Well, it's been a while since I found the time and more important a release worth reviewing. But recently there it was, well actually there were three but let me begin with the one that convinced me to start reviewing again.
Last year Bruce Springsteen released Working on A Dream, which I found underwhelming in comparison to his previous Magic album which is one of my favourite Bruce Springsteen albums of all time. But hey, tastes differ but the tour was, or me, too much a continuation of the last leg of the Magic tour and I never really became interested in it. Maybe a bit of an overkill. As the Magic tour ended in October and this tour started in March or something. The surprise of rare and one off songs faded as the one offs were becoming well uh more common and the warhorses like Badlands, Born To Run etc. were well warhorses but became a bit of a drag personally.
When the band started the tour "album shows" were discussed but they only came to fuitation on the final US leg of the tour with the one off River performance as the absolute highlight. After the CD release of this show, which is TOTALLY sold out a DVD release is here and well it TOPS my expectations. What we get is the full show on DVD9 of an amazing tripod shot screenshot. It's like watching a pro shot with only the VERY minor flaws of a screenshot, which means only a NEAR crystal clear picture. But I am nitpicking. I have a HD TV and the problem with HD tv's is that they are GREAT with amazing HD/BLU RAY sources but DVD and not to mention video sources give you a less than perfect picture as a regular TV or HD Ready TV. This is a great DVD and it's actually like watching a original pro shot DVD.
The screenfootage and angles are great and it's a great experience. We see the E-street Band on their current peak musically but also personally. Great with this footage is that you actually see the band memembers enjoy this momentum, the interaction between them and the sparks in their eyes. This footage is historical as it's propably only the only time EVER they did this and it's so well captured that it is worth a release.
The performances are in the vein of the album and especially The River, You Can Look and Cadillac Ranch are worth hearing in their original (live) incarnation again. Personal highlights, well, I for the the first time in quite a while enjoyed an entire performance but the highlights are Point Blank, Wrecking Ball, The River, The Price You Pay and Atlantic City oh, let's not forget showcloser Higher & Higher!
Apocalypse Sound only releases high quality pro shots but this screener is LIKE a pro shot and was an excellent choice to release. Quantities are limited so if you are able to btain a opy, don't hesitate as it's is worth every buck!