ZOOM THEME

Live 15 May 1971 version


[Spoken intro:] Hey, chorus. Alright here we go.

Come on along, come on along, with Dr. Zoom and his Sonic Boom band
Come on along, come on along, it's the best band in the land
And if you want to hear that ??? rhythm ???
Come on along, come on along, with Dr. Zoom and his Sonic Boom band
Take it, funky!

Come on along

Come on along, come on along, it's Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom band
Come on along, come on along, it's the best band in the land
And if you want to hear that ??? rhythm ???
Come on along, come on along, Dr. Zoom and his Sonic Boom band


Info

ZOOM THEME is a song written by Bruce Springsteen based on Irving Berlin's 1911 hit ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND. He performed it live with Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom in spring 1971.

Live 15 May 1971 version

The above lyrics are for the live 15 May 1971 performance of ZOOM THEME at Newark State College in Union, NJ, with Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom.

The 15 May 1971 Show

This was the second of the only two Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom performances. It was part of "The 1st Annual Ernie The Chicken Festival", an all-day outdoor party extravaganza featuring several local bands. About a week or two before the show, Walter Planer (one of the people who put together and promoted the festival) and Carl "Tinker" West drove into Manhattan one afternoon and went to Rolling Stone magazine and Channel 13 (the local PBS station) trying to get them to cover the concert and promote Springsteen who at the time was unknown except on the Jersey Shore and Richmond, VA. They got blown off by everyone they talked to and got no publicity.

A very good quality soundboard tape of most or possibly all of the Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom set has been in circulation since the early 1990's.

Promotional poster for the 15 May 1971 show at Newark State College, Union, NJ (The 1st Annual Ernie The Chicken Festival)
Promotional poster for the 15 May 1971 show at Newark State College, Union, NJ (The 1st Annual Ernie The Chicken Festival)

  1. IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY
  2. SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE
  3. LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND
  4. GOIN' BACK TO GEORGIA
  5. LAST NIGHT IN TEXAS
  6. WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW
  7. JUMBELIAH (ROLL OVER)
  8. ZOOM THEME
  9. LADY OF BOSTON - ONE MORE TRY

The 15 May 1971 show in Union, NJ was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- Rockin' Roots Of Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Rockin' Roots Of Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Laser Media (LM 9883) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 13 Jan 1970 show in San Francisco, CA, and the 15 May 1971 show in Union, NJ.

Live History

ZOOM THEME is known to have been performed at least twice in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates in the spring of 1971.

  1. 14 May 1971 at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (with Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom)
  2. 15 May 1971 at Newark State College, Union, NJ (with Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom)

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's ZOOM THEME.

References

Much of the above info about the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

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Available Versions

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ZOOM THEME [Live 15 May 1971 version]

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