Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Hammersmith Odeon, London `75
This is the two channel CD issue of the performance captured on the DVD that came with the 30th anniversary edition of Born To Run. Since I've already raved about the DVD of this show in a review of the BTR box, I'll just say here again that this is prime Bruce, all young and bearded and spry. The sound quality, which I had initial trepidations about (the DVD, not really a fair measure,) is surprisingly good. The talents of Bob Clearmountain, Thom Zimny and others have wrought a pretty exciting sounding live document, particularly when you consider the age of the 24 track source material. No, it's not perfect—dropouts, Springsteen singing off mike, odd muddy sections all occur here and there. But as early Bruce live sets go, none have ever been this clear or dynamically rich. That and he and the band (all with mucho hair) are on fire.