ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
So, second watching, and is there an unrequited kiss during Rosie?
When Bruce and Clarence do their slow build out of the band intros during Rosie, it looks like Clarence leans into a (presumably pre rehearshed) kiss with Bruce, but is left hanging. Someone else, please, do a close analysis of this to confirm... I noticed this both times I've watched it so far, but admittedly both viewings have been under the influence.
Oh, and it appears to me, at least based on the footage, that Rosie goes straight into Born To Run. I.e. technically, the encore starts at Stay and the main set finishes with Rosie and then Born To Run. Granted, this show isn't a normal Bruce gig, but this dispels the narrative that Rosie closed every set until 1984 when it finally got dropped?
Both shows: Rosalita>Born To Run>Stay.
Watched it last night with my sister. The 14 year old kid sister that I took to her first ever concert at Edinburgh Playhouse in May ‘81. ….
It was an absolute joy, sitting there all those years down the line grinning like idiots, triggering recall of the moves that he carried thru to that ‘81 tour. The interplay with C, the appalling dancing. I could go on and on…..
'The appalling dancing'... the more I see of Bruce's dancing in this era, the more I'm convinced that the title Dancing In The Dark he would use a few years later was in one small part a self deprecating jibe at his own efforts. 'Have a laugh on me' indeed.
Well, ok... that was something.
The encore bracket is just ridiculous... I was grinning like a loon through the whole thing. One question... Tom Petty. Normal ciggie dangling from his lips? Or otherwise? It looks like a normal cigarette, but his demeanour and appearance suggests otherwise. Then again, perhaps the illicit stuff happened backstage which led him to decide he needed a normal cigarette for his three minutes on stage.
Jungleland visually is a bit of a mess to me, in a way that almost jars with the rest of the movie. No camera capture of Stevie's solo is the least of it...there are rapid camera swings and moments that there is no focus on anything. It appears the camera crew were struggling to keep up with the action and working out what to shoot. I assume this is all Zimny had to use and did the best he could with that. One would think that on the second night, after getting a feel for it night one, that the camera crew would be better prepared to capture the song and that footage would've been a better choice for use. Either Bruce further mixed up the performance such that the 2nd night footage held was even worse, or perhaps there were film cannister changes or other technical issues that made the second night video even less usable.
Outside of that, zero complaints here. Just the greatest celebrating his / their greatness.
Ok, not my usual MO to reply to myself but I happened to watch the Tom Petty Wildflowers doco on You Tube last night, and in the studio footage there was hardly a moment he wasn't sucking on a cigarette. Pretty funny given what I wrote above.
Great doco, by the way. Highly recommended.
Still haven't found a way in which this can be viewed in SA. Not on Apple, not on iTunes...
Budget permitting, I am definitely ordering the Blu Ray at the end of this month. it sounds like a genuinely crucial part of a Springsteen collection to me.
Or am I thinking of Pacino....?
@SteveInJoburg Tony Soprano?
@Mario Brega I've never watched The Sopranos but that'll work!
Finally arrived here. I've had a chance to quickly watch the first few songs only so far... looks awesome from what I've seen. Bring on the weekend, when I'll be able to set aside the time to really give it all the full attention it deserves.
The switch of harmonicas in different keys can be seen in both the other video releases where the intro is used (Houston 78 and Tempe 80) although this is the first time I've seen him throw it into the crowd. I'd have to go back and watch as I forgot which is which, but in one case he just slips the used harmonica into his jacket pocket, in the other he throws it towards the rear of the stage I think.
Here's my full review of the film. I hope it complements my album write-up and, more importantly, that you all enjoy it 🙂
@Louisa Thanks for your kind words! Honestly I'd say this was the easiest review for me to write in ages. It's never that easy remembering everything that comes to mind when listening to an audio release, but thankfully here I was able to scroll through the film upon watching and recollect every moment that stood out to me initially for the notes making process. After that, and it sounds cliche, the review really wrote itself.
I love being able to talk about the films I've watched, and to get an opportunity to throw a reference of one I enjoy (or don't) into a review is always a little personal something for me that I can only hope readers will like too - and if they don't, at least I like it hahaha.
Maybe a big sin on my part, but I didn't even pick up on the lights going out during that moment in "Jungleland". Mint! I've just went to that moment while writing this and I love how Bruce looks up and leans forward just before they go off, as if the person in charge of the lighting is late on his cue and Bruce is giving him a "ha'way man!". Definitely 'amazonning'.
Brilliant K... Well done.
@SteveInJoburg Cheers mate!
I am moved reading the words here. I have watched it twice now and I cannot forget that world we all lived in then. I was young once, I remember not knowing much in those days, I was a small kid with frizzy curly hair. I rode my bike and shoplifted candy and pan handled for cheeseburgers, not wanting the american cheese on wonderbread my single mom left for me in the fridge in the tiny apartment we lived in. I remember a dead world beyond my fingers....then on came Bruce with sideburns and his voice speaking it truthfully and shouting down that dead world. Clarence so big and beautiful, Danny and his shoulders moving, Gary and those heals. Max drenched and full of rhythm. Steve owning those background vocals, those guitar figures, Roy looking up as Bruce plays notes with his boots....my god: PROVE IT ALL NIGHT!!!
I showed my wife the Sherry video, and in her opinion the dancing is even goofier than in the DitD video. We agreed to disagree.
I don't think he was trying to be funny with DITD lol
Any of you familiar with Don Julio Reposado tequila? I'm by no means wasted, just 3-4 shots in. I just finished watching the Blu-ray. Yes, after all these years I still crave physical product. My wife is babysitting her niece and nephew, so I BLASTED the thing, but I don't think that's keeping my poor dog (upstairs in a crate), awake. The laughing probably is. The Detroit Medley and Quarter To Three are hilarious. God this is funny.
So many people seem to love serious Bruce ..... But for me ...its this Bruce ...The one that makes me laugh and dance .....that made me a crazed fan ...... Dont leave out those dance steps at the end of Sherry either !!!!
So I watched it tonight, and like I said the other day I set out to just focus on enjoying it. I absolutely positively did, but I was thinking about every moment I loved (and there were many) and how I'm going to write about it in the coming days.
I wrote one note down while watching, and for a first (I think) I'm gonna share it with you guys because I'll be expanding upon it and because it pretty much sums up how I was feeling throughout the entire thing.
For me it was Clarence. I teared up a little at the power ....the perfection ....of those Iconic solos. We can joke on a fan site that ....hey .... I've never seen Quarter To Three live ....wouldn't it be nice to hear it ....But honestly that ship has sailed ....without me ....and i just have to be at peace with it...... We have Tempe.....we have this amazing film .....I agree with Bruce ....I wish they had filmed more.
This is not a review. You will have to wait for Mario for that... These are just some thoughts of a fan who went completely Gus while watching the film.
Many of you will probably focus on the musical performances but watching this documentary was a visual experience for me. Much more than just another concert movie, though. I guess 1979 is distant enough that the film contains everything a good documentary should. It is a testimony of a different reality, of a time long gone, a perfectly conserved and reproduced moment in time.
I was transferred to 1979, and this was something that grabbed me from the first scene... I was observing the band members, the passion-driven behavior on stage, the union of music and friendships, the stage as their element, the musical equipment, the crowd.
The band was so forceful and Bruce was so joyful. How hairy they all were, the clothes they wore, the Cuban heels boots... For some reason, I was admiring the glasses they wore, I was fascinated with them..
I can't say if that is a result of the original recordings or something they added in the process of making the movie, but the film has what I would describe as a vintage filter, and it works perfectly.
When I was watching, I was in a very good mood, I was grinning so much I regret not taking a selfie. That was until Tom Petty arrived on stage with that cigarette... He was such a badass, and that's when I choked. Seeing Danny and Clarence didn't hit me that way. That was the moment I realized that this movie will remain as a historical monument forever. I no longer could get rid of the connection between the themes of Letter to you, and this movie, and it seemed like another way of saying farewell to the fans. It felt like Bruce was saying 'this was us at the peek, remember us this way.'
@Louisa It's not my fault. It's the time machine effect. In 1979, I was deeply in puberty.
@Jerseyfornia love your wits..
"Went completely Gus". Hilarious, well done.
I feel we're very near to putting a motion on the table that everything was better in '79.
I was going to avoid it all until my physical delivery arrived, but caved while doing the house work today and listened to the audio only via Spotify.
I know bugger all about the nuances of mixing and mastering etc a recording, but for some reason I can't even articulate this grabbed me and drew me in much more than either show on the old Nugs release ever did. I could probably count on one hand the number of times I played the original Nugs version of either show. I suspect during the upcoming Festive period alone that, while entertaining friends and family, this new release will have received more plays.
@Bosstralian I have tons to reply to on this forum, but I read this post this morning and I can't stop thinking about it. I'm usually logged out of here on my phone, but even though I'm away from my laptop right now I've had to sign in to respond.
Yeah this one feels important, and I get the same feeling that I'll revisit it more than the Archive release. I think a big part of that is the way this has been built up, putting the full spotlight on it instead of potentially making it a secondary thing alongside a First Friday release, and yes, the Legendary title had worked. For me, anyway.
Whereas during Christmas 2018 when we got both shows, let's be honest, we wanted Winterland, and these were the equivalent of opening that game sized present on Christmas Day and seeing the one you weren't craving. You're happy to have it and do the "Oh class!" gimmick, but deep down you're thinking, "man I was really looking forward to playing "The Fever"".
This time around, hell, maybe it just took nearly three years, but this became the Christmas gift we wanted.
Or something like that! Hahaha.
Edit: so if any of guys see me posting on Greasy Lake or BTX and wonder why I'm spending more time there than here, it's likely because I'm not in front of my Mac. Let's try and change that, though!
Shockingly ....The Eagle Has Landed ....Free Shipping through Amazon Delivered on release day. Definitely makes up for them cancelling my order for the New ABBA CD ......Apparently got lost or something
Man... I hope I can see this before Christmas. Where are you guys downloading it from? It's not on the South African iTunes store.
Amazon Prime Video. 19.99 to buy in the U.S.
Screw you, Australia Post. No delivery today. Apparently, by next Wednesday. Oh, well, Tom Petty is in the movie so I guess the fact that the waiting is the hardest part is appropriate enough...