Live In New York City - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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  • Summary: A double-disc live set from The Boss and the reunited E Street Band, recorded at a pair of Madison Square Garden performances at the end of their 1999-2000 tour. Includes two new tracks ("Land of Hope and Dreams" and "American Skin"), as well as favorites such as "Born to Run" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out." Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Fans will likely find Live In New York City's porridge not too epic and not too stingy, the balance of newer material, obvious classics, and obscure trifles just right. [13 Apr 2001, p.73]
  2. This powerful set restates Springsteen's great showmanship and generosity of spirit, and the sheer force of his magnificent band. Simply one of the best live albums imaginable.
  3. 100
    Deeper Bruce fans will go ga-ga over the dearth of hits on this collection and twists like "Born in the U.S.A." getting a Nebraska-esque treatment and a great version of "Jungleland." Everyone else will simply love it.
  4. Taken on its own, Live is still the best officially released evidence of the camaraderie that makes the E Street Band so vital, as well as an essential next chapter for an artist who hasn't released a studio album in some time. But there are still ways in which, as for so many of Springsteen's performances, you had to be there.
  5. Revelations abound: Max Weinberg's demon drumming turns "My Love Will Not Let You Down," an early-Eighties leftover, into a rampaging opener; "Two Hearts" allows duet partners Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt to pay homage to the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston Motown classic "It Takes Two"; Nils Lofgren's six-string rave-up drops a bomb on the relatively sedate studio version of "Youngstown"; and the slide-guitar voicings on a stark, howling "Born in the U.S.A." evoke both the Far East and Mississippi.
  6. 70
    Few will quarrel with Springsteen's reliance on his pre-Born in the U.S.A. output, or with the use of only one track, "Youngstown," from The Ghost of Tom Joad. But the absence of anything from the grievously underrated Tunnel of Love is a shame, as is the absence of "Further on Up the Road," a wistful and gorgeous new track played often during the Garden dates.
  7. 40
    Live In New York City may be the first example of Springsteen allowing himself to be reduced to what he has carefully avoided becoming up to now: pure product. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. PhilS.
    Apr 9, 2001
    American Skin, My Love Will Not Let You Down, the haunting new version of The River. The Boss is back and not a moment to soon! Just keep us happy with more more great music! Expand
  2. adamk
    Feb 1, 2006
    Man, this guy just can do no wrong. Great album, excellent sampling of songs and the E-Street Band sounds great as always. I enjoy his solo work but when he gets together with the E Streeters it becomes something magical. Expand
  3. kunals
    May 18, 2006
    Boss,, the name speaks all,,back again with blast..a great story teller...another rocking sold out concert..excellent songs with brilliantly done accoustic version of atlantic city... Expand
  4. BramB.
    Apr 9, 2001
    It's great! My favorite : Lost in the Flood
  5. MattK
    Apr 28, 2005
    Bruce & the E Street Band are, IMO, one of the best live experiences in rock n' roll. Granted, they've slowly inched away from their peak in 1978, but they still put on a great show, and "Live In New York City" is an excellent document of their 1999-2000 'reunion' tour. It's been re-mixed and edited like an album, and if you're a collector and a purist, you won't like that, but for fans who just want one good set from the 1999-2000 tour, this is it. The two new songs are very good, particularly "American Skin" (very controversial but powerful). Occasionally it's overwhelming and bombastic, especially on the rockers (and the big-arena mixing style doesn't help), but this is still a tight set: some tracks like "Born in the USA" and "Youngstown" are even given fresh, bold arrangements, breathing new life into the former (which is overplayed on classic rock radio) and rejuvenating the latter (which was a forgotten track on a forgotten album). Expand
  6. Richard
    Sep 4, 2002
    A rote version of "Jungleland" aside, this is as close to the live Bruce experience as we're lucky to get. Highpoints: "Land of Hope and Dreams," "Youngstown," "Lost in the Flood." Still, given the choice, I'll take the video! Expand
  7. EvelynT.
    Aug 15, 2002
    I worship Bruce Springsteen, but the E-street band is overrated and the old songs should be left alone. However , 41 shots is great !