Sunday, April 27, 2008

Boot Tracker, April 25th 2008, Atlanta

After listening to the excellent Orlando tape, Atlanta is a tough nut to crack. I was expecting something much better since the taper promised us a nice clean tape in the liner notes. I think our friend might still have been on a high from witnessing the show. This recording takes you back to the time of cassette recording. It is filled with warts and disruptive audience noise. Unfortunate enough the taper has his recording levels up to high as well. Springsteen's voice and the band are filled with nasty peaks and static. I don't enjoy saying this, but the recording is a disappointment, only of interest for those who were there and those who want to have an complete overview of the Magic tour. But if you're able to pierce through all of this you'll find that this is a highly enjoyable show indeed. Atlanta, compared to the nights before, is a bit less surprising, maybe even a more "common" show, but still the Boss and the band are in excellent shape. The taper of this show hadn't seen Springsteen in 28 years, he had this to say about it:

Almost 28 years! has passed since my last Springsteen "revival" in Austin TX (11/09/80, to be exact), and other than the fact that the hair on the crowd has gotten thinner and much grayer, last night was just like I remembered the last one. A non-stop, in-your-face, high-energy, sing-a-long to some of the greatest songs in the soundtrack of my life.

And that folks sums it up perfectly for me. Many life long fans who did multiple shows tend to forget that in the past the summers always seem warmer. So it is refreshing to me to read a comment by someone who makes a direct comparison to the River tour and finds himself being as awed as he was back then, by, again, what seems a more average show in the Magic tour to me. That said, there are plenty of gems in the set. The show opens with "Reason To Believe". Unfortunately that performance has been cut by Springsteen and is slowly moving out of the show all together. A shame really, in the first two legs of the tour this really was a show piece on par with "Prove It All Night" from '78. Atlanta also got a train wreck delight with "Blinded By The Light" for Danny and another very good performance of "Point Blank". Even with a more average show this is still the hard rocking, earth quaking, booty shaking, E-Street Band!!!

"Murder Inc."

Download the full show in mp3 here

Sound: 2,5 out of 5
Show: 3,5 out of 5
Artwork: none

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