Coup De Grace

Thursday, 22 March 2012

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Coup De Grace

JEMS Archive / Remastered by Hoserama


21.09.1978 - Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ

Disc 1

1. Intro
2. High School Confidential

3. Badlands
4. Spirit in the Night
5. Darkness on the Edge of Town
6. Sweet Little Sixteen
7. Independence Day
8. The Promised Land
9. Prove It All Night
10. Racing in the Street
11. Thunder Road

Disc 2

1. Meeting Across the River
2. Jungleland
3. Set Outro
4. Set Intro
5. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
6. Fire
7. Candy's Room
8. Because the Night
9. Point Blank
10. Kitty's Back
11. The Fever

 Disc 3

1. Incident on 57th Street
2. Rosalita
3. Born to Run
4. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
5. Quarter to Three


“Like The Dark Knight Rises, so too must the Passaic trilogy come to an end. JEMS is pleased to release another significant Darkness tour upgrade, this the third and final show at the Capitol Theatre, two nights 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, and in keeping with our upgraded second night title, Douceur de Vivre, we’ve dubbed the third night Coup de Grace, apropos, as it translates to “the finishing blow.” Of course there’s a case to be made for going with Bon Anniversaire, as at this show Bruce’s birthday (still two days hence) was celebrated with a giant cake featuring an unusual filling.


The set continues the looser vibe of the previous night and offers some appealing changes, including the return of “Racing in the Street,” covers of “High School Confidential” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” (introduced, per Brucebase Wiki, as “a birthday song to myself”) and a welcome performance of “The Fever.” The show is also one of seven known performances of “Incident on 57th Street” straight into “Rosalita.”


Like Douceur de Vivre, what makes Coup de Grace so special is that it was professionally recorded on reel to reel by a mobile recording truck outside the theatre. The result is another live-as-it-happened recording of incredible clarity. Again, that isn’t to say it is a multi-track, mixdown; Coup 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. Samples provided.


The transfer was handled as JEMS did for last year’s upgrade of The Ties That Bind and Douceur de Vivre so I’ll quote those notes once more: “There was baking involved, as the tapes had degraded in the [33 years that had passed]. 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 was one missing piece on the new reels, oddly right at the start where somebody must have forgotten to push record and missed the beginning of “High School Confidential.” WWe’ve patched that in from the extant cassette board source (thank you A). On the bright side, “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out” is now complete and we get to hear for the first time ever the previously missing encore-closer, “Twist and Shout.”


Your guest mastering engineer this time around is our respected colleague and friend Hoserama, who you should know from his incredible work (often described as better than official releases) on matrix recordings from recent tours. He made these tapes sound as good as they possibly could. Thanks H.


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. Wayne Darlington- Description details for torrent "1978-09-21 * Coup de Grace Hi-Res * Capitol Theatre * Passaic, NJ * JEMS 2011 transfer from MASTER SOUNDBOARD REELS (24/96)" (Jungleland)


Overall very solid recording. Love the stereo panning, tried to bring a lot of that out. My biggest issue with the recording is low lead vocals at times. Tried some tricks to bring it out, but not something you can easily draw out. I did a mix-mash of processing, but tried to keep the natural sound of the recording. Hope you like it. Thanks to the JEMS crew for tapping me for this project!” - Hoserama Remaster Notes


2011 transfer: 1/2-track, 15 IPS master soundboard reels > azimuth-adjusted playback on professional reel to reel > 24/96 capture to .wav > Nuendo 4 edit, mastering and resample with iZotope, Waves and Slate plug-ins > FLAC - Description details for torrent "1978-09-21 * Coup de Grace Hi-Res * Capitol Theatre * Passaic, NJ * JEMS 2011 transfer from MASTER SOUNDBOARD REELS (24/96)" (Jungleland)


Soundboard tape. As with the first two nights, the concert was recorded by the Record Plant's mobile unit, both on multi-track and live-to-two track. It is assumed that the show was also filmed on the in-house video system, but no footage has ever emerged. Final performance of "Kitty's Back" on this tour. Bruce messes up "Racing In The Street", forgetting the lyrics. Bruce asks the crowd to choose between "The Fever" and "Incident", it's so close he plays both. Particular highlight is the seven song stretch after "Fire", including a rare transition from "Incident On 57th Street" into "Rosalita". There was no scheduled show for Springsteen’s birthday on the 23rd so they celebrated it at this gig – and, to his amazement, Bruce receives a very unique birthday cake onstage, courtesy of the band and crew. Springsteen introduces "Sweet Little Sixteen" as "a birthday song to myself". Released on CD 'The Bosses Birthday Party' (BS) and re-issued in 2004 as 'Singin' Our Birthday Songs' (Godfather). Early in 2012 an upgraded version of the soundboard was released, sourced from the master live-to-two track soundboard reels. The quality is similar to the previous night, if perhaps not with the same level of clarity. This recording includes the entire "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and "Quarter To Three", which are missing from the old tapes. Available as 'Coup de Grace' from JEMS/Hoserama - 1978-09-21 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ (Brucebase)

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