Dr. Zoom And The Sonic Boom (The Bruce Springsteen Story Vol.5) (E St. Records)

Monday, 23 July 2012


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Dr. Zoom And The Sonic Boom

(The Bruce Springsteen Story Vol.5)



15.05.1971 - Newark State College, Union, NJ


01. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 1
02. Pretty Little Woman
03. Look Towards The Land
04. Going Back To Georgia
05. Last Night In Texas
06. Will You Still Love Me Tomorro
07. Jambalaya
08. The Zoom Son
09. Lady Of Boston


1. Track 1 is listed wrong on the packaging ("Group Therapy")


With Miami Steve, Southside Johnny, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Kevin Connair, other musicians and even some non-musicians.

  • Brucebase Info (15.05.1971)

The second (and final) performance of the Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom at the first annual 'Ernie the Chickin' Festival', an excuse for an all-day, outdoor party extravaganza featuring several local bands including Sunny Jim and Odin. A very good quality soundboard tape of most (possibly all) of the Dr Zoom set can be found on the CD boot 'The Bruce Springsteen Story, Vol 5: Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom' (E Street Records). The liner notes of the bootleg incorrectly lists the audio as emanating from the previous night’s performance at The Sunshine In, however this audio is definitely from the outdoor (not indoor) Dr Zoom show. The opening Bob Dylan penned "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" however is incorrectly labelled "Group Therapy". Steve Van Zandt can be heard jokingly warning the campus ambulances (who were parked nearby) to get ready as Bruce opens the show with some screeching guitar! It was long thought that this statement was made by Kevin 'Bird' Connair but Albee Tellone has confirmed that Connair was not at this show. "Last Night In Texas" is a rewrite of Sonny Boy Williamson II's "One Way Out"; "Zoom Theme" is a rewrite of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band". "Lady Of Boston" includes an interpolated section of The Rolling Stones' "One More Try".


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