1975-09-13 Music Hall, Houston, TX

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Earliest known complete "Pretty Flamingo", previously it had only been used as part of other songs. Opener "Incident On 57th Street" and "Thunder Road" are slow versions with Roy on piano and Bruce on vocals and, for the latter, harmonica. "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party". "Kitty's Back" includes a snippet of "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby". "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" includes the "Come A Little Bit Closer" introduction and a snippet of "Theme From Shaft" in the midsection. The encores include an unusual medley of "Carol" and "Lucille". NME reviewer Charles Shaar Murray writes of "Spirit In The Night": "…sitting there dangling his legs off the edge, and as he comes to the line "Ran into the lake in just his socks and his shirt", he changes "lake" to "pit" and – kthunk – right on the word "pit" he drops down into the photo pit (which doesn't actually have any photographers in it, just a coupla black cops looking totally confused). The words "in his socks and shirt" come with agonized slowness from nowhere – no-one can see him, where the hell did that sonovabitch get to? – until you see fingers clawing at the other lip of the pit and arms reach down and haul Springsteen up until he's perched, on the edge right up against the front row. He turns his head and peeks over his leather shoulder with a real sly "Heyyyyyyyyy, man" street grin, and wriggles out of the front row's clutches, drops back into the pit and hauls himself back on to the stage just as we band rampages back into the chorus with Springsteen wildly strutting back and forth across the stage."

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