an official release.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
Where The Four Winds Blow [Godfatherecords G.R. 191, 1CD]

Live at The Agora, Cleveland, OH, USA; June 3, 1974. Excellent soundboard stereo.

This is the history of this recording from Collectors Music Review:
“The source of this show is a WMMS-FM broadcast dating from June 5, 1974, two days after the performance. The complete concert was about 100 minutes long but the broadcast version lasted for only an hour. There seems to be no record of the rest of the setlist, nor any certainty that these songs survived on tape. The show first appeared on LP as And The Band Played (Swingin’ Pig) and there was also a Japanese release, Agora Cleveland 1974 (UFO). The Swingin’ Pig version additionally appeared on CD along with And The E Street Band Played (Scorpio). There was also a CD-R release, You Never Can Tell (Piggham).”

To our minds, this show stands out for the playing by the E Street Band, here pushing the new tunes from The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle. Boom Carter’s drums and Clarence Clemons’ tenor sax are a hot pair, doing a tug of war behind Springsteen, who was still not the Boss. The song, Rosalita. For once, Springsteen doesn’t fill the show with long soliloquies. He lets his band do the “talkin’”.

Clarence gets a lot of airtime. Screeching insanely on Fats Domino’s Let The Four Winds Blow with a liberating solo. This is followed by David Sancious’ piano solo and then there’s a guitar solo here as well. And another squawking hell of a solo by the Big Man. Lord, we’ll miss you.

Special mention must be made of this version of 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), we get Garry Tallent and Danny Federici showing off on tuba and accordian, respectively. We miss you too Danny.

Bruce has never sounded better. He takes chances with the tunes that he doesn’t anymore. This performance is instinctive, loose and the better for it. Nobody is playing by the numbers. Goodbye Big Man.

I’m comin’ to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny

You bet. This is probably the best version of this show released to date (circa 2008)*. Don’t be fooled by the slightly muddy opening notes. It gets better real fast. Recommended you play this LOUD.
- Professor Red

* A fresh transfer of this show from WMMS-FM’s master reel was made in July 2009. No sound manipulation was made on this 2009 transfer. The Godfather version has been enhanced.

The good folks at Collectors Music Review are here.

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.

Track 01. Spirit In The Night (10.0MB)
Track 02. The E Street Shuffle (13.3MB)
Track 03. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (12.5MB)
Track 04. You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry) (6.6MB)
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Track 05. Tokyo [titled as And The Band Played on the CD] (11.0MB)
Track 06. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (16.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 06. Rosalita (megaupload link)
Track 07. Let The Four Winds Blow [incorporating I’m Ready] (19.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 07. Let The Four Winds Blow (megaupload link)
Bonus
Track 08. Kitty’s Back (live at The Bottom Line, New York, July 14, 1974 [early show]) (25.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 08. Kitty’s Back (megaupload link)

Lineup:
Bruce Springsteen - guitar, vocals
Clarence Clemons - tenor sax
Garry W Tallent - bass
Danny Federici - accordion, keyboards
David Sancious - piano, organ
Ernest ‘Boom’ Carter - drums

 

The first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, were tentative and carefree. While the first established where the sound was coming from, the second championed the men who made the music. Buy ‘em both.

  1. 6 Responses to “THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES”

  2. hey bigo, i believe this is agora ballroom just from doing various searches. i’ll get it. i just finished playing disc 2 of kc, mo and disc 2 of pink floyd-brussels. good stuff.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jun 22, 2011

  3. How about giving Backstreets a link to their site from the graphic you ‘borrowed’ from it? C’mon, be a pal.

    By Caryn on Jun 22, 2011

  4. Hello Caryn

    Thanks for your comment. Just click on the picture… Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 22, 2011

  5. Thanks BigO! Great sound and performance. I sent this to my brother who was at this show and raved about it to me at the time. I made it a point to catch Bruce and the boys next time they came through northeast Ohio and have been a fan ever since. Sadly, with the loss of two key players, the E Street Band will never be this good again.

    By Brad on Jun 25, 2011

  6. Maybe I’m a few days late, but track 5 (’Tokyo’) can’t be downloaded.

    By Walter on Jul 14, 2011

  7. I remember a friend playing this in his car at full blast.Great show. Thanks

    By Matt on Aug 5, 2011

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