Unlike the "Live" album, this one is about the music, not the persaonlity. I love that one too; but Hammersmith helps me to appreciate some of the early songs, like Kitty's Back and Hard to be a Saint in the City, that I always found hard to get into. The amazing part musically is Roy Bittan's keyboard, which is given much greater reign live than on the studio records. Some of the songs have a jazz-like ensemble feel to them. There are some problems with the sound, squawks and unevennesses, maybe even some blank spots edited out--can't be sure. But it's live and it's almost 30 years old. To really know Springsteen you have to hear this album.
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