ACROSS THE BORDER
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New live series playlist on Spotify and being uploaded to Youtube right now!
Those versions of It’s My Life are just perfect.
What do people think they should include in the third 'Under The Covers' playlist, assuming they do one? (Remembering, this is all stuff already released in the Archives).
Good Rocking Tonight
Its My Life
Quarter To Three (I'd expect a shorter version for purposes of this playlist, so either one of the 75 ones or Stockholm 88)
I Ain't Got No Home 93... sublime
Street Fighting Man 84
This Land Is Your Land
For Your Love
Seven Nights To Rock
Sweet Soul Music.....
Good Rocking Tonight - September 20th '78 would be perfect - "it's just me and you tonight, baby!"
Its My Life - I like the quieter, somehow even more brooding Albany and Rochester '77 versions the best.
Quarter To Three (I'd expect a shorter version for purposes of this playlist, so either one of the 75 ones or Stockholm 88) - Has to be No Nukes, surely?
This Land Is Your Land - I'm guessing December 29th 1980 would be out of the question given it's the actual selected version for Live/75-85, so I'd go Wembley '81, if only to see one casual fan ask "why is he gasping for breath so much?"
Seven Nights To Rock + Sweet Soul Music..... - I always opt for '88 versions of "Sweet Soul Music", but I think the MSG '09 combo is effective for both of these. "Spotlight on the Bossman! Sweatin' his ass off!!"
Also, have they included any Seeger tracks in these playlists yet?
I'm not a big Spotify user and tend to just use it on my phone.
The Android app is pretty torturous to navigate and I'm a bit Luddite.
I think some of that clunkiness may also be due to just using the free version, I remember when I first started using Spotify I only had the free version and also didn't use it much as there are limits on how many songs you can skip or even randomly select and other features (such as playlists) are simply not available at all.
But since I upgraded to the paid version, I use it almost daily.
I had never heard Lonely Teardrops since i never bought the NY TOL show ....so that was a treat !!!
These things always give me a sense of dread with how they ultimately mess up my complete shows on Apple Music, but it is nice to see "Drift Away" 'properly' released to the masses.
Nice to see the tribute covers included. Purple Rain still gives me goosebumps..
How does this work then?
I only have "Council Spotify" do you need the paid-for/subscription version?
I don't think there's any restriction in the free version of Spotify in terms of material. These things appear as albums in the 'compilation' category under Bruce, but I have paid version so not sure.
It's been uploaded (or is being uploaded) to Bruce's You Tube channel also, if that is more easily accessible for you.
This is the link (hopefully) to the entire Live Series playlist on YT.
Call out also to the inclusion of the Southside Johnny track It's Been A Long Time. While it probably pushes the term 'cover' given Bruce sang on the original, it's welcome because the studio original is not available on Spotify and this version is pretty faithful to that take.
LOL, perhaps I should listen to things before praising them. Two versions of "Stay" to choose from, and they go with the lesser one which has some sound issues (muffled backing vocals) to boot.
On the other hand, they've picked what I consider the best Who'll Stop The Rain ( Wembley 81). So, kudos there.
To be fair, the rest is just bonus extras supporting the mainstream (pun intended) release of Drift Away. I'm prone to posting nonsense here when drunk, but I'm dead sober at the moment and happy to tell anyone who will listen that Drift Away is 6 of the best minutes any group of humans have spent on a performance stage in history.
Finally, that sublime version of Drift Away is available to the masses. Some other good selections, too.
It's been a while since the last one of these, but the approach to them has really improved over the journey. What started as seemingly random, scattershot selections (often perplexingly using lesser versions of songs or relying too much on poorer 2014 recordings) has become much more focused with seemingly more care taken in picking songs, plus arranging them chronologically.
Of course, I already own most of this stuff anyway, but it's good to be able to easily add things to other playlists I already have on Spotify or sneak a few choice live Bruce cuts in when at a gathering where music is being streamed etc.