Bruce Springsteen – Spirit in the Night Live Pinkpop 2012
A fantastic, energetic live performance of Bruce Springsteen at Pinkpop 2012 with two special moments. First he places a painting of him and the late Clarence Clemons on the podium; second there is a charming moment when he loses the lyrics of Spirit in the Night and he is helped by the audience.
The original version of “Spirit in the Night” was released on Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.. It was one of the last songs to be written and recorded for Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Springsteen had recorded 10 other tracks for the album, but Clive Davis, president of the record label that was releasing the album, was concerned that the recorded tracks did not have enough commercial appeal.
As a result, Springsteen quickly wrote and recorded two additional songs: “Spirit in the Night” and “Blinded by the Light”. Because these songs were added so late in the recording process, several of Springsteen’s band members were unavailable to record these two songs. As a result, the recording lineup for “Spirit in the Night” was limited to Vini Lopez on drums, Clarence Clemons on saxophone, and Springsteen himself playing all other instruments. Although “Spirit in the Night” was one of the last songs written for the album, it did grow out of an earlier version of the song that Springsteen had played live prior to receiving his recording contract.