Bill points to a RealAudio stream of the title track from the new Bruce Springsteen album The Rising, but with my delightful dialup connection, once I navigated my way through the maze of “Upgrade your RealPlayer now, damn you” dialogs, it mostly sounded like it was recorded inside a big tin can, with Clarence pounding on Bruce’s back while he sang to provide low-tech vibrato. I did get about a minute of decent stream in the middle, enough to whet my appetite for July 30th, though. I know, I’m naive, but this seems like a perfect album to pre-release an mp3 or two: how could anyone say “Oh, I’m not buying the cd, I’ve already got two songs from it”?
I’m not sure exactly what they mean by “offered exclusively for 48 hours” (is that “offered for 48 hours” or “exclusively for 48 hours”?), but:
The first song “The Rising” will debut on Monday, June 24 at AOL Keyword: First Listen [yadda yadda, and at Netscape Music] and will be offered exclusively for 48 hours. The remaining three songs – “Lonesome Day,” “Into the Fire” and “Mary’s Place” – will premiere on July 8, 15 and 22, respectively.
So go, listen to it now, just in case you only have today to do it. Bill, you’re in charge of not letting me forget about Lonesome Day on the 8th.