1974-11-01 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA

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Info & Setlist | Venue

One show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole act on the bill. Listed setlist corrects and supersedes one previously gleaned from a fairly detailed review in The Villanovan, student newspaper of Villanova University. The 2½ hour set opens with "Incident On 57th Street", with Springsteen accompanied by only Roy Bittan and Suki Lahav. Next up is "Then She Kissed Me", the last known appearance of the song in 1974. It's also worth noting that the show includes "Born To Run". While it has certainly been played regularly since the Bottom Line stand, this is the first time it has been taped since July 13. It's also the last known outing for "Spanish Harlem", likely replaced by Bob Dylan's "I Want You" the next night, as Springsteen notes playing the song at the Tower a couple of days later during a radio interview with WMMR-FM Ed Sciaky. "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. "A Love So Fine" includes a brief instrumental snippet of "Shout". Because it was only played and captured on tape but a few times (and never as a soundboard or FM), Springsteen's cover of Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem" has not gotten its due. Like "Incident On 57th Street" and "I Want You" it served as a showcase for Suki Lahav and the beautiful, sweeping arrangement sounds uncannily like the opening bars of a song he would release as an original six years later, "Wreck On The Highway". This show is the first known appearance of the infamous 'police siren' sound effect prop, known to be utilized on this night and also at several shows in November and December at the end of "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and one final time at the February 5, 1975 Main Point gig (at the end of "Incident On 57th Street").

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