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The latest release of Mike Millard tape by JEMS was Bruce Springsteen. Speaking of his recordings of Springsteen, the best-selling “LOS ANGELES 1980 3RD NIGHT” and the recording in LA in 1988 were released by JEMS, but this time LA in 1981 was recorded in the sports arena. Until now, the unknown sound source recorded by him was enough to surprise enthusiasts around the world.
However, the sound quality of this recording has changed a lot. Unlike the on-sound image, which is described as a “sound board” every time, it was captured at a distance. Still, Springsteen’s vocals and Clarence Clemons’ saxophone sounds close. Thanks to that, the sound quality was easy to hear overall, but it was definitely a unique recording state among the mirrored recordings.
Regarding this matter, JEMS commented, “The position secured by Millard on this day seems to be too close to PA.” Indeed, the balance between the vocal and saxophone sounds seems to backfire that the position was too far forward. So this time it was released on CD-R, but even so, Clarence’s saxophone, which was prominent at the beginning of the show, was adjusted as much as possible.
Also, the river tour had a big change between 1980 and 1981 as a big hit of the single “Hungry Heart”, which made it difficult to secure a good position in the latter half of the 1981 tour when the audience increased. I can think of it. In fact, there was no audience recording of “This is it!” In the latter half of the 1981 tour, so it was a great achievement that the East Rutherford performance on July 9th was officially released this year in the live archive series.
Although it is a strange mirrored sound source in this way, it is still a sound quality that can be heard sufficiently. On this day, there is a sound source that has been on the market among enthusiasts for a long time, and it is distributed on the net release called “TRAVEL IN FEAR”. In total, the sound image is bigger and easier to hear, but the freshness of the sound source itself is the overwhelming victory of Millard. It can be said that this area is also true. Also, it was a time when “Hungry Heart” made it more popular than before, but it seems that mirrored recording does not pick up the excitement of the surroundings.
Besides, the performance is really wonderful every day in the latter half of the tour from July to September 1981. “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” which began to be performed in the previous year, has a truly imposing finish, and each song has evolved from the previous year’s performance, giving it a truly imposing atmosphere. Also, the pattern in which “Out In The Street” is played in the second part following “Hungry Heart” is extremely rare.
And at the LA Sports Arena in August, rare numbers popped out every day, but on this day the opening was “Summertime Blues” and the encore was “Rave On”, a song selection reminiscent of a darkness tour. But this is also rare.
By the way, a bonus track has been added by JEMS this time. It’s a document that Springsteen jumped into the Pretenders gig in Pasadena on September 5th, just before the end of the river tour. Fortunately, Millard was there that day, but he only recorded for 20 minutes, probably because he wasn’t interested in the band. Fortunately, however, Springsteen’s appearance was well documented in a short time. He mainly works as a backing chorus, but since this is the usual mirrored quality superb sound quality, you can hear it perfectly. This may be a hidden feature of this title!