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Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
 
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Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

1 July 2008 | Format: MP3

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Yes, there are some duds but I thought there were some really interesting interpretations here e.g I'm on Fire adds nothing to the original, but Downbound Train to a ukelele works yes, really, the juxtaposition of the melancholy lyrics with the upbeat sound of the ukelele rendered it especially plaintive, the punkish Born to Run also worked well.
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Excellent, probably the best Bruce tribute, a wide range of artists and styles all in a well presented classic cover.
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A massive Springsteen fan. Curiousity got the better of me and just I couldn't resist this one. Unfortunately it's the most cack-handed attempt at a tribute album you would ever wish to hear.
With very few exceptions (Nils Lofgren's 'Man at the Top', Pete Yom's New York City Serenade for example) it is quite simply an appalling collection of amateur interpretations of some of the finest songs ever written. Willie Nile's 'I'm on Fire' is basically unlistenable. Much of the rest follows close behind.
The only saving grace is my hard earned apparently benefited a couple of worthwhile charities...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92b24618) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9294c1b0) out of 5 stars Faith will be rewarded! 9 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
37 songs featuring the likes of Nils Lofgren, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, Joe Ely and Joe Grushecky. and Springsteen was reportedly so impressed with Elliot Murpy's take on 'Better Days' that he asked him to jump onstage in Europe and perform it with the band. With a line-up like this how could this album be anything other than great? And yet like so many albums of this nature there is something lacking in the overall listening experience.
There are undeniably some great readings of Springsteen songs on this CD. Costello's 'Brilliant Disguise', Nil's take on 'Man at the Top', Joe Grushecky's bluesy reading of 'Light of Day' and Elliot Murphy's 'Better Days' are all heartfelt renditions of some of Springsteen's greatest songs. But there are too many on here that simply don't justify inclusion. Jason Ringenburg's 'My Hometown' and Kirk Kelly's 'Downbound Train' just left me feeling flat. Crazysloth's version of 'Candy's Room' starts off well but by following Springsteen's original arrangement they only highlight just what a potent force the E-Street band are in the studio; this new version simply lacks the punch and urgency of the original.
However, don't be put off by the high number of unknown artists appearing as it is from them some of the album's true highlights shine. Rosie Flores 'Lucky Town' is a joy to listen to and is a very nice soulful version of one of Bruce's more 'macho' numbers. Mark Wright's stipped-down take on 'Two Hearts' is also another hidden gem. By reworking the song and giving it a more acoustic reading he gives a delicacy to the lyric and a warmth to the song that is not present in Springsteen's original recording.
Overall i would recommend buying this album (royalties from all artists are being donated to research into parkinsons and also sarcoma) and there are some essential Springsteen covers to be found. A great single disc can be made of the tracks found here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91cad5d0) out of 5 stars Springsteen's Songs translate well 19 Feb. 2007
By C. Dennis Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's the people crying "blasphemy" who don't quite get it. Springsteen's lyrics (stories) are strong enough that they translate well into other genre's.

Of course they have a different attitude than they did as a rock tune, but folk, country & alternative are supposed to have a different attitude than rock. When listening to the folk & country versions of Springsteen songs, I hear words I never heard before, and the ones I had heard before take on a new level of meaning. It just goes to highlight exactly how strong a songwriter Springsteen is.

Actually, the least interesting tracks on this CD are by the folks who are, infact most like Springsteen in the style, people like Cafferty & Gruschecky; there you are forced into making comparisons.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d83648) out of 5 stars Yes, but... 15 Dec. 2013
By Arney R - Published on Amazon.com
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Like any tribute collections, there are some winners & losers here. The one standout from both CDs is the rollicking version of "Johnny 99" by The Mystic Knights Of The Sea. I'm partial to the Nebraska album, so I already liked Bruce's moody & dark version of the track - which is a dangerous challenge to any reworked version - but this version, with a COMPLETELY different feel, was not only satisfying but true to the feel of the lyrics. The liner notes, where artists described their choice of song & its production, was the cream on top of this confection. It also helped that some of my perennial favorites - like Elvis Costello, Garland Jeffreys, Billy Bragg & Graham Parker - also contributed solid efforts.

Then there were some tracks where I was left frustratingly disappointed & wondering the classic "What were they thinking!?" when the guts of Bruce's songs were stripped away entirely for a limp & pale version, adding nothing to the meaning or enjoyment. I have to believe that there were other better tracks that were cut from the collection to make room for those insipid covers. Poor choice.

My biggest complaint is that the version of the package's photo graphics I got had a washed out, bleak & hopeless grey color instead of the rich blues I see in the photo here. It makes the photos of the boardwalk & beach seem like dead vestiges of a bygone yesteryear...not all that appropriate for a tribute to a rich & colorful tapestry of art from a true artist of hope & feeling.

All in all - worth the price I paid.
HASH(0x91cad888) out of 5 stars Good music, Good cause, Good man! 24 Dec. 2004
By KIWRadioFREEblues - Published on Amazon.com
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October 28, 2003

Artist: Various

Title: Light of Day

I love Bruce Springsteen's music. As my brother-in-law once pointed out, "he writes about stuff that's happening in my life." The stature of a "great" songwriter is if the song can stand on it's own (sound good) when being performed by others. As noted drummer Gary Foster once said, "You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a tribute album."

This latest double CD tribute album to Bruce Springsteen, Light of Day, is a marvelous example of how a tribute album can be interesting and entertaining. Producer Bob Benjamin doesn't clutter the album up with half-hearted (boring) renditions by superstar names like most tributes albums. Instead he mixes up known artists with lesser known but talented artists which give the performances space to breathe and allows the listener to hear the songs 'new again.' Elvis Costello's version of, Brilliant Disguises, is excellent: Pete Yorn captures the essence of, New York City Serenade, and maybe, just maybe, baby boomers will re-introduce themselves to Britain's finest pub rocker Graham Parker with his acoustic version of, Pink Cadillac. Dan Bern, (formerly of Georgia Satellites?), smacks a bona fide homerun with his version of my favorite Springsteen tune, Thunder Road.'

While I would rarely recommend a tribute record to anyone other than a hardcore fan and collector, in this case Benjamin has put together an album which even the most casual Springsteen fan will be able to enjoy.

As if making a good album isn't sufficient, Benjamin uses this project to raise monies for victims of Parkinson Disease; as well as, for a friend and former employee of Springsteen that was struck down by cancer. As with most things associated with Springsteen, this album smacks of integrity. Now if we could just keep him away from Michael Moore life would be worth living! LOL
HASH(0x9294c648) out of 5 stars Best Bruce Compilation 3 May 2013
By That Ganesha Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I'm such a Boss Nerd that I even collect the tribute albums. This one, disc 2, has been in my cars player for weeks and doesn't look like it'll be coming out any time soon. Musicians love to do their own versions of Bruce's work and these disc's are downright inspiring.

The best responses are from people who ride in my car and hear it:
"Wow, he sounds more like Bruce than Bruce." -NYC Serenada
"OMG, how can Bruce's most depressing song get any more depressing." -My Hometown
"That's THE MOST rockin' version of that song EVER." -Born To Run
"Great grinding guitar." -Hungry Heart
"If that had the sax solo, It'd be better than the original." -Pink Cadillac
"Male-female harmonies make that a serious heartbreaker." Secret Garden

If you buy Bruce compilatiions, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back is very good, but these discs, (with 37 songs!)
are great.
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