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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Title: POSTER 1975-08-13 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Year: 1976
Condition: Excellent - Packaging: Paper
Country: USA


1975-08-13 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early (first) show: THUNDER ROAD / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / BORN TO RUN / SHE'S THE ONE / BACKSTREETS / JUNGLELAND

Late (second) show: FOR YOU (start cut) / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / NIGHT / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / THE E STREET SHUFFLE - HAVING A PARTY (start cut) / BORN TO RUN (start cut) / SHE'S THE ONE / THUNDER ROAD / KITTY'S BACK / NEW YORK CITY SERENADE / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / QUARTER TO THREE

Two separate admission shows, 8:30pm and 11:30pm. Opening of an historic five-night (ten-show) residency at the club. Springsteen & The E Street Band had previously played a three-night (six-show) residency here in July 1974. Bottom Line co-owner Allan Pepper was offered the chance to host Bruce and the band at the club by Sam McKeith (Bruce's booking agent at William Morris) one morning by phone. Columbia Records bought a quarter of the 500 tickets available for the stand, a perfect opportunity to expose employees and journalists to the upcoming talent of Springsteen. There is no circulating audio of the early show on this opening night, but it is known that the show opened with "Thunder Road", played by Springsteen alone at the piano. The set also included only the second known performance of "Backstreets". In 2012 an audience recording of the late show finally emerged into the trading pool (fade outs between each track). The tape features the first known live performance of "Night", and the earliest known recording of "When You Walk In The Room". Opener "For You" is played by Bruce alone at the piano. "Thunder Road" is the slow version with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. Both "Kitty's Back", which includes a brief snippet of Carole King's "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby", and "New York City Serenade" are extended 19 minute renditions. This is the last recorded and confirmed performance of "New York City Serenade" until the 1999/2000 Reunion Tour when it was resurrected with a slightly more sensible running time. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

Audience tape

1975-08-14 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early (first) show: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THEN SHE KISSED ME / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / THE E STREET SHUFFLE - HAVING A PARTY / NIGHT / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / KITTY'S BACK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / QUARTER TO THREE

Late (second) show: No setlist known

Two separate admission shows, 8:30pm and 11:30pm. The second (late) show's setlist is undocumented. The first (early) show exists on a very good quality audience recording, although it's slightly marred by cuts in "She's The One" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". At the early show, "Thunder Road" is the slow version with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. "Kitty's Back" includes a brief excerpt of Carole King's composition "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection.

The early show is available on the CDR boot 'Runaway American Dreams' (Doberman) and 'Night' (Fanatic) from Joe Kivak's master cassettes. There is no audio of the second (late) show in circulation

1975-08-15 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early (first) show: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THEN SHE KISSED ME / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / THE E STREET SHUFFLE - HAVING A PARTY / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / KITTY'S BACK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / QUARTER TO THREE

Late (second) show: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THEN SHE KISSED ME / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / ROUTE 66 / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / FOR YOU / THUNDER ROAD / BORN TO RUN / BACKSTREETS / KITTY'S BACK / SHE'S THE ONE / NEW YORK CITY SERENADE / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Two separate admission shows, 8:30pm. and 11:30pm. The setlist above has been contributed to Killing Floor by an attendee.

At the early show, "Thunder Road" is performed in the slow version with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. "Rosalita Come Out Tonight" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. At the late show, "For You" is performed solo piano and "Thunder Road" is performed full band. The setlist would also include the only known 1975 performance of the rhythm and blues standard "Route 66".

In an interview with forward.com, Max Weinberg recalled an event at the Bottom Line: "On August 16, 1975, we were playing a club in Greenwich Village that is not there any longer, called the Bottom Line. In those days, we played two shows a night. Our second show was going to be live on radio station WNEW-FM. Between shows I was scouting the club for a potential close, impersonal relationship. I found a smoking hot girl. I started playing to the girl. She was picking up the beat. Bruce was ready to stop but I was the only one that missed the signal to stop. He finally stopped me by taking the drumsticks out of my hand and then pretending to choke me. Needless to say, he was not in a good mood. Bruce had given everyone in the band nicknames. Mine was Mighty Max. When he introduced the band during "Rosalita," which was broadcast live on the radio, he introduced me as the Not So Mighty Max. After the show, I knocked on his dressing room door to apologize, feeling like a third grader called to the principal. I have never taken my eyes off since. You never know what Bruce will do on stage." It's obvious that Max's recollections are not totally accurate since the live radio broadcast took place on August 15, not 16, and was of the early show, not the late as Max stated. However, the incident during the band introductions is not apparent in the radio broadcast. It may have occurred during the late show, unfortunately there is no recording in circulation.

The first (early) show was broadcast live by New York's influential WNEW-FM, and it was a cannibalized home taping of this show off the radio that appeared on two of the first Springsteen vinyl bootlegs 'Live At The Bottom Line 8/15/75' (unknown label) and ‘Bruce Springsteen / Live' (Coral Records), both issued in late 1975. However these boots, as well as countless permutations of the performance that came afterwards, were heavily edited, with no in-between song chatter/stories and, in some instances, tracks missing. Forty years on the best sound quality release of this show, including for the first time ever the entire broadcast without edits, can be found on the CDR 'The Way It Was - The Complete Bottom Line Broadcast', and subsequently CDs ‘The Punk Meets The Godfather' (Godfather), 'Vintage Broadcast 75' (None Listed) and CDR 'The Bottom Line On The Bottom Line' (Hot Stuff). No audio of the late (second) show circulates

1975-08-16 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early (first) show: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THEN SHE KISSED ME / IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / SHA-LA-LA / THE E STREET SHUFFLE - HAVING A PARTY / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / PRETTY FLAMINGO - THUNDER ROAD / KITTY'S BACK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / UP ON THE ROOF / QUARTER TO THREE

Late (second) show: THE E STREET SHUFFLE / JUNGLELAND

Two separate admission shows, 8:30pm. and 11:30pm. The early show is a sixteen-song set that includes the first confirmed performance of Ike & Tina Turner's early '60s hit "It's Gonna Work Out Fine". "Thunder Road" is the slow arrangement with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of Isaac Hayes's "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. There is no complete setlist known for the late show, but the two songs listed above are from an attendee recollection. Click the link above to view some of Cliff's excellent photographs from the late show.

Audience tape for the early show (Unbooted). There is no circulating audio from the second (late) show. The first (early) show previously existed only as audience tape of less that ideal quality - muddy sounding and had incomplete recordings of "Kitty's Back", "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and "Up On The Roof". However, the complete show is now available on various CDRs including an unbooted source and more notably on 'I Was A Thriller' (Fanatic) from the master cassettes. This version is a significant audio upgrade. Some of these tracks are on the CD 'Runaway American Dreams' (Doberman).Two excellent quality 'rogue' soundboard tracks have recently surfaced among collectors and are likely to be from one of the 1975 Bottom Line shows that have not circulated on audio in any way before. Brucebase has placed this information here, but the two tracks ("Jungleland" and "The E Street Shuffle") could be from other dates at the Bottom Line. The monologue section of "The E Street Shuffle" is noticeably edited. Both tracks are available as bonus tracks on 'The Way It Was - The Complete Bottom Line Broadcast' and "The E Street Shuffle" is also a bonus track on 'Roxy Theatre Night' (Crystal Cat).

At least one show from August 16 was filmed in colour by Barry Rebo. It is unknown how much he shot. A few seconds of "Born To Run" can be seen in Wings For Wheels, the Born To Run documentary included in the 30th Anniversary box set. In addition, the complete "Thunder Road" and "When You Walk In The Room" were shown by Thom Zimny at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame discussion in June 2009. Springsteen's outfit visible in photographs of the late show match the short clip of "Born To Run", suggesting that the three tracks that are known to have been filmed were shot at the late show. It is possible that Rebo also shot other shows of the Bottom Line stand. In fact, Bottom Line co-owner Allan Pepper was interviewed in a 1995 issue of Backstreets magazine. In the interview Pepper says of the 1975 Bottom Line stand: "...most fans don't realize that video of those shows also exists. Bruce had the shows videotaped and he owns the tapes." Allan Pepper clearly says "shows" - this suggests that more than one show was filmed for posterity.


1975-08-17 - BOTTOM LINE, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early (first) show: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THEN SHE KISSED ME / IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / THE E STREET SHUFFLE - HAVING A PARTY / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / SHE'S THE ONE / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / FOR YOU / KITTY'S BACK / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / QUARTER TO THREE

Late (second) show: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / THEN SHE KISSED ME / GROWIN' UP / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE / instrumental / WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM / SHA-LA-LA / THE E STREET SHUFFLE / BORN TO RUN / THUNDER ROAD / SHE'S THE ONE / KITTY'S BACK / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) / QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT

Two separate admission shows, 8:30pm. and 11:30pm. The 19-song setlist above has been supplied by a contributor to Killing Floor. The identity of the "instrumental" is uncertain, but it could be "A Love So Fine". At the early show, "Thunder Road" is the slow version with Roy on piano and Bruce on harmonica and vocals. "For You" is solo piano. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. A fan remembers "We had tickets for both shows on August 17 so they let us stay between shows. We grabbed the seats right at Bruce's feet for the finale. It was the first time that I noticed that Bruce's sneakers didn't match. He sang half of "Spirit In The Night" sprawled out on our table. I remember letting a photographer come in a take a bunch of photos while leaning on me and crouching between our seats. Years later I found out how good he was when I discovered the classic photo of my wife staring up at Bruce in Hilburn's book (somewhere around page 84). Rolling Stone used it for the inside cover in the Greatest Shows of All Time issue, Hendrix at Monterrey was the cover. Several years after that another shot of Christine turned up on Legends on VH-1 as well as a great shot of my best friend and I from the early show".

The first (early) show circulates only as an audience recording, but one that seems to capture the full show - this complete audio is available on the CDR 'When You Walk In The Room'. Some of the tracks are found on the CD ‘Runaway American Dreams' (Doberman). A recent release 'Coastline To The City' on the Kivak Master Series is well worth acquiring with much improved sound quality. There is no circulating audio from the second (late) show.
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