Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Springsteen 1975

Not much time to post these days. I have a track I've wanted to share for a while. From my source this is a recording of Dylan's I Want You recorded by Bruce on February 2, 1975. Springsteen was playing this song in live performances quite a bit in early '75, but the fan sites don't have Bruce playing on February 2nd. Could be that this recording is from February 5 at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. This show was broadcast on FM and has been widely circulated amongst collectors.

Either way, it's an important recording. Hearing Bruce sing Dylan's poetry reminds us of his inspiration for his own lyrics on his early albums. Dylan's lyrics of course are loaded with symbolism, whereas Bruce always tried to keep things more grounded, but the arrangement here is reminiscent of songs like Sandy and Meeting Across The River.

The photo is from October 23, 1975 at Gerde's Folk City, in NYC, where Bruce and Dylan met face to face for the first time. That's Bruce's then girlfriend Karen Darvin by his side. The dude digging the whole scene is John Prine.

Bruce Springsteen - I Want You - February 1975

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check your mp3 link..it appears to be broken (?)...will check back...jungleland

1:50 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Link seems to be working fine for me. Double click or right click and 'save target as'

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely the 2/5/75 Main Point show.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Mandy & Ben said...

I just heard about Bruce's cover of Dylans "I Want You" and a google search led me to your blog. Any idea how I could get ahold of that song, it's beautiful.
The link has expired of course.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Mandy: You can probably find the entire show on a torrent web site. If you check here in a few days, or send me an e-mail, I'll post a yousendit link to the file. Mark

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