Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band: Live in Dublin (2007)
*** (out of 4)
Highly energetic concerts was recorded over three days at The Pointe Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. This was my first time hearing Bruce with The Sessions Band as I passed on the original CD for no better reason than just wanting him with The E Street Band (which we're getting a new CD next month). I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I enjoyed this show, which mixed Hillbilly Rock with Country, Jazz and even Religious music. Springsteen does some of his older tunes including the opener "Atlantic City", "Further On Up the Road" "Blinded By the Light" and "If I Should Fall Behind". These all comes off very well with their new mixes but "If I Should Fall Behind" was the real standout. The new songs include "Jesse James", "Oh Mary Don't You Weep" and various others, all of which came off terrific. I must say that this impressed me enough to go out and buy the CD, although I'm not sure how casual Springsteen fans will feel. I think if anyone enjoys an old time show then this should be up your alley.
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