Magic Tour Highlights [Clean]
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Magic Tour Highlights [Clean]

January 9, 2014

For Charity
On sales of these downloads, the artists, songwriters, and music publishers are waiving all of their royalties and Columbia Records is donating all of its net profits to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.
Song Title
Always A Friend (Live Version Featuring Alejandro Escovedo)
The Ghost Of Tom Joad (Live Version Featuring Tom Morello)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (Live Version Featuring Roger McGuinn)
4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (Live Version Featuring Danny Federici)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 14, 2008
  • Release Date: July 14, 2008
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 24:44
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  • ASIN: B001C0DJ5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,839 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and poignant July 15, 2008
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Let's get the obvious out of the way right off the bat: Magic Tour Highlights, the new Springsteen digital EP to benefit The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund, is not actually the Magic tour's highlights. (Depending on which shows you've attended, you can probably name five or six actual highlights off the top of your head.) But these are a terrific sampling of some of the tour's best guest spots, and one truly moving moment among old friends.

The two non-Springsteen compositions are the lightweights of this collection, which is not to say that they're not welcome additions to anyone's collection of official releases. Alejandro Escovedo's "Always a Friend" has a great Band/Petty vibe and makes you want to hear more of what this guy's about, if you don't already know. And "Turn, Turn, Turn" sounds, well, like "Turn, Turn, Turn." It's a nice tribute to Roger McGuin, and Bruce puts on his best high-register twang for the occasion.

But it's the other two cuts that make the package. "The Ghost of Tom Joad" with Tom Morello is just chilling, easily the best version of the song on record. Morello's gruff vocals are an effective counterpoint's to Springsteen's -- he comes off like his angrier younger brother. But that guitar work ... How he makes those sounds come out of that guitar I have no idea, but frankly, it's freaking me out.

As for "Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," is it the best live version the band has recorded? Maybe not, but it's certainly the most poignant. Given what's transpired since, Danny Federici's accordion sounds more wistful and mournful than it possibly could have that night in Indianapolis.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cause July 15, 2008
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A wonderful cause and a kind gesture to the memory of Danny, and worth the pennies for the Tom Morello solo on Tom Joad, and the pain in Bruces' voice on Sandy. Touching.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Song Selection July 16, 2008
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Good song selection from Magic Tour. Especially like the full band version of "Ghost of Tom Joad" which I think is much better than the regular album version. I don't like the download format though. Would prefer a professional CD and/or vinyl release with color inserts, lyrics, etc. Very unpersonal these downloads. Bass tones are lacking too. Would like to see Bruce and the E Street Band just put out an all covers CD ala Metallica as their covers are often better than the original artist version. Again would like professional CD/LP even if cost was higher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good One For Charity July 30, 2008
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The Boss is always great live. The last performance with Danny Federici
is choice. I would prefer the option for better quality files
even at a higher cost. However these files have adequate sound quality.
Definitely worthwhile.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel Of Rock......... July 15, 2008
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Wow, what a way to wake up. Following my Tuesday Morning ritual I checked out Amazon and there was a thing
called "Magic Highlights" TRUELY MAGICAL" Man just when I don't really care what Bruce does anymore here
comes this thing. Music of Magical Proportions. To taste a bit of Musical Heaven, play the very first track. WoW!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting sendoff July 15, 2008
By Alex G.
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A wonderful album that brings new life to two old favorites, and brings two songs new to Springsteen albums.

Tom Morello does an excellent job balancing out vocals on Ghost, and his edgy solo contrasts well with Springsteen's normal style.

Danny really plays his heart out for Sandy -- the accordion has never sung so sweetly or been filled with so much emotion. Bruce brings a joy and sorrow to the song that really shows you how hurt he is at losing a friend, but how glad he is to be able to send him off on stage, with the music they wrote and lived.

Turn! Turn! Turn! sounds like pure Byrds with a little E Street on top. Not a complaint if your as big a Byrds fan as I am.

Friend really brings a lot of energy to the album, and helps kick it off with a bang. And of course, having a 'new song' (even a cover) on a Springsteen album is always a plus!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful performances all around August 20, 2008
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Even without the tragic backstory of Danny Federici's death, this four-song set would be a strong, powerful little LP. The performances are powerful--Springsteen actually turns the mic over to his guests (Alejandro Escovado, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and Roger McGuinn from the Byrds), and lets them do their own thing. The E Street Band, as well, has room to play--this is very much an E Street Band album, not simply a Springsteen record.

It kicks off with Escovado's "Always a Friend To You," then swings into a stellar version of "Ghost of Tom Joad," through a rowdy "Turn, Turn, Turn," and into a powerful "4th of July, Asbury Park." It's hard to listen to this final performance without thinking of Federici (who made a brief return to the band to perform this number); that's unavoidable, I'm afraid. And Springsteen's cry of "Danny!" at the end of the song makes your heart break, knowing what came after. But these four tunes aren't merely hyped up because of a band member's death (as is often the case, let's admit); these are four powerful, engaging performances, that make you wish there was a full-length concert album available. Maybe there will be, one day. For now, we have these four tunes...and some wonderful, bittersweet memories.
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