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Pre-Glory Days: The Springsteen Tapes

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Pre-Glory Days: The Springsteen Tapes

Pre-Glory Days: The Springsteen Tapes

Pre-Glory Days: The Springsteen Tapes

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Hear Songs From The 1967 Recordings

Springsteen sings lead and plays guitar with The Castiles:

'Suzanne' by Leonard Cohen

Only Available in Archive Formats.

'Mr. Jones' by Bob Alfano and Bruce Springsteen

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Extended Interviews

George Theiss, The Castiles' Lead Singer

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Charles Cross, author of 'Backstreets'

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Bobby Alfano, The Castiles' Organist

Only Available in Archive Formats.

In September 1967, an Episcopal priest named Father Fred Coleman set up a tape recorder at The Left Foot, a church-owned teen center in Freehold, New Jersey. He wanted to capture the music of a popular local high school band as they played for the center's opening night. It was the first live recording of Bruce Springsteen.

The Castiles in 1965. From left to right, Frank Marziotti, Bruce Springsteen, George Theiss, Paul Popkin and Bart Haynes. Bobby Alfano joined soon after this photo was taken. Castiles' publicity photo hide caption

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Castiles' publicity photo

The Castiles in 1965. From left to right, Frank Marziotti, Bruce Springsteen, George Theiss, Paul Popkin and Bart Haynes. Bobby Alfano joined soon after this photo was taken.

Castiles' publicity photo

The man who would be Boss was just 17 when his band, The Castiles, first played at The Left Foot. Admission was $1.50.

Coleman used a Sony stereo reel-to-reel deck and two microphones, which he placed on the floor by the band. "I just knew that The Castiles were a quality band, and I would like to maybe just get them down on tape," he tells reporter Mark Urycki from member station WKSU.

Urycki listens in on the historical recordings and catches up with members of the band.