December 16, 2011 – 4:32 am

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Santa Boss Is Coming To Town [SPL Live Collection Vol 6, 1CD]

Very good to excellent audience recordings?

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, who certainly new a thing or two about the Yuletide Season, Bruce Springsteen is a man who knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. Just give him a stage…

Originally shared in 2002, this is part of the 14-volume Bruce Springsteen Live Collection put out by Stone Pony London (SPL) - “a collection of the best of the best boots from each of Springsteen’s studio releases”, and then some. Thanks to the SPL folks and to Dam Leroy for the artwork.

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Track 01. Jingle Bells (0:52) (1.1MB)
Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00

Track 02. Blue Christmas (5:01) (6.9MB)
Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00

Track 03. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (8:11) (11.2MB)
Winterland Night Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 15/12/78

Track 04. Merry Christmas Baby (4:46) (6.5MB)
Nassau Night Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 31/12/80

Track 05. The Wish (7:26) (10.2MB)
Freehold Night St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, NJ 08/11/96

Track 06. Pilgrim In The Temple Of Love (6:26) (8.8MB)
Sydney Night Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia 12/02/97

Track 07. Run Run Rudolph (4:06) (5.6MB)
Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00

Track 08. Deck The Halls (0:35) (832k)
Jingle Bell Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 07/12/01

Track 09. Jingle Bell Rock (3:39) (5.0MB)
Jingle Bell Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 07/12/01

Track 10. Christmas Baby Please Come Home (3:34) (4.9MB)
Jingle Bell Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 07/12/01

Track 11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (7:01) (9.6MB)
Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00

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  1. 14 Responses to “SANTA BOSS IS COMING TO TOWN”

  2. “Pilgrim In The Temple Of Love” should be required listening (although it is NOT for the kids). Thanks BigO…

    By TDC on Dec 16, 2011

  3. There is nothing redeeming about that song. For a far better “sad song” about Christmas, I recommend “Christmas at Denny’s” by Randy Stonehill. Its how I feel about now, on the 1 year ago today passing of my sweet loving wife.

    There are millions of non-working poor like me, who don’t even get to be counted. Don’t believe the media hype of good times ahead. It’s czar-sourced crap. Who hired the czars?

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 17, 2011

  4. sorry to hear about your loss man.

    By sluggo on Dec 18, 2011

  5. I remember your post from last year 3yrs. The holidays can be a hell of a ride. Hang on my friend. My heart goes out to you.

    By Sking on Dec 18, 2011

  6. The best Christmas music I found this year is The Canned Heat Christmas Album (from 2007). Boogie & blues from both old & current Heat lineups. Guests include Dr. John, Eric Clapton, John Popper & The Chipmunks. I recommend it to everyone. I gave it to a guy in his 30’s who had never heard of Canned Heat and he loved it.

    Merry Xmas

    By Sking on Dec 18, 2011

  7. Thanks, sluggo and Sking.

    Sking, I met the mother of one of the canned heat dudes in Northridge when I worked in the Record Department in 1974. Very proud of her son. Quite a diverse group of guests on that Christmas album.

    The younger crowd for the most part are not getting into music so much anymore, lots of other entertainment choices available. But considering the current music scene, I can see why. The boy band/girl band gibberish that gets main media airplay makes me want to “evacuate internal digestive organs”.

    It’s amazing when they discover there used to be music of substance (and can still be found if one merely pursues it).

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 18, 2011

  8. I keep thinking that popular music right now is at just about the same place that it was in the early 60`s. that is, relatively nowhere,chuck and little richard and jerry lee were basically banished and we had all the “bobbys” and pat boones et al doing white bread versions of great tough songs that they really couldn`t handle. Anyhow as we all know the British invasion came along and thrived for years..we are now in that rut again and I do believe something huge will come along, we boomers and old hippies might not like it, but the kids will be ecstatic and this is how it should be.

    By sluggo on Dec 18, 2011

  9. I saw Canned Heat several times in ‘74. They were local enough to be able to fill in when other groups had to drop out of a concert line up. But in 1977 at a small club by the beach called Sweetwater, I decided to head for the restroom before the band took a break. As I finished and the music finished the whole band stormed in. I was alone in the can with Canned Heat. I was caught by surprise so just said Hi and walked out.

    And Sluggo- I agree. The record companys own their artists again. Singles are what sells, again. It’s OK to lip sync at live shows. Everything we rebelled against. Groups from the Beach Boys on fought for creative control from those same companys and along with the Beatles decided every song on an album should be good. Not just filler. I hope you are correct and that history repeats. Not for me but for the youth. It’s their world now.

    By Sking on Dec 18, 2011

  10. 3 yrs - sorry to hear about your wife. But “Pilgrim” is far from a sad song - it’s a song about sad characters who get a little bit of the Christmas Spirit at the end. Give it another listen and may all your days be joyous. Cheers to all BigO fans!

    By TDC on Dec 21, 2011

  11. I know i’m late on this but thanks for sharing.

    By Matt on Jan 13, 2012

  12. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” from Asbury Park…Springsteen should have been arrested for what he did to that song that night, a travesty!! My ears friggin’ bleed every time I hear it on the radio, I practically mame myself diving for the radio to get that garbage off!

    By CantchyaSmellThatSmell on Nov 29, 2016

  13. I hate everything Bruce Springsteen has ever done, including lived.

    Thanx to Corey M.

    By APex on Nov 30, 2016

  14. A big shout out to APex—I knew I wasn’t the only one to feel this way about this phony!

    By fr in sc on Nov 30, 2016

  15. Yeah, it’s well known that Springsteen sucks horribly, basically a history of releasing guano on an unsuspecting public. The very sound of his voice makes me cringe

    By ChumbaWumba on Dec 5, 2016

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