23 Songs, 2 Hours 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bruce Springsteen has been chasing his American Dream since his earliest days. From the Dylanesque colloquialisms of his first albums to the West Side Story drama that informed 1975’s Born to Run through the working class fever that climaxed with the acoustic home demos of 1982’s Nebraska to 1984’s all-out stadium tour assault with Born in the U.S.A., the tugs at Woody Guthrie with 1994’s The Ghost of Tom Joad and finally the down-home hoe-downs of the Pete Seeger-inspired We Shall Overcome from 2006, Bruce Springsteen is the most unabashed American performer in modern times. Live in Dublin was recorded at the Point, Dublin, Ireland on November 17,18 and 19, 2006 with the touring group that first took shape in his living room. Springsteen invigorates these classic forms of American music — Dixieland, folk, blues, country, gospel and rock — with his boundless energy, injecting a preacher’s fire and brimstone to everything he sings. Most interesting, he reinvents his own catalog, as “Atlantic City,” “If I Should Fall Behind,” “Growin’ Up” and “Blinded by the Light” among others are radically overhauled, with the countrified “Highway Patrolmen” being the immediate standout.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bruce Springsteen has been chasing his American Dream since his earliest days. From the Dylanesque colloquialisms of his first albums to the West Side Story drama that informed 1975’s Born to Run through the working class fever that climaxed with the acoustic home demos of 1982’s Nebraska to 1984’s all-out stadium tour assault with Born in the U.S.A., the tugs at Woody Guthrie with 1994’s The Ghost of Tom Joad and finally the down-home hoe-downs of the Pete Seeger-inspired We Shall Overcome from 2006, Bruce Springsteen is the most unabashed American performer in modern times. Live in Dublin was recorded at the Point, Dublin, Ireland on November 17,18 and 19, 2006 with the touring group that first took shape in his living room. Springsteen invigorates these classic forms of American music — Dixieland, folk, blues, country, gospel and rock — with his boundless energy, injecting a preacher’s fire and brimstone to everything he sings. Most interesting, he reinvents his own catalog, as “Atlantic City,” “If I Should Fall Behind,” “Growin’ Up” and “Blinded by the Light” among others are radically overhauled, with the countrified “Highway Patrolmen” being the immediate standout.

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