Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2006)


Disc One 1. Thunder Road 2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 3. Spirit in the Night 4. Lost in the Flood 5. She's the One 6. Born to Run 7. The E Street Shuffle 8. It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City 9. Backstreets Disc Two 1. Kitty's Back 2. Jungleland 3. Rosalita (Come out Tonight) 4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 5. Detroit Medley 6. For You 7. Quarter to Three

 

It's Bruce Springsteen. It's live. It's from 1975. Need anyone say anything more? Great performance (as of this writing, I confess I have not seen the video). The crowd in London, although different from an American audience, is extremely appreciative, and they obviously are in love with him before he steps onto the stage.

It's a bit odd since English audiences are "quiet" in between songs and during those dramatic "pauses" in the middle of some of the tunes. Even Bruce himself sounds like he's not sure what to do with himself when you can literally hear a pin drop. He even tries, a bit unsuccessfully to get the crowd "into it". "How are things goin' in England?" he enthusiastically asks the crowd. When they give a bit of a laconic response, he sort of laughs the whole thing off.

Especially rewarding is the jam induced Kitty's Back and Detroit Medley that was a big part of his set for many years.

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