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Bruce Springsteen bootleg – You Can Trust Your Car To The Man Who Wears The Star (1975)


Though it contains only two-thirds of the songs performed at Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s concert at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, on February 5, 1975 (a benefit for WMMR-FM broadcast live), the double-LP You Can Trust Your Car to the Man Who Wears the Star is the definitive concert bootleg for the period between Springsteen’s second and third albums.

“Born to Run,” “Jungleland,” and “She’s the One” were already in the set list, and this show marked the introduction of “Wings for Wheels,” later retitled “Thunder Road.” The showpieces are the major songs from The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle — “Incident On 57th Street,” the title track, performed as a ballad with a long introduction in which Springsteen tells the story of how he met Clarence Clemons and “Kitty’s Back,” though “Spirit in the Night,” “Growin’ Up,” and “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. are also brought out, and the covers include Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love,” Bob Dylan’s “I Want You.”

This was one of the last shows featuring violinist/backup singer Suki Lahav, and she is heard most effectively on “Incident on 57th Street” and “Jungleland.” This was the kind of show that brought Springsteen an impassioned cult following and the critical raves that convinced Columbia Records not to drop him and instead to give him the recording budget he needed to make Born to Run.

Sound quality is exceptional for a bootleg.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Bruce Springsteen You Can Trust Your Car... | , | Leave a comment