- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: October 14, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Sony
Q - 1/03, p.1404 stars out of 5
- "...These remasters reveal a ragged glory..."
Uncut - 01/03, p.1313 stars out of 5
- "...Plenty of good stuff..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Thunder Road
- 2.Adam Raised A Cain
- 3.Spirit In The Night
- 4.4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
- 5.Paradise By The 'C'
- 7.Growin' Up
- 8.It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
- 10.Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
- 11.Raise Your Hand
- 12.Hungry Heart
- 13.Two Hearts
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Cadillac Ranch
- 2.You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
- 3.Independence Day
- 5.Because The Night
- 6.Candy's Room
- 7.Darkness On The Edge Of Town
- 8.Racing In The Street
- 9.This Is Your Land
- 11.Johnny 99
- 12.Reason To Believe
- 13.Born In The U.S.A.
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.The River
- 3.Darlington County
- 4.Working On The Highway
- 5.The Promised Land
- 6.Cover Me
- 7.I'm On Fire
- 8.Bobby Jean
- 9.My Hometown
- 10.Born To Run
- 11.No Surrender
- 12.Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
- 13.Jersey Girl
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica); Steve Van Zandt (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Nils Lofgren (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Clarence Clemons (saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Roy Bittan (piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Danny Federici (organ, accordion, glockenspiel, keyboards, background vocals); Patty Scialfa (sunthesizer, background vocals); Max Weinberg (drums).
Flo & Eddie: Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan.
Miami Horns: Stan Harrison (tenor saxophone); Eddie Manion (baritone saxophone); Mark Pender (trumpet); Richie La Bamba (trombone).
Producers: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin.
Recorded live between 1975 and 1985.
Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica); Nils Lofgren, Steven Van Zandt (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Steve VanZandt (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Danny Federici (accordion, piano, organ, synthesizer, glockenspiel, background vocals); Clarence Clemons (saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Stan Harrison (tenor saxophone); Mark Pender (trumpet); Richie La Bamba (trombone); Roy Bittan (piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Patti Scialfa (synthesizer, background vocals); Max Weinberg (drums); Garry Tallent, Flo (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Springsteen.
Recording information: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Giants Stadium (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Hit Factory Studios, NY (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Meadowlands Arena (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Nassau Coliseum (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Roxy (10/18/1975-09/30/1985); Winterland, San Francisco, CA (10/18/1975-09/30/1985).
Author: Bruce Springsteen.
Photographers: Jim Marchese; Frank Stefanko; David Gahr; Jimmy Wachtel; Peter Cunningham; Eric Meola; Neal Preston; Annie Leibovitz; Aaron Rapoport; Joel Bernstein.
There's one song from a 1975 show, which makes the title of this box set true in the literal sense, and eight from a 1978 appearance at the Roxy in Los Angeles, but in essence this is Bruce Springsteen in the '80s--physically huge, politically charged and desperate to connect. You get the sense this is no accident. LIVE/1975-85 easily could have been a celebration of Springsteen's rise to rock & roll fame, instead, it's a concerted effort to make something of it. Almost all of LIVE/1975-85 was recorded in arenas and stadiums and almost all of it is intent on spreading a message.
The cover song that resonates most isn't the party encore "Raise Your Hand"(from 1978) but the anti-war chant "War" (from 1985). The most astonishing sequence of songs is all acoustic and almost all angry: Woody Guthrie's protest song "This Land Is Your Land" and Springsteen's own "Nebraska," "Johnny 99" and "Reason To Believe." With its reverberant keyboards and a haunting intro that quotes the soul classic "Nowhere to Run," even the love song "Cover Me" sounds like some sort of protest. There's lots of celebrating and rocking here, too, but mostly there's lots to think about.