Thursday, February 23, 2017

NEW: Springsteen live in Chester 1975 - 1DVD - February 6

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
High On A Mountain Of Love
Schwartz Athletic Center Field House
Widener College
Chester, Pennsylvania
February 6, 1975
JEMS Archive/Brucevideos

2012 Video Transfer: First-generation VHS > Apple ProRes video capture (image stabilization, timebase correction) > uncompressed AVI > Sony Movie Studio 12 (noise reduction, sharpening, B&W conversion, cropping) > MPEG2 @ average 7.5 mbps) > DVD Architect 5.0

Audio Mastering: Apple ProRes > wav > Sony Sound Forge (minor edits, slight EQ, gain adjustment) > DVD Architect 5.0

Incident On 57th Street
Mountain Of Love
Born To Run
Spirit In The Night
Wings For Wheels
Kitty's Back
New York City Serenade (cut)
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (cut)
4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
(total running time 61:46)

Bonus Audio / Slide Show
Photos from Widener College, February 6, 1975 by Michael Turner
Encore Audio from Widener College, February 7, 1975 by The Big A

Audio Transfer: master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 (speed corrected) > FLAC > compress to AC3

1. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
2. A Love So Fine
3. For You
4. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
(total running time 32:27)

The fact that we have over an hour of watchable video from Widener College, February 6, 1975 is nothing short of miraculous. Need I remind you that Widener represents the ONLY extant footage of E Street Band featuring Suki Lahav. It is the ONLY extant footage of "Wings for Wheels," the early version of what would become "Thunder Road." It offers a precious glimpse of Bruce and the band BEFORE Born to Run was even fully recorded. And apart from the bonus footage of Ahmanson Theatre 1973 on the Born To Run 30th Anniversary DVD, Widener is the earliest E Street Band footage of complete songs, PERIOD.

The story of how Widener was videotaped has been misreported for decades, but recently the Widener College Alumni magazine uncovered the true story. It was not shot by two students involved in a filmmaking course. It was in fact shot by Michael Turner and Jeff Audet, two huge Bruce fans who, on what can only be described as a lark, borrowed a Sony Portapak video recorder (see image link below) that belonged to Jeff's father and decided to attempt to film the show.

They cleared their biggest hurdle with an amusing white lie, according to the story in the Widener Alumni Magazine: "As Michael and his friend, Jeff, approached the entrance to Schwartz Athletic Center Field House, Turner extended his $6 concert ticket toward the student collecting them and was met with a quizzical look. 'What's that?' the student asked Turner, his gaze fixed on a large case slung over Turner's shoulder. 'I have a breathing problem and this is a portable iron lung,' Turner said without missing a beat. Either satisfied with Turner's answer, or too cold to inquire further on a freezing February night, the student took their tickets and waved them through the field house entrance."

For years, the pair would pull out the video tape to show at parties and sometime around 1986, a copy they gave to a Philadelphia DJ began to circulate widely among fans on VHS. Eventually the Widener footage would make its way to DVD, YouTube and even a snippet in the aforementioned BTR30 documentary.

But none of the circulating copies of Widener have had a known lineage back to the source. The master tape, a 1/2-inch open reel video, is, sadly, missing and presumed lost. We tried. We looked. However, this new DVD offers the next best thing as it comes from a verified first-generation VHS dubbed from the master.

With this source in hand we returned to the transfer pro who handled our last major archive video project (Passaic 9/20/78) and he did a hi-res capture in Apple ProRes. That file was then delivered via hard drive to Pete at Brucevideos who went to work painstakingly cleaning up the image. While Widener still has the same fundamental issues inherent in the filming, we think this new version is a material upgrade to all previous versions. Screenshots provided.

The new DVD also has an exciting bonus feature. We were thrilled to discover a four-song recording of Widener College February 7, 1975 among a batch of master tapes we received from The Big A. It was tape two of a two-cassette recording, the first tape of which is unfortunately lost to history (Are Widener master tapes cursed?). But what was there was the four-song encore, in effect, the missing end of the Widener video. With some recently discovered photos of the show also in hand, we thought we could blend the images and the new audio to "complete" the show. The tape also offered upgraded audio of "Sandy" which we could sync to the overlapping video footage. But the audio didn't match, and that became the first of several pieces of evidence (including new photos and the recollections of the tapers and filmers) that proved that the Widener College video we had always presumed came from the second night in fact came from the first night. The audio therefore is a new recording of a previously uncirculated show.

In order to fit the audio and the slide show on the disc and preserve the resolution of the Widener video we elected to compress the bonus audio to AC3 and present it under a blank screen with chapter breaks. Rest assured we will torrent the audio separately in uncompressed format, but we thought the pluses of having every Widener asset (video, photos and audio) on a single disc outweighed the negatives.

Wayne Darlington for JEMS

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

NEW: Springsteen live in Rio de Janeiro 2013 - 2DVD - September 21 - pro-shot

Bruce Springsteen 2013-09-21 Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil DVD PRO

a very, very LONG show for me, that I am not a fan
I hope you like it

Lineage: cable TV Multishow HD > Philips DVD recorder with Hard Disk > TDK DVD-R > dvddecrypter (0 errors) > my Hard Disk

the cable tv is in HD, but my dvd recorder does not record in HD

the dvds have a standard menu, a chapter every 5 minutes


complete show in 2 dvd5:

Sociedade Alternativa
(Raul Seixas cover)
Death to My Hometown
Spirit in the Night
Hungry Heart
Born in the U.S.A. album
Born in the U.S.A.
Cover Me
Darlington County
Working on the Highway
Downbound Train
I'm on Fire
No Surrender
Bobby Jean
I'm Goin' Down
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
(With fans on stage)
My Hometown
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Rising
Land of Hope and Dreams
(The Impressions's People Get Ready Tag)
Thunder Road
Born to Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Twist and Shout
(The Top Notes cover) (La Bamba interlude; With fireworks)
This Hard Land
(solo acoustic)

Complete name : D:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_1.VOB
Format : MPEG-PS
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Duration : 30mn 0s
Overall bit rate : 4 770 Kbps

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Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC
Color space : YUV
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Scan order : Top Field First
Compression mode : Lossy
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Time code of first frame : 09:43:55;15
Time code source : Group of pictures header
Stream size : 949 MiB (93%)

ID : 189 (0xBD)-128 (0x80)
Format : AC-3
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Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness : Big
Muxing mode : DVD-Video
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Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : -495ms
Stream size : 55.0 MiB (5%)

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

NEW: Springsteen live in Denver 2005 - 2DVD - May 7

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado
May 7, 2005

Lineage: Canon ZR40 (SD)>.avi (lossless - no reencoding)>Premiere 6.5>VIDEO TS (using Ulead)>DVD-R>VIDEO_TS (extracted
losslessly using DVDShrink)

Disc One (1:10:40):

My Beautiful Reward
Reason to Believe
Devils and Dust
Empty Sky
Long Time Coming
Silver Palomino
For You
Real World
Part Man, Part Monkey
Maria's Bed
Cautious Man

Disc Two (1:19:53):

The Promise
Thunder Road
My Hometown
The Rising
Further On Up The Road
Jesus Was An Only Son
The Hitter
Matamoras Banks
Johnny 99
This Hard Land
Waitin' On A Sunny Day
My Best Was Never Good Enough
The Promised Land

Notes: This is Loudpuppy's master, converted to two DVDs by me on July 29, 2005; this was when I was still making snazzy menus
and title cards. Bruce gives a great show here as a solo performer and the intensity of the performance is captured here some
pretty terrific camera work (the audio's pretty good, too) - noting that Loudpuppy was actually at the show with his mother and
was eyeballing the whole thing through his side door on the video camera! It gets better as it goes and you really feel like
you're there - nice job,Loudpuppy and nice job, Boss!

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