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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.

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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
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
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)
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.

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)
Originally Posted By: tattooDad
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.


I agree. Can I also suggest that we adopt a 'standard' format for posting suggestions as it then makes it easier to compile the list eg :-

YYYY-MM-DD,Title,City or venue,Country,Version

0, not applicable or not known can be used as appropriate eg

1985-00-00,Wembley Night,London,UK,Crystal Cat
Here are some suggestions to add to the master list:

Instead of "Pre 1975" I think it should be pre Born to Run. So the 1975-02/05 - Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA should be here and not the Born to Run tour.

Born to Run:
This tour ran until May 1976 so 1976-04-04 East Lansing (Rise like the Rain (Ev2) belongs here and not the Chicken Scratch.
1975/11/24 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK Shit Hot and Rockin'

Darkness: I think we may need more than 5 shows for this tour. I suggest making this and the River tour ten shows.
1978/07/07 - Roxy, Los Angeles, CA (No Private Parties)
1978/089/09 - Agora, Cleveland, OH (Agora Night)
1978/09/03 - Civic Centre, Saginaw, MI
1978/09/30 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia (Same Old Played Out Scenes)
1978/12/15 - Winterland, San Francisco, CA (Walking in a Springsteen Wonderland - Hojo Version)
1978/12/19 - Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR (Paramount Night)

River:
1981//08/20 - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (As Dreams Don't Mean Nothin?) - This has to be on the final list
1981/08/28 - Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (Scattered Like Dry Leaves)

More suggestions to come . . .



 

"I've done my best to live the right way"

Originally Posted By: NB
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)

First time I'm into this thread, and I really want to nominate:
2006-05-20 Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway, Bull recording.

The sound is just wonderful, and the performance is fantastic.
Originally Posted By: LB

1978/12/15 - Winterland, San Francisco, CA (Walking in a Springsteen Wonderland - Hojo Version)

So you consider this superior to the CC version and the PS 25th Ann remaster? Well, for me, it is very hard to tell a difference, but I recently settled for keeping CC on my CD shelf and store the Hojo Flacs on a DVD...
My $.02-there should be sub-headings, i.e. sound quality, performance and historical value.

Some might fit all three-4 of the 1978 radio broadcasts come to mind. Subjective, yes; but then "essential" is subjective also. There are at least 5 boots mentioned that don't fit.

This is a veiled attempt by tD to get the lurkers out of the closet.

I hope Flynn's head isn't damaged too badly after banging it against the wall multiple times.

I remember how my heart beat when you said I love you so...

Originally Posted By: zeke
Originally Posted By: Mando


YYYY-MM-DD,Title,City or venue,Country,Version

1985-00-00,Wembley Night,London,UK,Crystal Cat


That doesn't make any sense. Why scatter bootleg info?

It's YYYY-MM-DD, Location, Title (label)


Whatever, the importnat thing is that there is an agreed standard.
I suggest we put TD in charge and he set the rules on formatting, etc. otherwise, total chaos.

Just name your boots, and stop fussing with the formatting.

As for Count Basie, I have yet to hear a decent boot (are there more than two?) and given the newer and better boots of the most recent play throughs, although not played on some night, would put those in place of COunt Basie.

I am sure Flynn can "compile" two of those show portions into one, to replace Count Basie
Originally Posted By: quante
As for Count Basie, I have yet to hear a decent boot (are there more than two?) and given the newer and better boots of the most recent play throughs, although not played on some night, would put those in place of COunt Basie.


I can see what you're saying. Ev2's version is listenable, and for historical value it's important. I think it should be included for that alone (even if the GS #4 and Philly #2 versions of the albums were better).
I just listened to 1981/05/07 'Warm Welcome in Stockholm' and 1981/05/08 'Teardrops on the City Revisited' head to head, and I really don't think WWiS sounds better. And since the second night was an even better show to begin with, my recommendation is to put that one on this list. One of the classic vinyl boots, and an absolutely mindblowing show.
Originally Posted By: quante
Shea Last Dance needs to be on the list. Plus we have a decent DVD of that as well.


I'd put that in Eugene's Essentials category because of the whole final Rising show/Dylan/concert length duration rather than being one of the defitive boots from the Tour. Night #2 is a vastly better show, IMO.
Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
I just listened to 1981/05/07 'Warm Welcome in Stockholm' and 1981/05/08 'Teardrops on the City Revisited' head to head, and I really don't think WWiS sounds better. And since the second night was an even better show to begin with, my recommendation is to put that one on this list. One of the classic vinyl boots, and an absolutely mindblowing show.


I would not consider that one a Top 5 show for the River tour as I prefer the 1980's setlists, but definitely a "must have", if we expand the list to 10 per tour, and it would certainly make the Top 100. This show is a good example for the need to track down the best version of each show once the list is complete. Most of Ev2s releases are definitely an upgrade; for some shows, however, I think the original source or an alternative version is better than Ev2's, don't know about this one, though
Quote:
So you consider this superior to the CC version and the PS 25th Ann remaster? Well, for me, it is very hard to tell a difference, but I recently settled for keeping CC on my CD shelf and store the Hojo Flacs on a DVD...


Yes, I prefer the Hojo. The PS doesn't include the intro to Rosalita, which is a travesty. Between the Hojo and the CC it's a tossup, but the Hojo captures the atmosphere of the show better. I figure there will be lots of these sort of discussions about this list and I don't expect agreement, but that's part of the fun.

 

"I've done my best to live the right way"

Originally Posted By: LB
Quote:
So you consider this superior to the CC version and the PS 25th Ann remaster? Well, for me, it is very hard to tell a difference, but I recently settled for keeping CC on my CD shelf and store the Hojo Flacs on a DVD...


The PS doesn't include the intro to Rosalita, which is a travesty.


It doesn't? Didn't notice, that's how I keep attention, see...
I certainly think the PS version is an upgrade over the relatively "flat" CC version. How is Hojo's compared to PS's, soundwise?
Originally Posted By: Patrick
Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
I just listened to 1981/05/07 'Warm Welcome in Stockholm' and 1981/05/08 'Teardrops on the City Revisited' head to head, and I really don't think WWiS sounds better. And since the second night was an even better show to begin with, my recommendation is to put that one on this list. One of the classic vinyl boots, and an absolutely mindblowing show.


I would not consider that one a Top 5 show for the River tour as I prefer the 1980's setlists, but definitely a "must have", if we expand the list to 10 per tour, and it would certainly make the Top 100. This show is a good example for the need to track down the best version of each show once the list is complete. Most of Ev2s releases are definitely an upgrade; for some shows, however, I think the original source or an alternative version is better than Ev2's, don't know about this one, though


I agree with you on the EV2 part.

But 10 shows for each tour? Start with 5 and if needed we could ad as much as needed.
Originally Posted By: jumpstone
Originally Posted By: Patrick
Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
I just listened to 1981/05/07 'Warm Welcome in Stockholm' and 1981/05/08 'Teardrops on the City Revisited' head to head, and I really don't think WWiS sounds better. And since the second night was an even better show to begin with, my recommendation is to put that one on this list. One of the classic vinyl boots, and an absolutely mindblowing show.


I would not consider that one a Top 5 show for the River tour as I prefer the 1980's setlists, but definitely a "must have", if we expand the list to 10 per tour, and it would certainly make the Top 100. This show is a good example for the need to track down the best version of each show once the list is complete. Most of Ev2s releases are definitely an upgrade; for some shows, however, I think the original source or an alternative version is better than Ev2's, don't know about this one, though


I agree with you on the EV2 part.

But 10 shows for each tour? Start with 5 and if needed we could ad as much as needed.


Agree generally. I was only referring to a post from TD that for some tours a Top 5 may not be enough to include all "must-haves" and the River tour may be one of them. I certainly do not need more than 5 from HT/LT, TOL, GOTJ or the Seeger sessions...(no, not saying that these tours were equally bad, just examples)
Originally Posted By: Patrick
Agree generally. I was only referring to a post from TD that for some tours a Top 5 may not be enough to include all "must-haves" and the River tour may be one of them. I certainly do not need more than 5 from HT/LT, TOL, GOTJ or the Seeger sessions...(no, not saying that these tours were equally bad, just examples)


I read that post from TD but I think we should stick to the basic. 5 shows each tour.

So for the great Darkness tour I think 5 is enough. The big 4 (Roxy, Agora, Passaic and Winterland) and my personal favorite to add is the final Palladium show for the setlist. Although the final Passaic setlist is even better it has not the same soundquality.

For the River tour you got the 3 soundboards from the 3 December shows ofcourse. Add the Vets show. But you can discuse if you need all 3 Nassau shows. And personaly I think the River shows arent that different when you look at the setlists. Add the mostly poor tapes. So do we still need more then 5 shows??
Originally Posted By: jumpstone
And personaly I think the River shows arent that different when you look at the setlists.


I don't see how that argument would suit the Darkness tour any differently?
But let's not make this another Darkness vs. River-tour argument. Let's just agree that there's certainly a big difference from a fall 1980-show to a summer 1981-show.

My picks for the River-tour:

1980/11/05 Tempe
1980/12/29 Nassau
1980/12/31 Nassau
1981/05/08 Stockholm
1981/08/20 LA
Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
I don't see how that argument would suit the Darkness tour any differently?


So true.

Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
But let's not make this another Darkness vs. River-tour argument. Let's just agree that there's certainly a big difference from a fall 1980-show to a summer 1981-show.

My picks for the River-tour:

1980/11/05 Tempe
1980/12/29 Nassau
1980/12/31 Nassau
1981/05/08 Stockholm
1981/08/20 LA


You are right again Sir.

But that Tempe show. I havent listened to it in a long time but I remember that it isnt that great. Or perhaps you got another (better) version?
Originally Posted By: jumpstone
Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
I don't see how that argument would suit the Darkness tour any differently?


So true.

Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
But let's not make this another Darkness vs. River-tour argument. Let's just agree that there's certainly a big difference from a fall 1980-show to a summer 1981-show.

My picks for the River-tour:

1980/11/05 Tempe
1980/12/29 Nassau
1980/12/31 Nassau
1981/05/08 Stockholm
1981/08/20 LA


You are right again Sir.

But that Tempe show. I havent listened to it in a long time but I remember that it isnt that great. Or perhaps you got another (better) version?


That must have been a really long time ago, then...;) But I remember from one of your previous posts that you rate sound quality over performance/setlist, right? Then of course the three Nassau shows easily surpass this one. By the way, this is one example of a show where EVs version clearly is an upgrade to my ears
Of course, then there's the issue of a "special" show vs a show that is a good representation of that tour. The main example I'm thinking of is the 92-93 tour. On one hand, the 6/24/93 show was incredibly special with the near-ESB reunion, the horns, and Southside. On the other hand, it wasn't very typical of a show from that tour. Looking back, I'd prefer the Tacoma 92 show over this one or even the 8/7/92 show (New Jersey Friday Night), as it featured a lot of the material from the '92 albums.

Regarding placing a hard limit on either the total number of recordings or the number of recordings per tour, my thought is that if you need more for a tour, such as 78 or 80-81, but less for something like VFC or Amnesty, that's how it should be. There are certainly more than 5 shows that would be considered "essential" from the Darkness tour, but 5 would easily be overkill for the other two I mentioned.

And, certainly, just like I did a few years ago, once you have the essential shows/recordings, you can easily come up with a list of "Other Recommended" shows.

Of course, keep in mind that there will not be a single list that everyone is going to agree upon.

Flynn
Originally Posted By: Flynn
Regarding placing a hard limit on either the total number of recordings or the number of recordings per tour, my thought is that if you need more for a tour, such as 78 or 80-81, but less for something like VFC or Amnesty, that's how it should be. There are certainly more than 5 shows that would be considered "essential" from the Darkness tour, but 5 would easily be overkill for the other two I mentioned.
I think that's very true. It would simply not fit to have 5 from VFC or Amnesty and 5 from Darkness. Maybe we can refer to the number of shows per tour?
Originally Posted By: NB
Originally Posted By: quante
Shea Last Dance needs to be on the list. Plus we have a decent DVD of that as well.


I'd put that in Eugene's Essentials category because of the whole final Rising show/Dylan/concert length duration rather than being one of the defitive boots from the Tour. Night #2 is a vastly better show, IMO.


Agreed.
Originally Posted By: Flynn
Of course, then there's the issue of a "special" show vs a show that is a good representation of that tour. The main example I'm thinking of is the 92-93 tour. On one hand, the 6/24/93 show was incredibly special with the near-ESB reunion, the horns, and Southside. On the other hand, it wasn't very typical of a show from that tour. Looking back, I'd prefer the Tacoma 92 show over this one or even the 8/7/92 show (New Jersey Friday Night), as it featured a lot of the material from the '92 albums.

Regarding placing a hard limit on either the total number of recordings or the number of recordings per tour, my thought is that if you need more for a tour, such as 78 or 80-81, but less for something like VFC or Amnesty, that's how it should be. There are certainly more than 5 shows that would be considered "essential" from the Darkness tour, but 5 would easily be overkill for the other two I mentioned.

And, certainly, just like I did a few years ago, once you have the essential shows/recordings, you can easily come up with a list of "Other Recommended" shows.

Of course, keep in mind that there will not be a single list that everyone is going to agree upon.

Flynn


One VFC show would be more than overkill.
100 shows? 5 each tour? 10 each tour? Christ...

Why not simply collect suggestions for everyone's favourite shows per tour and then see where it goes? If 5 shows are nominated repeatedly and everyone has a sixth or seventh show that noone else mentions, then there you are. And everyone interested can give a listen to that sixth or seventh recommendation and maybe add it to his personal favourites or not, that's what it should be all about, look here how it is supposed to work:

https://www.spl-messages.net/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/314412#Post314412

I don't give much of a **** whether in the end it will be a Top X or a Top X list, I want an overview of what are the best bootlegs including the Uber Series, the Anonymous recordings from the 70s, MarkP from the 80s etc. The interesting and fun part should be the recommendations and not the organizing of the final list.

I would propose the following:

a. Seperate threads for each tour (Pre BTR, BTR, Chicken Scratch, Darkness, River, BITUSA, TOL, HT/LT, GOTJ, Reunion, Rising, D&D, Seeger, Magic, WOAD) or at least per decade; what is "essential", i.e. 2 from Magic, none from HT/LT etc. can be decided afterwards or in the course of the discussion. It would be nonsense to limit a certain tour to 2 shows from the start even though in the end only 2 of that particular tour are considered "essential".

b. Separate thread for the rest (One-Offs, VFC, Christmas etc.) Nobody only half right in his mind would want a top 5 list for 7 VFC shows, right?

c. Read Flynn's above post and get started
great idea...don't tell my wife...she's wondering why i have 600 boots in cases on shelves in our living room...not to mention 5 0r 6 big hard drives
any final list should include the following, inmho

main point
stranded in the park
winterland
agora
nassau night
vets night
kc night
independence night
longest date
brixton night
freehold night
ps in la
july 1 2000...whatever the current best version is
we swore we?d live forever

 

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just stand back and let it all be

Originally Posted By: son_of_izzy
For obvious reasons, Danny's full last show in Boston '07 should be included, aswell as the one in Indy where he made his last appearance.

I have to question why we would need 5 reunion-tour shows if we don't need more than 2 Magic/WOAD-shows?


Agree on Boston, disagree on Indy. But Tampa is the one that is essential.
Agree completely with these suggestions.

One thing we need to do is get straight on the tour dates, as I posted last night.

The dates, per Earthslayer are as follows:

GREETINGS 10/28/1972 - 10/6/1973
WIESS 10/15/1973 - 03/.09/1975
BORN TO RUN 07/20/1975 - 05/27/1976
LAWSUIT/CHICKEN SCRATCH 08/01/1976 - 03/27/1977
DARKNESS 05/23/1978 - 01/01/1979
RIVER 10/03/1980 - 09/14/1981
B.I.T.USA Tour 06/29/1984 - 10/02/1985
TUNNEL OF LOVE 02/25/1988 - 03.08/03/1988
HT / LT 06/15/1992 - 06/01/1993
GOTJ 11/21/1995 - 05/26/1997
REUNION 09/04/1999 - 01/07/.2000
THE RISING 07/30/2002 - 10/04/2003
DEVILS AND DUST 04/25/2005 - 11/22/2005
SEAGER SESSIONS 04/.20/2006 - 11/21/2006
MAGIC Tour 09/24/2007 - 08/30/2008


 

"I've done my best to live the right way"

Originally Posted By: Tarheel
Originally Posted By: Flynn
But Tampa is the one that is essential.

Yep.

Also, is there a great-sounding St. Louis 2008? Because I haven't heard it.


EVs version is very good. The original Bakerstuff tape is already a nice one but EVs is the one you should look for. It is definitely not in the same league as San Jose or Gothenburg from that tour, but still very good,lot of atmosphere, the most often played show from the Magic tour in my house...

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=31183 incl. samples
While considering which shows to include, I think it's important to represent different phases of the same tour. The two tours that come to mind in this respect are GoTJ and The Rising - early GoTJ shows (the 1st leg, Nov-Dec 95) were very very different from the final shows in Europe. Same for the Rising, where the show didn't change much early on (3 or 4 identical shows, IIRC), but by the summer of '03 it was a free-for-all.

Just a thought....
Originally Posted By: Patrick
Originally Posted By: Tarheel
Also, is there a great-sounding St. Louis 2008? Because I haven't heard it.

EVs version is very good. The original Bakerstuff tape is already a nice one but EVs is the one you should look for. It is definitely not in the same league as San Jose or Gothenburg from that tour, but still very good,lot of atmosphere, the most often played show from the Magic tour in my house...

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=31183 incl. samples
Thanks mate.

San Jose is my fave from that tour, along with Orlando. I'll give this one a go.

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

I've started to add individual threads for each tour - up to HT/LT for now, I'll add more in a week or so, don't want to be overwhelmed.

I'll also create two other threads "out of tour live performances" eg Amnesty, Christic, VFC, Bridge Benefit etc, and "non-live boots" such as Lost Masters, The Ties That Bind.

What do you think about one for "compilations" such as the Flynn boots, Nebraska Live and so-on?

Once we have our "candidates" of ten or so per tour, maybe the best thing would be to create a poll to get the list down to five.
For all those spiritually inclined people around here... why not make it

THE 108 DIVINE SHOWS

I like the idea that we keep discussing more bootlegs here in these threads,
as there are surely a lot of people who like to be inspired
not only to listen to the Top boots everybody agrees on,
but also to some gems that have only a few moments that really stand out
Hi folks I am from Italy and new to the forum.
I read about all the posts on this topic and basically I agree with most of the titles listed but I have a quick question for you all, why none of you listed any godfather records cd, I got all of them and I must say that most of them are simply great. I appreciate the crystal cat ones but I also think that the godfather records are at least at the same level, don't you agree with this?
Originally Posted By: pippopelo
Hi folks I am from Italy and new to the forum.
I read about all the posts on this topic and basically I agree with most of the titles listed but I have a quick question for you all, why none of you listed any godfather records cd, I got all of them and I must say that most of them are simply great. I appreciate the crystal cat ones but I also think that the godfather records are at least at the same level, don't you agree with this?


Most Godfather releases are just remasters of already circulating tapes, and rather heavy-handed remasters at that. CDs like Home of the 76ers and the Bottom Line 75 are good examples. If you have any particular favourites please nominate them!
I would like to add to consideration the 1999/08/27 show which closed the Boston stand- Great performance, good set list, a representative show for the tour though the circulating recording may not be at the next level

Setlist: Candy's Room/The Ties That Bind/Adam Raised a Cain/Prove It All Night/Two Hearts/Rendezvous/Darlington County/Mansion on the Hill/Point Blank/Youngstown/Murder Inc./Badlands/Out in the Street/Tenth Avenue Freeze-out/Working on the Highway/Spirit in the Night/The Ghost of Tom Joad/New York City Serenade/Light of Day
First Encore: Jungleland/Born to Run
Second Encore: Thunder Road/If I Should Fall Behind/Raise Your Hand (w/ Peter Wolf)/Bobby Jean/Land of Hope and Dreams
I propose a new section to the must-have, for the silly among us:

SHOWS WITH HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

They may not be great performances, may not have great sound quality, but are interesting to the avid collectors among us. Such as:

Earliest/Last known recorded performance of .... Castilles, BSB, Dr. Zoom, etc

First/last performance of band members: Danny's final show comes to mind, but there are many others (Vini, Steve, Max and Roy, Nils)

Lotsa possible categories and shows of historical importance to the Bruce fan.

Just a thought....
Again the same question: What has happened to the project?

What's the status? Chicken Scratch, Born to Run, Greetings / WIESS, Darkness polls are finished:
Code:
Greetings / WIESS tours
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1.  1975-02-05 Main Point (Main Point Night, CC)				- 42 (22%)
2.  1974-01-29 Nashville (You Mean So Much To Me, Great Dane)			- 21 (11%)
3.  1973-01-31 Max's Kansas City (Max's Kansas City Night, CC)			- 20 (10%)
4.  1973-03-02 Berkeley (On The Road Night, CC [includes 1973-05-31 Richmond)	- 18 (09%)
4.  1974-01-06 Joe's Place (Uber series) 					- 18 (09%)
6.  1973-04-24 Main Point (Thundercrack, Great Dane) 				- 17 (9%)
7.  1974-03-03 Washington (Saint In The City, Swinging Pig) 			- 13 (7%)
8.  1974-10-29 Boston (Walking Tall Vol. 2, ev2) 				- 12 (06%)
9.  1974-10-19 Schenectady, New York (Spanish Harlem, Piggham) 			- 11 (6%)
10. 1973-07-31 Roslyn (WLIR Master tape) 					- 9 (5%)
11. 1975-02-23 Westbury (Westbury Serenade, Kivak/Fanatic) 			- 7 (4%) 
12. 1974-04-09 Boston (Radio Waves, Great Dane) 				- 6 (03%)

Born To Run tour
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1.  1975-08-15 Bottom Line (The Way It Was - The Complete Bottom Line Broadcast)- 41 (19%)
2.  1975-10-17 Roxy, LA (Roxy Theatre Night, CC) 				- 39 (18%)
3.  1975-12-31 Philadelphia (Last Tango In Philly, ev2) 			- 31 (15%)
4.  1975-10-02 Milwaukee (Milwaukee Bomb Scare, Mistral) 			- 25 (12%)
5.  1976-04-04 East Lansing (Rise like the Rain, ev2) 				- 18 (08%)
6.  1975-11-24 London (Shit Hot and Rockin') 					- 14 (7%)
7.  1976-04-07 Cleveland (Runners In The Night, Doberman) 			- 9 (04%)
7.  1976-04-29 Memphis (Knock On Wood) 						- 9 (04%) 
9.  1975-10-04 Detroit (First Night in Detroit) 				- 8 (4%)
10. 1975-07-20 Providence (master tapes, Lampinski) 				- 7 (03%)
10. 1975-08-23 Atlanta (Sparks On The Ballroom, Godfather) 			- 7 (03%)
11. 1975-09-26 Iowa (Meeting across the river, Piggham) 			- 4 (2%)

Chicken Scratch tour
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1.  1977-03-25 Boston (Forced To Confess, SITP, Dark Heart - which ever!)	- 38 (24%) 
2.  1976-11-04 New York (Streak Of Light Through The Tunnel) 			- 24 (15%)
3.  1977-03-04 Jacksonville (Talk It In Our Hearts, Ev2) 			- 21 (13%)
4.  1977-03-24 Boston (Running into the Darkness) 				- 18 (11%)
5.  1977-02-13 Toronto (No Trouble In Receiver, Ev2) 				- 14 (9%)
6.  1977-02-22 Milwaukee (Return to the Bomb Scare, Ev2) 			- 13 (08%)
7.  1976-10-27 Spectrum (unbooted) 						- 12 (07%)
8.  1976-10-30 New York (Fanatic Records version) 				- 8 (5%)
8.  1977-03-23 Boston (Incident In Boston, Ev2) 				- 8 (5%)
10. 1977-03-19 Lewiston, ME (Joe Maloney tape) 					- 3 (2%)
11. 1977-03-13 Towson State University (?) 					- 2 (01%)

Darkness tour
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1.  1978-12-15 Winterland (PS @ Winterland, Prodigal Son) 			- 51 (18%)
2.  1978-09-19 Passaic (Passaic Night, CC) 					- 50 (18%)
3.  1978-08-09 Agora (Agora Night, CC) 						- 43 (16%)
4.  1978-07-07 Roxy, LA (No Private Parties, Ev2) 				- 41 (15%)
5.  1978-12-19 Portland (Paramount Night, CC)					- 18 (06%)
6.  1978-09-30 Atlanta (Same Old Played Out Scenes)				- 14 (05%)
7.  1978-09-21 Passaic (Singing Our Birthday Songs, Godfather) 			- 11 (4%)
7.  1978-09-21 Passaic (Singing Our Birthday Songs, Godfather) 			- 11 (4%)
9.  1978-12-20 Seattle (This Is For The Crazies)				- 8 (3%)
10. 1978-05-31 Boston (Looking for that million Dollar Sound-Pitch corrected) 	- 7 (3%)
10. 1978-09-17 New York (Hussey soundboard remaster) 				- 7 (3%)
12. 1978-08-21 MSG New York (Big Time Rock & Roll, Ev2)				- 6 (02%)
12. 1978-09-03 Saginaw (1st gen tape version) 					- 6 (02%)
12. 1978-11-02 Largo (It's Dangerous Down There Tonight, Zeke) 			- 6 (02%)
12. 1979-01-01 Cleveland (Meeting Across The River) 				- 6 (02%) 
16. 1978-12-16 Winterland (unbooted) 						- 3 (01%)


What's next? Will any admin set up the next poll(s)? Will the above chosen be uploaded lossless?

I followed that project for the whole time but unfortunately couldn't contribute much. But I would really like to see that one going to the end! Let's go on!
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