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This four-song EP spotlights special moments on Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's tour in support of the album Magic, although none of the songs come from that disc. Each song features another performer in addition to Springsteen, starting with "Always a Friend," by Alejandro Escovedo, who joins the band on-stage to perform it (and who just happens to be another client of Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau). Next up is Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, whose band once covered Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad." He and Springsteen sing it together, and he takes characteristically angular guitar solos, transforming it into something of a metal stomp. Roger McGuinn then steps up for an excellent version of "Turn! Turn! Turn!," joining a man who, like him, has demonstrated an affinity for the music of Pete Seeger. Finally, the old Springsteen ballad "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" gives a showcase not to a guest, but to a now-departed bandmate. It features the late Danny Federici, stepping forward on accordion, and here serves as a valedictory to the E Street Band's longtime keyboardist, who died a few months before this EP was released.


Genre: Rock

When Bruce Springsteen finally broke through to national recognition in the fall of 1975 after a decade of trying, critics hailed him as the savior of rock & roll, the single artist who brought together all the exuberance of '50s rock and the thoughtfulness of '60s rock, molded into a '70s style. He rocked as hard as Jerry Lee Lewis, his lyrics were as complicated as Bob Dylan's, and his concerts were near-religious celebrations of all that was best in music. One critic became so enamored that he...
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