1967-09-16 Left Foot (The), Freehold, NJ

One show, double bill, with Purpul Dyneste opening and The Castiles headlining. Each band played two thirty-minute sets ("Purple Haze" opened the second set). This was grand opening night at The Left Foot, an "over 13, under 18" club located in the recreation centre of St Peter's Episcopal Church at 37 Throckmorton Street. The club was opened by Reverend George Errickson and Reverend Fred Coleman, along with two High School students, Harold Breiner and William Cottrell. Patrons sat on cushions. Sadly The Left Foot had a short existence (seven months). This was the first of two 1967 appearances by The Castiles at the club - fortunately both appearances were audience recorded by Left Foot Manager (and St Peter's priest) Fred Coleman on a good quality reel-to reel device. The above-mentioned thirteen-song setlist represents The Castiles' complete song performance in the correct sequence and they are all covers of other artists' material. The inspiration for often-covered "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band version. Similarly the inspiration for Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" was the 1966 Judy Collins recording. Although Springsteen may have started out in mid-1965 singing mostly background vocals, it is clear that by this point Bruce is the band's focal point. Bruce handles the lead vocals on all songs except "Eleanor Rigby", The Kinks "See My Friends" and The Blues Project's haunting "Steve's Song" (all handled by George Theiss). Tex Vinyard, The Castiles' manager, is heard introducing the band at the start of the second set. Interestingly the group uses The Yardbirds' instrumental "Jeff's Boogie" twice, as both the first set closer and show closer.

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