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Springsteen Fire

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Below: Stamp variation, “FIRE VINYL”

Springsteen B FIRE

Springsteen Fire b

Springsteen Fire disc

USA: 1979

Source: FM broadcast from San Francisco’s Winterland on 15 December 1978 but with only half the concert presented here.

“Superb vinyl. No labels (look at the photo to know what I mean). Red/yellow insert as cover. Repressed in normal coloured vinyl with labels (custom). Since the material recorded on the discs is fairly common, the repress is absolutely less attractive.” [source: brucespringsteen.it]

The question at this point is, if this came out before or after Slipped Disc’s LIVE IN THE PROMISED LAND box.

If it came out later, this would mark the first time that the 78/79-1XX label had issued something already out on another label. For some reason, their standard matrix markings of 79-1XX M were left off this release.

 

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Japan: 1985

The brucespringsteen.it bootleg website seems to agree that this was recorded at L.A.’s Sports Arena on 4 November 1984 – the last of a seven night residency at this venue playing to over 111000 people. Springsteen performed in Japan in April of 1985 and it can be assumed that this bootleg was released fairly soon after that.

1601 A:    Born in the USA / Prove it all night / Out in the street / Atlantic City / Nebraska     
1601 B:    Darlington county / Glory days / The promised land / Badlands / Pink cadillac  
1602 A:    Cover me / Dancing in the dark / Hungry heart / No surrender / Bobby Jean 
1602 B:    I’m on fire / Born to run / Detroit Medley / Twist and shout / Santa Claus is comin’ to town

Total Time: 1:41:45

“This is an incomplete Japanese release. Tracks are out of order and the sound is terrible.” Compare this with a HOTWACKS rating of”Exs”.
Shiro from XL Records obviously only wanted to produce a double album (as Springsteen bootlegs were at this point not well established in Japan and no guaranteed sellers) and had to leave out quite a few songs due to Bruce’s marathon concert lengths.

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set list:

1984-11-04 – LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA

BORN IN THE U.S.A. / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / OUT IN THE STREET / ATLANTIC CITY / JOHNNY 99 / REASON TO BELIEVE / NEBRASKA / JOHNNY BYE-BYE / DARLINGTON COUNTY / GLORY DAYS / THE PROMISED LAND / SHUT OUT THE LIGHT / MY HOMETOWN / BADLANDS / THUNDER ROAD / COVER ME / DANCING IN THE DARK / HUNGRY HEART / CADILLAC RANCH / NO SURRENDER / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / I’M ON FIRE / PINK CADILLAC / BOBBY JEAN / RACING IN THE STREET / JUNGLELAND / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY – TRAVELIN’ BAND – I HEAR A TRAIN – SHAKE – SWEET SOUL MUSIC / TWIST AND SHOUT – DO YOU LOVE ME / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN

“Johnny Bye-Bye” includes the “Mystery Train” outro. “Shut Out The Light” dedicated to Born On The Fourth Of July author and anti-war activist Ron Kovic who is in the audience. Another fine show, and the last night of a seven night stand at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

Audience tape on CDR ‘Los Angeles 84 Last Night’ and also available from Mark Persic’s master recording and titled ‘Hearts Of Fire Grown Cold’ (Ev2). The video footage for the “Born In The U.S.A.” music video is shot at the stadium.

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1/1    Summertime Blues     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978
1/2    Spirit in the night                ”    –    –
1/3    Because the night               ”    –    –
1/4    Ramrod     Paris, Palais des Sports  18-Apr-1981
2/1    The river                          ”    –    –
2/2    Independence day           ”    –    –
2/3    Who’ll stop the rain?        ”    –    –
3/1    She’s the one     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978
3/2    Raise your hand                            ”    –    –
3/3    Darkness on the edge of town       ”    –    –
4/1    Can’t help falling in love     Paris, Palais des Sports  18-Apr-1981
4/2    Born to run                                     ”    –    –
4/3    Detroit Medley                                ”    –    –
4/4    Twist and shout     Cleveland,OH The Agora  09-Aug-1978

 

There is the typical Flying Horses mis-attribution of sources and venues; sides 1 & 2 are listed as being from the Royal Albert Hall in April of 1981. This was the first release of any material from the Paris 1981 concert.

 

Springsteen Resurrected

Springsteen Resurrected b

Back of the album, should have waited for the stamp ink to dry before stacking them.

Springsteen Resurrected 096

Name of the artist for those “in the know” only. There are numbered and unnumbered copies with two different sizes for the big stamp found as well. Supposedly 500 numbered copies exist (plus non-numbered ones?).

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Insert found with some copies.

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Matrix: LR101

The first two tracks come from the earliest Child/Steel Mill audio in circulation and were taken from an audience recording taped at the Free University “The Center” in Richmond, VA on 20 September 1969. [Too bad they did not include ‘KT88’ because that instrumental really rocked.]

‘Bright Lights, Big City’ closes side 1 and is from an unknown source; ‘Bishop Danced’ was recorded live at Max’s Kansas City in NYC on 31 January 1973. We are back in Richmond, VA for ‘You Mean So Much To Me’ recorded at a radio session at The Alpha Sound Studio on 31 May 1973 and broadcast on WGOE-FM.

The final two songs are from 1973 as well: ‘The Fever’ came from a session at The Record Plant on 16 May and ‘Zero And Blind Terry’ was recorded on Halloween that year at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA.

 

Three reissues, all credited to THE JERSEY DEVIL + an album (sub)title, all with the same simple look and aimed at fooling the FBI that this was a TMOQ job.

 

5466: King Of The Alley

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Single LP, does include ‘Thunder Road’; Matrix: TMQ 5466 / some with HAR matrix numbers claims brucespringsteen.it. This is the master and artwork that K&S reissued in 1979 on red PVC as # 060 in a limited edition.

Text says: ” The first song is from the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles as performed at Columbia Records Annual Convention in 1973. The last one is from the Main Point in Philadelphia on February 9, 1975. Everything else is from the Main Point on April 24, 1973.

TMQ 5466 – By the people – For the people “

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5467: A Harley In Heat

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Springsteen Harley in Heat

Matrix: TMQ 5467; 2 LPs on black vinyl

A reissue of The Roxy / “Ain’t nobody here from the billboard tonight” [HA 160 / IMP 1105] – previously reviewed here

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5468: Ragamuffin Gunner

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner 4

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner 3

Version 1:

A reissue of Hot Coals From The Fiery Furnace  from the same Hofmann Avenue Records 164 plates. 
Matrix is HAR164 A-B – the TMOQ # can only be found on the slip sheet. No other markings in the run out groove this time, so no dedications and the writing is different.

This seems to be the only of the three Jersey Devil reissues that was also pressed on colored PVC:

 

Springsteen Jersey Devil 146

Springsteen Jersey D

 

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Above: I first thought this might be a Japanese copy but apparently that is not the case after all. label is looks like a homemade typed-and-then-cut-into-lable-shape job.

 

Version 2 (not produced by Lou Cohan):

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner v 2

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner v 2 b

The (much) later picture disc release copied the same artwork:

Springsteen Ragamuffin Gunner pic disc

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All five discs were also available in a box set called Box O’Rocks.   I do not know if the individual TMQ branded sets came first or the box did – I am leaning towards the second case, purely based on the striped PVC used in pressing the first run but this may be wrong.

 

1. 100 copies on color vinyl with black stripes, cover was a tan colored insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks striped A

It seems that the first issue boxes were numbered as this one was offered as # 88/100 on eBay (and sold for $602 in February of 2014):

Springsteen Box O Rocks # 88

1.a. Apparently, the first pressing discs are not just found with the tan/gold insert color:

Springsteen Box O Rocks striped 1

2. 100 copies on red, yellow, clear, and m/c PVC. White insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks col.

 

3. 150 copies two blue, two yellow and a red disc. White insert:

Springsteen Box O Rocks yel

 

4. Copied on QUICK Q RECORDS with a new b/w insert. Opportunity Records labels:

Springsteen Box O Rocks RE

Springsteen Box O Rocks Opp label

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For his third Springsteen release, Lou created another hodgepodge of live recordings from 1973 -75, taken from audience recordings this time and one of the few titles getting a detailed review in Heylin’s book: “… the sound was not on par with its predecessors but performances like the twenty minute ‘E Street Shuffle’, a heart stopping ‘Lost in the Flood’ and a fourth side of non-stop knock-’em dead covers – ‘Wear My Ring Around Your Neck’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘Sha La La’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, ‘It’s Gonna Work Out Fine’ and ‘Up on the Roof’ – made it perhaps the most authentic Springsteen boot yet produced.” [Bootleg, Heylin, p. 118]

If anyone has a close up of the back flap insert text, please leave a comment.

Matrix messages this time around:  not one of us is free   Until all of us are free  / To Karen innocent lover   Vivacious and kissable

Pink, orange or yellow inserts. The pink ones may have been the first ones, used on a pressing run limited to 300. Above is a first pressing with picture labels, also with two red mcv discs, as seen here below:

Springsteen HCftFF red red

and blue:

Springsteen HCFAFF blu disc

The following seems to be an example of the second pressing, described as “later issue, again by HAR … on red/yellow- black or red/blue- black vinyl with custom labels” on brucespringsteen.it, which also states “Repressed also with TMQ 5468 labels (and matrix) in black vinyl (some coloured) and blank labels.“.

Springsteen Hot Coals red

Below, third pressing on plain red and yellow PVC:

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And on black PVC:

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Another label variation found via popsike:

Springsteen HCFAFF Storytime lbl

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Mitchell J PAM 2

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Lou rolls out another Vibrator Records title. Made in The Ukraine! Of all places… I have only ever seen this in multicolor blue and it may only have been pressed once. Technically, this should make it one of the rarer H.A.R. titles but this has not translated into higher prices. Not an easy to research title, popsike does not know it at all.

“For the sake of history let me clear up a few inaccuracies. I was the guy who interviewed Joni in the late 60s and it was my folk radio show (and some live performances from the Second Fret in Philly) that were bootlegged. The interviews from 1967 were recorded on my Sunday night radio shows on WHAT-FM (96.5) in Philadelphia (the station is now WWDB) My assistant, Ed Sciaky who was doing a show on his college radio station (WRTI at Temple) taped my interviews with Joni and then took his WRTI recorder to the Fret to get her in concert. Theses historic taped shows were first aired on WHAT-FM and WRTI-FM and played years later on WMMR when both Ed and I were DJs there. That’s when they were bootlegged.
During the first interview Joni’s husband Chuck was in the studio—they did “Circle Game” together, but the quality of that tape was bad and I rarely repeated it. Also during one interview she sang “Sugar Mountain” and told the story of how a friend of her’s in Toronto was unable to get into this folkie coffeehouse when he reached age 20  so he wrote this song to bemoan  loosing his teen status, and entre to the club. She said his name was Neil Young , but never went on to tell me that she wrote “Circle
Game” in response to “Sugar Mountain”. I heard her relate that story years later in the BBC radio concert she did with James Taylor.  Interesting stuff eh?
Just thought I’d set the record straight. On the back of one LP the bootleggers thanked the people at WMMR for playing the tapes they ripped off. They didn’t know the true origin of the tapes. Meanwhile that’s my voice on those snippets of interviews.
Gene Shay/ WXPN, WHYY, Philadelphia (Still doing Sunday folk shows after all these years!)”

These comments also apply to the WINTERLADY release on Ken’s Flat Records label, previously featured in this post.

 

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Browne J rated X 3

Pressed on mcv orange, green and blue PVC.

A reminder why you should not (have) tape(d) the slip sheet onto the plain white cover if you removed the shrink wrap, a definite value reducer in most cases as the tape deteriorates and turns very dark:

Browne J rated X blu

Inserts came in yellow and white:

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Browne J rated X detail

It seems that there was another pressing on plain red PVC, which is not often seen:

Browne J rated X red

And on black vinyl and with a Dragonfly label:

Browne J rated X black

 

Jackson Browne live at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, on 07 September 1975, as broadcast by WMMR. Part of this broadcast was also released on TAKRL 1993 THE RETURN OF THE COMMON MAN and in full on the Impossible Recordworks double IMP 2-14: Live At The Main Point  (follow the link)

 

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Detailed information about he next in line release – David Bowie WISH UPON A STAR – can be found by clicking here.

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Springsteen Jersey Devil

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Matrix writing: HAR 147 and either THIS SIDE IS FOR CHAR – THIS SIDE IS FOR CAROL

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Lou had two cassettes of live recordings taped back East (not all songs complete) and he turned this into the world’s first Springsteen bootleg. Here are the sources for tracks 2 – 8:
“The FM version circulated on boot vinyl in the 70’s: you can tell it’s broadcast cuz the station edited Bruce’s rap before #6 (deleted reference to the alcoholic and other odd characters); I believe other raps were also snipped, either for legal reasons or for time constraints.

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band
The Main Point
Bryn Mawr, PA US
April 24, 1973

Bold tracks are on the LP

1. New York City Song aka New York City Seranade aka Jazzman
2. Circus Song aka Wild Billy’s Circus Song
3. Sprit in the Night
4. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
5. Hey Santa Anna aka Contessa aka Santa Anna
6. Tokyo aka And Then The Band Played aka And The Band Played
7. Thundercrack

The last track on side 2 comes from a WMMR broadcast from the same venue on 5 February 1975 with the beginning taken from the official Born To Run album, since the taper missed the start of ‘Thunder Road’.

 

Originals have this silver label, listing the titles for both sides – later pressings left out ‘Thunder Road’ – the other side usually had a blank label or an Idle Mind logo label. brucespringsteen.it claimed these were pressed on black, red and multi-color PVC but all the red ones I have seen where red and multicolored:

Springsteen Jersey Devil red mcv

Inserts / mini-catalogs further help date copies by what dates and releases are mentioned. The Italian Springsteen website has four of them. Here is the second earliest insert as a significant upgrade:

HAR catalogue

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From eBay auction texts:

“BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN THE ROXY 75 2LP FANTASTIC CONDITION(INSERT IS LOOSE)THIS IS THE RAREST AND MOST SOUGHT AFTER IDLE MIND PRODUCTION TITLE AND COMES COMPLETE WITH CATALOG.200 COPIES .ONLY VERSSION OR FORM BY IDLE MIND(YOU SEE THE DIFFERNECE IN THE LABEL AND IN THE INSERT PHOTO(THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THE HAR EDITION NI IMP 1105 WAS STATED IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF THE INSERT).VERY RARE

REMARKS:THIS IS ONE OF THE 4-5 RAREST LIVE ABOUT THE BOSS IN THIS FROM”

“bruce springsteen the roxy imp1105

this is by far the rarest bruce spring steen item even more than ain’t nobody here multicolor wax and box o’ rocks 1st edition.

also as idle mind production ths is by far the rarest even more than led zeppelin my brain huts on green vinyl

both cover(insert not glued)and vinyl are near mint, label is the same [as] my brain hurts(white label without any imp logo)

the H.A.R version is on black or multicolor vinyl with yellow H.A.R label the I.M.P. VERSION IS ON BLUE AND YELLOW  WAX AND IS THEREFORE DOUBT VERY,VERY RARE”

Springsteen The Roxy ora blu

 

Bruce Springsteen & The E street Band
1975-10-17a (early Show)
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood, CA
Radio Broadcast

A release where Lou felt he had to set the record straight in a latter to Kurt Glemser in regards to Vicky Vinyl’s actual involvement. The “cut up a poster that would now be worth $500” for the artwork – insert.

Also, with HAR labels. Matrix has the following phrases: 1: “Bruce I Want Your Billboard”; Side 2: “This Side For Melinda”; Side 3: “This Side For Sean & Mark”; Side 4: “Catch Me If You Can -V.V.”

Some inserts have “IMP 1005” added under the dangling shoes.

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Springsteen 160 TANHFBT

Also in red & orange and two different greens:

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Dylan Young Snack

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Dylan Young Snack disc

Dylan Snack or discSo far I have found these two colored and label versions shown above. Re-pressings were on black wax.

Matrix (Side A: VIBE #160-A): “Dedicated To These Few People Who Truly Understand Me”
Matrix (Side B: VIBE #160-B): “For Love And Dave”

“Although the snack concert was a broadcast event, Dylan’s microphone was having problems and he is not as loud as he needs to be. ” [bobsboots.com]

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Matrix: 1900 EP SIDE 1 DYLAN FOR PRES IN 76
Matrix: 1900 EP SIDE 2 NEIL FOR VP

bobsboots states originally released on red PVC:

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Each side features 2 excerpts from  the Mary Travers interview 3 October 1975. In another continuation (after the typical matrix messages) the songs are from the 1964 Philharmonic Hall Helloween Show. The last track is not by Bob Dylan but taken from an official 45 by The Family Frog: 

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