Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Agora, Cleveland 1978 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

(Last Updated On: September 14, 2022)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Agora, Cleveland 1978 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:54:10 minutes | 7,16 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen

Deep into the Darkness Tour, the E Street Band took the stage at Cleveland’s Agora Theatre and Ballroom on August 9, 1978, where the entire show was simulcast on local station WMMS and many other stations around the country to an estimated audience of 3 million listeners. For years bootleg copies of the FM broadcast, in various degrees of quality, widely circulated among collectors and established The Agora ’78 as a legendary performance from Darkness-era Springsteen.

Not until now, however, has the pristine live stereo mix been heard. Seven 1/4 inch reels were unearthed in the Thrill Hill Archives and transferred via the Plangent Process, the same method used on the recent Album Collection Vol. 1 remastering project.

The entire show is now available in High Definition 24 bit / 192 kHz audio, as well as on a 3 CD set and MP3 and CD-Quality downloads.

I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock’n Roll Hall Of Fame. The tapes were part of an exclusive Springsteen exhibit “Asbury Park to the Promised Land”. It wasn’t until the request to release this show came up that the tapes needed to be found. Not at Sony, not at Thrill Hill Archives, not at the archiving company. Last known location was the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame. They informed me what box to look in and there they were, marked with the original indication of speed, tracks and show date.

I had the tapes delivered to Plangent Processes for evaluation and transfer, if they seemed to be of adequate quality. After comparison to other copies of this show, this was the best version and potentially the original master tapes. Plangent transferred all seven reels using their unique process, which corrects any speed variations for accurate playback. This eliminates the wow and flutter usually found in the playback of any analog tape. This new transfer to the digital domain was done at 192 (samples per second) with 24 bit resolution. The resulting digital files were sent to Gateway Mastering for evaluation and mastering, as was done to the Box Set Volume 1, recently released to critical acclaim. The resulting new master will give a renewed vigor to the already exciting show. –Toby Scott

1. Summertime Blues 03:20
2. Badlands 04:46
3. Spirit In The Night 08:04
4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town 05:36
5. Factory 03:22
6. The Promised Land 06:00
7. Prove It All Night 11:49
8. Racing in the Street 08:58
9. Thunder Road 06:44
10. Jungleland 10:18

1. Paradise By The “C” 04:04
2. Fire 03:06
3. Sherry Darling 06:12
4. Not Fade Away – Gloria – She’s The One 14:53
5. Growin’ Up 13:02
6. Backstreets 14:02
7. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 12:51

1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 08:44
2. Born to Run 06:09
3. Because the Night 08:12
4. Raise Your Hand 06:37
1. Twist and Shout 07:24

Bruce Springsteen – lead and backing vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Roy Bittan – piano, keyboards, backing vocals
Clarence Clemons – tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, backing vocals, percussion
Danny Federici – organ, piano, accordion, glockenspiel, backing vocals
Garry Tallent – bass, backing vocals, percussion
Steven Van Zandt – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Max Weinberg – drums, backing vocals


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