Coinciding with the “Creators of the S.O.A.P.” concert at the Stone Pony just a few weeks ago, Creator Stormin’ Norman Seldin has curated a personal collection of the Sounds of Asbury Park, available now as a two-CD set. As the Asbury Park Press describes it, Asbury Park: Then and Now, by Stormin’ Norman & Friends is “40 years’ worth of Jersey Shore sounds, everything from a cappella gems to stirring soul singles to horn-soaked rhythm and blues.”
Of particular interest to Springsteen fans: eight never-before-heard recordings with E Street Band members Garry Tallent, Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, the late Danny Federici, and Roy Bittan, from a 1980 session. Seldin sings lead (while playing piano), with the legendary Billy Ryan on guitar and harmony on one track (“I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll”) by Southside Johnny. [L-R above: Tallent, Ryan, Weinberg, Seldin, Clemons.] Plus: Clarence Clemons’ first studio session (with the Joyful Noyze) Nicky Addeo, the Motifs, the Jaywalkers; and more.
Asbury Park: Then and Now is in stock now in our online shop, and thanks to Stormin’ Norman himself, we’ve also got the official T-shirts from that August 2008 S.O.A.P. show, “The Ultimate Jersey Shore Jam.” It’s a kick-ass design on a black shirt, with all performers (including Tallent, Seldin, Vini Lopez, and more) listed on the back. Get ’em while they last!