As part of his monthly live archival series, Bruce Springsteen has just issued Winterland 12/15/78 and Winterland 12/16/78 -- the sixth and seventh shows culled from the E Street Band's legendary tour behind Springsteen's watershed fourth album, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

The December 15th concert marked the final national radio broadcast from the '78 tour and includes such rarities as: "Streets Of Fire," "Factory," "The Ties That Bind," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," "The Fever," "Fire," "Because The Night," "Point Blank," "Detroit Medley," "Raise Your Hand," and "Quarter To Three."

December 16th rarities include: "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Rendezvous," "Independence Day," "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City, and "Mona/Preacher's Daughter/She's The One."

Steve Van Zandt explained to us that Bruce Springsteen was able to understand exactly how each member of the E Street Band would ultimately be able to serve him and his music: "Bruce handpicked the band himself, one guy at a time, y'know? And it was his band and we existed for him and to realize his vision, as I said. And he picked guys who could handle a wide variety of things and could basically follow orders (laughs), okay? We had, y'know, a really fast ability to learn. Every one of us, y'know, there was a lot of spontaneity going on in the show -- a lot."

AUDIO: STEVE VAN ZANDT ON BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON HAND PICKING THE E STREET BAND