Bruce Springsteen has just issued Asbury Park – 11/24/96, the latest official bootleg of his ongoing monthly archive series. The show was culled from his 1995/1997 solo acoustic tour behind his 1995 Grammy Award-winning album, The Ghost Of Tom Joad. The set marks "The Boss'" third dip into the soundboards from the historic tour, which has also seen the release of Freehold, NJ 1996 – St. Rose Of Lima School Gym and King's Hall: Belfast, UK – March 19th, 1996.
The new collection, which only features five songs from the Tom Joad album, includes appearances by E Street Band alumnus Danny Federici, Patti Scialfa, and Soozie Tyrell. Highlights include such Springsteen classics and rarities as "Blinded By The Light," "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?," "Growin' Up," "Johnny 99," "Wild Billy's Circus Story," "When You're Alone," "Shut Out The Light," "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," and "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)."
At the time of the Tom Joad tour, Bruce Springsteen explained how and why he downshifted into being a one-man-band solo acoustic troubadour: ["I did Nebraska, a record called Nebraska, in 1982 and that was acoustic. And so, when I did the Tom Joad record, I said, 'Well, this is the time now, where I'm gonna. . . Plus I was feelin' closer to my folk voice, I felt like I had something I knew I wanted to say in that voice, rather than sort of the rock n' roll stuff at the moment. Y'know, it just felt like, y'know, where I'd be most valuable and useful to my fans at the moment, y'know? So, that's how I ended out up here by myself. It's a little, little tricky, though (laughs)."] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . little tricky, though (laughs))
The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen's Asbury Park – 11/24/96 is: "Blinded By The Light," "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?," "Growin' Up," Atlantic City," "Independence Day," "Straight Time," "Darkness On The Edge Of Town," "Johnny 99," "Mansion On The Hill," "Wild Billy's Circus Story," "Red Headed Woman," "Two Hearts," "When You're Alone," "Shut Out The Light," "Born In The U.S.A.," "The Ghost Of Tom Joad," "Sinaloa Cowboys," "The Line," "Racing In The Street," "Across The Border," "Working On The Highway," "This Hard Land," "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," and "The Promised Land."