As others have said, yet another release that provides yet more proof of how amazing a tour the Reunion tour was. Other than perhaps the Tunnel of Love tour, has any tour benefited more greatly from these Archive releases?
Now, at the risk of sounding churlish and remarkably spoiled, I must admit that I really really really wish they'd take the couple hours to go through and boost the guitars on the solos just a tiny bit. I truly am SO grateful to have these releases in such spectacular sound, but it's a bit of an emotional letdown to get to the big climatic moment on, say, "Youngstown" and barely be able to hear Nils' fiery genius.
Can anyone say, Youngstown, Murder Inc, Badlands!!! If that's not enough throw in Out in the Street!
This release is yet another in the line of Reunion tour Nugs releases that is just making me elevate that tour more and more in my estimations.
I still insist to this day that the LINYC releases, both CD and DVD, didn't come close to capturing how good this tour was.
This one is absolutely essential material in terms of a true 'archive' representation, showing how the tour developed between July 1999 and it's closure in 2000. I've only listened through to Out In The Street so far, but some of the differences are very interesting... no Badlands false ending (a plus for me at this stage), shakey between song transitions (Youngstown into Murder as an e.g... rather than feedback leading from one to the other, things almost stop on transit. I think the more seamless transition is better, but this is interesting).
Most noticeable so far for me is The River. This version, while ostensibly the same as LINYC in essence, has some subtle differences with a shuffle / waltzy inflection at certain points as opposed to the straight dirgey style of LINYC. I actually prefer this version, although I'll be honest... my mileage with the Reunion version of The River is not great.
Finally, this is a fun and raucous Darlington. Bruce really going all out vocally. Which does beg the question, why the nasally twangy voice on certain songs this tour when his 'rock voice' was clearly available on demand. Thunder Road as done on this tour was clearly an artistic choice, not due to vocal shortcomings... why?
That opener ...... Words cannot begin to describe how much i love that ..... That intro calling in Roy,Danny Max and Clarence .... I think i would have been sniffling early that night
Very pleased with that! It's guaranteed to make 4,000 words written so far for NYD redundant, and it'll also challenge my commitment to the NFL tonight!