Bruce Springsteen - Agora Ballroom 1978 (3CD)


WMMS (100.7 FM) - branded 100.7 WMMS: The Buzzard - is a commercial radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, serving Greater Cleveland and much of surrounding Northeast Ohio. Widely regarded as one of the most influential rock stations in America throughout its history, it has been surrounded by controversy during the same period both on and off air. WMMS was ten years old in 1978 - and they threw a year-long anniversary celebration. Though there were many WMMS Tenth Anniversary concerts and events, the one that will always be first and foremost in the majority of listeners' minds is Bruce Springsteen's live concert, broadcast from the Agora on Wednesday, August 9, 1978. For many Springsteen aficionados this show stands as Bruce and the Band's all-time best live performance. Springsteen had played the Agora four years earlier, on June 3, 1974, when few knew his name and music. Indeed, Springsteen's name was mis-spelt in the Agora ad. The club was a little over half-full. Some of those at the show were college students from the Jersey Shore and Philadelphia. Springsteen played for just short of two-hours and the concert was edited to fifty minutes for its Wednesday, 10 PM broadcast on WMMS. The WMMS Tenth Anniversary Springsteen show was his second performance at the Agora. It was carried live on WMMS and on an ad-hoc network of regional stations: WABX/Detroit, WDVE/Pittsburgh, WEBN/Cincinnati, WLVQ/Columbus, WXRT/Chicago, KSHE/St. Louis and KQRS/Minneapolis. The music on offer on this summer evening, 36 years ago, speaks for itself, with a little help from Bruce providing song introductions, offering background information and introducing the guys. A few witty lines also emanate from the Boss (Bruce starts the show by quipping, 'I don't have a radio, but Stevie does') but the songs and the performance are what makes this 3 CD set one the most important Springsteen sets ever released.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

Summertime Blues
Spirit In The Night
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
The Promised Land
Prove It All Night
Racing In The Street
Thunder Road
Disc 2:

Paradise By The C
Sherry Darling
Not Fade Away
Gloria / She's The One (Van Morrison / Bruce Springsteen)
Growin' Up
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Disc 3:

4th Of July Asbury Park
Born To Run
Because The Night
Raise Your Hand
Twist And Shout
What's Up ' (Interview 1978)
The Product ! (Interview 1978)
Get Some Specific From You! (Interview 1978)
The Sign On Sunset Strip! (Interview 1978)
The Name Boss, Get Started ! (Interview 1978)
Any Kind Of Life ! (Interview 1978)
Feel Close To Them Fans! (Interview 1978)
Get Together ! The E Street Band (Interview 1978)
Terrific Time ! (Interview 1978)
13-14 Year When You Heard Those Records ' (Interview 1978)
The Point Was ! (Interview 1978)
It's A Continuation ! (Interview 1978)
Meet The Producer Jon Landau (Interview 1978)
Non Specific (Interview 1978)
Long Time ! (Interview 1978)
I Like It ! (Interview 1978)
Lots More Songs ! (Interview 1978)
Maybe So ! Hard To Sing ! (Interview 1978)