We've talked about it in the past. Now let's do it.
While I'm open to ideas about how to do the list -- and will surely change the format and criteria as we go along -- let's start off with this premise: Let's name the Top 5 bootlegs for each tour, with as many as 5 more suggestions. The sound has to be pretty damn good for a boot to make the list, but sound quality is not the sole criteria. We'll weigh in the performance (i.e., the energy level, the setting, the setlist, etc.) because that matters, too. Otherwise we'd all be listening to the Atlanta Rising boot, which won't even make the list.
I'll keep a running list here at the top of what the consensus seems to be for each tour. It will change, of course.
Anybody who wants other ideas can probably dig through this thread someday for suggestions that fell short. There are going to be a lot of excellent boots that don't make the list.
So let's get started.
Let's use a slightly modified version of Patrick's list as a jumping off point. It will be modified swiftly.

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. IT IS FAR FROM DONE.

Pre-Columbia
1970-01-13 - The Matrix, San Francisco, CA - Live At The Matrix
1970-04-24 - Monmouth College, Long Branch, NJ - Sunlight Soldiers At The West End
1971-01-18 - D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ - Right The Fuck On!
1971-05-15 - Newark State College, Union, NJ - Bruce Springsteen Story Vol. 5 / Springtime In Asbury Park
1971-07-23 - Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY - The Bruce Springsteen Story Vol. 6: Dance, Dance, Dance / Summertime In New York City
1972-03-14 - Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highlands, NJ - Prodigal Son Meets The Uber's # 5
1972-03-17 - Richmond Arena, Richmond, VA - Non Uber Project Volume 1



Greetings & WEISS

Greetings & WEISS discussion thread



Born To Run

Born to Run discussion thread







Chicken Scratch

Chicken Scratch discussion thread



Darkness


Darkness discussion thread







River



River tour discussion thread






Born In The USA


Born in the USA discussion thread







Tunnel Of Love


Tunnel of Love discussion thread







Human Rights Tour

15/10/1988 Boss Lament on United Records with arguably the best ever Twist and Shout



Lucky Touch

Lucky Town/Human Touch tour discussion thread




Ghost Of Tom Joad



Brixton Nights
Asbury Park Night
Freehold Night
1996-03-13 Cirkus Night



Reunion

Philly Serenades (by the way, is the "original" recording still around somewhere? I liked that one very much, Ev2's is unlistenable on my stereo system, there is no bass, just bassdrum)
2000-06-20 Prodigal Meets The Ubers
2000-07-01 Uber series
2000-05-08 Hartford Uber series
1999-10-23 LA Night (Crystal Cat)
1999-10-23 Prodigal Son in the City of Angels



Rising



2003-08-31 Giant House Party in Jersey (Uber)
London Night
Midsummer 2nd Night
San Siro Night
Prodigal Son Tampa



Vote For Change

2004-10-13 CAA, East Rutherford (VFC Meadowlands Night)
2004-10-02 Gund Arena, Cleveland (Matrix)



Devils & Dust



Buffalo IEM/AUD
Prodigal Son Night Of Debuts
Cleveland Neo Remaster




Seeger Sessions



2006-04-30 New Orleans Jazzfest
2006-10-05 Verona (I prefer the full audience tape to the SBD/Aud compiliation)
2006-10-30 Globen, Stockholm (Stockholm Tonight CC)
2006-11-11 Wembley Arena, London (Wembley Sessions Second Night CC)
2006-05-10 St. Lukes, London (BBC Broadcast)
2006-05-21 Hovet, Stockholm (Stockholm Session Night)




Magic



San Jose
Red Bank Ev2 if that counts as a Magic Show
St.Louis Ev2
Milano ?07 CC
Gothenburg 2nd CC
We Swore We'd Live Forever EV2 (Tampa 22/4/2008)



Working on a Dream

2009-04-16 The Dump That Jumps, LA
2009-05-23 Izod Centre, East Rutherford
2009-07-21 Stadio Olimpico, Torino (CC)
2009-07-23 Stadio Friuli, Udine (CC)
2009-10-02 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford (Bossman?)
2009-10-20 Spectrum, Philadelphia (flyinggonz)



Non-tour Shows

1990-11-17 Prodigal Son at The Shrine
1995-04-05 Sony Studios (Crystal cat)
1998-01-31 Blood on Blood
2003-02-19 Double Take Night (Crystal Cat)
2005-10-04 Half a Day of School (uber)
2008-05-07 Count Basie
MUSE
1986-10-13 Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View
1990-11-16 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (Ev2)
2003-02-19 DoubleTake Benefit, Somerville (CC)
2003-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park (Peace, Love & Understanding EV2)
2004-12-19 Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park LATE SHOW (Uber Series #31)



Holiday shows

2000-12-17 Convention Hall, Asbury Park (Uber Series #9)
2001-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park (Big Big Christmas Show EV2)



Compilations

All of Flynn's compilations, of course.



Studio boots




I think we need to add the dates of the boots (ex., 1975-02-05 Prodigal Son at the Main Point)
One of the hardest things will be figuring out which version to cite as the best, but I think that's crucial. If we can't decide, we can say it's a toss-up. But let's try to make this easier on people who don't want to look at eight different versions of Passaic '78 and wonder which one to get. I also think that once we get this list done, we should make sure we keep all the shows on it seeded on Jungleland and uploaded as a series on ABMS. Not everyone has them all.

*****
Still glad nobody can hear me singing into Bruce's microphone years ago in Albany.

Original Post
Jumpstone offered this list:

Pre Born To Run

Main Point 75
Max's Kansas City
Walking tall vol.2

Born to Run

Providence
Bottom line
Roxy
Philly SBD
Rise like the rain

Chicken scratch

Boston 77
Jacksonville


Darkness

No Private Party
Summertime Bruce
Lost Soundboard tape (Hussey's remaster)
Passaic night
Winterland

River

Portland 25-10
28-12 Hussey's remaster
Vets show
Coliseum night
Nassau night

Born in the USA

Alpine valley 2nd night
The last time
Roses in the Kansas rain
Paris 85
Oakland 85

Tunnel of love

Restless night
Pittsburg
Longest date

Lucky touch

?????

Tom Joad

Brixton night
Asbury Park night
Freehold night
In Michigan (Ann Arbor)
??

Reunion

A good night for a ride
Prodigal son in the city of angels
Olympic stadium second night
??

Rising

The tables are waiting
GS 10
Shea 2
A beautiful night


D&D

Lots of great tapes. Comes down to what songs you like yourself I guess

MAGIC

San Jose
St Louis
Tampa

Working on a dream tour

LA matrix
East Rutherford 2
Philly #4
Torino
MSG????


And out of tour shows

Holiday shows?

*****
Still glad nobody can hear me singing into Bruce's microphone years ago in Albany.

Update of my yesterday's list after some more thought went into it:

Of course it would be great if others also provided top 5/10 lists but otherwise everyone should just pitch in ideas for their personal favourites. And later, there should be some ugly fighting about what show is better than another, like in the old days! I, for example, will not get tired of telling you that Olympic Stadium 2nd Night should NOT be on that list....

These are what I think are essentials for each tour. For some tours I listed less than 5 since I don't know what else should be considered "essential" for the respective tour.


Pre ?75
---
Walking Tall Vol.2 Ev2
Saint In The City
Early Uber Collection
Max's Kansas City
????

Born To Run
---
Main Point
The new Providence Tape
Roxy Night
Bottom Line Broadcast
Philly New Year's SBD Ev2
Milwaukee Bombscare

Chicken Scratch
---
Stranded In The Park
Jacksonville
Streak Of Light Through The Tunnel
????
???

Darkness
---
Top4

Agora
Roxy Ev2
Passaic (Southside Bruce...is the best, right?)
Winterland

Other
Paramount Night, Atlanta, MSG Ev2, Seattle 12/20 or 9/17 Soundboard Hussey

River
---
Top 4
Portland 10/25
Tempe Ev2
Vietnam Vets
Nassau 12/31 Soundboard Ev2

Other
LA 8/28, Rosemont Ev2, 12/28 Soundboard Hussey, Coliseum Night

Born In The USA
---
Milano Night
Special Night Vol.2 Ev2
The Last Time Ev2
Where The Rivers Meet
Kansas City Night

What are the best of the other Ev2 remasters of MarkP tapes? There are a lot of them I reckon (where's SmokeyJoe when you need him?)

Tunnel Of Love
---
The Longest Date
Summer Night
Pittsburgh Ev2
Bloomington Night
Restless Nights or Munich

Lucky Touch
---
Lost TV Special soundtrack
Dublin Soundboard
Verona Soundboard
???
???


Ghost Of Tom Joad
---
Brixton Nights
Asbury Park Night
Freehold Night
???
???

Reunion
---
Top 5

Philly 9/25/99 (is the "original" recording still around somewhere? I liked that one very much, Ev2's is unlistenable on my stereo system, there is no bass, just bassdrum)
Prodigal Meets The Ubers 6/20/00
1/7/00 Uber series
Prodigal Son in the city of angels
Just The Boys in Cleveland

Other

Hartford 5/8/00 Uber series Ev2 (never understood the fuss about this one, but the sound is excellent)


Rising
---
Top 5

8/31/03 Uber series
London Night
San Siro Night
Prodigal Son Tampa
Philly 8/11/03

Other

Paris Night
Fenway 2nd '03
Atlantic City CC

D&D (apart from Flynn's compilation which should be enough, anyway)
---
Buffalo IEM/AUD
Prodigal Son Night Of Debuts
Cleveland Neo Remaster
???
???

Seeger Sessions
---
Milano CC
Other than that, no idea, not much of a fan of the boots from this tour

Magic
---
San Jose Matrix 08
Giants Stadium 7/31/08 Ev2 (performance rather than sound)
St.Louis Ev2
Milano ?07 CC
Gothenburg 2nd CC

Other
Paris Moerie
Columbus Neo
Tampa CC

I left out Red Bank since it is not really a Magic Show, is it?



Pre Columbia:

1970-01-13 - The Matrix, San Francisco, CA - Live At The Matrix

1970-04-24 - Monmouth College, Long Branch, NJ - Sunlight Soldiers At The West End

1971-01-18 - D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ - Right The Fuck On!

1971-05-15 - Newark State College, Union, NJ - Bruce Springsteen Story Vol. 5 / Springtime In Asbury Park

1971-07-23 - Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY - The Bruce Springsteen Story Vol. 6: Dance, Dance, Dance / Summertime In New York City

1972-03-14 - Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highlands, NJ - Prodigal Son Meets The Uber's # 5

1972-03-17 - Richmond Arena, Richmond, VA - Non Uber Project Volume 1
a few must have's:

1976-04-04 East Lansing (Rise Like The Rain, ev2)
1977-02-13 Toronto (No Trouble In Receiver, ev2)

1978-09-21 Passaic (Singing Our Birthday Songs)

1981-05-07 Stockholm (Warm Welcome In Stockholm, ev2)

1984-09-18 Philly (The Last Time, ev2)
1984-10-31 LA (Halloween Confidential, ev2)
We should not forget the Human Rights tour and some of the performances that were not part of a tour but which many would consider to be an essential of any must have collection, well me anyway! eg

15/10/1988 Boss Lament on United Records with arguably the best ever Twist and Shout
17/11/1990 Prodigal Son at The Shrine
05/04/1995 Sony Studios (Crystal cat)
31/01/1998 Blood on Blood

as well as the best of the numerous Christmas shows.
Originally Posted By: Mando
We should not forget the Human Rights tour and some of the performances that were not part of a tour but which many would consider to be an essential of any must have collection, well me anyway! eg

15/10/1988 Boss Lament on United Records with arguably the best ever Twist and Shout
17/11/1990 Prodigal Son at The Shrine
05/04/1995 Sony Studios (Crystal cat)
31/01/1998 Blood on Blood

as well as the best of the numerous Christmas shows.



And 2003-02-19 Double Take Night (Crystal Cat) from Somerville Theatre Boston MA
I'd also add a special section for compilations:

my favourites are:

USA Blues

pretty much every Flynn compilation but just to name my favs:
Sheddin' Skin (92/93 tour compilation)
Love Tears and Mystery (D&D compilation)
Live in NYC VOL.II
Live in NYC VOL.III
Special Nights (Rising tour compilation)

I'm off for tonight sry for posting so much
Ciao
A
For the WOAD Tour, thus far I'd suggest:

2009-05-23 Izod Centre, East Rutherford
2009-07-21 Stadio Olimpico, Torino (CC)
2009-07-23 Stadio Friuli, Udine (CC)
2009-10-02 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford (Bossman?)
2009-10-20 Spectrum, Philadelphia (flyinggonz)
Seeger Sessions

2006-04-30 New Orleans Jazzfest
2006-10-05 Verona (I prefer the full audience tape to the SBD/Aud compiliation)
2006-10-30 Globen, Stockholm (Stockholm Tonight CC)
2006-11-11 Wembley Arena, London (Wembley Sessions Second Night CC)
2006-11-19 The Point, Dublin

Notable mention for

2009-05-10 St. Lukes, London (BBC Broadcast)
2006-05-21 Hovet, Stockholm (Stockholm Session Night)
1992: 'Living Proof' Stockholm, Very good sound and classic 1992 setlist

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...to have just one thing, just one thing in your whole life that you do that makes you proud of yourself, I don't think that's too much for anybody to ask...

Are we set on these categories:

Pre Columbia
Pre 1975
Born To Run Tour
Darkness Tour
River Tour
BITUSA Tour
ToL Tour
Human Rights Now! Tour
Lucky Touch Tour
Solo Acoustic Tour
Reunion Tour
Rising Tour
VFC Tour
Devils and Dust Tour
Seeger Sessions Tour
Magic Tour
WOAD Tour
Non-Tour shows

I think we should have more than 5 for the last category, as all the below are worth a mention:

1986-10-13 Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View
1990-11-16 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (Ev2)
1990-11-17 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (I'd go for Prodigal Son, as Ev2's Persic tape has that irritating snoring noise consistently.)
1995-04-05 Sony Studios, New York
1998-01-31 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank (Red Bank Night, CC)
2000-12-17 Convention Hall, Asbury Park (Uber Series #9)
2001-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park (Big Big Christmas Show EV2)
2003-02-19 DoubleTake Benefit, Somerville (CC)
2003-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park (Peace, Love & Understanding EV2)
2004-12-19 Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park LATE SHOW (Uber Series #31)
Originally Posted By: tattooDad
Ofer,
When we're all done, we'll try to make sure all the shows are easily available.

Oh, how I've longed for a central database of FLAC files, all posted to RapidShare. That would be sweet!

It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive.

These are my top 5 for the VFC Tour; the performance listed from best downwards....

2004-10-13 CAA, East Rutherford (VFC Meadowlands Night)
2004-10-02 Gund Arena, Cleveland (Matrix)
2004-10-01 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia
2004-10-04 Xcel Center, St. Paul (Ev2)
2004-10-08 TD Waterhouse, Orlando
Great idea, keep up the good work for people like myself who aren't great on bootlegs.

Originally Posted By: NB
Seeger Sessions
2006-11-19 The Point, Dublin


Is this not on an official release? If so, no need to include it on a bootleg list I would think.
I think that for the VFC and Human Rights tour at least, there's no reason to have five shows. Perhaps it's worth having more than five for some other tours.
I'm thinking now that maybe we set an upper limit of, say, 100 boots total and then figure out how to divvy them up among the tours, with at least a couple from every major period.

*****
Still glad nobody can hear me singing into Bruce's microphone years ago in Albany.

Originally Posted By: Kinsey

Originally Posted By: NB
Seeger Sessions
2006-11-19 The Point, Dublin


Is this not on an official release? If so, no need to include it on a bootleg list I would think.


Only 7 songs from LiD were from this show.

7 songs were from the 17th, 8 from the 18th.
I'd add surely this in the WOAD category:

The Dump That Jumps (LA Sports Arena 16/4/2009)

well imho this is the best sounding boot.. ever




Originally Posted By: NB
For the WOAD Tour, thus far I'd suggest:

2009-05-23 Izod Centre, East Rutherford
2009-07-21 Stadio Olimpico, Torino (CC)
2009-07-23 Stadio Friuli, Udine (CC)
2009-10-02 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford (Bossman?)
2009-10-20 Spectrum, Philadelphia (flyinggonz)
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