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PopEntertainment.com > Reviews > Box Set Reviews > Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Live/1975-1985 (Columbia C5X 4-558) 1986

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Description:
Released at the height of Boss-mania, this five-record (three-CD) set was a major release at the time.  It is also to this day one of the best-selling box sets ever.  Wish I could say that it wasn't sort of an overblown, pretentious monument to the Boss.
What's Good About It?
Finally made available several songs Springsteen wrote for others but never recorded, like Patti Smith's "Because the Night" and the Pointer Sisters' "Fire."   Also, it is great to get Springsteen's version of Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl."
What's Bad About It?
Springsteen really is an amazing live performer.  You can't really tell that here though.  Good songs like "Born To Run," "Thunder Road" and "Rosalita" get swallowed up in an endless sea of hysterical screams, endless solos and too many concert recordings of forgotten Springsteen B-sides.
What's Missing?
30,000 screaming people, the vague smell of beer and pot in the air, lighters waving in the dark.  People jostling and pushing you.  Cheap counterfeit t-shirts in the parking lot.  Three dollar hot dogs.  And most of all, the visuals and the experience of being at a Bruce Springsteen concert.
PopEntertainment.com final grade:
Way, way too much live music.  Haven't you ever heard of a two-record set, Bruce?  No one, even the most rabid Springsteen fan, will listen through the entire set more than one time, if ever...

Jay S. Jacobs

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