ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
I listened to the whole series through headphones, and in that manner you can clearly hear edit breaks throughout the episodes e.g. when one of the two has a lengthier single monologue, the 'sound' of the voice changes suggesting it is possibly a re- recording after the fact etc. So I would love to hear more of the unedited back and forth between the two, as those segments where you can clearly hear that it is just unedited conversation were for the most part the bits I most enjoyed. The other thing that was clear through headphones is that in most cases the music used was not Bruce playing in the moment during the conversations, but something recorded separately and then inserted. So I'd suggest there are probably recordings (possibly complete, as opposed to the snippets used in the podcasts) for all the music we heard used. From what was used, some of those acoustic renditions (41 Shots comes to mind) sounded absolutely compelling... I'd love for some of that to be released, at the very least as a playlist on the streaming services.
Listened to the final episode yesterday. I have really enjoyed them all. I thought they had a good chemistry, mutual respect which came through and, of course, they both have interesting stories to tell.
Finished all episodes last night. Loved the President way more then Bruce on these. Somethings were still way out in leftfield, but very enjoyable listen.
Listened to 7 and 8 (the last two I think?).
I thought 7, fatherhood was.......ok but tended to the saccherine and was a tad formulaic and self indulgent.
But 8 might have been the most insightful of the series.
This episode was Obama's, Bruce was defo relegated to rhythm guitar IMHO.
The line about "had the Fox network been around at the time of Watergate, Nixon would probably never have left office" was........chilling.
Great listen though.
Episode 5 was a great listen.
These are improving week on week.
I really enjoyed this week’s episode. I guess coming from a working class background has basically the same effect on you no matter where in the world you are...
I do hope they make the full songs available as I was really enjoying that rendition of Atlantic City. There’s no reason why they wouldn’t include the full thing in there unless they thought someone listening to a podcast with Bruce and Obama wouldn’t want to hear Bruce play songs...
I wanted to post that this episode is the best so far, but realized that's what I say every week. 🙂
This one is the best so far.
The fifth episode was the best so far. The way Bruce talked about his humble beginnings, his feelings of being ashamed and not belonging when he suddenly had money - that really hit home.
It explained very well why he wanted to remain part of the community he came from even after his circumstances had changed.
And here is the explanation for all of those who scoff and say, well, he has millions, how can he write about normal people: he faught very hard not to loose that connection. That is why he remains authentic and his songs convey real meaning.