Bruce Springsteen's critically acclaimed archive collection is about to make a deep dive into the vaults. The ongoing series has featured pristine stereo soundboards for concerts dating back to 1975; the majority of which have been either sonic revamps of famed radio broadcasts or multi-track masters covering dates on his most significant tours. Now, it seems that a combination of two of the E Street Band's rarest and most beloved string of shows from the legendary "Lawsuit Tour" -- Albany, NY / February 7th, 1977 and Rochester, NY / February 8th, 1977 -- have finally gotten the nod from Springsteen's team.
The shows took place while Springsteen was in litigation with his original manager-publisher-producer Mike Appel. Although the shows don't stray that far away from the arrangements of the 1975/'76 Born To Run gigs, Springsteen, who was barred from legally entering the recording studio, was touring to cover the band's expenses. By the '77 shows, they already had started incorporating such new material as "Something In The Night," "Rendezvous," "The Promise," and the still-unreleased "Action In The Streets" into the performances. The shows also feature the added bonus of the Miami Horns beefing up the E Street sound.
- Rolling Stone reported the Springsteen archive has been expanded to encompass 25 new recordings, including the next release from the '77 shows: "The release schedule was announced during an interview with Brad Serling, who works for the concert recording archive site nugs.net, on SiriusXM's E Street Radio channel. Serling said the (August 4th) release contains music from Springsteen shows in Rochester -- 45 minutes in mono, and Albany -- roughly two hours, also in mono -- made by Chas Gerber, who did a stint as Springsteen's sound engineer in the 1970s. No soundboard recording of Springsteen in 1977 is currently in circulation, according to Backstreets."
- Keyboardist Roy Bittan first joined the E Street Band in 1974 and was the only member to tour with him during his 1992/1993 world tour with "the other band." He specifically recalls the days in 1976 and 1977 when Springsteen and the band were blocked from recording and says that he's amazed at what Springsteen has been able to accomplish over the years: "I think he had tremendous pressures on him early in his career, he had a lot of trouble early in his career. Y'know, he had that terrible lawsuit that went down. So I think, y'know, he's come through a lot and he's, he's a survivor."