05 Jun 1978
Sports Arena, Toledo, OH
03- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
04- SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT
05- FOR YOU
06- THE PROMISED LAND
07- PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
08- RACING IN THE STREET
09- THUNDER ROAD
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
03- BORN TO RUN
04- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
05- QUARTER TO THREE
Taping Location: Section B, Row 21, Seat 33
Taping Gear: Teac M-100 > Sony TC-153SD (Dolby B on, mono)
Lineage: Master Cassettes > Nakamichi 670zx > Wavelab 24/96 capture > .wav > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / editing / subtle tweak) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC
Taped & Transferred by JEMS
Final prep & posting by mjk5510 (June 2104)
-Badlands: In Progress
-Backstreets: In Progress
-Incomplete missing several songs at the start of set two
Notes from info file:
Two weeks and ten shows into the 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' Tour Bruce and band roll into the long demolished 6,500 seat Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio and J from JEMS is there to capture the proceedings. The LP had been out for 3 days at this point and according to the newspaper review at the time the show still suffered from some of the same mic failures and poor acoustics many of the early shows in the tour were plagued with (the acoustic issues would not be a surprise from, at the time, a 30 year old building).
The tapes we have are incomplete due to one of those "it happens more times than you think" issues among us old school tapers, as J puts it "the classic pause button accidentally put on, the deck was on the ground and we were standing on our chairs with a long mic cord. I didn't notice the problem until it was time to flip the tape" (you can hear J's comment after 'Backstreets'). The portion that was captured is a solid documentation of an early 'Darkness' show.
The 9 song first set is captured complete, following the pattern of earlier stops we are likely missing 5 (or 6) songs of the second set and we pick up again halfway through 'Backstreets'.
The tape is a fine capture for the era, slightly muddy at the very start as the crowd stands and works to settle in for the long show, quality improves and is very good to excellent by 'Spirit In The Night'.
This is the first release directly from the master tapes, thanks to Butterking from JEMS for getting the transfer into my hands for release and a big thanks to J for being there that night to capture it.