Bruce Springsteen

The Agora

Cleveland, OH

Aug 9, 1978

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  • "This is simply the greatest live LP this greatest of live rockers has ever officially released." - Rolling Stone 1/13/2015
  • New from the Bruce Springsteen Archives, transferred from the stereo reel-to-reel tapes via the Plangent Process and mastered at Gateway Mastering.  HD files are 24 bit / 192 kHz.
  • Release notes from Toby Scott:
    I found the seven Agora tape reels in a box that had been returned from the Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame.  The tapes were part of an exclusive Springsteen exhibit “Asbury Park to the Promised Land”.  It wasn’t until the request to release this show came up that the tapes needed to be found.  Not at Sony, not at Thrill Hill Archives, not at the archiving company.  Last known location was the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame.  They informed me what box to look in and there they were, marked with the original indication of speed, tracks and show date. 

    I had the tapes delivered to Plangent Processes for evaluation and transfer, if they seemed to be of adequate quality.  After comparison to other copies of this show, this was the best version and potentially the original master tapes. Plangent transferred all seven reels using their unique process, which corrects any speed variations for accurate playback.  This eliminates the wow and flutter usually found in the playback of any analog tape.  This new transfer to the digital domain was done at 192 (samples per second) with 24 bit resolution.  The resulting digital files were sent to Gateway Mastering for evaluation and mastering, as was done to the Box Set Volume 1, recently released to critical acclaim.  The resulting new master will give a renewed vigor to the already exciting show.

    Agora Reels



Ed G 1/11/2021 11:36:19 AM

"Actually attended this show I had just returned from an overseas tour in the Marine Corps and a buddy of mine had managed to get a couple of tickets since the show was actually free and you had to send in a postcard. I have seen Bruce 7 times and this was the best show I’ve ever seen. Actually this was the best concert I have ever attended. My wife and I love Thunder Road and this rendition is our favorite. I had it played for my wife off of a bootleg CD at our daughters wedding. The opens to Prove it all Night and Because the Night are simply the best I’ve ever heard."

Larry 11/18/2020 6:38:50 AM

"I was about 14 years old when I caught this show replayed on a Chicago Radio Station late at night. I was able to record most of it on 4 different generic cassettes. I am now 52 years old and I still have the original generic cassettes and the clock radio/cassette I listened to the tapes on hundreds of times. One of the 4 tapes has gone missing over the years and one of my many moves. This was always my go to music, honestly, this show, probably my life anthem. The version of "Growing up"will always make me smile, and the intro to Thunder Road will still reduce me to tears. My now 15 year old daughter just asked if she could wear my "Rising" concert shirt to school today. She was pillaging my closet. I of course let her and started telling her about how important Bruce was to me, which lead me to search for this show online. Years of searching and I had found it. For a man who never quite accomplished all he had hoped to, this was a Eureka moment. Silly as it sounds, I have been redeemed by the Boss."

Fran 5/31/2019 3:35:19 AM

"So exciting! And, yes, worth the cost for the legendary Prove It All Night intro alone ????????????"

Vince 1/19/2018 12:11:19 PM

"Absolutely one of the best live recordings ever — of any artist. It was said before but I’ll repeat it: Prove it All Night worth the cost if the download alone. If you missed Bruce in the late 70s, this is a must if you want to know how rock and roll is done. Because the Night is also killer! "

Erick 1/6/2015 12:49:52 PM

"I have heard several bootleg versions of this show through the years and want to say thank you to Bruce and the E Street Band for releasing this. I always knew this was a solid show but it wasn't until this release until I recognized how special it was. Every once in a while a band will peak at the right time, play at the right venue, and have that perfect crowd for something magical to happen. Well, this is it. Magic!!! Can't wait for some more magic to be released. "


Setlist at The Agora, Cleveland, OH on Aug 9, 1978

Set One

Summertime Blues 200


Badlands 286


Spirit In The Night 484


Darkness On The Edge Of Town 336


Factory 202


The Promised Land 360


Prove It All Night 709


Racing in the Street 538


Thunder Road 404


Jungleland 618


Set Two

Paradise By The "C" 244


Fire 186


Sherry Darling 372


Not Fade Away - Gloria - She's The One 893


Growin' Up 782


Backstreets 842


Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 771


First Encore

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 524


Born to Run 369


Because the Night 492


Raise Your Hand 397


Second Encore

Twist and Shout 444


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