Live 1975–85

Live/1975–85 is a live album by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. It consists of 40 tracks recorded at various concerts between 1975 and 1985, released as a box set by Columbia Records on November 10, 1986.

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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 10, 1986
RecordedOctober 18, 1975 – September 30, 1985
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band chronology
Born in the U.S.A.
Tunnel of Love
Singles from Live/1975–1985
  1. "War"
    Released: November 10, 1986
  2. "Fire"
    Released: January 1, 1987

In November of '85, Springsteen wrote in the liner notes, "Jon Landau sent a four-song cassette of 'Born in the U.S.A.', 'Seeds', 'The River' and 'War' down to my house with a note attached saying he 'thought we might have something here'. Over the following months we listened to 10 years of tapes, the music did the talkin', and this album and its story began to emerge. We hope you have as much fun with it as we did. I'd like to thank Jon for his friendship and perseverance and the E Street Band for 1,001 nights of comradeship and good rockin'. They're all about the best bunch of people you can have at your side when you're goin' on a long drive."

It was released as a box set of five vinyl records, three cassettes, or three CDs. There was also a record club only release which came on three 8-track cartridges.[1]

Release and receptionEdit

Springsteen's long-awaited and highly anticipated live album generated advance orders of more than 1.5 million copies, making it the largest dollar-volume pre-order in the history of the record business at the time.[2] Record stores around the country found fans waiting in line on Monday morning before opening and one New York store reportedly sold the album right off the back of the delivery truck. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, a then-rare occurrence that hadn't happened in ten years since Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. It also became the first five-record set to reach the top 10 and the first to sell over a million copies.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      link
Chicago Tribune    [3]
Rolling Stonepositive link
Tom HullB+ (   )[4]
The Village VoiceA–[5]

Not surprising, given Springsteen's reputation as a live performer and the sheer scope of the 40-song set, most reviews were overwhelmingly positive. There were, however, a few critics that felt the album could have been better, citing the omission of several concert highlights such as Springsteen's live rendition of "Prove It All Night" and his rousing cover of John Fogerty's "Who'll Stop the Rain", among others. Another complaint was that some of his many unreleased songs such as "The Fever" were ignored in favor of recent album tracks like "Darlington County".[6][7]

Live/1975–85 is the second-best-selling live album in U.S. history based on RIAA certification. It has been certified by the RIAA for 13x platinum, trailing only Garth Brooks' Double Live.[8] This figure reflects the RIAA practice of counting each disc in a multi-disc set as a separate unit sold; the actual number of copies sold is instead over 4 million. Based on sets sold, Live/1975–85 also trails several others including Eric Clapton's Unplugged (10 million) and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! (8 million). The box set's sales performance attracted considerable media attention at the time, first for setting records during the 1986 holiday shopping period, then later for fizzling out in sales in early 1987, leaving many retailers overstocked.[9]

Two singles were released from the box set: "War" (a cover of the 1970 Edwin Starr hit), which was a #8 success on the U.S. pop singles chart, and "Fire" (a Springsteen song that was a top 10 hit for The Pointer Sisters in 1979), which only reached #46 on the Billboard charts, breaking Springsteen's string of eight consecutive Top 10 singles. Two non-album tracks—"Incident on 57th Street", recorded at Nassau Coliseum in December 1980, and "For You", taken from the July 1978 Roxy show—materialized on B-sides from the album's singles and on a Japanese release titled Live Collection. The music video for "War" was taken from the concert where it was recorded, while the video for "Fire" was from a completely unrelated 1986 acoustic performance at a Bridge School Benefit concert. A third video, for "Born to Run", was also released, which showed a melange of clips from the band's 1984–85 Born in the U.S.A. Tour.

Track listingEdit


All tracks are written by Bruce Springsteen, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Thunder Road"October 18, 1975, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California5:44
2."Adam Raised a Cain"July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California5:26
3."Spirit in the Night"July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California6:25
4."4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"December 31, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York[a]6:34
Side two
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Paradise by the "C""July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California[b]3:52
2."Fire"December 16, 1978, Winterland, San Francisco[c]2:51
3."Growin' Up"July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California7:54
4."It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California4:39
Side three
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Backstreets"July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California[d]7:35
2."Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California10:00
3."Raise Your Hand" (writers: Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell)July 7, 1978, Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California4:56
Side four
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Hungry Heart"December 28, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York4:28
2."Two Hearts"July 8, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey3:06
3."Cadillac Ranch[e]"July 6, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:52
4."You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"December 29, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York3:58
5."Independence Day"July 6, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:52
Side five
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Badlands"November 5, 1980 ASU Activity Center, Tempe, Arizona[f]5:17
2."Because the Night" (writers: Springsteen, Patti Smith)December 28, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York[g]5:19
3."Candy's Room"July 8, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey3:19
4."Darkness on the Edge of Town"December 29, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York4:19
5."Racing in the Street"July 6, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey8:12
Side six
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."This Land Is Your Land" (writers: Woody Guthrie)December 28, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York[h]4:21
2."Nebraska"August 6, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:18
3."Johnny 99"August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:24
4."Reason to Believe"August 19, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey5:19
Side seven
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Born in the U.S.A."September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum6:10
2."Seeds"September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum5:14
3."The River"September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum11:42
Side eight
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."War" (writers: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield)September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum4:53
2."Darlington County"September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum5:12
3."Working on the Highway"August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:04
4."The Promised Land"September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum5:36
Side nine
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Cover Me"September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum6:57
2."I'm on Fire"August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:26
3."Bobby Jean"August 21, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:30
4."My Hometown"September 30, 1985, Los Angeles Coliseum[i]5:13
Side ten
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Born to Run"August 19, 1985, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey5:03
2."No Surrender"August 6, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:41
3."Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"August 20, 1984, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey4:21
4."Jersey Girl" (writer: Tom Waits)July 9, 1981, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey[j]6:30


  • ^[a] – Mistitled as "4th of July, Ashbury Park" on some CD box sets.
  • ^[b] – Song never released by Springsteen before; the version on this release omits Bruce saying "All you bootleggers out there in radioland, roll your tapes" right before the song.
  • ^[c] – The short spoken intro is from July 7, 1978 at the Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California
  • ^[d] – This version edits out a long interpolation near the end which includes an early version of "Drive All Night"
  • ^[e] – Mistitled as "Caddillac Ranch" on the CD box set
  • ^[f] – Performed night after the election of Ronald Reagan to the United States presidency.
  • ^[g] – Song never released by Springsteen before, although recorded by others most notably by Patti Smith and, later, 10,000 Maniacs
  • ^[h] – The date in the liner notes is incorrect; the performance actually dates from the following night, December 29.
  • ^[i] – This performance previously released as the music video for "My Hometown" single
  • ^[j] – This performance was released in 1984 as the B-side of the "Cover Me" single. The song was written by Tom Waits and originally released on his Heartattack and Vine album.


Disc 1

  1. "Thunder Road" – 5:46
  2. "Adam Raised a Cain" – 5:26
  3. "Spirit in the Night" – 6:25
  4. "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" – 6:34
  5. "Paradise by the "C"" – 3:54
  6. "Fire" – 2:51
  7. "Growin' Up" – 7:58
  8. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" – 4:39
  9. "Backstreets" – 7:35
  10. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" – 10:00
  11. "Raise Your Hand" (Cropper/Floyd/Isbell) – 5:01
  12. "Hungry Heart" – 4:30
  13. "Two Hearts" – 3:06

Disc 2

  1. "Cadillac Ranch" – 4:52
  2. "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" – 3:58
  3. "Independence Day" – 5:08
  4. "Badlands" – 5:17
  5. "Because the Night" (Springsteen/Smith) – 5:19
  6. "Candy's Room" – 3:19
  7. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" – 4:19
  8. "Racing in the Street" – 8:12
  9. "This Land Is Your Land" (Guthrie) – 4:21
  10. "Nebraska" – 4:18
  11. "Johnny 99" – 4:24
  12. "Reason to Believe" – 5:19
  13. "Born in the U.S.A." – 6:10
  14. "Seeds" – 5:14

Disc 3

  1. "The River" – 11:42
  2. "War" (Strong/Whitfield) – 4:53
  3. "Darlington County" – 5:12
  4. "Working on the Highway" – 4:04
  5. "The Promised Land" – 5:36
  6. "Cover Me" – 6:57
  7. "I'm on Fire" – 4:26
  8. "Bobby Jean" – 4:30
  9. "My Hometown" – 5:13
  10. "Born to Run" – 5:03
  11. "No Surrender" – 4:41
  12. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" – 4:21
  13. "Jersey Girl" (Waits) – 6:30



Year Chart Position
1986 Billboard 200[10] 1
UK Official Album Chart[11] 4
Aria Charts[12] 3
Canadian Albums Chart[13] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 70,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[15] Gold 32,402[15]
France (SNEP)[16] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[17] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[18] Platinum 100,000^
Portugal (AFP)[19] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[19] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 13× Platinum 4,333,329^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Selvin, Joel. "New Boss Work – Springsteen Five LP Set: A $30 Million Pre-Order" The San Francisco Chronicle November 2, 1986: 49
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (August 23, 1992). "The Recorded History of Springsteen". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Hull, Tom (October 29, 2016). "Streamnotes (October 2016)". Tom Hull - on the Web. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 30, 1986). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Pond, Steve. "Bruce's Live LP Battles Great Expectations" Los Angeles Times November 9, 1986: 5
  7. ^ Barton, David. "It's Not That Good" Sacramento Bee December 7, 1986: EN1
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ Harrington, Richard. "Springsteen 'Live' in a Sales Coma" The Washington Post March 25, 1987: C7
  10. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Bruce Springsteen | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. " – Discography Bruce Springsteen". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  13. ^ Canada, Library and Archives. "RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2020-07-28. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Bruce Springsteen" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Live 1975 - 86" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bruce Springsteen; 'Live/ 1975-85')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  18. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Live 1975-1985" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved February 8, 2021. Enter Live 1975-1985 in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  19. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Awards 1987" (PDF). Music & Media. December 26, 1987. p. 44-46. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Live 75/85". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Bruce Springsteen". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 8, 2021. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.