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ST. ROSE OF LIMA SCHOOL
FREEHOLD, NJ

 

  • Bruce Springsteen - Lead vocal, acoustic guitars, harmonica; Kevin Buell - Keyboards (off stage)
  • Additional musicians: Patti Scialfa - backing vocal on Mansion On The Hill, Two Hearts and When You’re AloneSoozie Tyrell - Violin, backing vocal on The River, Mansion On The Hill, Two Hearts, When You’re Alone, My Hometown and Racing in the Street
  • Recorded by John Kerns
  • Mixed and mastered by Jon Altschiller, April 2018; Additional engineering: Danielle Warman
  • Post-Production: Brad Serling and Micah Gordon
  • Artwork design: Michelle Holme
  • Photo by Neal Preston
  • Tour Director: George Travis
  • Jon Landau Management: Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, Jan Stabile, Alison Oscar, Laura Kraus
  • HD files are 24bit / 44.1 kHz - DSD files are DSD64

 

01. THE RIVER 07:45
02. ADAM RAISED A CAIN 04:17
03. STRAIGHT TIME 06:22
04. HIGHWAY 29 04:20
05. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN 03:37
06. JOHNNY 99 06:02
07. MANSION ON THE HILL 07:41
08. THE WISH 06:42
09. RED HEADED WOMAN 04:20
10. TWO HEARTS 03:44
11. WHEN YOU'RE ALONE 03:49
12. OPEN ALL NIGHT 09:05
13. USED CARS 04:33
14. BORN IN THE U.S.A. 04:59
15. THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD 09:11
16. SINALOA COWBOYS 04:41
17. THE LINE 07:46
18. BALBOA PARK 08:45
19. ACROSS THE BORDER 05:50
20. GROWIN' UP 04:28
21. THIS HARD LAND 05:16
22. MY HOMETOWN 06:57
23. RACING IN THE STREET 05:27
24. THE PROMISED LAND 07:18
25. FREEHOLD 09:00

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Someone at Nugs copied the info from last months release and pasted it for this months.  Hence, Eric's Essay points you to Boston last month's release.

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The SPL Rocks!

 

Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
Giants Stadium 8/28/03



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Source:

http://blog.nugs.net/2018/05/0...-one-hell-of-a-town/

 

It’s One Hell Of A Town

 

Bruce Springsteen
St. Rose of Lima Gymnasium, Freehold, NJ, November 8, 1996

By Erik Flannigan

Even for a career marked by legendary performances, Springsteen’s 1996 return to his hometown of Freehold, NJ stands out as extraordinary. Held in the gymnasium of St. Rose of Lima, the Catholic parochial school Bruce attended growing up, the one-off benefit concert might be the sweetest “prodigal son returns” narrative in rock concert history.

In hindsight, a deeply personal Springsteen solo performance at an intimate venue sounds not dissimilar to his current run on Broadway. Shows like the Christic Institute in 1990 (released as part of the live download series), Freehold 1996 and the Doubletake benefit in Somerville, MA 2003 are antecedents to Bruce On Broadway, juxtaposing Springsteen storytelling at its most personal with special setlists.

What makes Freehold particularly heightened is that Springsteen isn’t playing to his fans per se, he is playing to the people in his hometown (tickets were strictly limited to Freehold residents only), family and relatives and some of the very Sisters and Fathers who oversaw St. Rose of Lima then and now. One might say Bruce was throwing his own acoustic confessional at the scene of the crime.

“I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I wasn’t standing here, right under the cross,” Springsteen admits at the top of the show, “What can I say? Myself, I’ve been excommunicated with the divorce and all, but it’s still great to be here. I told my buddy Steve, ‘I’m playing Friday night.’ ‘Where?’ ‘At my Catholic school.’ And he says, ‘Oh. Revenge!’ I said, ‘No. Well. Maybe just a little bit’.”

With that spirit established, Springsteen begins to masterfully weave together his core Joad tour set and songs for the occasion into a poignant, heartfelt and frequently hilarious performance that runs the gamut from tender recollections of his mother coming home from work to tender advocacy for the relationship benefits of cunnilingus.

The latter was something Bruce included during his intro to “Red Headed Woman” throughout the tour, but given the setting, the subject is even more amusingly unsettling. Can you sing about cunnilingus while standing inside your Catholic school? “I talked to Father McCarron,” Bruce assures. “He said, ‘I’m not sure.’ “I took that as a yes….The Pope says, ‘I can’t, but you go right ahead’.”

The many comedic moments of Freehold shine, and so too the songs. Joad material like “Straight Time,” “Highway 29,” and the title track are in peak tour form, as is the four-pack of “Sinaloa Cowboys,” “The Line,” “Balboa Park” and “Across The Border.” Tour standouts “Adam Raised a Cain,” “Johnny 99” and “Born in the U.S.A.” also hit home with something a little extra this night.

“When You’re Alone” from Tunnel of Love is played for only the second time ever (and one of but 12 public performances) in a pure, beautiful arrangement featuring Soozie Tyrell on violin and Patti Scialfa on backing vocals. It is one of an impressive nine tour premieres in Freehold, some specially chosen like “The River” and “Racing In The Street” (both featuring Tyrell), some audibles, as Bruce tears up the set list mid-show for “Open All Night” and “Used Cars” in their only Joad-tour performances; the same goes for “My Hometown.”

The combination of musical highlights and humorous candor in such a setting makes Freehold one for the ages. So how do you end such a transcendent night? With the world premiere of the song of the same name, “Freehold,” an autobiographical narrative that literally sums up Bruce’s history with his hometown, name-checking many of the places, spaces, events and people that influenced him in those formative years. It even delivers one final uproarious nod to “revenge” in the delightfully contradictory couplet: “Well I got a good Catholic education here in Freehold / Led to an awful lot of masturbation here in Freehold.”

Until a release of Bruce On Broadway, Freehold ‘96 might be the closest substitute, the night Springsteen returned triumphantly to his hometown on his own terms.

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While it seems natural to question the timing of this one, it’s an obvious choice to be an archive release. It’s a unique, great performance. To me, that is what these archive releases should be offering. Yes, there should have been a Rising tour release by now, Winterland 1978, Vietnam Vets, Bottom Line 1975, something from the pre-Born to Run E Street Band (if a professional recording exists), and so on.

My guess on the timing of this one is Flannigan’s reference to Springsteen on Broadway. Since we won’t be getting the DVD of that show until the end of the year at the earliest, we’re getting this now. It would be nice if Bruce, Inc. and Nugs would be more open about the reasoning and timing of their selection process.


 

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Julius posted:

The bummer about this release is that you can't hear the nuns giggling and saying, "oh my!"

On that very day in Freehold, the nuns had nothing to laugh about. Apparently, and according to conservative news outlets back in the day, every nun in town was pregnant, and on their way to the Vatican to plead immaculate conception.  They didn't dare attend the show, fearing that Bruce might play "If I Was The Priest."

The setlist was more static especially the first 2/3's of the tour but that was due more to the health of Clarence which is why the shows were much shorter then other tours.  As his hip healed, he didn't sit as much and the shows got longer and the setlists became more varied.  Say from Mid May  until the October ending.  I thought this tour was great and due to the circumstances that led to this album, The Rising brought more of his fans together at the shows then I've ever seen before or since.  Take the SPL as an example, we had well over a hundred of us tailgating at GS. You could say the same for GL or BTX.  There was more audience participation overall than any other tour I've seen.  Due to the outpouring of patriotism, I'm sure but it was there none the less.  I had as much fun at those Stadium shows from July until the October ending at Shea as any group of shows I've attended.

____________________________________

The SPL Rocks!

 

Pulled up to my house today
Came and took my little girl away!
Giants Stadium 8/28/03



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