Springsteen & the E Street Band
Live in New York City
label: sony / columbia
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
American Rock Hero
naldrett - uk correspondent
A true American
rock hero, Bruce Springsteen rarely releases new material these
days but has a great catalogue of past material to fall back on.
His reputation in the US is huge, and while the fan club members
over here may have dived since his peak of success in the mid
80s, there will be plenty of fans wanting to get their hands on
the new double CD live recording that has just been released.
the E Street Band, Springsteen is captured performing to a sell
out audience at Madison Square Gardens on the world tour from
2000. Far from a greatest hits live recording for Springsteen
(There is no "Philadelphia" or "Born To Run,"
for example), there are plenty of songs to recognise with "The
River," "American Skin (41 Shots)," "Badlands"
and an acoustic "Born in the USA."
A true performer
of the kind rarely coming onto the scene these days, Springsteen
gets involved in the concert with gusto, handing out a strong
and memorable performance to his fans at the venue and those listening
at home. And as a perfect complement to him, The E Street Band
are in fine form, making this as strong an album musically as
In all, there
are 20 songs to be enjoyed here, on a CD that is being released
to coincide with a TV broadcast of the concert in the US, a concert
from New York that will be aired in the UK later on in the year.
from the roughness that most live albums do compared to studio
releases, this is still a good CD that will add to the collection
of Springfield fans, with 14 of the songs being the first ever
release of the live performance.