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Bruce Springsteen – 1996-11-24 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – 1996-11-24 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:27:34 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded:  1996-11-24 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ

Making his first full concert appearance in Asbury Park since the ’70s, Springsteen brings the Joad tour to where it all began. Accordingly, Bruce unfurls a Shore-centric set that opens with a three-song blast from Greetings: “Blinded By The Light,” “Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street” and “Growin’ Up.” With sympathetic support from Danny Federici, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell, Bruce moves through apropos surprises (“Wild Billy’s Circus Story,” “Rosalita” and “Sandy”), moving rarities (“When You’re Alone” and “Shut Out The Light”) and wonderful takes of “Racing In The Street” and “Independence Day” among many highlights.

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 2012-09-22 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 2012-09-22 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 03:27:37 minutes | 2,69 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded:  2012-09-22 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

On a long, special night that rolled into his 63rd birthday the following day, Bruce dials up a spirited, 34-song set brimming with Wrecking Ball material; tour premieres for “Cynthia” and a moving “Into The Fire”; the first “In The Midnight Hour” since New Year’s Eve 1980; a rare coupling of “Meeting Across The River” into “Jungleland”; “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart,” “Downbound Train” and “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City”; plus special guest Gary U.S. Bonds on “Jolé Blon” and “This Little Girl.”

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 1980-12-31 Nassau Coliseum, New York (Remixed and Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 1980-12-31 Nassau Coliseum, New York (Remixed and Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 03:42:27 minutes | 7,58 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded:  1980-12-31 Nassau Coliseum, NY

For the first time, multi-track master tapes of the classic New Year’s Eve 1980 show have been transferred via Plangent Processes and newly remixed by Jon Altschiller for superior sound. This upgraded edition breathes fresh life into a jaw-dropping 38-song performance which is packed with highlights, including “Spirit in the Night,” “Rendezvous,” “Fade Away,” “The Price You Pay,” “Held Up Without a Gun,” “In The Midnight Hour,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Twist and Shout” and “Raise Your Hand.” The all-time fan favorite has never sounded better.

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 1980-12-29 Uniondale, NY (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 1980-12-29 Uniondale, NY (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 03:34:17 minutes | 7,13 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded:  1980-12-29 Uniondale, NY

Night two of the legendary three-show stand at Nassau Coliseum 1980 is a barnstormer. It features the tour premiere of “Night” as the opener and, in its lone River tour performance, an extraordinary “Incident On 57th Street” into “Rosalita” to close the set. Spanning 35 songs, Nassau 12/29 beautifully blends deep River cuts (“Stolen Car,” “Wreck on the Highway,” “Point Blank”), seasonal nuggets (“Merry Christmas Baby” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and fan favorites (“Fire,” “Because the Night”), making it one of the finest shows of the tour.

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Bruce Springsteen – 1992-07-25 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – 1992-07-25 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 03:21:31 minutes | 2,36 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded:  1992-07-25 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Performing with his new band in front of eager hometown fans, Springsteen goes the extra mile in this spirited set showcasing Human Touch and Lucky Town along with a few special treats. New Jersey 1992 delivers 13 songs from the two albums, from “Living Proof” and “Souls Of The Departed” to “Real Man” and “All Or Nothin’ At All.” It also features the tour’s only performance of the gospel gem “Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)” showcasing the background singers, plus a unique solo-to-band arrangement of “Open All Night” that hilariously updates the turnpike tale.

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Bruce Springsteen – 1986-10-13 Mountain View, CA (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – 1986-10-13 Mountain View, CA (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 58:30 minutes | 1,85 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded:  1986-10-13 Mountain View, CA

Bruce’s performance at the inaugural Bridge School Benefit Concert marked his first major appearance since the end of the BIUSA tour and his first acoustic set in over a decade. An astonishing a cappella take of “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” opens, followed by the debut of the stripped down “Born In The U.S.A.” Danny Federici and Nils Lofgren then join in for a sublime set that includes “Seeds,” “Darlington County,” “Mansion On The Hill,” “Fire,” “Follow That Dream” and “Hungry Heart” with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. $2 from each sale goes to The Bridge School. Dedicated to Elliot Roberts (1943-2019).

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Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town (1992/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town (1992/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:38 minutes | 769 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

Reportedly, Bruce Springsteen recorded most of Human Touch in 1990, but left it unreleased. He returned to work in the fall of 1991, intending to add a song, but ended up recording a whole new album, Lucky Town, and then decided to release both records at the same time in the spring of 1992. He might have been better off pulling a couple of the stronger songs from the earlier album, adding them to the later one (which runs less than 40 minutes), and shelving the rest. While Human Touch was a disappointing album of second-rate material, Lucky Town is an ambitious collection addressing many of Springsteen’s major concerns and moving them forward. Here was the rage and the humor, the sense of compassion, the loyalty and commitment that had been the stuff of Springsteen’s best music from the beginning. Songs like “Better Days” and “Local Hero” commented on and deflated the commercial success with which Springsteen clearly felt uncomfortable; “If I Should Fall Behind” and “Book of Dreams” expressed romantic fidelity and generosity; “Souls of the Departed” contained scathing social commentary; and “My Beautiful Reward” was a meditative epilogue. The lyrics were better, the arrangements tighter, the performances more powerful than those on the companion release. If Lucky Town, like Tunnel of Love and Human Touch before it, sounded a little under-produced, it nevertheless had the mark of the major artist Springsteen is, and if he had released it alone, it might have had a more significant impact.

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Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits (1995/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits (1995/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:28 minutes | 881 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Here’s the challenge in putting together a Bruce Springsteen compilation: though he scored 18 Top 40 hits (12 of which made the Top Ten) through 1994, Springsteen is not a “singles artist.” Some of his biggest hits have come with his slightest or least characteristic material; he has written numerous songs that were hits for other artists; and some of his most memorable songs were not released as singles. While a Springsteen “hits” collection logically would contain such Top Ten singles as “I’m on Fire” and his cover of Edwin Starr’s “War,” few Springsteen fans would miss their omission; on the other hand, many would support the inclusion of “Blinded by the Light” and “Pink Cadillac,” Top Ten hits for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Natalie Cole; and anyone even remotely familiar with Springsteen’s albums and concerts would have trouble countenancing the absence of such non-singles as “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” and “Thunder Road.” Facing this challenge, Springsteen has adopted his own set of criteria. First, he seems to have wanted to pack as much music onto a single disc as possible, the result being a CD-busting 76:47 running time. Second, he seems to have wanted to include as many tracks as possible, even if that means editing songs; as a result, 18 tracks are included, though five have been substantially shortened “My Hometown” (by 24 seconds), “Glory Days” (by 29 seconds), “Human Touch” (by 82 seconds), “Better Days” (by 23 seconds), and “Streets of Philadelphia” (by 60 seconds). Third, like many artists, he is more interested in including his recent material than his older material, so there is nothing from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. or The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle no “Blinded by the Light,” “Spirit in the Night,” “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” or “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” but both sides of his 1992 single “Human Touch”/”Better Days” are included. Fourth, he has not felt bound to interpret the album’s title to mean he must include his most successful singles: the Top 40 hits “Prove It All Night” and “One Step Up” and the Top Tens “Cover Me,” “I’m on Fire,” “I’m Goin’ Down,” “War,” and “Tunnel of Love” are left off, while the album tracks “Thunder Road,” “The River,” and “Atlantic City” and the minor chart single “Badlands” are included. Fifth, he has opted to include both a couple of new songs (“Secret Garden” and “Blood Brothers”), a previously unreleased outtake (“Murder Incorporated”), and a new recording of a previously unreleased old song (“This Hard Land”). All of which is to say that Greatest Hits is a hodgepodge. Springsteen considered calling it something other than Greatest Hits (one idea: This Hard Land), and that might have been a better idea if he was going to fiddle with the concept this much. Nevertheless, some of Springsteen’s best and best-known hit recordings are here “Born to Run,” “Hungry Heart,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and the then-recent “Streets of Philadelphia,” the success of which probably prompted the release of this compilation in the first place.

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Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:50 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

It’s hard to imagine Bruce Springsteen describing a project of his as a concept album—too much prog baggage, too much expectation of some big, grand, overarching story. But nothing he’s done across five decades as one of rock’s most accomplished storytellers has had the singular, specific focus and locus, lyrically and musically, as this long-gestating solo effort—a lush meditation on the landscape of the western United States and the people who are drawn there, or got stuck there.

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 1985-09-27 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 1985-09-27 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 03:19:38 minutes | 2,47 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: live.brucespringsteen.net | Front Cover | © Live Bruce Springsteen
Recorded: 1985-09-27 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

Site of two Olympic Games, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum provides a fitting backdrop to the last lap of the Born In The U.S.A. tour. On opening night of the final four shows, in front 83,000 fans, Bruce & The E Street Band hit their stadium-tour zenith with a powerhouse performance that mixes road-tested versions of “Seeds,” “Atlantic City,” “Working on the Highway,” “I’m Goin’ Down,” “Glory Days,” “Trapped,” “Dancing in the Dark” and “Downbound Train” with risk-taking world premieres of Edwin Starr’s “War” and the beloved b-side, “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart.”

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