1974-06-02 Agora (The), Toledo, OH

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One show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and Orphan opening. Beginning shows with one or two acoustic numbers had been a pretty consistent hallmark of Springsteen's concerts up to this point. However this was one of the last shows of this type, as the hiring of Marc Brickman as stage lighting director in July 1974 pretty much ended the opening acoustic solo spots. From an historical standpoint the important performance is the wonderful love song "Angel Baby" (occasionally referred to by collectors by the titles "Dance On Little Angel" or "A Night Like This"). Springsteen, identifying it as "a new song" but not mentioning the title to the crowd, performs it acoustically (with Clarence and Danny). Although "Angel Baby" bears no common melody or lyrics with "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)", the two are stylistically similar and set along the summer Jersey shoreline. A studio take of this song has never surfaced. Bruce later used a few tidbits of lyric from "Angel Baby" for his early 1975 composition "Lonely Night In The Park", a recording from the Born To Run sessions, which first circulated after being played during Sirius E Street Radio's initial launch (November 1, 2005 to January 31, 2006), after which an MP3 has been widely circulated with the last few seconds cut and a running time of 4:32, per springsteenlyrics.com. "For You" is the solo piano version.

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