Friday, December 4, 2009
"Merry Christmas From Asbury Park" : THE WEEKEND MIX
This compilation is something I found. I had nothing to do with putting it together. Credit should be be given to someone. I just don't know who.
Here's the story, in the words of the anonymous philanthropist who did all the work:
My goal was to create a one-disc sampler of the best tracks from the Asbury Park Convention Hall holiday shows--structured loosely along the lines of a typical show. I tried to include a good mix of Christmas favorites and essential Springsteen tracks.
Needless to say, whittling down such an amazing run of shows to one disc was a difficult endeavor. I chose 12/17/00 for the bulk of the tracks since the 2000 holiday shows featured the most E Street Band involvement. The spoken introductions are severely edited. But the music has been untouched. All tracks excluding the final bonus track are cross-faded so that the disc runs like a continuous show.
Of course, the collection reflects my own personal tastes and prejudices. Numerous available holiday tunes from these shows have been omitted due to time constraints. Those looking for a compilation of all the holiday songs performed at these shows can find it elsewhere.
Thanks to everyone who taped and shared the original recordings and to EV2 for his fantastic work.
Merry Christmas From Asbury Park
01. Deck The Halls (12/08/01)
02. Incident On 57th Street (12/08/01)
03. Blue Christmas (12/17/00)
04. Christmas Day (12/06/01)
05. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) (12-08-03)
06. Shine Silently (12/17/00)
07. The Wish (12-08-03)
08. Kitty's Back (12/17/00)
09. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (12/06/01)
10. My City Of Ruins (12/17/00)
11. I Don't Want To Go Home (12/17/00)
12. Rosalita (12/17/00)
13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (12/17/00)
14. WMMR Christmas Message