Notes: ONE show, double bill, with THE CASTILES headlining and PURPUL DYNESTE opening. This was the grand opening night for The Left Foot, an "over 13 under 18" club located in the recreation center of St Peter's Episcopal Church at 37 Throckmorton Street in Freehold. Sadly The Left Foot had a short existence (7 months) and would end up closing in April 1968. This was the first of only 2-ever live appearances by The Castiles at The Left Foot – and fortunately both appearances were audience recorded by Left Foot Manager (and St Peter’s priest) Fred Coleman.
The above-mentioned 13-song setlist represents The Castiles’ complete performance in the correct track sequence. The Castiles segment was audience recorded and this entire show’s audio can be found by combining Tracks 3 thru 8 on the CD boot “THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN STORY, VOL 2 (E Street) with Tracks 1 thru 7 on the CD boot “THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN STORY, VOL 1 (E Street). Please note that the session details on these two CDs are inaccurate. Two of the songs heard in the audio are cut prematurely – a flaw in the original master audience recording, not in later copying. The overall sound quality is only fair; with the main flaw being that the instruments drown out the vocals.
All 13 songs are covers of other artists material, including The Blues Magoos’ “One By One”, Moby Grape’s “Omaha” and The Kinks’ “See My Friends”. The inspiration for often-covered “Get Out Of My Life, Woman” was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band version. Similarly the inspiration for Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” was the 1966 Judy Collins recording. Although Springsteen may have started out in 1965 singing only background vocals, it is clear by this stage in the band’s life that Bruce is the band’s focal point. Bruce handles the lead vocals on all songs except for “Eleanor Rigby” and The Blues Project’s haunting “Steve’s Song” (both sung by George Theiss). Interestingly the group uses The Yardbirds instrumental “Jeff’s Boogie” twice, as both the set closer and show closer. As there are very few patrons on hand early in the evening, The Castiles manager Tex Vinyard is heard introducing the band at the start of the 2nd set.
Notes: ONE show, double bill, with THE CASTILES headlining. This was the band’s 2nd gig at the club (see 16/09/67). The above-mentioned 13-song setlist represents The Castiles’ complete performance at this show, in the correct song sequence. As was the case two weeks earlier, St Peter’s priest Fred Coleman made an audience recording of the festivities. However the recorder was positioned in a different spot, so the recording did not come out as well as the first show. Unfortunately one song was not recorded (a Springsteen vocal rendition of The Grateful Dead’s arrangement of the Tim Rose/Bonnie Dobson classic “Morning Dew”) and only very brief snippets of six of the other songs were captured. Consequently (and in contrast to the earlier show) only 26 minutes of the band’s 60-minute performance exists on the original master tape.
Most of this show’s recorded audio (minus “Circus March”, “Wake Me, Shake Me”, the Springsteen announcements and “To Love Somebody”) can be found as Tracks 8 thru 16 on the CD boot “THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN STORY, VOL 1 (E Street). Note: the session details on this CD are not accurate. This bootlegger used a rough downstream generation source tape (running slower than the correct speed) and therefore the sound quality is poor. The sound quality of the original master tape (which does not readily circulate) is considerably better (good), although not as nice as the master tape of the 16/09/67 show.
George Theiss takes the lead vocal on “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “San Franciscan Nights” and “The Letter”. The former incorporates a brief instrumental rendition of “Winchester Cathedral” at the end. There were also two original compositions performed at this show. Bruce sings lead on “Mr Jones”, written by organist Bob Alfano. There is also a Springsteen-Theiss creation, “Look Into My Window”, with shared vocals. At one point Bruce calls for requests and someone shouts for “Sidewalk”, a Springsteen creation from 1965 - however the band plays “San Franciscan Nights” instead. Besides the ancient traditional instrumental “Circus March”, other titles (with Springsteen lead vocals) include “Hey Joe”, “My Generation”, The Coasters’ “Wake Me Shake Me” and the evening’s encore, The Bee Gees “To Love Somebody”. Note: This was The Castiles’ final appearance at The Left Foot. Although having only opened in September 1967, The Left Foot’s popularity dropped dramatically in March 1968 when the larger, trendier Freehold Hullabaloo club opened nearby. The Left Foot closed for good in April 1968