American Beauty [12" Vinyl]
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Four previously unreleased songs
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"American Beauty" is a brand new EP that has been released by the Boss to coincide with Record Store Day and presents the listener with four "new" songs. Perhaps the term "unreleased songs" makes more sense than "new" since this falls into that scouring of the vaults approach which Springsteen took in terms of this January's full album "High Hopes". Indeed all the songs present on this EP were in the running for that release even though some go back to the earlier "Magic" Sessions
So what of the songs? The title track is clearly a close relative of the "High Hopes" anthem "Frankie fell in Love". It is a sort of "draft" for the song with the same melody but different lyrics. If you love "Frankie" then this track will sail your boat, however it is largely a standard Springsteen rocker and one of those songs that may not be subject to regular inclusion in the live act. Much better is the acoustic "Mary Mary" a charming song with an understated string backing and firm vocals from Springsteen. "Hurry up Sundown" is one of those "wall of sound" productions that is aimed at the onset of summer and the celebration of the working man. As a piece of power pop it is fine but by no means a Springsteen classic. "Hey Blue Eyes" alternatively is head and shoulders above the other EP tracks and is further evidence of Springsteen's continual penchant for holding back great songs. Its purpose is to launch a political pot shot at the Bush era and in particular what Springsteen describes as "a shadow we as a country have yet to emerge from", namely the naked abuse of power that characterised the scandal of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.Read more ›
these would have been the b sides a few years ago.
only available as a pricey 12" or a download.
think of the collectors bruce.
this should have been a cd ep.
Then less than a week later it is available to legally download, all 4 tracks for £2.07.
All very frustrating for fans who in the end actually want it on a CD.
Record Store Day is a very worthy cause and I can understand the creating of rarities to support the few remaining independent record stores. But the fact is that by then it was already on sale on eBay, by the dozen, at prices well above £15 and also, at the same time, available from many (illegal ?) sites to download.
What was wrong with selling this as a 4 track CD. It's all a bit of a confusing mess.
It would not surprise me if shortly there is a deluxe edition of High Hopes that contains these 4 tracks just to really cheese off hard core fans.
It would be interesting to know what the artists themselves think of all this.
That aside, the music is great and these track would all have fitted nicely on to High Hopes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good light hearted radio friendly tracks nothing new but good to chill toPublished 3 months ago by Dave Litt
I had heard this many times digitally but the sound on the vinyl is so much better it's not even funny. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andrew Bertaut
Good but was just expecting a little bit more from the Boss.Published 20 months ago by David Borrey
Okay songs on an okay offering. This is one for the completists and not for someone maybe looking to hear what the Boss is about.Published 21 months ago by Lumbago Whatever
Got this for free on the Amazon MP3 site. Great songs as ever from the Boss.Published 24 months ago by Observer