Party Lights

Tuesday, 13 March 2012










Party Lights

JEMS / Steve Hopkins’ Master Tapes


02.12.1975 - Music Hall, Boston, MA

Disc 1

1. Thunder Road
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
3. Spirit In The Night
4. Lost In The Flood
5. She's The One
6. Born To Run
7. The E Street Shuffle (slight cut)
8. Growin' Up
9. It's Hard to Be A Saint In The City
10. Backstreets

Disc 2

1. Kitty's Back
2. Jungleland
3. Rosalita
4. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
5. Detroit Medley
6. Sandy
7. Party Lights
8. Quarter To Three


JEMS is proud to partner once again with Boston taper Steve Hopkins to release some of the essential Springsteen recordings he made between 1974 and 1977. Steve recorded Springsteen a total of nine times and he has previously tormented three of those shows from his masters. Late last year, JEMS released in the first of Steve's remaining Bruce masters, Providence, July 20, 1975.


This first of two nights at the Boston Music Hall finds Bruce and the band newly returned from their brief European tour that included the now legendary shows at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Bruce talks about the trip in some detail during this outstanding show that is packed with highlights. It opens with the slow "Thunder Road" that features just Roy and Bruce, and cruises through 17 other songs including "Lost in the Flood," the first known recorded performance of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and an ultra rare cover of Claudine Clark's 1962 hit "Party Lights." For Hopkins though, the personal highlight was "the epic, 18-minute 'Kitty's Back' both this night and the following." Hard to argue with that.


As it was the first show back in the states after three weeks away, the crowd is a mix of Boston fans and others who drove up from NY/NJ. As a result, there's plenty of audience response and chatter (I especially like the guy who sarcastically tells the folks in front of him "congratulations for standing up"), but nothing that detracts from Hopkins' excellent and complete recording, save for a short tape flip inside "The E Street Shuffle." Samples provided.


We hope you enjoy this second release from the Hopkins masters. BK for JEMS. Description details for torrent "1975-12-02 - Music Hall - Boston, MA - Aud - Steve Hopkins master via JEMS" (Jungleland)


Audience tape of above average quality for its era. Show includes the first known live performance of “Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town” since December 1973 - and it’s the earliest rendition that is audio-circulating. There’s also one of only a couple of known performances of Claudine Clark's 1962 hit “Party Lights”. "Thunder Road" is the slow version with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. Available on CDR from Steve Hopkins' master tapes. - 1975-12-02 - MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA (Brucebase)


Steve Hopkins master via JEMS ; Taping Gear: Sony ECM-99A > Sony TC-152SD (recorded on two Maxell UD 90-minute tapes, Dolby B encode) Fourth Row Center ; JEMS 2011 transfer: SH master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (Dolby B decode) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96) > Peak 6.0 with isotope Ozone > .wav (24/96) > resample via iZotope MBIT+ to .wav (16/44) > FLAC. Description details for torrent "1975-12-02 - Music Hall - Boston, MA - Aud - Steve Hopkins master via JEMS" (Jungleland)


Thanks to “Long Walk Home” (Madrid) & The Stone Pony London Forum for the artwork.

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Unknown said...

Is there any chance this could be uploaded again? I can't find it anywhere else. I'd really, really appreciate it. TIA

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