[no title]Where's Jeff version Date: 04 Dec 1980 Location: Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY Format: – Duration: –
01- BORN TO RUN
02- OUT IN THE STREET
03- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
04- TWO HEARTS
05- THE PRICE YOU PAY
07- INDEPENDENCE DAY
08- I FOUGHT THE LAW
09- PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
10- THE PROMISED LAND
11- RACING IN THE STREET
12- THE RIVER
01- THUNDER ROAD
02- CADILLAC RANCH
03- SHERRY DARLING
04- HUNGRY HEART
06- CANDY'S ROOM
07- BECAUSE THE NIGHT
08- I WANNA MARY YOU
09- FOR YOU
10- THE TIES THAT BIND
11- WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY
12- STOLEN CAR
14- YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
01- DRIVE ALL NIGHT
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
03- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
05- I'M A ROCKER
06- DETROIT MEDLEY
07- RAISE YOUR HAND
08- Rock Report, 21 Jul 1980
09- Rock Report, Jul 1980, #1
10- Rock Report, Jul 1980, #2
Master cassette tapes > cassette copy > JVC TD-W20 cassette deck > WAV files with Total Recorder > edited for sound quality with Nero Wave editor > Split WAV Files with CDWave > Converted to FLAC with total Recorder > Dime > You
Notes from info file:
The Ultimate Version. Transferred, edited and upped by "Where's Jeff?".
December twelfth will always be a remarkable day to me because it's the anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's River concert in Buffalo NY. It was the first time I saw Bruce and to this date it was the best concert I ever saw. It had a Beatlesque quality to it. It was everything a concert should be; you pushed aside all your troubles and just have a great time. Bruce more than delivered a great time this night -- it was an unforgettable experience!
First I'd like to state a little bit about me and my connection to recording of this show. In the late 1970's and early 1980's I was part of a small taping community in Buffalo NY. Like many teenagers, I was going to be a rock star, so I began playing the guitar; one day while jamming with another guitarist from school I noticed a tape player he owned. It was a slim line recorder, I can't remember the brand name. When I saw it, the first thing I thought was that it would be so easy to seek that recorder into a concert and record it. I asked my buddy if he'd allow it and I was off. I recorded a small number of shows and got involved in the taping community, which was quite small at that time. One taper I knew, who had much better equipment than me, and recorded shows more regularly, was Jeff (I can't remember his last name). Jeff recorded REO, Bruce and others during the 1980's. When Bruce came to town Jeff was excited (as many other people were) and he decided it was time to buy some new equipment. I can't remember the specifics of the equipment, but I do remember he bought it at a store called "Stereo Advantage", which was the premiere store for stereo equipment in the Buffalo area at that time. He also had an external microphone he used for this gig; again I don't remember the specifics. Everything was high end for the times, I remember being amazed at the money he spent on the equipment.
Now Jeff had one of the most creative ways to get a recorder past security that I have ever heard of. To get the recorder into the gig Jeff would put the recorder in a small potato chip bag, a bag about the width of your hand that you could easily hold in your hand by grasping the bottom of the bag. Of course Jeff was actually grasping the recorder not just a chip bag. So Jeff would walk up to the entrance to the auditorium with a bag of chips in his hand, appearing to be innocently chewing on his chips. When he got to the security guard for the pat down, he raised his hands over his head while the guard patted his sides. So the recorder was safe from discovery from security and Jeff walked right in with the recorder and a stomach full of potato chips!! This strategy worked for Jeff every time.
Jeff did have some problems when recording. These problems can be heard during the first song "Born to Run", for some reason the recorder kept pausing or losing power for short durations, so his recording is incomplete. I however recorded the show also (this recording is long gone) and Jeff took my recording of the show and his and he edited the two with his tape decks; the results were very good and you can hear it on the first song of the show, "Born to Run". Another problem is the extreme high end that the equipment yielded. His other recordings didn't sound like this, maybe it was because it was the first time he used the equipment and he didn't have the settings quite right. I don't remember exactly where he sat but it was in the stands and stage right.
Some have rated this show as fair to poor sound quality. I think that is a bit of a harsh rating, I am biased but I find the recording listenable. Admittedly the slower songs sound better and some of the uptempoed songs are very hard to endure, but my tweaks have helped to make it enjoyable. You judge.
This recording has given me hours of enjoyment since 1980 and I listen to the show every December 4th!! Now it has been 30 years since the performance and I am presenting this great recording in honor of both Jeff and Bruce. Enjoy!!
Here's a track by track listing with my comments to help you enjoy the show even more.
1) Born to Run
Jeff's recording begins the show and my recording begins with the line "suicide machines". I had trouble getting the tape started and I didn't begin recording until the line "suicide machines", so my recording of Born to Run was incomplete also; it's my recording that continues till the end of the song and is the source for the majority of the song. I never heard the full version of Jeff's recording of the song, but he said mine was more complete so what you have is the best known recording to my knowledge. A footnote: you can hear my cousin's voice during this song; he says "HURRY UP" because I was taking too long getting the recording going. Great memories!!!
2) Out in the Street
3) Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Always amazing, the crowd is great during this one.
4) Two Hearts
5) The Price you Pay
My cousin and I could not believe he was doing this song, it was one of our favorite Bruce songs. He would continue to surprise us all night!
7) Independence Day
My favorite song of the night, this is simply the best performance I have ever heard of this amazing song. From the very first notes it's just spectacular, his talk in the beginning of the song is so personal, you feel like he is talking straight to you! 8) I Fought the Law
This one was requested by a fan who came to the show from Rochester NY. He met up with Bruce before the show and asked him to play the song at that time. Cries of BRRRRUUUUUCCCE are heard often during the show, and before this song begins you can hear someone explain to another that they are saying Bruce and the assumption is the person thought they were booing. Funny!
9) Prove it All Night
10) Racing in the Streets
11) The River
13) Thunder Road
1) Cadillac Ranch
2) Sherry Darling
Words cannot describe how awesome this song was live, just listen and enjoy!!
3) Hungry Heart
This was performed at the peak of the songs popularity. It was amazing!!
During this song Bruce and Clarence had a stare down battle in which they continuously looked into each other's eyes as they walked back and forth across the entire width of the stage. They both had their instruments in their hands as they did this. There was no obvious reason why that they did this, but it was fun to watch, they simply walked back and forth across the stage and never took their eyes off each other. They did this after Clarence sings "But Your Heart stays Cool" in his deepest baritone voice. At this point in the song the music completely stops and Bruce and the Big Man do their thing. It was great to watch but it's not much to listen to, therefore Jeff edited this part out of the audio recording.
5) Candy's Room
6) Because the Night
7) I Wanna Marry You
Bruce did this by request for a guy who planned on proposing to his girlfriend during the song. As I remember the guy held up a sign requesting the song, I'm not sure how Bruce knew the guy was planning to propose during this song. Bruce and the band play some romantic music before the song officially begins to set the mood for the couple, Bruce at one point during the musical introduction asks "Have you asked her yet? I can't keep this going forever". I can only assume that he proposed and she said "YES", it would be a great finish to the story if they were still together today! Tony, you out there? How's the marriage?
8) For You
A real oldie - even in 1980!
9) The Ties that Bind
10) Wreck on the Highway
11) Stolen Car
13) You Can Look (But you better Not Touch)
14) Drive All Night
Powerful is all I can say for this performance.
15) Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
1) Santa Clause is Coming to Town
According to this web site: http://www.springsteenlyrics.com/lyrics/s/santaclausiscomintotown.php Buffalo was the first city that he played this song in 1980.
3) I'm a Rocker
4) Detroit Medley
5) Raise Your Hand
This song was played with the house lights up. I think Bruce was supposed to be done but he came out with the house lights up and performed!!!
1) Original Recordings
The master tapes were recorded onto an unknown tape brand, but Jeff was a pro and I am sure he used high grade tapes. My cassette copy is straight from Jeff's master tapes; my recording is on TDK AD-C 60 & 90 tapes.
2) Playback of transfer
Playback was on a JVC TD-W20 cassette deck. No Dolby was used.
3) Computer software
The recording was captured as a wave file 44.100 kHz and 16 bit stereo using Total Recorder.
I EQ'd the wave file to give it some needed bass boost and reduce the ultra high end treble that is in the original recording. I used Nero wave editor for the equalization. A little volume boost was added after the Eqing. No other alterations were made to the original audio. I edited it down to individual tracks with CDWave
5) Conversion to FLAC
I converted the final tracks to Flac with Total recorder.
I think the results are very listenable
The files are in folders for easy CD burning and have an 01 or 02 before the file name to designate the set number.
I threw some extras from the same time period as the show � they fit nicely on Disk 3 - Enjoy!
Newspaper articles relating to the show
Buffalo Evening News Concert review 1980-12-05 Large.jpg
Buffalo Evening News Concert review 1980-12-05.jpg
Buffalo Evening News Gusto 1980-11-28.jpg
Buffalo Evening News Picture Page 1980-12-05.jpg
Buffalo Evening News Pop Music 1980-12-01.jpg
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A few Rock Reports that were recorded around the time of the show.
Rock Report 1980-21-07
Rock Report 1 1980-07-XX
Rock Report 2 1980-07-XX
I think what I have presented here will be a great experience in the re-living of this wonderful show, and may you appreciate this recording as much as I have these 30 years!!!