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18 Tracks

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00000J949
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As everyone else has pointed out, there are three 'new' tracks here unavailable anywhere else. This has led many to accuse Bruce of ripping off his fans (with many recalling a similar sentiment surrounding the "Greatest Hits" CD from 1995, which was also padded out with 4 'new' tracks).
It's a real shame the three tracks were not included in the box set (there's more than enough room on each of the four discs on "Tracks"), but Bruce did not have any sinister motive saving them for this sampler CD. One thing to consider was that Springsteen's people were rushed to complete this set. According to a detailed article in Mix Magazine, Springsteen, Landau, and his team of engineers were working at their own pace when Sony got wind that the project was under way. All of a sudden, a huge marketing campaign was begun and a three-month timetable landed on Springsteen's lap. An insane amount of coordination and work was done to meet the deadline. At one point, they had roughly 120 to 130 tracks in consideration, eventually whittled down to 66, and I wouldn't be surprised if the rush had some impact on their decision-making.
When the box set finally came out, many, including Charlie Rose who interviewed Springsteen on his own show regarding "Tracks," asked about "The Fever" and "The Promise." Springsteen said that "The Fever" was never one of his favorites, and as much as he liked "The Promise," none of the recordings did it justice (none of this was new information or a big secret to longtime Springsteen fans).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on July 6, 2000
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Let's face it: five CD's of outtakes and b-sides (the Tracks box set) is a bit much for all but us hard-core Bruce fans. 18 Tracks, on the other hand, is a more bite-sized near masterpiece. With a couple of exceptions (I'd name Seaside Bar Song and Trouble River as the two) the songs all work, and some of them rank with Bruce's best. The Promise is manna from heaven; My Love Will Not Let You Down was a highlight of the 1999-2000 tour, and Where the Bands Are has become my 5 year old's favorite Bruce song. Worth buying for even the casual Springsteen fan. Hardcore fans have to have it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on December 13, 1999
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David Quantick of Emap Consumer Magazines is a very silly person. Springsteen is not capable of writing or playing a song that is "accidentally trying to put people off rock music for ever" as he snidely suggests. It's a bit late in the day for a critic to make his feeble name by slagging off world-class talents like Springsteen.
The best stuff on this record sounds like exactly what it is; songs Springsteen left off his familiar albums because they didn't fit. In the liner notes, he says he thinks in retrospect some of these editing decisions were regrettable mistakes, and he's mostly right. I'm glad to have almost all of 'em at long last.
The 4-disc box set of unreleased tracks may be too much of a good thing, but this set plays like greatest hits from an alternate universe. Go ahead, David Quantick, be enthusiastic. Springsteen has yet again improved your little world!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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I feel that there is a great need for some balance in the AMAZON reviews of this compilation. The major complaint seems to be that "the fever" and "the promise" were simply added to the single disc in order to get Bruce fans to shell out for another cd. Allow me to add another perspective, could it be that the decision to add these cuts was based on Bruce having listened to his fans, who were quite vocal in their disappointment that they were ommitted from the box-set? Rather than sell-out, I see this action as that of an artist attempting to meet the needs of his audience. Let me further address his controversial decision to re-record The Promise. The reason Bruce gave for not originally releasing this cut on the box-set was that he could not find a version that he was pleased with. In that light, I find his decision to re-record the cut as further proof of his strong dedication to his art and audience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bari (bethyland@aol.com) on October 9, 1999
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I have never been a Springsteen fan before, in fact I've never even enjoyed the big hits that would come up on the radio often. Boy was I amazed when I listened to this for the first time. "Hearts of Stone", "The Fever", and everything else on the album: these are amazing songs. If these were the singles playing on the Mix stations all these years, I would have been a Bruce fan for sure. I'm so glad that these tunes got a chance to surface. They are incredible. I understand that some fans are angry that this album is basically a rerelease of Tracks, and it is a valid complaint, but the 3 bonus tunes are a must-have and I recommend this CD to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gary.maxwell@sota.com on May 7, 1999
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All of the comments about Bruce "ripping off" his fans are a joke. Who exactly is he ripping off, anyway? Certainly not me. The "Tracks" box set is amazing, but it is not a cheap purchase for the casual fan. This new sampler allows some of the non-fanatical Springsteen fans to purchase a great overview of the box. Sure, you can question some of the song choices; with that much quality material on the box, it's almost impossible to only pick 15 songs and please everyone. I also think it was great of Bruce to add three extra songs for the fanatics. We buy everything he puts out anyways-- I mean, be honest: how many times have you dropeed $15 on an import CD single for just ONE track? Any time that I can get three new Bruce songs for $15, I'm happy-- especially when the songs are as beautiful as "The Promise." FIVE STARS. Bruce rules.
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