The Kansas City bootleg was made available at neck break speed again. Hardly giving me time to catch my breath from California. I'm still trying to figure up a way to catch up with the shows I miss, which will probably be reviewed in one big swoop. In the mean time I'm just jumping back on the train at its current station. Being Kansas City, from this time on known as city of the squealing Farfisa. The funny thing with Charles is how he keeps surprising me. Because of his affiliation with the Seeeger Sessions band I had him pegged for a keyboard player who's more versatile in all the different folk styles. In Kansas City he proved to be able to give Peter Zaremba, Garage Farfisa God from the Fleshtones, a run for his money. In the two weeks I have been away, the E-Street Band has been working its way back to where they once started, to being the most overqualified bar band in the world. Covers and rockers from the Garage have been flying through the set and that Farfisa seems right at home in the current phase of the tour.
Like a garage show, the current E-Street shows have a delightful messy appeal. Though the structure of the show is still carried by "Spirit in the Night" and "Mary's Place" as its pillars, it is a far cry from the tight Rock attacks that the tour started out with. The first legs of the tour proved that the E-Street Band is still the tightest band in the business. I guess with that reputation solidly in place, they feel confident enough to show the world they can still be the most surprising act in the field of Rock. What other band of their status would pull out three surprise covers in one set with some assorted rarities from their own catalog thrown in. The covers and request may compromise the theme and tightness of the Magic tour somewhat, especially with some of the covers being quite messy affairs (Just listen to Max tear into "Boys" on this one), I don't think there is another band out there, touring for this long that is quite as thrilling and exiting as the E-Street Band because of it.
This Travitz tape is unfortunately as messy as some of the songs in the set. Like a Garage record, it is highly enjoyable when played loud! But overall, the tape is a bit dark and muddy. Though I think with some remastering it could sound a lot better. Since the show was littered with rarities like the never before played "Ricky Wants a Man of Her Own" and the rarely featured Bobby Womack and the Valentinos (or more likely Rolling Stones) cover "It's All Over Now" with Soozie on vocal, I don't think there will be a lot of fans out there complaining about this tape.
"It's All over Now"
Download the full show in mp3 here
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Show: 4,5 out of 5
Recording: 3- out of 5
Read the Kansas City Star review here