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Live/1975–85
Bruce Springsteen Live 75-85.jpg
Live album by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Released November 10, 1986
Recorded October 18, 1975 – September 30, 1985
Genre Rock
Length 216:13
Label Columbia
Producer Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band chronology
Born in the U.S.A.
(1984)
Live/1975–85
(1986)
Tunnel of Love
(1987)
Singles from Live/1975–1985
  1. "War"
    Released: November 10, 1986
  2. "Fire"
    Released: January 1987
  3. "Born to Run"
    Released: 1987

Live/1975–85 is a live album by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. It consists of 40 tracks recorded at various concerts between 1975 and 1985.

In November of '85, Springsteen wrote in the liner notes, "Jon Landau sent a four-song cassette of 'Born in the U.S.A.', 'Seeds', 'The River' and 'War' down to my house with a note attached saying he 'thought we might have something here'. Over the following months we listened to 10 years of tapes, the music did the talkin', and this album and its story began to emerge. We hope you have as much fun with it as we did. I'd like to thank Jon for his friendship and perseverance and the E Street Band for 1,001 nights of comradeship and good rockin'. They're all about the best bunch of people you can have at your side when you're goin' on a long drive."

It was released as a box set with either five vinyl records, three cassettes, or three CDs. There was also a record club only release which came on three 8-track cartridges.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Springsteen's long-awaited and highly anticipated live album generated advance orders of more than 1.5 million copies, making it the largest dollar-volume pre-order in the history of the record business at the time.[2] Record stores around the country found fans waiting in line on Monday morning before opening and one New York store reportedly sold the album right off the back of the delivery truck. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, a then-rare occurrence that hadn't happened in ten years since Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. It also became the first five-record set to reach the top 10 and the first to sell over a million copies.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone positive link
The Village Voice A–[4]

Not surprising, given Springsteen's reputation as a live performer and the sheer scope of the 40-song set, most reviews were overwhelmingly positive. There were, however, a few critics that felt the album could have been better, citing the omission of several concert highlights such as Springsteen's live rendition of "Prove It All Night" and his rousing cover of John Fogerty's "Who'll Stop the Rain", among others. Another complaint was that some of his many unreleased songs such as "The Fever" were ignored in favor of recent album tracks like "Darlington County".[5][6]

Live/1975–85 is the second-best-selling live album in U.S. history based on RIAA certification. It has been certified by the RIAA for 13x platinum, trailing only Garth Brooks' Double Live.[7] This figure reflects the RIAA practice of counting each disc in a multi-disc set as a separate unit sold; the actual number of copies sold is instead over 4 million. Based on sets sold, Live/1975–85 also trails several others including Eric Clapton's Unplugged (10 million) and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! (8 million). The box set's sales performance attracted considerable media attention at the time, first for setting records during the 1986 holiday shopping period, then later for fizzling out in sales in early 1987, leaving many retailers overstocked.[8]

Two singles were released from the box set: "War" (a cover of the 1970 Edwin Starr hit), which was a #8 success on the U.S. pop singles chart, and "Fire" (a Springsteen song that was a top 10 hit for The Pointer Sisters in 1979), which only reached #46 on the Billboard charts, breaking Springsteen's string of eight consecutive Top 10 singles. Two non-album tracks—"Incident on 57th Street", recorded at Nassau Coliseum in December 1980, and "For You", taken from the July 1978 Roxy show—materialized on B-sides from the album's singles and on a Japanese release titled Live Collection. The music video for "War" was taken from the concert where it was recorded, while the video for "Fire" was from a completely unrelated 1986 acoustic performance at a Bridge School Benefit concert. A third video, for "Born to Run", was also released, which showed a melange of clips from the band's 1984–85 Born in the U.S.A. Tour.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl[edit]

All tracks written by Bruce Springsteen, except where noted.. 

Side one
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Thunder Road"   October 18, 1975, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 5:44
2. "Adam Raised a Cain"   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 5:26
3. "Spirit in the Night"   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 6:25
4. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"   December 31, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York[a] 6:34
Side two
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Paradise by the "C""   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California[b] 3:52
2. "Fire"   December 16, 1978, Winterland, San Francisco[c] 2:51
3. "Growin' Up"   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 7:54
4. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 4:39
Side three
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Backstreets"   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California[d] 7:35
2. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"   July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 10:00
3. "Raise Your Hand" (writers: Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell) July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California 4:56
Side four
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Hungry Heart"   December 28, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 4:28
2. "Two Hearts"   July 8, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 3:06
3. "Cadillac Ranch[e]"   July 6, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:52
4. "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"   December 29, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 3:58
5. "Independence Day"   July 6, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:52
Side five
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Badlands"   November 5, 1980 Arizona State University[f] 5:17
2. "Because the Night" (writers: Springsteen, Patti Smith) December 28, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York[g] 5:19
3. "Candy's Room"   July 8, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 3:19
4. "Darkness On the Edge of Town"   December 29, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 4:19
5. "Racing in the Street"   July 6, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 8:12
Side six
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "This Land Is Your Land" (writers: Woody Guthrie) December 27, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 4:21
2. "Nebraska"   August 6, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:18
3. "Johnny 99"   August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:24
4. "Reason to Believe"   August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 5:19
Side seven
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Born in the U.S.A."   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 6:10
2. "Seeds"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 5:14
3. "The River"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 11:42
Side eight
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "War" (writers: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 4:53
2. "Darlington County"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 5:12
3. "Working on the Highway"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 4:04
4. "The Promised Land"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 5:36
Side nine
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Cover Me"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum 6:57
2. "I'm On Fire"   August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:26
3. "Bobby Jean"   August 21, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:30
4. "My Hometown"   September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum[h] 5:13
Side ten
No. Title Recording date and location Length
1. "Born to Run"   August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 5:03
2. "No Surrender"   August 6, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:41
3. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"   August 20, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey 4:21
4. "Jersey Girl" (writers: Tom Waits) July 9, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey[i] 6:30
Notes
  • ^[a] – Mistitled as "4th of July, Ashbury Park" on some CD box sets.
  • ^[b] – Song never released by Springsteen before; the version on this release omits Bruce saying "All you bootleggers out there in radioland, roll your tapes" right before the song.
  • ^[c] – The short spoken intro is from July 7, 1978 at the Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California
  • ^[d] – This version edits out a long interpolation near the end which includes an early version of "Drive All Night"
  • ^[e] – Mistitled as "Caddillac Ranch" on the CD box set
  • ^[f] – Performed night after the election of Ronald Reagan to the United States presidency.
  • ^[g] – Song never released by Springsteen before, although recorded by others most notably by Patti Smith and, later, 10,000 Maniacs
  • ^[h] – This performance previously released as the music video for "My Hometown" single
  • ^[i] – This performance was released in 1984 as the B-side of the "Cover Me" single. The song was written by Tom Waits and originally released on his Heartattack and Vine album.

CD[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "Thunder Road" – 5:46
  2. "Adam Raised a Cain" – 5:26
  3. "Spirit in the Night" – 6:25
  4. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" – 6:34
  5. "Paradise by the "C"" – 3:54
  6. "Fire" – 2:51
  7. "Growin' Up" – 7:58
  8. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" – 4:39
  9. "Backstreets" – 7:35
  10. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" – 10:00
  11. "Raise Your Hand" (Cropper/Floyd/Isbell) – 5:01
  12. "Hungry Heart" – 4:30
  13. "Two Hearts" – 3:06

Disc 2

  1. "Cadillac Ranch" – 4:52
  2. "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" – 3:58
  3. "Independence Day" – 5:08
  4. "Badlands" – 5:17
  5. "Because the Night" (Springsteen/Smith) – 5:19
  6. "Candy's Room" – 3:19
  7. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" – 4:19
  8. "Racing in the Street" – 8:12
  9. "This Land Is Your Land" (Guthrie) – 4:21
  10. "Nebraska" – 4:18
  11. "Johnny 99" – 4:24
  12. "Reason to Believe" – 5:19
  13. "Born in the U.S.A." – 6:10
  14. "Seeds" – 5:14

Disc 3

  1. "The River" – 11:42
  2. "War" (Strong/Whitfield) – 4:53
  3. "Darlington County" – 5:12
  4. "Working on the Highway" – 4:04
  5. "The Promised Land" – 5:36
  6. "Cover Me" – 6:57
  7. "I'm on Fire" – 4:26
  8. "Bobby Jean" – 4:30
  9. "My Hometown" – 5:13
  10. "Born to Run" – 5:03
  11. "No Surrender" – 4:41
  12. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" – 4:21
  13. "Jersey Girl" (Waits) – 6:30

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Selvin, Joel. "New Boss Work – Springsteen Five LP Set: A $30 Million Pre-Order" The San Francisco Chronicle November 2, 1986: 49
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (August 23, 1992). "The Recorded History of Springsteen". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 30, 1986). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Pond, Steve. "Bruce's Live LP Battles Great Expectations" Los Angeles Times November 9, 1986: 5
  6. ^ Barton, David. "It's Not That Good" Sacramento Bee December 7, 1986: EN1
  7. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Harrington, Richard. "Springsteen 'Live' in a Sales Coma" The Washington Post March 25, 1987: C7
  9. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bruce Springsteen | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "australian-charts.com – Discography Bruce Springsteen". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  12. ^ Canada, Library and Archives. "RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Accreditations 1997 Albums – Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  14. ^ Musikindustrie, Bundesverband. "BVMI – Datenbank". www.musikindustrie.de. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Overzicht Goud/Platina Audio – NVPI". www.nvpi.nl. 
  16. ^ "RIANZ Certifications". Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "IFPI Certifications" (PDF). 
  18. ^ "BPI Certifications". www.bpi.co.uk. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
Preceded by
Third Stage by Boston
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 29, 1986 – January 17, 1987
Succeeded by
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi