Hammersmith Odeon London '75

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Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
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Live album by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Released February 28, 2006
Recorded November 18, 1975
Genre Rock
Length 124:52
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, Thom Zimny
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Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 is both a concert video and the fourth live album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, released in 2006. It is a full-length recording of their performance on 18 November 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, during their Born to Run tours. It was first released as a DVD on November 14, 2005 as part of the Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition package, and then several months later on February 28, 2006 released as an audio CD.

The concert was part of Columbia Records' push to promote Springsteen in the UK and Europe following the success of the Born to Run album in the US. The large amount of publicity accompanying these appearances, especially the one in London, famously caused Springsteen to react badly and furiously run about pulling down promotional posters proclaiming "Finally London is ready for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band." ("Bruce Springsteen: A Responsible Rocker," Sunday Times, May 31, 1981)

This performance marked the European concert debut of Springsteen and the E Street Band, kicking off a four-date mini tour which also featured shows in Stockholm, Sweden and Amsterdam, Holland, as well as a second concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on November 24 that was added due to the huge ticket demand for the first London gig.

In the liner notes, Springsteen himself writes that after the show had been recorded, "I'd paid no attention to it. I never looked at it ... for 30 years." After the Rising tour, he had an inkling to dig into film of the early part of his career, the vast majority of which remained "a blank spot," with little or nothing ever released. He found the film and the 24-track audio recordings. The two-and-a-half-hour concert film was spliced together from 32 reels of silent 16-mm footage, digitally restored frame by frame in a painstaking process that took editor Thom Zimny a full year to complete. Bob Clearmountain, a veteran of several Springsteen projects, mixed the audio for the CD and film.

Actor, writer and Monty Python member Michael Palin was in attendance and devoted an entire diary entry (Tuesday, November 18th, 1975) to the concert and his first impression of Springsteen and the band. He notes that the hype by CBS Records was met with a certain skepticism by the ticket-buying public. He notes that the concert did not start until 45 minutes after the scheduled start time, that the PA system made it difficult for him to make out the lyrics, but the band and The Boss "kept the evening alive -- and he did three encores." (Michael Palin Diaries 1969–1979: The Python Years [2006] ISBN 0-297-84436-9)

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on March 18, 2006 at #93 with sales of approximately 12,000 copies sold. It spent two weeks on the chart. Hammersmith Odeon '75, with the exception of some songs on the Live/1975-85 box set, stands so far as the only full-length, official release that gives a snapshot of Springsteen and the E-Street Band in concert at this early point in their musical career.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
SputnikMusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[2]
Twangville 5/5 stars[3]
Absolute Punk 9.6/10 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "Thunder Road" - 5:51
  2. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" - 3:51
  3. "Spirit in the Night" - 7:36
  4. "Lost In The Flood" - 6:16
  5. "She's the One" - 5:24
  6. "Born to Run" - 4:17
  7. "The E Street Shuffle/Havin' A Party" - 12:52
    • Contains a portion of "Having A Party" by Sam Cooke
  8. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" - 5:28
  9. "Backstreets" - 7:23

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "Kitty's Back" - 17:14
  2. "Jungleland" - 9:35
  3. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" - 9:51
  4. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" - 7:03
  5. "Detroit Medley" - 7:02
  6. "For You" - 8:26
  7. "Quarter to Three/Closing Credits" - 6:44

All songs by Bruce Springsteen, except as noted. The song that plays over the credits, at the end of the DVD, is ‘So Young and In Love’. It can also be found on the box set Tracks, a collection of previously unreleased songs, which was issued in 1998. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen and recorded on Jan. 6, 1974 at The Record Plant, New York by Jimmy Iovine.


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