Monday, February 20, 2006

Livingston Fury - Track 4

Holding Out For Love

(As noted in Nature of the Beast - Title Track, I am going to post a new song from our album every 2 weeks until all 8 tracks have been posted.)

Here is the link to track 4, Holding Out For Love. This track has also been added to the MY MUSIC DOWNLOADS dropdown box in the sidebar as well.

In other music-related news:

Born To Run

I finally got the chance to watch my Bruce Springsteen 30th Anniversary 3 Disc Set. This includes the documentary DVD of the making of Born To Run, the live concert DVD of Born To Run in London, and the digitally remastered CD of Born To Run, the album. All the Born To Run you could ever possibly want!

Here are a few thoughts I have on the package...

Being the huge Springsteen fan that I am, it’s a little hard for me to be objective. In a nutshell, I ate it up. Born To Run came out in 1975 when I was 14 and has been at the top of my favorites ever since. So having all this BTR memorabilia couldn’t make me happier.

However, one thing to keep in mind...
there IS a lot of material to sit through, so you’ll need a good night with nothing else planned to see it all. The documentary has a running time of 90 min and the concert DVD goes over 2 hours. That’s a lot of Bruce-time, even for the biggest fan.

The Documentary DVD
The documentary was narrated by Bruce himself as he drove the interviewer around his old New Jersey stomping ground. Also included were dozens of mini-interviews with most of the original musicians and producers from the band.

But the best part was the archival footage of their time in the studio. Here we get to see a 24 year-old Springsteen as he extracts the symphony of music from his head and directs the band in re-creating his vision. Then watching Bruce take on the impossible task of assembling the months of recorded material into the final masterpiece known today as Born To Run. My favorite quote was from Bruce himself as he explained,

"It was a unique group of people in that everybody was finding their way in their job. I was not interested in a strictly professional setup because I didn't want to contain my talents in that box because I didn't know where they were going to lead me at the time. At that time, my concern was this: I have these abilities. I don't know what they are. But I know that they're there. And I don't know where they're going to lead me. But wherever that is, I have to go, even if it's down a bunch of blind alleys 'till I find the one that I want that I do want to go down. And also, just give me room to do this particular thing in my own fashion."

This quote underscores the "pain" that the band went through to record this album. In fact, everyone later agreed that this was by far the most difficult project they ever worked on.
The song Born To Run alone took them over 6 months to record.

The Live Concert DVD
As
far as the live concert footage goes, this is a historical "must have". There were a few times, however, when some of his antics showed his age and seemed almost humorous. Watching Bruce grasping his hat and pulling it over his head in angst over the pain of the lyrics got a bit tired after awhile. Sure he was “living the stories”, but it still came off a bit hokey.

None-the-less, this is classic footage of a classic concert and is the perfect accompaniment to the documentary. Not only do you get 6 of the songs from Born To Run (except for Night and Meeting Across The River), but you also get to see an additional 10 songs including such classics as 4th of July - Asbury Park, The E Street Shuffle, and Rosalita.

The Born To Run CD
What can I say – it sounds amazing. Much better than the warbly old cassette tape I was stuck with during the 80's and 90's. The clarity and quality of this digitally remastered CD will surprise you, especially if you have a good system or headphones. Never before has Jungleland sounded so religiously fulfilling.

Summary
As I said before, for veteran Springsteen fans this set is an absolute must-have. And for the younger fans, this should be looked at as a mandatory history lesson, required to watch to fully appreciate the genius behind the music.

3 comments:

yellojkt said...

I alrady had Born to Run on Cd and my ears aren't good enough to know the difference between the old CD and the new, so the new has never lost the shrink wrap.

I bought it for the concert footage. I occassionally download bootleg DVD's and this is way better than any of those. It's nice to have access to the master tapes.

The documentary I found a little thin. All the "we knew we were doing something great" stuff got tired. And I have no idea what Patti was doing on it. Not that I'm a Patti-hater, I have both her CD's, but she had NOTHING to do with BTR.

Harmonica Man said...

Hey - thanks for the comment! I totally missed the fact that Patti wasn't on BTR - that's funny. The documentary producers must have thought her insight to the whole E-Street experience would be valuable.

Either that or they are an equal op employer and they didn't want to discriminate against females?

Hmmm - could be...

Courtney said...

Here via yellojkt's blog.

I finally watched the documentary yesterday, and I enjoyed it for the most part. yello's comment about it pretty much sums up what I was thinking; the mix of current interviews and archival footage seemed forced. Plus, yeah, Patti, no need for you to comment on this one.

The remaster is amazing sound quality, and I'm waiting for a good night with my other Springsteen buds for the concert footage.

Worth it overall, however.