Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Boot Tracker, July 27nd 2008, New Jersey (Travitz)

Seemingly minutes after the first Giants' show ended a pro-shot video of "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" and two recordings surfaced. Watching the video and this Travitz show do a very nice job of bringing the exitement in your living room. The world of bootlegging is making a decent start here, Travitz captured a very fine show nicely. The recording is somewhat heavy on bass, has a bit of echo hear and there and the guitars sometimes fail to develop that big sound we like, but overall this is a fun tape. There is a nice mix between the band and the audience allowing us to capture a little bit of the fun Bruce must have been having in his home state. With thirty songs and three hours plus, this seems to be one of those shows that just wouldn't stop, one of those moments where both audience and band appear insatiable. Travitz incidentally captured one of the finer recordings earlier on in the tour. His Philadelphia from October 6th 2007 is very much worth your while as well. It is interesting and thrilling to put the two together and see what the tour has morphed into.

The Magic tour started with some of the tightest and shortest shows he had ever given. Critics felt he shook it up too little. Maybe those critics had a point, maybe Springsteen has even been listening. Whatever the reason, the Magic tour started developing to its current shape in California earlier this year. More audibles were thrown in, more curve balls swept by us and the band. Looking at those shows in the second American leg now, it seems as if they were the final leg of the Magic tour. During the subsequent European leg a lot of the Magic material was cut from the set and the show piece that had marked the tour up till then disappeared. "Reason to Believe" was replaced by "Spirit in the Night" and "Mary's Place." Judging from this tape, it is the latter specifically that is reclaiming its rightful place as the show piece. This Travitz tape has it clocking in at over 14 minutes, complete with preacher shtick.

While this "Mary's Place" doesn't seem to be everybody's cup of tea, I love seeing little things added here and there. The shtick is what the stories were to his early career and possibly more effective in a Stadium surrounding because it calls for more audience participation. Somehow I don't see how the "Sad Eyes" interlude from the classic "Backstreets" versions could work at a Giants' stadium. This show also taught fans once again never to head for the parking lot during what used to be the show stopper. Just when you thought it was all over, Rosie came out to play. For those who missed it, here it is........


MP3 File

Download the full show in mp3 here
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Recording: 3+ out of 5
Show: 4+ out of 5
Artwork: none

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