Live albums have been all the rage lately in terms of unexpected releases. Some people may classify them as unnecessary as well, but not me. I tend to buy them to keep collections complete, or add to them in most cases. Personally I prioritize records like this; new studio material – b-sides albums – acoustic albums – compilations featuring a band I like – live albums – bootlegs. The only bootlegs I consider buying are live performances, studio sessions, home recordings and demos. I’m never going to buy a bootleg of a studio album.
This Bruce Springsteen live album/bootleg was recorded live in Italy at the Stadio (Stadium) Bentegodi in Verona on April 11, 1993. It’s entitled Rockin’ Live From Italy 1993 and was pressed as a double LP on black vinyl. The records are housed in a gatefold jacket, which has a lengthy description/critique of the Bruce Springsteen at the time of this performance and commentary on the album itself printed inside. It features 15 songs that span his entire discography up to the point of the show, and includes some covers as well. I’m not sure if this is a legit release or qualifies as a bootleg, as it’s not released by any label I’ve ever heard of. It was released by Vinyl Passion out of the Netherlands. The same label that released the Nirvana Live In Buenos Aires live album/bootleg I have and wrote a post about here:
I’m not sure how many copies were pressed, or if there are multiple pressings. Considering this was supposedly first released back in 2008, and I first saw it in U.S. distros and physical stores starting in 2014; there may very well be multiple pressings of this record. Obviously pressing info has never been released if I’m not sure if more than one pressings has been done for this record. However, to my knowledge it has only been pressed on black vinyl.
The sound quality is decent on this. Nothing spectacular but not bad enough to not warrant buying this. I would discourage people from buying this record if I thought the sound quality was terrible. Of course the sound will vary based on your setup, but on my modest setup I can’t find anything significant to complain about. Here is the track listing:
|A1||I’m On Fire|
|A2||Because The Night|
|A3||Prove It All Night|
|B2||Who’ll Stop The Rain|
|B3||Souls Of The Departed|
|B4||Born In The USA|
|C1||Light Of Day|
|D2||Born To Run|
|D3||Rockin’ All Over The World|
|D4||Working On The Highway|