Live in Asbury Park

Live in Asbury Park

by Clarence Clemons


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It seems Clarence Clemons has been playing a lesser role with each new Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tour. It could be his faltering health (hip replacement, detached retina) or the fact that Springsteen is coming up with songs that don't seem to call for much sax anymore. Either way, Clemons gets plenty of blowing time leading his own septet. On Live from Asbury Park, he tackles three rare Springsteen originals; an instrumental version of "Small Things," the similarly unreleased "Savin' Up," and the rollicking showpiece "Paradise by the C." On the latter tune, Clemons seems to run out of breath a bit, and his bandmates don't seem to able to support him very well. This tune probably should have been left off. Clemons' originals vary between your average-but-fun bar band boogie "(C.C. Angel)" and some moody ballads "(Livin' Without You)." Seems it was a fun night, watching the famous Clemons at a relatively intimate venue (it was outside though, not actually inside the Stone Pony), but the disc leaves you with the impression that fans were hoping for Springsteen to show up and jam (he did, a different night, and does not make an appearance on this disc). On a well-produced studio recording perhaps, this band could really shine.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2002
Label: Valley
UPC: 0618321516522
catalogNumber: 15165
Rank: 73632

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence Clemons   Primary Artist,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals
Steve Argy   Bass,Vocals
Crispin Cioe   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Laurence Etkin   Trumpet
Bob Funk   Trombone
Billy Livesay   Guitar,Vocals
John Colby   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals
Paul Pettitt   Organ,Synthesizer,Vocals
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone
Randi Fishenfeld   Violin
Tomas Diaz   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Clegg   Composer
Clarence Clemons   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Uptown Horns   Horn Arrangements
Frank Gallagher   Live Sound Engineer
John Colby   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Kevin Buell   Stage Manager

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