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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - “Jungleland” (Live at Hammersmith Odeon; November 18, 1975)

Some Bruce enthusiasts claim this is the best live version of “Jungleland” ever captured on tape.

I haven’t heard enough of ‘em to say one way or another, but, goddamn, this one’s pretty great.

Soaring.

Related: if you ever find a drummer who does sexier drum rolls than Max Weinberg, just go ahead and hire him on the spot.

As a child, my mother tucked me into bed, Bruce told me bedtime stories, and The Big Man kept the monsters from creeping out of the darkness.  The dreams I had about being in Jungleland will never be forgotten, and I cried the night I received word of Clarence’s passing while Born to Run quietly played me to sleep.

Goodnight, Big Man Clarence Clemons, and thank you for always being there. 

The Promised Land
  • The Promised Land
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Darkness On The Edge Of Town
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On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert
I pick up my money and head back into town
Driving cross the Waynesboro county line
I got the radio on and I’m just killing time
Working all day in my daddy’s garage
Driving all night chasing some mirage
Pretty soon little girl I’m gonna take charge

The dogs on Main Street howl
‘cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land

I’ve done my best to live the right way
I get up every morning and go to work each day
But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
Explode and tear this whole town apart
Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
Find somebody itching for something to start

The dogs on Main Street howl
'cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land

There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band | The Promised Land

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Eddie Vedder se subió al escenario en el concierto que Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ofrecía en Chicago el viernes para cantar “Atlantic City”.

R.I.P. Clarence Clemons, your sound lives on.

“Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.” -Bruce Springsteen

My last new acquisition from today. I’m not listening to it just yet because…. it’s a bit of a reclamation project. Nothing appears to be so far-gone that it won’t play, but the box is in less than stellar shape as you can see and the 5 LP’s are in desperate need of a good cleansing. One doesn’t have a proper slip case and it all needs to be handled carefully, but… if shining this up goes according to plan I might have just nabbed myself a hell of a steal for $7.