The Ghost – Solo Acustic Tour 1996-1997

Imperdibile raccolta di bootleg del tour di The Ghost of Tom Joad realizzata da Ev2.

La raccolta, su 4 CD, comprende i concerti di Springsteen a Berlino (19.04.1996) e a Vienna (07.05.1997).

La scaletta delle due serate:

Title: The Ghost – Solo Acoustic Tour
‘Label’: Ev2
Format: 4CD
Source: Audience
– Dates and locations listed above the sets


Date: April 19, 1996.
Location: ICC, Berlin, Germany.
Title: “In The Most Constructive Spirit”

transferred from Master DAT (by ‘Drew’)
Sony pcm 2300 -> Zoltrix Nightingale ->
Cool Edit Pro (convert from 48k>44.1k)

Disc One:
01 The Ghost Of Tom Joad
02 “Ask Them To Shut The Fuck Up”
03 Adam Raised A Cain
04 “Maybe They Made You Feel Alive”
05 Straight Time
06 “A Wayward Shoesalesman”
07 Highway 29

08 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
09 Murder Incorporated
10 Nebraska
11 “That’s The Whole Story!”
12 The Little Things That Count
13 “Sort Of Really Stupid Song”
14 Sell It And They Will Come
15 “Nothing But National Forest”
16 Brothers Under The Bridge
17 Born In The U.S.A.
18 “Keep It From Falling Apart”
19 Dry Lightning
20 “That’s Not So Bad”
21 Spare Parts

Disc Two:
01 “We Knew As America”
02 Youngstown
03 “To My Mysterious Friend”
04 Sinaloa Cowboys
05 “Where That Line Really Is”
06 The Line
07 “Little Bastards”
08 Balboa Park
09 “Faith, Hope, & Believe In Love”
10 Across The Border
11 Bobby Jean
12 This Hard Land
13 Streets Of Philadelphia
14 “Ich Liebe Euch” *
15 Galveston Bay
16 The Promised Land

* Short cut on D2Track14 intro speech – no music lost.


Date: May 7, 1997.
Location: Austria Center, Vienna, Austria.
Title: “I Will Not Pass Vienna By Again”

transferred from Master DAT (by ‘Drew’)
Sony pcm 2300 -> Zoltrix Nightingale ->
Cool Edit Pro (convert from 48k>44.1k)

Disc Three:
01 The Ghost Of Tom Joad
02 “Einen Wunderbaren Tag”
03 Adam Raised A Cain
04 “Trying To Change Your Life”
05 Straight Time
06 “Speaking About Fucking Up”
07 Highway 29
08 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
09 Murder Incorporated
10 Point Blank
11 “It Might Be A Shitty Song”
12 In Freehold
13 “Very Happy Austrian Village”
14 Red Headed Woman
15 The River
16 Born In The U.S.A.
17 Youngstown
18 “Helicopter Comin’ In!”
19 Dry Lightning
20 “This Is A New Song”
21 Long Time Comin’

Disc Four:
01 “To My Mysterious Friend”
02 Sinaloa Cowboys
03 “Where That Line Is”
04 The Line
05 “When Grace Is Violated”
06 Balboa Park
07 “That’s All There Is”
08 Across The Border
09 Two Hearts (w/ Patti Scialfa)
10 This Hard Land
11 No Surrender
12 “What’s The Word For Fingers?”
13 If I Should Fall Behind
14 The Promised Land
15 Outro (Goodnight, Irene)

Qualche informazione aggiuntiva:


April 19, 1996. ICC, Berlin, Germany. (Discs 1-2):
– Three audio recordings from this show (“Darkness…”, “Born In The U.S.A.” and “Spare Parts”) were officially released on the European “Missing” CD EP later that same year.


May 7, 1997. Austria Center, Vienna, Austria (Discs 3-4):
– Rare Point Blank included in the show. Patti came out to sing backing vocals on “Two Hearts” during the encores.
– Pitch during this show is too high (on most parts) and runs too fast – I decided not to edit it as IMO it would just reduce from the quality of this master but please feel free to edit this all you want yourselves now that this is out there.

Thanks to ‘pavemalk’ for mailing me the master DAT tapes and (after I couldn’t convert them) huge thanks to ‘drewcatc’ for transferring the audio
from the DAT tapes. I owe you both a lot. And of course biggest thanks to the taper of all these great shows.

Milano Datch Forum 12.05.2006 – Springsteen DVD

Dopo Dublino (The Point) e Londra (Hammersmith Apollo Theatre) eccoci a Milano per il terzo concerto del tour di Springsteen con la Seeger Sessions Band.

 La scaletta della serata:

01 Jesse James
02 O Mary Don’t you weep
03 Johnny 99
04 John Henry
05 Eyes on the prize
06 Old Dan Tucker
07 Cadillac Ranch / Mistery train
08 Erie canal

09 My Oklahoma home
10 If I should fall behind
11 Mrs. McGrath
12 How can a poor man stand such times and live?
13 Jacob’s ladder
14 We shall overcome
15 Open all night
16 Pay me my money down
17 My city of ruins
18 Ramrod
19 You can look (but you better not touch)
20 When the saints go marching in
21 Buffalo gals

Non trovo la copertina di questo DVD, qualcuno me la potrebbe mandare per email?

Buffalo The Ultimate Version 04.12.1980

Nuova versione di questo vecchio bootleg di Springsteen datato 4 dicembre 1980.

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Bruce Springsteen Buffalo, NY 1980-12-04
The Ultimate Version
Transferred, edited and uped by Where’s Jeff?

Sample Rate : 44100 Hz
Channels : Stereo
Sample Size :
Disk 1 658 MB
Disk 2 648 MB
Disk 3 592 MB (Includes extras)


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
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 ñ 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 ìStereo Advantageî, 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 coarse 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 ìBorn to Runî, 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,  ìBorn to Runî.  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 ìsuicide machinesî.  I had trouble getting the tape started and I didn’t begin recording untill the line ìsuicide machinesî, 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 ìHURRY UPî because I was taking to long getting the recording going.  Great memories!!!
2)  Out in the Street
3)  10th Avenue Freezout
Always amazing, the crowd is great during this one.
4)  Two Hearts
5)  The Price you Pay
6)  Factory
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 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
12)  Badlands
13)  Thunder Road

Set 2

1)  Cadillac Ranch
2)  Sherry Darlin
Words can not 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!!
4)  Fire
During this song Bruce and Clarence had a stare down battle in which they continuously looked into each others 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 ìBut Your Heart stays Coolî 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 ìHave you asked her yet?  I can’t keep this going foreverî.  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
12)  Ram Rod
13)  You Can Look
14)  Drive All Night
Powerful is all I can say for this performance.
15)  Rosalita

1)  Santa Clause is Coming to Town
According to this web site:  Buffalo was the first city that he played this song in 1980.
2)  Jungleland
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 suppose to be done but he came out with the house lights up and performed!!!

Transfer procedure

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)  Compter software
The recording was captured as a wave file 44.100 khz and 16 bit stereo using Total Recorder.

4)  Editing/Equalization
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 ñ they fit nicely on Disk 3 – Enjoy!

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!!!

And as always



Sarà Arcade at Night il titolo del  nuovo disco in studio di Bruce Springsteen dato in uscita l’ 8 novembre?

In molti son pronti a scommetterci:

Si parla di 2 date in Italia nella prima quindicina di giugno del prossimo anno.
Le città italiane di cui più si parla sono Milano, Firenze, Udine e Bari.
Qualche altra voce? Qualcuno ha sentito qualcosa di diverso?
Non ci resta che attendere, intanto andrò a vedermi questo bootleg del 2004.