Friday, June 9, 2017

Bruce Springsteen1975-09-12 Municipal Auditorium Austin, TX

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Municipal Auditorium
Austin, TX
September 12, 1975
ER Archives Vol. 11 via JEMS

Soundboard Recording (equipment unknown)

JEMS 2014 Transfer: very likely 2nd generation reel to reel tapes > Otari 5050mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX click repair > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 (speed correction) > resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing and balancing / edit / indexing) > xACT > FLAC

101 Incident on 57th Street
102 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
103 Spirit in the Night
104 It's Gonna Work Out Fine
105 Growin' Up
106 Saint in the City
107 The E Street Shuffle
201 She's the One
202 Born to Run
203 Thunder Road
204 Kitty's Back
205 Jungleland
206 Rosalita
207 Sandy
208 Quarter to Three
209 Twist And Shout w/Save The Last Dance For Me

Known Issues:
107 The E Street Shuffle: splice
204 Kitty's Back: end cut
207 Sandy: start cut
209 Twist And Shout: start cut

Welcome back to the eleventh (preceded by nine Bruce titles and one Hall and Oates released on DIME) in a series of releases from the ER Archives, the collection of an active '70s taper and trader who stepped away from collecting, leaving his tapes dormant until now. ER's collection contains previously uncirculated shows as well as upgrades to circulating tapes, both audience and soundboard. He used high-end tape decks and good tape, so his copies of even well-known shows have proven to be improvements.

Installment 11 is an upgrade to another Born to Run tour soundboard gem: Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TX, September 12, 1975. As explained in detail here (, the ER Archive tapes of this show were copied from Ed Sciaky's reels in the late '70s. And like previous soundboard transfers in this series, to our ears it is a upgrade, in this case sharper and tighter, especially in the high-end, compared to extant sources like the Whoop Cat's Austin 1975 bootleg CD. Samples provided.

The Austin set is very similar to the next night in Houston (ER Archive No. 9), with only a couple of changes: "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" and a bit of "Save the Last Dance For Me" during the set-closing "Twist and Shout." But its another cracking show from a super sweet spot in Springsteen's career, as he brings Born to Run to the people. Remember too that Austin and Houston were both early strongholds for the band, so they are playing in front of their early fan base.

In short, here's another clear and close board tape. The mix is a bit vocal heavy, expected given a raw board feed in a relatively small venue, but otherwise quite appealing.

Once again carrying this tape over the finish line is our comrade MJK5510. Thanks to him for final polish and prepping.

And of course, thanks yet again to the ER Archive for opening up the vault doors and sharing this recording with the fans. Feel free to let him know how you feel in the comments.


mjk5510 processing notes:
This is a tremendous raw transfer of this show, the source tape is sharp and crisp with an excellent stereo spectrum. There were a number of right channel, left channel volume fluctuations and dips that needed to be balanced and I was able to correct each instance seamlessly so they are no longer noticeable to the listener. It was a pleasure to work on a 1970's soundboard of this caliber absent the usual severe hiss when balancing and smoothing. This show should now rightfully takes it's place near the top of an incredibly exciting time during the heady early period of a 40+ year career.


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