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Bruce Springsteen 2 1978

Almost every band has a “live” album these days. I’m putting live in quotes because sometimes bands will take their studio tracks and put a canned crowd noise behind it and try to pass it off as “live”. (Refer to Kiss’ Alive I through XXX) If you are in a band, please put out a live album, they are awesome, they capture the atmosphere of your shows but whatever you do, don’t duplicate your studio work. We could just stay home and listen to your album in our living rooms. The booze is cheaper too.


Here’s how to properly do a live version of a song:


Bruce Springsteen – “Prove It All Night” (Darkness On The Edge Of Town, 1978)

It’s a great song. It’s got a basic verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus structure with some sax and guitar solos thrown in the mix.The song tops out at just under 4 minutes making it a great radio friendly song but how do you improve on that?

Bruce Springsteen – “Prove It All Night” (Live 1978)

Triple the length and add more guitar!

Also, send me your live stuff if you have any.


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