Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Edition: Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 Reviews
October 10, 2010
Also included in the Born to Run 30th Anniversary Box Set is this concert, in which Bruce and what would become the long-standing E Street Band lineup (Max Weinberg, Garry W. Talent, Steve Van Zandt, Roy Bittan, Dan Federici and Clarence Clemons) take London by storm. This set is one of the many that became the stuff of legend, and it shows a young and optimistic world-beating Boss, skinny as a rail, turning his rock and roll revival into its very own revolution. The sound quality is astounding - so good that fans demanded an audio-only recording on CD, and got it. The set suffers a bit from the inclusion of some of his more forgettable early material (long forgotten tracks from his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey like Spirit in the Night are performed), but barn-burning Rosallita, the epic Jungleland and the closing Detroit Medley are all performances so full of joy that its hard not to love it. This film, thirty years late, shows what millions of fans already knew: Bruce Springsteen was here to stay.
January 16, 2015
A great documentary on the making of a legendary album. The real shining light here is the concert footage of the Hammersmith Odeon performance. In my opinion it is the greatest and most enjoyable concert ever put to film. I'm not only taking into consideration the band's performance, but also the way it is shot and the way the stage is lit. The vibe of the whole production is really unmatched by anything else I've ever seen (many have come close but this is the best). It is a concert to be played on a big screen at very high volume.