Understand, I am not a Bruce fan. I grew up in Philly and summers on the Jersey shore it was like you just could not get the man to shut up. It was all you heard, everywhere you turned. I thought I'd had enough for a lifetime.
Now a few decades have gone by and I'm old enough to start feeling just a tiny bit nostalgic for some of it. This is a show that even I can enjoy.
SBD, 256 MP3s. Track listing and the notes that came with it:
The Christic Institute Benefit
Los Angeles, California 11-17-90
01. Brilliant Disguise (5:04)
02. Darkness On The Edge Of Town (3:34)
03. Mansion On The Hill (5:13)
04. Reason To Believe (5:18)
05. Red Headed Woman (5:25)
06. 57 Channels (And Nothin' On) (3:06)
07. The Wish (4:43)
08. Tougher Then The Rest (3:29)
09. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (2:53)
10. Soul Driver (2:36)
11. State Trooper (5:45)
12. Nebraska (3:13)
13. When The Lights Go Out (5:47)
14. Thunder Road (6:00)
15. My Hometown (7:06)
16. Real World (4:21)
17. Highway 61 Revisited (4:04)
18. Across The Borderline (4:48)
I was at this show. It was amazing...even breathtaking. For the first time since his coffee house shows back in 72, Springsteen, long heralded as the best live draw in rock and roll, performed an entire show alone, without his fabled E Street Band. The other side to Springsteen's rocker persona is his skillful songwriting ability. His talent for detailed storytelling is legend. Bob Dylan referred to Bruce once as "the only guy who can block out a novel in four lines"...an exageration, I'm sure, but the comment still bears some weight. This show was a chance for that other side to shine. Bruce, switching between guitar and piano, performed an intense, honest and emotional show, reworking some of his most revered classics and presenting some new songs as well as rarities from his vaults.
The closers, performed with Jackson Browne
& Bonnie Raitt, a foot-stomping cover of Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" and a somber, moving take on Ry Cooder's "Across The Borderline" are killer.
Bruce Christic Benefit 1
Bruce Christic Benefit 2