When large collections of albums come into the shop, it’s not that uncommon to find all of the ‘classic’ Springsteen albums (which we define as everything up to and including Tunnel of Love). Recently something did surprise us — Look what fell out of a copy of Born to Run:
Somebody saw the Boss in no less than a dozen times in three different states between 1980 and 1990. Three times in 1984 alone, the lucky bastard! Springsteen and the E Street Band have a legendary reputation for live performances, which is why many people — ourselves included — prefer bootlegs to the actual albums. Many shows have attained a mythical status, such as their shows at the Roxy in 1975 and 1978, and some of the Born in the USA stadium shows which featured Springsteen’s re-telling of the Garden of Eden story (“It’s actually located about 15 miles south of Jersey City, that’s why they call it the Garden State”). On February 5th, 1975 they opened with a stripped down arrangement of “Incident on 57th Street,” featuring only Roy Bitten on piano and Suki Lehav on violin.
The siren you hear at the end was not a planned part of the show. A police car just happened to be going by. A few minutes later, after light-hearted cover of Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love,” the band introduced a new song. This is the first performance of “Born to Run”: