Some songs for you from the Boss on Independence Day…
The first, is “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” from his first album, Asbury Park. The video is from Live at the Hammersmith Odeon back in 1975. You can get the DVD through Netflix and it is the kind of performance that leaves you speechless. The album is one of my favorites. And “Sandy” is about as beautiful and moving song as you’ll hear anywhere at anytime.
This next one has been around in the live shows for years and is now on the newest album, Wrecking Ball. There is a lot of what is great about America in this song without any triumphalism.
You can’t talk about Independence Day and Bruce without his “Independence Day” from The River.
And this final one because it’s what you expected and it’s epic live.
Summertime weather has hit Birmingham with highs at 90. Sweating is easy. The night air is no longer crisp. It hangs on your before it drips back into the darkness. The honeysuckle is intoxicating. And for some reason, every year, at this time and for the next couple of months I want to hear the voice and songs of Springsteen. With windows down. Roof open. Volume up.
The only album that has been able to pull me away from Adele’s ’21’ is Springsteen’s The Promise. Released late last year but recorded back in ’77 – ’78, it is a double album of songs from the Darkness On the Edge of Town sessions. I just picked it up a few days ago. So far, I’ve found it to be nothing but great after about 5 listens. But I’m one of those who rarely hears a song by The Boss and does not like it.
Below is a trailer for the album.
“Ain’t Good Enough For You” is Springsteen doing classic soul pop.
And the first tune on the album, “Racing In the Street” is incredible. Below is a live version from ’78. Recorded in Jersey.
What about you? What do you feel like you have to listen to in the summer?
5. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday – Lady Day’s last recording, recorded just weeks before her death and released just after, it is a stunning, hypnotic piece of art. Though technically not her best singing, it is her singing that makes this one her best.