November 19, 2011 – 4:42 am

There’s no better time for the Boss to be relevant. Remember the Promise.

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The Fox [JEMS Archive, 3CD]

Live at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA; September 30, 1978. Excellent- pre-FM stereo.

This has been out on silver disc bootleg before but never from the JEMS Archive which are from first generation pre-FM cassettes. All other previous boots were from cassette recordings of the live radio station broadcasts that were marred by a storm that broke across the area that fateful night. The quality was less than pristine. This one isn’t like the others.

According to JEMS: ”The sound quality of the pre-FM source is truly first rate, lacking the heavy compression of the over-the-air broadcast and boasting much wider stereo separation than any extant FM source. The pre-FM also corrects most of the speed issues with the previous bootlegs.

“And we do pick up some previously missing audio bits. These includes a few sentences spoken by Bruce before ‘Santa Claus’ and, more significantly, the 40 or so seconds that were missing from the start of ‘Backstreets’ plus some band member intros after that song. That being said, the cassettes were in less-than-ideal condition and required re-shelling and baking for playback. Experienced ears might pick up on very minor fluctuations (for example, on the tape flips) that couldn’t be corrected.

“In short, what we do have sounds awesome. However, because it is Atlanta, we’re still snake bit. The pre-FM source is missing the entire encore (presumably a lost third cassette, and yes, we’ve asked if it might be hiding behind dresser or something), needs a long patch (6+ minutes) from halfway through ‘Prove It All Night’ through the start of ‘Racing in the Street’ (we had hoped tape baking would fix this damaged part but it didn’t), plus a tiny patch at the very end of ‘Because the Night’.”

You won’t notice the shortcomings. The tech details are below.

Springsteen’s key albums Born To Run and Darkness At The Edge Of Town (which this show promoted) are seen as his rebel albums. Each opens with a challenge to better ourselves to overcome the odds. Badlands and The Promised Land opened each side of the Darkness LP. Each side of the LP ended with quiet but strong songs that never accept defeat - from Racing In The Street to the title track. The almost three-hour-long show is like a train ride, an evangelical mission to reaffirm compassion, commitment and that fighting spirit to never surrender.

This version surfaced on the jungleland torrent site in August 2011. Thanks to all the good people at JEMS archive for making this happen. For Clarence, for Danny, for all the people Occupying America, for liberty, for freedom and for The Promise.
- The Little Chicken

Tech details:
A JEMS Archive Upgrade in association with Slowburn

Source 1: 1st generation Pre-FM cassettes
Cassette Transfer: Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjusted) –> Sound Devices USBPre2 audio interface (24/96) –> Audacity 1.3 capture

Source 2: 1st generation WINZ-FM broadcast recorded on reel to reel at 7-1/2 IPS
Reel Transfer: Otari 5050 mk2 –> Sound Devices USBPre2 audio interface (24/96) –> Audacity 1.3 capture

The two sources were edited together in Adobe Audition 3.0 multitrack at 24/96. Converted to 16/44 for this release. Traders Little Helper used to convert to FLAC. There is no mixing of the sources. What you hear is Source 1 with the exceptions noted, such as to patch the longer missing bits (e.g. the “Prove It” to “Racing” chunk noted above) in the pre-FM and provide the encore.

Thanks to AndreaWozzup for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer availabel for sharing.

Disc 1
Good Rocking Tonight (6.4MB)
Badlands (6.3MB)
Spirit In The Night (12.1MB)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town (7.3MB)
Independence Day (7.7MB)
The Promised Land (8.1MB)
Prove It All Night (16.7MB)
Racing In The Street (13.2MB)
Thunder Road (8.1MB)
Jungleland (14.2MB)

Disc 2
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (10.9MB)
Night Train (3.9MB)
Fire (3.7MB)
Candy’s Room (4.0MB)
Because The Night (10.4MB)
Point Blank (10.6MB)
Not Fade Away/Gloria/She’s the One (16.9MB)
Backstreets/Sad Eyes (16.7MB)

Disc 3
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (21.5MB)
Born To Run (10.0MB)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (6.9MB)
Detroit Medley (16.3MB)
Raise Your Hand (8.0MB)

The E Street Band
Bruce Springsteen - lead vocals, lead guitar, harmonica
Roy Bittan - piano, vocals
Clarence Clemons - saxophone, vocals
Danny Federici - organ, glockenspiel
Garry Tallent - bass guitar
Steve Van Zandt - rhythm guitar, vocals
Max Weinberg - drums

Springsteen released a huge boxset in 2010 to celebrate the 1978 album Darkness At The Edge Of Town. He called it The Promise. Buy it here.

  1. 17 Responses to “LIVE AT THE FOX”

  2. hey bigo, this looks good. i’ll get it. thanks! i’ve not seen any shows at the fox theatre. i’ve seen shows at a bunch of other venues in atlanta, though.

    big fan of tom waits-fox theatre 7.5.08 you offered 3 years ago. i saw him here in b’ham, al at alabama theatre 7.3.08. i have it too.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 19, 2011

  3. Yessss! Thank you BigO!

    This was a make-up show for the postponed 7.23.78 date, due to illness. A second show was added for 10.01.78. I attended the 10/1 show, and even recorded the broadcast of the 9/30 show. That cassette is buried with hundreds of others in a box somewhere. I have since acquired various soundchecks of the same show, but this is by far the best. This particular performance of “Prove It” is alone worth the price of admission.

    For those interested, the following is a setlist from the second Atlanta show:

    01-Oct-1978 Atlanta,GA Fox Theatre,USA

    01 The Last Time (Stones cover)
    02 Badlands
    03 Spirit In The Night
    04 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
    05 Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis cover)
    06 Factory
    07 The Promised Land
    08 Prove It All Night
    09 It’s My Life (Animals cover)
    10 Thunder Road
    11 Meeting Across The River
    12 Jungleland
    13 For You
    14 Incident On 57th Street
    15 New York City Serenade
    16 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
    17 Quarter To Three

    By Tom L. on Nov 19, 2011

  4. Thanks, BigO! I’ve seen Bruce 78 times and have a vast collection of lp’s, cassettes, cd’s, vhs’s, and dvd’s as well as books, posters, programs, etc. Nothing better on this Earth than a Bruce concert. Check out E Street Radio on Sirius Sattelite Radio (Channel 20). It is all-Bruce 24/7…

    By TDC on Nov 19, 2011

  5. …and The Promise is a fabulous box-set that will thrill Bruce fans and convert non-fans to “the ministry of rock ‘n roll”.

    By TDC on Nov 19, 2011

  6. Thank you for posting the Bruce show from the Fox in Atlanta. This is a big sonic upgrade over previously available recordings of the broacast. It is very much appreciated.

    By Improper Bostonian on Nov 20, 2011

  7. Good sound. Thanks

    By shadreck on Nov 20, 2011

  8. Thanks BigO. Any chance of getting the second Atlanta show on 01 Oct ‘78? It’s got some covers I have never heard Bruce do before ie: Last Time, Heartbreak Hotel and It’s My Life.

    By Mackster on Nov 21, 2011

  9. Bruce + me = V happy.

    thanks, BigO :)

    By tony on Nov 22, 2011

  10. One of the things that makes this performance so great is the crowd reaction. Bruce had already been well-received in Atlanta, due in part to the efforts of a man named Alex Cooley, who was essentially the Bill Graham of the south, and who brought the kind of acts to Atlanta that you wouldn’t expect to see outside of L.A., NY or Chicago. So, it’s evident from this recording that the audience was not only there because of the hype, but because they were already very familiar with the Boss. In my humble opinion, a top notch recording of this whow would have made a live album that would’ve sailed well beyond those of Frampton, Seger and Kiss in terms of performance and crowd response alone.

    By Tom L. on Nov 23, 2011

  11. Looking forward to hearing this one. I can never have enough Bruce. Thanks

    By Matt on Dec 23, 2011

  12. Here’s a link to the second Atlanta show

    By Matt on Dec 23, 2011

  13. Anyone able to get that second show? With megaupload gone, is there a link to another place? I’d love to hear that, as Matt says, ‘can never have enough Bruce.’

    By bd on Feb 27, 2012

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    By Elsa Wiebold on Jul 7, 2012

  15. Awesome. Thank you!

    By Paul on Mar 25, 2014

  16. Hello,
    Can you please fix track #301.
    It wants to save as a text file and is corrupted.
    Thanks in advance.

    By Gary on Jul 16, 2016

  17. I remember 1978 like it was yesterday…living in the Yorktown Apartments on Jackson in Memphis, working at K-Mart and disc-jockeying at WLYX FM-89, driving a black 1977 Z-28 (with metal bumpers, before going all plastic in 78)…and the Stones out promoting “Some Girls” while The Boss (make no mistake, he truly was) was out on the road with “Darkness”. Do yourself a favor, get hold of the “Big 5″ Boss FM broadcasts from that magical Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour…KMET at The Roxy in LA, KSAN at Winterland in SF, WNEW at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic NJ, WINZ in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre, and WMMS from the Agora in Cleveland. You can re-live what a great, great band The E-Streeters really were. These entire concerts were broadcast on FM for everyone to hear, and they are all, each and every one, just awesome!

    By Mr. Jimmy on Aug 19, 2016

  18. I hate everything Bruces ever done, including lived

    By APex on Aug 20, 2016

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