Well I never expected to love a 92/93 "Darkness" more than certain E Street renditions, but here we are! I should have a full review up tomorrow evening at the latest.
Yes its the first version i've heard ..... But i love the studio version of Real World ..... particularly the bells...
Next release from this tour, I'd like to hear The Long Goodbye and Cross My Heart. I don't know quite why, but Cross My Heart always struck me as a sequel to Tougher Than The Rest.
And on the subject of acknowledging and appreciating things, these last three releases have me loving "Light of Day" again! I loved the damn thing when I was 16, but got really tired of it somewhere down the road. So I'm happy about that and looking forward to the next one - if only it was from Shea Stadium...
Anyway, I feel like this right now regarding the song:
I've started doing this thing with Archive releases now where I'm listening to select tracks randomly rather than replaying the full show. I think since Friday/Saturday I have listened to the full thing again - multiple times in fact - just not in the order it's presented.
"Roll of the Dice" is my most revisited. "Take me to Heaven, Bobby!"
I think my new favourite thing about this show is Bruce's "aagh!" when they balls up the "Roll of the Dice" intro - not to be confused with the dodgy sounding one in "Leap of Faith".
Moments like that also leads me to believe why Roy was retained. Bruce needed someone in that new Band who he knew wouldn't be flustered by missteps and would be able to work around them. Considering how essential piano is to the music too, it makes loads of sense to me.
Oh, and for the record... You know when you are seriously pathetic?
When you find the 'let's make it darker' interlude as the highlight of this show.
Hey you, HTLT enthusiasts, you have all been extremely quiet?!
I have always loved this tune, and the live versions definitely surpass the album one.
Man's Job. I know Mario loves it, not so sure about the rest of you. Many despise the song. Unjustly.
It's a perfect pop song, with the unstoppable foot tapping beat, fabulous back vocals and I find it extremely catchy.
It's a song that always makes me smile. Big.
The lyrics. Some might say they are cringe worthy, I disagree. I was 17 when I had heard the song for the first time, and Bruce painted a romantic ideal of what kind of men I should I be looking for in life. Ridiculously maybe, but I still believe in the same concept almost 3O years later.
I haven't listened to the whole show yet, but I did listen to 'Real World' and it is excellent. No need to compare it with the Christic shows in 1990 (they're basically two different songs with very different arrangements), but this performance is so soulful! I like it a lot.
I've always thought Brilliant Disguise is far better on the studio album than any live version.
I have always thought Brilliant Disguise was better on this tour than with the E Street Band. If not better, closer to the album version in that it's more lilting and gentle. The E Street Band can do lilting and gentle, but I always thought they put just a little too hard of an edge on Brilliant Disguise.
Hope you guys enjoy this half as much as I enjoyed listening to the release!
I love how he tricked the audience with the guitar intro to Thunder Road, and how they got all wild after they had recognized the song. Perfection. 🖤
Looks like April May and June of '93 for Too Many Rivers
When did he start doing Many Rivers To Cross on the 92/93 jaunt? With zero research, I assume sometime in 93 based on the Lost TV Show bootleg DVD (covering Stockholm and Milton Keynes 93) I have which includes it combined with the fact they didn't have the Many Rivers / Satan's Jewel Crown slot in any 92 show so far released. I need that in pristine quality... a great sounding version of that could sit comfortably alongside Drift Away 84 I believe...
I found my new online identity today, would you guys tolerate it if I change my name to Gloria? Really would love to...
Such a virile version, I had to lower my volume. This is the kickass I was hoping for yesterday, presented so triumphantly through this whole show actually. Without any doubt, the strongest HTLT show so far.
I just started listening, and feel this show is going to be the much needed awakening from my Joad dreariness.
Came in from work and listened to Soul Driver and Real World, the two I've been longing for from this tour. I'm pleased to report that my memories of how excellent those songs were live has not been tarnished by nostalgia over the years and these songs sound just as great as I recalled.
Having a proper listen now and loving it. Another great release and another welcome document from a tour too many seem willing to ignore.
Just started listening... wow, love the different vocal inflections / nuances on Better Days.
Oh, and dog alert... intriguingly, in the Local Hero intro Bruce says his painting was hanging between pictures of Bruce Lee and a German Shepherd, whereas in the song lyrics itself it's a Doberman. FFS, Bruce, it's this kind of minutiae that keeps me awake at night...
Look out, here comes Bruce taking another $15 Australian out of my pocket...