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The Essential Bruce Springsteen Double CD

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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B005I735U2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blinded by the Light
  2. For You
  3. Spirit in the Night
  4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  5. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
  6. Thunder Road
  7. Born to Run
  8. Jungleland
  9. Badlands
  10. Darkness on the Edge of Town
  11. The Promised Land
  12. The River
  13. Hungry Heart
  14. Nebraska
  15. Atlantic City

Disc: 2

  1. Born in the U.S.A.
  2. Glory Days
  3. Dancing In the Dark
  4. Tunnel of Love
  5. Brilliant Disguise
  6. Human Touch
  7. Living Proof
  8. Lucky Town
  9. Streets of Philadelphia
  10. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  11. The Rising
  12. Mary's Place
  13. Lonesome Day
  14. American Skin (41 Shots) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  15. Land of Hope and Dreams - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Product Description

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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having purchased all three Springsteen compilations (original `Greatest Hits', `The Essential...' and later `Greatest Hits`) I have to say that `The Essential Bruce Springsteen' is probably your best bet for your first try of what he has to offer. You get a wide selection of tracks across two CD's that are fairly representative of what his music is like. Any compilation is going to create argument about inclusions and songs left out and I am sad to see `Murder Incorporated' missing for example, but the remaining tracks more than make up for any personal opinions on running order. This album is good because it offers up the obligatory crowd pleasers like 'Born to Run' and 'Born in The U.S.A`. etc, but it also shows some of Bruce's earlier work which is quite folky and less popular, as well as `The Ghost of Tom Joad' (which I love) from the acoustic album of the same name. There is a wide spread of his careers work, as well as the excellent new live tracks from `Live in New York'. The booklet is as good as on all his previous albums and provides all the lyrics and shows how good they actually are. In fact people are often surprised at the depth of his writing if all they are used to is the stadium rockers. This limited edition version has a third disc with rare demo's and outtakes on it and is worth hunting down if you want all his albums or if you want to hear some of his more obscure stuff. There are tracks from various films , as well as live tracks. To be honest some of the songs on the third disc are a bit hit and miss, but `Lift Me Up', `Code of Silence' and the acoustic version of 'Countin' on a Miracle' all stand out and make it worth paying extra for this version. If you are a fan of Bruce then this is a great place to go for a selection of his best tracks in one place and if you are new to his work then this will be the start of one amazing ride!

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A great overview of arguably the greatest solo artist in rock's history, The Essential Bruce Springsteen is by far the best and most comprehensive collection of the artist's work. It is does by any means however, offer a thorough overview of his music. For Springsteen, and other artists of a similar quality, at least four disks would be required to completely cover the highlights of an artist whose career now spans over three decades and counting.
The three disk set includes all the obvious choices one would expect, such 'Born in the USA', 'The Streets of Philadelphia', and of course 'Born to Run' which remains his finest song. But it wisely drops some hits from albums that contained a large number of them (eg Born in the USA which managed an amazing seven top 10 hits in the US) and includes some of Springsteen's lesser known gems from other albums, which make the collection a fairer overview of his whole career.
Thankfully, this collection includes tracks from his first two albums, which the first Greatest hits did not. 'Blinded by the Light' and especially 'Rosalita', long a concert favourite, are the two best from this part of the CD.
One of the two live songs, '41 shots', is one of the highlights. My main complaint about the second disk is its inclusion of the 9+ minute 'Land of Hope and Dreams', a good song no doubt, but hardly one of Springsteen's best. The 9 minutes it takes up would surely have been put to better use by including two studio songs.
The third disk, for me at least, is a bit excessive, containing not hits but rarities. If this disk does not interest you either you may be better off buying the cheaper two CD edition.
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Bruce Springsteen is first class songwriter and performer-- none of those things are in dispute. So I guess an album like this comes down to song selection... 1995s `Greatest Hits' collection was great but did have some glaringly obvious omissions. The collection in question is certainly an improvement-- if only because every album is represented, including the criminally underrated `Ghost of Tom Joad' whose brilliant title track appears here. Having said that, there are still some dissappointing omissions. The most obvious would have to be the selection of `For You' over `It's Hard to Be A Saint In The City'-- Bruce's most dazzling lyrical piece to date and the song that drew many a comparison to the legendary Bob Dylan. I also would like to have seen `Racing In The Streets', `Adam Raised A Cain' and `Youngstown', though these last three might not be missed by many out there. I think `Adam...' showcases the angry mood present on `Darkness' better than any other song on the album...
One other thing I have noticed is the omission of `I'm On Fire' on both this collection and `Greatest Hits'. Surely there is no one out there that would actually choose `Glory Days' or `Dancing In The Dark' over this one? Is this song omitted simply to force people to continue buying `Born In The USA'?
Regardless, one of the strengths of this collection is that it is a `best of' rather than a `hits' package. This means we don't miss out out on masterpieces like `Jungleland' that could never appear on a `Greatest Hits' package. Having said that, the inclusion of some other `masterpieces' such as `Brothers Under the Bridge' might have been good, though might have reduced the commercial appeal.
...and speaking of `Greatest Hits', why not include `Blood Brothers' on this collection?
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