Out now on streaming services and digital download is the seventh “chapter” of the Live Series, a joint product of the Legacy imprint of Springsteen’s Sony label and Nugs.net, which produces and distributes his monthly archival sets. This new playlist named Songs of Summer features a 15-track complication of “feel-good favourites”.
The collection is presented chronologically (from 1975-2016), and apart from classic juggernaut hits like Born To Run, Thunder Road, Racing in the Street and Jungleland, The Live Series: Songs of Summer also contains rarities such as The Fever, Blinded by the Light, Seaside Bar Song and Frankie.
To me the gems of this playlist are:
- Thunder Road, a classic upbeat version performed in London, U.K (06/05/81), where Clarence Clemons’ Saxophone is on fire. Thunder Road also appears on The Live Series: Songs of the Road.
- A unique acoustic rendition of Blinded by the Light, that opened the show in Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (11/24/96).
- A moving rendition of Racing in the Street (08/03/05), which is the song’s second appearance on The Live Series (also on Songs of the Road).
- Seaside Bar Song, (played live a total of 24 times, according to Brucebase) a crazy fun rocker which, obviously, was a sign request, performed in Virginia Beach during the High Hopes Tour (04/12/14). In the recording you hear Bruce and The E Street Band enjoying themselves playing this “obscurity”, as Springsteen puts it.
1. Born to Run (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA – 10/18/75)
2. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – 09/19/78)
3. The Fever (Live at Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA – 12/15/78)
4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – 12/31/80)
5. Thunder Road (Live at Wembley Arena, London, UK – 06/05/81)
6. Spirit In The Night (Live at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ – 08/20/84)
7. Out in the Street (Live at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA – 09/27/85)
8. Blinded by the Light (Live at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ – 11/24/96)
9. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day (Live at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland – 06/16/03)
10. Racing in the Street (Live at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI – 08/03/05)
11. Girls In Their Summer Clothes (Live at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA – 11/19/07)
12. Seaside Bar Song (Live at Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA – 04/12/14)
13. It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City (Live at Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, IE – 05/29/16)
14. Frankie (Live at CASA Arena, Horsens, Denmark – 07/20/16)
15. Jungleland (Live at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – 08/30/16)
The Live Series: