Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - 2007-11-19 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (2018) [Official Digital Download]

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - 2007-11-19 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - 2007-11-19 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 142:06 minutes | 1.84 GB
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The last U.S. tour stop of 2007 would prove to be Danny Federici’s final show as a full-time member of the E Street Band. Boston ’07 is a fitting farewell to Phantom Dan and catches Bruce and the band firing on all cylinders at the height of the Magic tour. Rich with core album tracks including “Radio Nowhere,” “Gypsy Biker,” “Livin’ In The Future” and “Girls In Their Summer Clothes,” Boston also features the tour debuts of “This Hard Land” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” with Peter Wolf.

There is something appealingly workmanlike about the Magic tour. Reunion celebrated the return of the E Street Band and revisited the legacy. The Rising tour was imbued with the spirit of answering the call in the wake of 9/11 (famously, a fan on the street yelled to Bruce, “We need you, now”). In contrast, Magic reads more like, “we made a great record and we’re excited to take those songs on the road.”

That commitment comes through loud and clear on Boston, November 19, 2007, a cracking Magic show that showcases eight of the album’s 12 songs along with several special additions spotlighting one band member in particular.

Springsteen’s final U.S concert of 2007 would prove to be Danny Federici’s last full gig in the E Street Band. Following Boston and ahead of the European tour it was announced that Federici would take a leave of absence to receive treatment for melanoma. Well aware of the pending change, Bruce’s drafted a setlist for the second night in Boston with Phantom Dan in mind and soul, dipping deep in The Wild & The Innocent for three songs and adding the tour debut of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” another chapter in the band’s origin story. Even the night’s lone track (!) from Born in the U.S.A., “Working on the Highway,” rides a Danny keyboard riff.

Compared to the sprawling, three-and-a-half to four-hour epics to come a few years later on the Wrecking Ball tour, Boston ‘07 looks merely long, clocking in at a tight two hours, twenty-two minutes, and that includes almost 12 spent on “Kitty’s Back.” There’s barely a wasted second and the set derives potency from its taut pacing especially at the start, as Springsteen walks up to the speed bag and starts jabbing: “Radio Nowhere,” cross to “Night,” hook to “Lonesome Day,” uppercut with “Gypsy Biker.” It is a thrillingly breakneck start.

We get a moment to catch our breath with the cautionary ballad “Magic” before Bruce raises his gloves again. The bullet-mic, honky-tonk arrangement of “Reason To Believe” is one of the tour’s signature performances: Bruce blows some mean harp and his distorted singing through the vintage microphone gives this “Reason” it’s deliciously dark and dirty texture. From there, we roll straight into “Darkness On the Edge of Town” (sounding rich and expansive in Jon Altschiller’s guitar-forward, multi-track mix), then the always welcome “Candy’s Room” propelled by Max Weinberg before crunching guitars transition to a crisp “She’s the One.”

That song had barely concluded before Max counts in the next, “Living in the Future,” another tour highlight and a moment Springsteen seemed to relish each night, commanding every corner of the stage as he delivered a song about “sleepwalking through changes that shouldn’t have happened” in our country. One might forget that upon Magic’s release, a few questioned why the album didn’t overtly address the actions of the George W. Bush administration. Metaphorically it did, in spades, and Bruce seemed to be responding to that misunderstanding of his work and his role: “We’re gonna sing about it. We’re musicians! That’s a start and after that, the rest is up to…all of us.”

The Boston show also brought the tour premiere of “This Hard Land” in a fresh full-band arrangement, embellished with solo spotlights for many members; not surprisingly, Springsteen calls on Danny first. But the proper showcase was to follow. “Winner of the Ted Mack amateur hour in 19….not that long ago, Dan Federici,” Springsteen says as Danny comes to the front of the stage, accordion adorned, for a touching and fitting “Sandy.” Staying circa 1973, “E Street Shuffle” slides in for a playful romp through one the band’s most joyful slices of musical myth making.

The rest of the show blends setlist stalwarts (e.g. “Badlands,” “Born to Run”) with the remaining core Magic songs. All sound vital in retrospect, none more so than “Devil’s Arcade.” The performance builds slowly from Soozie Tyrell’s violin to ultimately soar on some of Springsteen’s most evocative guitar soloing this century. The crescendo, rising from the repeated phrase “the beat of your heart/her heart” is captivating, as Bruce pushes and bends his guitar tone sharply before giving way to Max’s repeated drum beat that winds the song to conclusion. A stunner.

The encore brings the night to a highly satisfying conclusion, first with what Bono recently called a song that should have been a hit, “GIrls In Their Summer Clothes.” The aforementioned “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” gives Clarence Clemons a chance to shine, then Springsteen gives the entire band their due with a long “Kitty’s Back” packing solo after solo, kicked off by a full minute of blissful Phantom Dan Federici organ. The show ends on a boisterous note with both Danny and Roy Bittan on accordions at the front of the stage for “American Land.”

The following March in Indianapolis, Phantom Dan made one last appearance as a special guest before passing away on April 17, 2008. Indy was goodbye. Boston is a celebration of Danny’s five-decade role in the E Street Band and damn good Magic tour performance.


Tracklist:

Set One:
01. Radio Nowhere 5:20
02. Night 3:10
03. Lonesome Day 4:22
04. Gypsy Biker 6:45
05. Magic 4:39
06. Reason To Believe 7:04
07. Darkness On The Edge Of Town 4:34
08. Candy's Room 3:03
09. She's the One 5:01
10. Livin' In The Future 7:22
11. This Hard Land 7:11
12. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 6:52
13. The E Street Shuffle 5:21

Set Two:
14. Working On The Highway 4:44
15. Devil's Arcade 6:24
16. The Rising 5:06
17. Last To Die 4:26
18. Long Walk Home 5:25
19. Badlands 8:59
20. Girls In Their Summer Clothes 5:23
21. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 5:43
22. Kitty's Back 11:53
23. Born to Run 5:13
24. American Land 8:17

Personnel:
Bruce Springsteen – Lead vocal, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica
Roy Bittan – Piano, keyboards, accordion
Clarence Clemons – Tenor and baritone saxophones, percussion, backing vocal
Danny Federici – Organ, keyboards, accordion
Nils Lofgren – Electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel, backing vocal
Patti Scialfa - Electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocal
Garry Tallent – Bass
Stevie Van Zandt – Electric guitars, mandolin, backing vocal
Max Weinberg – Drums
Soozie Tyrell – Violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocal

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2018-04-07 15:34:06

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Analyzed: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band / 2007/11/19 Boston, MA
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR7 0.00 dB -8.37 dB 5:20 01-Radio Nowhere
DR6 0.00 dB -6.93 dB 3:10 02-Night
DR6 0.00 dB -7.79 dB 4:22 03-Lonesome Day
DR6 0.00 dB -8.22 dB 6:45 04-Gypsy Biker
DR13 -0.14 dB -16.76 dB 4:39 05-Magic
DR7 0.00 dB -9.95 dB 7:04 06-Reason To Believe
DR7 0.00 dB -8.89 dB 4:34 07-Darkness on the Edge of Town
DR6 0.00 dB -7.95 dB 3:03 08-Candy's Room
DR6 0.00 dB -7.61 dB 5:01 09-She's the One
DR8 0.00 dB -9.96 dB 7:22 10-Livin' In The Future
DR8 -0.03 dB -10.36 dB 7:11 11-This Hard Land
DR7 0.00 dB -10.22 dB 6:52 12-4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
DR6 0.00 dB -7.12 dB 5:21 13-The E Street Shuffle
DR7 0.00 dB -8.98 dB 4:44 01-Working On The Highway
DR7 0.00 dB -9.98 dB 6:24 02-Devil's Arcade
DR7 0.00 dB -8.50 dB 5:06 03-The Rising
DR7 0.00 dB -7.45 dB 4:26 04-Last To Die
DR6 0.00 dB -7.47 dB 5:25 05-Long Walk Home
DR7 0.00 dB -8.94 dB 8:59 06-Badlands
DR7 0.00 dB -8.84 dB 5:23 07-Girls In Their Summer Clothes
DR7 0.00 dB -8.10 dB 5:43 08-Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
DR7 0.00 dB -8.38 dB 11:53 09-Kitty's Back
DR6 0.00 dB -7.09 dB 5:13 10-Born to Run
DR7 0.00 dB -8.76 dB 8:17 11-American Land
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Number of tracks: 24
Official DR value: DR7

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1875 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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