Even before record stores from Los Angeles to the Jersey shore opened Monday, Bruce Springsteen fans surrounded them--hoping for the first copies of "Live/75-85," his first album of authorized concert recordings.
"We have a huge demand. And every call we've had this morning is for it," said a harried Diane Thompson, a clerk at Music Plus in Studio City, of apparently the most sought-after album since the last Springsteen effort, 1984's "Born in the U.S.A." which sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone.
The parking lot at Tower Records' Sunset Boulevard store was jammed by early morning, matched only by the crush of buyers inside.
"We have a constant line," said Tower's Patty Black, who answered the phone with a rushed, "Bruce is here!"
Prices for the five-album/three-cassette set Monday ranged from $19.99 at Tower to $24.99 at Music Plus. Compact disc prices were $33.33 and $39.99 at the same stores, respectively.