Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bruce Springsteen 1988-03-17 Rosemont Horizon Rosemont, Illinois

Bruce Springsteen
Rosemont Horizon
Rosemont, Illinois
March 17, 1988

Lineage:  1st gen. cassette => Stand-alone Pioneer CD burner => EAC => Magix Audio Cleaning Lab => WAV => FLAC Front-end (level 8)

Disc one (75:24):
(1)  Tunnel of Love (7:43)
(2)  Be True (4:55)
(3)  Adam Raised A Cain (6:16)
(4)  Two Faces (3:54)
(5)  All That Heaven Will Allow (9:55)
(6)  Darkness On The Edge Of Town (4:33)
(7)  Roulette (4:27)
(8)  Cover Me (7:39)
(9)  Brilliant Disguise (5:21)
(10)  Spare Parts (9:39)
(11)  War (3:03)
(12)  Born In The U.S.A. (7:54)

Disc two (61:26):
(1)  Tougher Than The Rest (6:02) *
(2)  I Ain't Got You => She's The One (7:59) *
(3)  You Can Look (But You'd Better Not Touch) (5:15) *
(4)  I'm A Coward (9:02)
(5)  I'm On Fire (4:25)
(6)  One Step Up (5:38)
(7)  Part Man, Part Monkey (4:27) *
(8)  Backstreets (5:42) **
(9)  Dancing In The Dark (6:12)
(10)  Light of Day (6:40)

Disc three (53:51):
(1)  Born To Run (acoustic) *
(2)  Hungry Heart (5:10)
(3)  Glory Days (6:01)
(4)  Love Me Tender (3:58)
(5)  Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (4:15) =>
(6)  Irish Jig (0:33) =>
(7)  Rosalita (conclusion) (6:37)
(8)  Detroit Medley (14:34)
(9)  Raise Your Hand (4:57)

*  Noticeable mic "issues" (loose connection causing static)
**  ~10 second cut (tape flip) near the end of song

Fingerprint file is included.  Sorry, no artwork.

Comments:  Very enjoyable show from Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" 1988 tour, the second of two nights in Chicago.  Bruce is in a fun, loose mood during this show, as evidenced by the Irish jig performed in the middle of "Rosalita" near the end of the concert (the show, after all, took place on St. Patrick's Day).

Altogether a good recording although not quite as good as the version circulating from the previous night; the only significant thing marring this tape is that the taper had a loose cable that caused noticeable static at several points in the show.  On the raw tape, the disturbance is jarring and almost painful; I used Audix to drop the levels (rather than edit the recording) during the brief static points so that the distraction is minimal.  Of the five songs I found this problem on, the only noticeable bad patch is during the quiet "Born to Run" -- there was very little to do to salvage the tape at this point; however, I think this is still worth having, and I don't think this source is in wide circulation.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong; in any case, there probably isn't a digitized version from the master floating around.)  I also used Audix to apply very light de-hissing and decrease the +1 kHz band slightly.  There is still audible hiss during the quiet parts; I didn't want to risk losing fidelity while taking out all of the hiss.

I have no idea what recording equipment was used for this show, unfortunately; I can't find a record of who it came from.

Hope you all enjoy it.


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