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21-Jan-1972 Neptune,NJ The Captain's Garter,USA

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01 Red Wine
02 You know my love has never died
03 Why is it so hard
04 Confessin' the blues
05 Mistress Annie

Notes:
ONE show, triple bill, with THE SUNDANCE BLUES BAND opening for INFERNO and headliner RUBY FALLS & THE ROCK-CITY BAND. This was the opening of a 3-night residency for Sundance Blues Band – and the group’s only-ever performances at this venue. The line-up of the Sundance Blues Band for this residency was Southside Johnny, Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez and David Sancious. Springsteen, who had only just returned from a month-long stay in California, joined the band onstage for elements of this and the following two nights shows. The above - mentioned setlist is taken from a fairly recently unearthed audience recording of very good to excellent quality that is close to soundboard standard and makes for enjoyable listening. Although the audio has now been positively linked to this residency, it is not yet established from which of the three nights it emanates. There are discernible edits between songs so this may be a “compilation” of material from one or more of these three nights. There doesn’t sound as if there are more than a few dozen people in the audience – consistent with the group being the early evening opener for this residency. Vinny Lopez handles the lead vocal on Eric Clapton’s “Bottle Of Red Wine”. Van Zandt provides the Greg Allman-ish vocal on Willie Dixon’s composition “You Know My Love” (mentioned as inspired by Otis Rush’s version). A highlight is the mesmerizing “Why’s It So Hard?”, again sung by Van Zandt. This song has historically been credited to Springsteen, however between-song banter among the band seems to indicate it’s a Van Zandt composition. David Sancious’ organ playing during the song is nothing short of spellbinding. Springsteen provides the lead on Walter Brown’s immortal “Confessin’ The Blues’, as well as John Lee Hooker’s boogie romp “Sweet Miss Sally”. Bruce is not noticeably present onstage except during “Bottle Of Red Wine” and the two songs he is singing lead. Note: this material often circulates with a track or two missing or with “When You Dance” from a 1971 Student Prince show added on.


22-Jan-1972 Neptune,NJ The Captain's Garter,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, triple bill, with THE SUNDANCE BLUES BAND opening for INFERNO and headliner RUBY FALLS & THE ROCK CITY BAND. The line-up of the Sundance Blues Band for these shows was Southside Johnny Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez and David Sancious. Springsteen guests on guitar and vocals. According to Bruce stating the the band was fired after the first night in this venue (he told this in the eulogi over Terry McGovern in 2007), this show has probably never been played.


23-Jan-1972 Neptune,NJ The Captain's Garter,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, triple bill, with THE SUNDANCE BLUES BAND opening for INFERNO and headliner RUBY FALLS & THE ROCK CITY BAND. The line-up of the Sundance Blues Band for these shows was Southside Johnny Van Zandt, Tallent, Lopez and David Sancious. Springsteen guests on guitar and vocals. According to Bruce stating the the band was fired after the first night in this venue (he told this in the eulogi over Terry McGovern in 2007), this show has probably never been played. Although it probably wasn’t planned as such, this night’s gig is believed to have been the final ever performance of The Sundance Blues Band.


25-Jan-1972 Highlands,NJ Challenger Eastern Surfboards,USA

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01 The ballad of Jesse James
02 It's all over now baby blue
03 When you dance
04 Look towards the land
05 I got you babe
06 The band's just boppin' the blues

Notes:
The above-mentioned 6 songs are taken from surviving audio of a live BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND rehearsal-recording session that took place at Challenger Eastern Surfboards. The band line-up here is Springsteen-Van Zandt-Sancious-Tallent-Lopez. The original tape notes the audio as emanating from 1972, but does not mention the exact date. However this session is most definitely from very early in the year, prior to Springsteen’s March 1972 contract signing with Appel-Cretecos. Bearing in mind that the BSB band had been idle for over a month due to Springsteen’s trip to California, it’s likely this rehearsal took place in order to prepare for the numerous shows scheduled for late Jan thru early March. Indeed, the arrangements of these songs are remarkably similar to those that have surfaced from live gigs during this specific period. In addition to the 55 minutes of music noted above, there are nearly 7 minutes of fascinating between-song studio chat, much of it between Springsteen and sound recorder “Tinker” West, who Bruce refers to as “Stinky”. The discussions seem to indicate that the primary intent of the session is for rehearsing, not recording – with the recording merely being done because Tinker wants to test some new recording equipment. The sound quality is uniformly excellent. Although all the audio is from the same night, it is evident from the discussions that the rehearsals had been going on for some hours before the recording starts. It should be noted that this is not Challenger’s more famous Wanamassa, NJ factory location, the one that Springsteen had lived and rehearsed in during the 1969 – 1971 Child-Steel Mill era. Tinker West had relocated that factory to Highlands, NJ in mid-1971 and had then constructed a more professional rehearsal room (which included a control room like a normal studio) for the various bands he managed. The gem here is “When You Dance”. Although rough sound quality live renditions exist, here we are treated to a stunning rendition, with the finest Springsteen-Van Zandt dual lead guitar interplay that’s ever circulated on any recording. Noteworthy as well is “Funk Song” (also known as “Funk Says Right On”), a Springsteen instrumental played live often during the fall of 1971. There are no live renditions of “Funk Song” from this period circulating, however Bruce surprisingly resurrected it during a few shows early on the Born To Run Tour (see gig listings for 23/07/75, 29/07/75 and 08/08/75). In addition to the Dylan song, there is also a cover of “I’ve Got To Have You Baby”, an obscure 1956 R&B single by Jimmy James & The Pretenders. The complete 62 minutes of audio is currently only in very limited circulation. However two of these six recordings have been in mainstream collector circulation since the mid-late 1990’s. “Look Towards The Land” first surfaced on boot “BOUND FOR GLORY” (Flamingo), albeit in vastly reduced sound quality to that found on the master tape. “Don’t You Want To Be An Outlaw” (also known by the titles “Jesse James” or “Billy”) first surfaced on “DEEP DOWN IN THE VAULTS” (E Street). The sound quality on the DDITV boot is only slightly reduced from the master tape quality.


28-Jan-1972 Neptune,NJ The Captain's Garter,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, double bill, with THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND opening for headliner POWERS FLOWER (a local musical troupe that performed an adaptation of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar). Although billed as the undercard, Springsteen actually closed the show. According to Bruce stating the the band was fired after the first night in this venue (he told this in the eulogi over Terry McGovern in 2007), this show has probably never been played.


29-Jan-1972 Neptune,NJ The Captain's Garter,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, double bill, with THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND opening for headliner POWERS FLOWER (a local musical troupe that performed an adaptation of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar). Although billed as the undercard, Springsteen actually closed the show. According to Bruce stating the the band was fired after the first night in this venue (he told this in the eulogi over Terry McGovern in 2007), this show has probably never been played.


30-Jan-1972 Neptune,NJ The Captain's Garter,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, double bill, with THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND opening for headliner POWERS FLOWER (a local musical troupe that performed an adaptation of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar). Although billed as the undercard, Springsteen actually closed the show. According to Bruce stating the the band was fired after the first night in this venue (he told this in the eulogi over Terry McGovern in 2007), this show has probably never been played.



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