A little less than a month before the release of his boxed set, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” Bruce Springsteen has made available a clip of an exuberant 1980 performance of the “River” song, “Ramrod.” It will be included in the DVD portion of the 4-CD/3-DVD set, along with 23 other songs also filmed at at Nov. 5, 1980 concert (35 years ago today) by Springsteen and his E Street Band at the Arizona State University Activity Center in Tempe, Ariz.
The set will be released Dec. 4.
The clip first appeared this morning on Backstreets.com. “Few songs typify the 1980 E Street Band better than ‘Ramrod,’ ” Jonathan Pont wrote on the site. “To the car, the girl, and the story arc, Bruce joined a live-in-the-studio sound he’d been seeking, including a rich Clarence Clemons solo and the complementary work of Roy Bittan and Danny Federici. Max Weinberg called it his favorite song to play. As (The River Tour) went on, ‘Ramrod’ gained prominence, often serving as the set-up for ‘Rosalita.’ ”
Here is the clip: