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Hammersmith Odeon, London '75

Bruce Springsteen

2006

Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
Album Summary

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Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 is a concert video and the fourth live album by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, released in 2006. It is a full-length recording of their performance on November 18, 1975, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, during their Born to Run tours. The concert was part of Columbia Records' push to promote Springsteen in the UK and Europe following the success of his third album, Born to Run (1975), in the US. The large amount of publicity accompanying these appearances, especially the one in London, famously caused Springsteen to pull down from the front of the Odeon a promotional poster proclaiming "Finally London is ready for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band." In the liner notes, Springsteen himself writes that after the show had been recorded, "I'd paid no attention to it. I never looked at it ... for 30 years." In his autobiography, Born to Run, he reveals that during and after the concert he experienced an angst-ridden sense of doubt as to performing in general, and his performance that evening in particular. However, in the same book, he recognizes that "whatever happened, that first night at the Hammersmith Odeon became one of our 'legendary' performances", despite calling the return gig on November 24 at the end of the European tour "a blaze of a show" by comparison.

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3.08

Votes

52

Genres

  • Rock

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Mon Apr 08 2024
3

The Boss goes alright, not sure why we needed a live album from him but hey. 3/5.

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Mon Apr 29 2024
2

Stop adding 2 hour live albums! 😩 2

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Sat Apr 06 2024
1

Whatever sicko added this to the list needs to be found and studied. Bruce, a mediocre boomer who already has FIVE albums on the list when he barely deserves one. An OVER TWO HOUR LONG album that is LIVE? This is supposed to be a fun time, not an investigation of war crimes.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
5

One of the most legendary live albums in history, finally released in 2006 as a DVD companion of the special edition of 'Born to Run'. A missed opportunity imo. It should have been released in a luxury edition, on its own and with a cover worthy of its contents, instead of that horrible one. All of this does not detract from the greatness of the album, a memorable document of the best that rock music can offer

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Sat Apr 20 2024
5

A nice reminder of how awesome Bruce Springsteen is. Not only has he written some of the most iconic songs and produced some of the greatest albums of all time, he and the E Street Band are certainly among the all-time greatest live acts. This album captures that live feeling about as well as you can on a recording. I saw them on the Born in the USA tour, but would have loved to have seen them in this era as well. 5 stars.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
4

The cracks to Bruce as a younger man are the exceptions to the norm. No one has better control than the E Street Band over songcraft like this, and the two hours are songs stretched out unglamorous and strong. Anything without painful composition is painfully felt instead.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
4

I'm a big Springsteen fan going a long way back but interestingly I don't think I ever sat down and listened to a live album before. Found this good but not amazing, I suspect this band's lightning being of a particularly "difficult to get in a bottle" variety. Happily listened to a bunch of classics though, and the cover fragments scattered through some renditions and medley toward the end were interesting.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
4

7/10. I like Bruce Springsteen, so I liked this album. I don't really think it's a must-listen, though.

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Mon Apr 08 2024
4

Not particularly a fan of The Boss. But this was a good livealbum

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Fri Apr 12 2024
4

Wow, I thought this was absolutely briljant. I know his live shows can be good, and now I know why. What a boss!

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Sat Apr 06 2024
3

I'm a big fan of The Boss, and this is his prime, with some interesting versions of these iconic songs with different arrangements, but I'm just not a huge fan of live albums in general, and that second disc with the longer numbers and covers kinda drags.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
3

I kind of get the submission, but long live Albums are just a little tougher for me.

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Mon Apr 08 2024
3

I feel like Brandon Flowers kind of sounds like this era Springsteen. I'd much rather listen to the not-live versions of these songs, which is how I feel about most live albums.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
3

I understand that so many people adore Bruce Springsteen. I like quite some of his music as well. Some I even think is véry good. But listening to a 2 hour+ concert is just too much. The only way that such a long concert actually adds something to the whole Springsteen-experience, is by being there in the crowd as it's happening.

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Fri May 03 2024
3

There’s lots of Springsteen on the list including the outstanding “Born To Run”. Yes, the E Street Band were/are great live and given Metallica and Van Morrison and The Who and Deep Purple amongst others have concert albums I suppose this is a fair user submission.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
2

Although Bruce is a great artist, there are 5 albums in the original list already, which is A LOT. One more is redundant.

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Tue May 07 2024
1

There are already 5 Bruce Springsteen albums on this list. Another one is certainly not necessary let alone, a live album which is two hours long. Let's at least have some creativity. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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