“Talk about a dream, try to make it real…”
And they have! The day is finally here: one can download an official, high-quality recording of Bruce Springsteen’s live shows. The E Street Band played in Cape Town, South Africa on January 26, 2014, and late in the evening of January 29, 2014 the first recording was made available – at the reasonable price of $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for FLAC.
It’s a good mix. A nice balance of instruments, and a good amount of audience. Maybe Bruce’s vocals are a little low, but this is the first time they’re doing this. One imagines a little tweaking to the mix will probably happen over the first few shows.
Lots of little things can be heard in the mix that might get missed at some of the shows: a great guitar part by Tom Morello at the end of the “Death to My Hometown,” or the backing singers in “Out in the Street,” or the baritone sax of Ed Manion adding to the bottom end in “Spirit in the Night.” Nice lyric change by Bruce in “Hungry Heart” to “…here I am in Cape Town again.”
(And that’s just from the first seven songs!)