The Live Series: Songs of Summer

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, 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.

Track list:

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)

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  1. Excellent compilation of favorites and as well to see rarities! Who doesn’t like those that r not easily recognizable, and being in the presence of the Bard of Rock Music? I usually see Bruce in the NY Metro area, hence Uniondale NY and East Rutherford NJ could be actual visits that I was present, even tho I know by heart my 1st Bruce concert, Uniondale on 12/28/1980. And then the 2nd was 7/5/1981…I was hooked from the get go!

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  2. I looked up the 2016 gig at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford NJ: I was at the show 1 week earlier, on 8/23/2016. Wouldn’t miss the Boss when he comes home! It was another 4 hr stand that night too, wow!

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