1972-02-14 Pocketful Of Tunes Inc., New York City, NY

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This is Bruce's complete live performance to an audience of three (Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos and Bob Spitz) that took place in Mike Appel's office at Wes Farrell's publishing company in New York City. Spitz recorded Springsteen on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Although Bruce presented the material to Appel as all newly-created during his December-January trip to California, it is now known that "Cowboys Of The Sea" and "If I Was The Priest" were written before that trip; besides those two, none of the listed songs is known to have been played before this performance. "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" was performed a second time on the request of Appel, who was dazzled by the lyrics. "For You" was apparently a shorter, not fully realized version of a song that Bruce seems not to have gotten around to finishing until the sessions for the first album were underway. All songs were played on acoustic guitar during this performance. After this performance Appel and Cretecos began putting the wheels in motion to sign Bruce to a comprehensive range of contracts, the first two of which (the 'Exclusive Management' and 'Exclusive Recording' Agreements) were signed almost four weeks to the day of this performance.

Mike Appel Audition

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