In the last few months, Legacy Recordings has launched an extensive digital campaign with the aim of releasing Bruce Springsteen to the streaming age. This May saw the digital debut of 17 rare singles and EPs, as well as the new compilation, Spare Parts, which collected highlights from those releases. Now, Legacy has teamed up with Nugs.net on a new compilation, The Live Series: Songs of the Road that celebrates The Boss’s incendiary concert performances and his music’s association with the open road.
As the name suggests, The Live Series: Songs of the Road is a themed compilation featuring songs related to roads, cars, and travel. The 15 live performances are culled from Nugs.net’s ongoing Live Archive series, which brings full concerts from Springsteen’s live vaults to digital download and CD. While these tracks have been available for download on Bruce’s website, The Live Series: Songs of the Road brings this material to mainstream digital download and streaming services for the first time.
With blazing versions of “Thunder Road” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and the hard-to-find “Action in the Streets” from his transitional 1977 upstate New York shows, a swinging 2006 take on “Open All Night” with the rootsy Seeger Sessions Band, the acoustic “Used Cars” from an intimate acoustic show from 1996, plus the arena rock god prowess of “Born To Run” from 1984 and the more recent impassioned performances of “Out in the Street” and “The E Street Shuffle,” this collection brings together all the different sides of Bruce’s live work, past and present.
You can find the new Bruce Springsteen collection, The Live Series: Songs of the Road on streaming platforms now. Check it out on Spotify below!
Bruce Springsteen, The Live Series: Songs of the Road (Columbia/Legacy, 2018)
1. Thunder Road (Live at the Palace Theatre, Albany, NY – 02/07/77)
2. Highway 29 (Live at King’s Hall, Belfast, UK – 03/19/96)
3. Incident On 57th Street (Live at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – 09/20/78)
4. Open All Night (Live at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA – 04/30/06)
5. Stolen Car (Live at the ASU Activity Center, Tempe, AZ – 11/05/80)
6. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Live at the Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY – 02/08/77)
7. Out In the Street (Live at the Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA – 10/20/09)
8. Drive All Night (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – 11/08/09)
9. Born to Run (Live at the Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ – 08/05/84)
10. Used Cars (Live at St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, NJ – 11/08/96)
11. Action in the Streets (Live at the Palace Theatre, Albany, NY – 02/07/77)
12. Racing In the Street (Live at the Agora, Cleveland, OH – 08/09/78)
13. Working On the Highway (Live at Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy – 07/11/13)
14. The E Street Shuffle (Live at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA – 11/19/07)
15. Cadillac Ranch (Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – 12/31/80)