Wrecking Albany

Thursday, 19 April 2012


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Wrecking Albany



16.04.2012 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY

Disc 1

01. Badlands
02. We Take Care of Our Own
03. Wrecking Ball
04. Out in the Street
05. Death to My Hometown
06. My City of Ruins
07. Darlington County
08. Jack of All Trades

Disc 2

01. Murder Incorporated
02. Downbound Train
03. Shackled & Drawn
04. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
05. The Promised Land
06. Apollo Medley
07. Janey, Don't You Lose Heart
08. Backstreets

Disc 3

01. The Rising
02. Lonesome Day
03. We Are Alive
04. Land of Hope and Dreams
05. Thunder Road
06. Rocky Ground
07. Born to Run
08. Dancing in the Dark
09. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out


1 with Michelle Moore


+ Brucebase (16.04.2012): Audience tape (by Bakerstuff) and audience shot DVD/Blu-ray. Bruce and band, once again without Patti, enter the stage to the theme of "The Magnificent Seven". Albany sees three tour premieres. A solo acoustic version of "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart" is played by sign request - "We haven't played this one in a long time. This is for Molly, in memory of her mom Jane." In the encores Molly was pulled on stage to dance with Bruce. "Two Hearts", "The River", "American Skin (41 Shots)" and "Sherry Darling" were all on the setlist, but not played


+ Bakerstuff Notes: Recorded from section 105: Church Audio CA-14 Cardioids> CA-UGLY PreAmp > Edirol R-09HR > CD Wave Editor > Cool Edit Pro for boosts and fades > Trader's Little Helper > FLAC

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The E Street Band took the Times Union Center stage to the theme from The Magnificent Seven, Springsteen hollering "Albany! Prepare to be transformed!" before slamming into a lights-up "Badlands" to open the show. Along the way, Bruce talked about another local transformation, that of the American Hockey League team the Albany River Rats into the Albany Devils. "Albany River Rats — that's a name from a Bruce Springsteen song!" He tried out a lyric — "Meet the Albany River Rats at midnight... somewhere..." and called for the team to "Change it back!"


It was a Born in the U.S.A. kind of night, with all three tour debuts coming from the 1984-85 era, starting with "Darlington County." "Jack of All Trades" once again began a thematic trio, this time followed by Born in the U.S.A. outtake "Murder Incorporated" and the premiere of "Downbound Train." It was a powerful trifecta — remarkable not only for the number of '84 songs packed so early in the set, but also for underlining just how much of Springsteen's catalog fits so well with this tour and its focus on working people going through hard times. That famously being his wheelhouse, there's virtually an endless supply of songs Bruce could choose from — it's good to see him continue to tap in and mix it up.


"Murder Inc." was just the kind of guitar fest you want it to be, Nils taking the first solo, Bruce taking the next one and passing it off to Stevie, resulting in a mean guitar duel between the two. "Downbound Train" was particularly strong, Bruce feeling it and delivering it, getting inside it rather than just skimming along the surface (can we put that teleprompter "controversy" to rest now, please?). As with "Darlington," the horns added another level here, too.


The biggest BUSA treat of the night came after the "Apollo Medley," as Springsteen pulled a sign from the pit and called an audible. "We haven't played this in a long time," he said while strumming the chords, and he decided to go it alone for "I'm Goin' Down" B-side "Janey Don't You Lose Heart." He added a dedication: "This is for Molly, in memory of her mom, Jane." A poignant moment came at the end of the solo acoustic surprise, as Bruce called for a sing-along: "Everybody one time with Molly." He channeled that emotion into the "Backstreets" that followed; like "Downbound Train," there was nothing rote about it, Bruce living out the song in his delivery.


Patti remains absent. On the setlist but not played: "Two Hearts," The River," "American Skin (41 Shots)," and, as a possible post-"Tenth Avenue" bonus, "Sherry Darling." Tonight was probably a snot-rocket record for the tour so far, though if Bruce was feeling under the weather, you wouldn't have known it from his vocals or his energy level.  - Backstreets 2012 Setlist


Anonymous said...

I heard this is a great show and recording. I'm excited about listening to it.
What program(s) do you recommend to convert and burn a mp3 download to an audio disc? (with no gaps between songs) There are always gaps when I create audio CDs with Nero from mp3 files, even though I select the "no gaps between songs" option (disc-at-once).

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