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Douceur De Vivre

JEMS ARCHIVES

 

20.09.1978 - Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 

 
Disc 1

01. Good Rockin' Tonight
02. Badlands
03. Spirit In The Night
04. Darkness On The Edge of Town
05. Independence Day
06. The Promised Land
07. Prove It All Night
08. It's My Life
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09. Thunder Road
10. Jungleland

Disc 2

01. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town 2
02. Fire
03. Candy's Room
04. Because The Night
05. Point Blank
06. Kitty's Back
07. Incident On 57th Street

Disc 3

01. Rosalita 
02. Born To Run 
03. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 3

04. Detroit Medley 
05. Twish And Shout 4

 
Notes:

1 Played By Request from the crowd.

2 First “Santa Claus…” of the tour, last played in December 1975.

3 Small patch at start from video soundtrack.

4 Ssmall patch at end from video soundtrack.

+ Second night of three.

 

+ JEMS Archives: JEMS could not be more thrilled to release this significant upgrade of the second show at the Capitol Theatre, one night removed from the historic radio broadcast that would go on to become one of, if not the most bootlegged recordings in Springsteen history, Piece De Resistance. In homage to that bootleg classic, we've titled the upgraded second night Douceur de Vivre, which translates to "the sweetness of life."

 

And how sweet this set is, with a looser vibe than that of its predecessor and a few key set-list changes, including "It's My Life," the first "Santa Claus" since December 1975 and the rare-but-always-welcome coupling of "Incident on 57th Street" directly into "Rosalita."

 

We're fortunate to have many excellent recordings from Springsteen's greatest tour, among them the five radio broadcasts (now including the upgraded Atlanta pre-FM JEMS released last year) and numerous other soundboard tapes such as those from Portland (June 24) and Charleston, WV (August 4). What makes Douceur de Vivre so special is that it, like the radio broadcast the night before, was professionally recorded on reel to reel by a mobile recording truck outside the theatre.

 

What we get is a live-as-it-happened recording of incredible clarity: If you ever wanted to learn the individual parts each band member is playing, this is the tape for you. Which isn't to say that it is a multi-track, mixdown recording; this is a raw, mixed-on-the-fly, wide stereo recording done on 1/2 track at 15 inches per second. Compared to the cassette sources circulating of other raw board tapes from this tour, the quality here should be a revelation. A 24/96 edition will be forthcoming. Samples provided.

 

The transfer was handled as JEMS did for last year's upgrade of The Ties That Bind so I'll quote those notes: "There was baking involved, as the tapes had degraded in the [33 years that had passed]. This time, the reel-to-reel tape deck was best of breed, what the pros use, in a proper studio, calibrated and adjusted in every way for optimal playback and capture at 24/96 using the best possible sound card, cabling, etc."

 

There are two missing pieces on the new reels, at the start of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out" and the end of "Twist and Shout." We've patched those from the video soundtrack. On the bright side, "Thunder Road," "Jungleland" and "Incident on 57th Street" are all complete here unlike the circulating board tape. The release of Douceur de Vivre is sure to coincide with the announcement of new 2012 tour dates, and once those dates begin, collector focus move to new recordings, so we wanted to get this out ahead of time. Now if only there were an upgraded video source to go with this audio…

Please respect our wishes DO NOT post this on DIME. Please respect our wishes and DO NOT REMASTER AND CIRCULATE any new or remastered versions of this recording.

 

+ Brucebase (20.09.1978): …Complete show available on pro-shot video, soundboard audio sourced from the video feed and a 2011 transfer of a two-track recording recorded by the Record Plant's mobile unit. "It's My Life" played by request from the crowd. Listen after "It's My Life" for Roy starting the intro to "Racing In The Street," but Bruce deciding to skip it and go right into "Thunder Road." First "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" of the tour, last played in December 1975. Early 2012 saw new audio and video sources of this show emerge; JEMS' 'Douceur de Vivre' (translates as 'the sweetness of life') is possibly one of the best quality recordings of Springsteen in existence (both official and unofficial) and is a must for any collector. This tape does not have the cuts to "Jungleland" and "Incident On 57th Street", but does lack the start of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and the end of "Twist And Shout". Also available on CD '2nd Night At The Capitol Theatre' (Winged Wheel), and soundcheck on CD 'Capitol Soundcheck' from Great Dane, both of which used the line video as source. The concert was professionally filmed on the Capitol Theatre's in-house video system. The resulting film is technically lacking, but very well shot with excellent direction. The two-DVD 'Live In Passaic - September 20th 1978' from Brucevideos uses a recently unearthed video source, and is a substantial visual upgrade over the existing sources. This DVD uses the JEMS audio. All video sources are missing the start of "Jungleland" and thirty seconds of "Incident On 57th Street" due to tape changes. Part of the soundcheck (including takes of "Wedding Bells" and "The Ties That Bind") also circulates on video.

1 comments:

annmargretfan said...

I'm glad to finally have this show. Thanks for sharing.

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