Complete albums in concert


Last night at trivia some of us were chatting about listening to an album in its entirety--from beginning to end. It seems like something musicians paid more attention to in the 70s. I don't know why. I could be wrong. Maybe rock bands still try to do it.

But today when I have the 'shuffle' feature activated on my iPod, I rarely hear albums from beginning to end--in many cases I don't even own whole albums. Maybe that one song I love from some album is that much better when sandwiched between these two other songs, or ending or beginning the album. Like a mixtape, the flow from one song into another can have a powerful effect (affect?).

So today I read in Rolling Stone, no. 1053: "Springsteen Re-Creates Born to Run in Jersey" and I am supremely jealous and angry that I don't live in Jersey.

Here's the snippet:

"For the first time in nearly 30 years, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage for a theater show on May 7th--and shocked the crowd by tearing through the classic albums Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born to Run in their entirety. "Bruce said, 'I should do something really special for the crowd,' " says Patti Scialfa, Springsteen's wife and bandmate, who helped to organize the show--which raised $3 million to renovate the 1926 Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. "People paid a lot of money for these tickets."

Most fans paid a minimum of $1,000 in an online auction to get into the nearly three-hour gig. Drummer Max Weinberg's horn section from Late Night with Conan O'Brien joined the band, amping up "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and the encores of "Kitty's Back," "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and the Stax soul cut "Raise Your Hand." "We play most of these songs on a pretty regular basis in our set," Scialfa says. "But when you hear them in order, it brings your back to the first time you heard them as a listener. Everything felt new again."

In case you need a refresher, these are the track listings for those two albums:

Born to Run
Side One:

1. Thunder Road
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
3. Night
4. Backstreets

Side Two:

5. Born to Run
6. She's the One
7. Meeting Across the River
8. Jungleland

Darkness on the Edge of Town
1. Badlands
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Something in the Night
4. Candy's Room
5. Racing in the Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets of Fire
9. Prove it All Night
10. Darkness on the Edge of Town

I think I might post more now about Bruce Springsteen than Barbra Streisand. It must have something do with the initials B.S....


Anonymous said...

i also think it's an awesome idea. there's a music festival, all tomorrow's parties, which is essentially a perpetual showcase of my favorite bands of all time, and they do this from time to time. the first day of their upcoming new york festival, for example, includes four bands performing whole albums. as a bit of an aside, the third day features my favorite band of all time, my bloody valentine, and the other bands were all chosen by my bloody valentine. i want to go so badly that i'm considering going to new york by myself, probably to be mocked to death by hipsters.

Maryann said...

You should definitely go no matter what, but you can always tempt someone to come with the vision of you being mocked to death by hipsters. :)

Anonymous said...

yeah, it's a big selling point.