Last week, Springsteen put his first truly archival download-only show on the Web: August 9, 1978, at the Agora in Cleveland. Bootlegged for years as Agora Night and other titles, the show is one of the best radio broadcasts of the Darkness tour. And the bootlegs have had a pretty good sound quality. But this official release — mastered from tapes the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame found in boxes, I like to imagine in some vast Raiders of the Lost Ark-like warehouse — sounds amazing.
All lossless for $12.95 (and plain MP3 for $9.95):
Star local radio DJ and critical Boss evangelist Kid Leo gets all kinds of mentions. Summertime Blues opens the show. Badlands and Prove It are raw and fast and fantastic. She’s the One gets Not Fade Away and Gloria as intros, and the thing is fierce. Growin’ Up gets the teenage werewolf story AND Bruce and Clarence meeting God. And more. Let it rock.
From a bootleg version (so imagine how good the new one sounds):