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Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland (Hammersmith Odeon 1975)

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Early footage of the Boss when he still worked in the mailroom

 “If you go to Garfield, New Jersey, and you stand there on a cracked, ill-maintained sidewalk and look up and ponder the orange glow in the sky and smell the exhaust fumes of cars with broken catalytic converters - that is purgatory,” one YouTube commentator explains in a discussion of this particular performance of Jungleland.

The poetry of the Born To Run album — and this song in particular — is fully present in Springsteen’s inflected, almost mannerist vocal delivery here, the purgatorial making its mark near the end when he sings, “And the poets down here / Don’t write nothing at all / They just stand back and let it all be.”

"Jungleland" was fIlmed as part of the band’s first U.K. performance, on November 18, 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. A DVD of the full concert is included in the 30th anniversary box set re-release of Born to Run, along with a documentary on the making of the album. Springsteen commented in his liner notes that despite being overwhelmed by the record company’s publicity frenzy for the Hammersmith show, he “arrived at the theatre and created pre-show chaos, stomping through the aisles, pulling promo flyers off the seats.”

Listen carefully to Clarence Clemons' tenor saxophone solo – a bright, gold, aria of hopefulness halfway through this legendary stadium piece. It's as sublime as it is on the record, though he repeats one bar at the close. But never mind. As the Canadian poet Steven Heighton has confessed about another Clemons sax solo, “I believed all the saxophone.” And we do too, we can’t help it.

 

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