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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's emotional ten-night stand at Madison Square Garden inspired an Emmy-winning HBO special, a critically acclaimed live album, and now this 2-DVD set, featuring 11 songs not included in the HBO broadcast, as well as "NYC Serenade," a 15-minute featurette culled from rare interview, concert and rehearsal footage. Songs: My Love Will Not Let You Down, Prove It All Night, Two Hearts, Atlantic City, Mansion on the Hill, The River, Youngstown, Murder Incorporated, Badlands, Out in the Street, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Born to Run, Land of Hope and Dreams, American Skin (41 Shots), Backstreets, Don't Look Back, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Lost in the Flood, Born in the U.S.A., Jungleland, Light of Day, The Promise, Thunder Road, Ramrod, If I Should Fall Behind. 190 minutes.
There's only one better way to experience these performances by Bruce Springsteen and his reunited E Street Band, and that's if you were actually in Madison Square Garden when they were recorded in June and July 2000. This two-disc set includes more than three hours of music. Disc One features the 14 songs that were aired by HBO in 2001, while Disc Two adds another 11 tunes released here for the first time. The Boss and his band are in top form; their sheer exuberance at playing together, not to mention the joy and inspiration they provide their audience, are palpable, thanks in no small part to the excellent direction and superb sound (Dolby Digital 5.1 or PCM stereo). Highlights? Almost everything, from timeless anthems like "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road" to the riveting "American Skin (41 Shots)" and a bluesy, solo "Born in the U.S.A." All together now: Bruuuuuuce! --Sam GrahamSee all Product Description
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With that said, the reunification of the Boss and the ministry of Rock 'n' Roll [the E-Street Band] have pulled off another timeless concert movie. Whether it be Little Steven's Nixon impersonation, "Big Red's" overture, the do-see-do of Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren [Clemons looking remarkedly similar to Ghost Dog], the Boss' raving lunacy on Tenth Ave Freeze Out, or the um..."fashion" of Max Weinberg.
"Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band: Live in NY" marks as truly one of the great performances from truly one of the greatest musicians...every single song shatters its past connections and seemingly becomes a gospel number, sung [completely unpretentiously] by both the Madison Square Garden's audience and the E-Street Band. It's more relatable than Dylan, more personal than the other 99.9% and far, far more giving than most.
i cry...you will too.
Fifty-two years old, thirty-something years of performances behind him, Bruce Springsteen remains transcendant. Reunited with the E Street Band, he shows in song after song why he is the very best: there is nothing held back, there is nothing artificial and there's nothing between you and what he feels and believes. All those years down the road and he still believes passionately that rock and roll can save us and redeem us.
The DVD has two disks. The first is the HBO broadcast, and also includes "New York City Serenade," largely a worshipful interview by Bob Costas. The second DVD has eleven additional songs, a few of them superior to much on the first DVD.
Let me recommend especially "Land of Hope and Dreams," Bruce's answer to the spiritual "This Train Is Bound for Glory," and a lot more. Bruce's train, I promise, you, is a lot more inclusive. If "41 Shots" doesn't move you, if 'Layna's plea to her son doesn't give you goose bumps, then you must be dead. And if hearing the members of the E Street Band sing the promises of "If I Should Fall Behind" to each other doesn't give you hope for the next album, well, go break out your Lawrence Welk records and stop bothering rock fans.
With each album, with each concert, Bruce Springsteen reaffirms his belief that rock and roll can save your soul. Buy this DVD. See for yourself.
The first disc contains the complete HBO special from last year, along with special that features Bob Costas interviewing Bruce and the band. The second disc contains 11 songs not included in the original special. These are all the bonus tracks from the CD plus several more.
The first disc is great of course, and there's nothing wrong with the performances, but the material on the second disc is even better, with performances of "Backstreets," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Born in the U.S.A.", "Jungleland," "Light of Day," "Thunder Road" and "Ramrod." I have a feeling that long time Springsteen fans will find themselves returning to the second disc more than the first.
This package contains some typically brilliant Springsteen performances, but I wish it had been organized into a more cohesive whole.
To begin with the DVD contains 25 song tracks and lasts over 3 hours .. yup you heard me, 3 hours which I might add is more than double most concert DVD's today ... Talk about bang for your buck, I just bought a few Latin Jazz concert VHS and got 29 minutes at 17.00 .... WOW
On the technical side, the camera work is stupendous and seems to follow your eyes as to what you would have been watching if you were at the concert, the editing is great, video clear and crisp and the sound, may not be studio quality, but for a concert it's fabulous.
Of the few fabled rockers that cut concert DVD's like the Stones and Fleetwood Mack this is a must have addition to the party collection .....
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Performance s are less than inspired. .not one of the better shows to be sure.Published 13 months ago by glenn julien
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band put on an amazing show in New York. This is a must have for any fan of Springsteen! The E Street band at the best!Published on March 8 2014 by Rob Scribner
Really enjoyed "The Boss" on the DVD. Great energy throughout the show. The Land of Hopes and Dreams segement is out of this world! Read morePublished on March 8 2012 by Jeffrey Nesbitt
i have been purchasing a lot of music dvd's but this one is the best so far. The sound is fantastic, on a good system it's like being there and I love the photography in particular... Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by hans van dongen
What a great DVD for any Bruce fan! The clarity and quality of sound puts you right at the concert . You would swear you could reach out and touch Bruce and the "E" Streeters . Read morePublished on July 15 2002