Two CD collection from the singer, songwriter and Rock music icon. Includes 'Born To Run', 'Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)', 'Spirit In The Night', 'Jungleland', 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town', 'Hungry Heart', 'Born In The U.S.A.', 'Glory Days', 'Dancing In The Dark', 'Streets Of Philadelphia', 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad', 'The Rising', 'Badlands' and many more.
Vastly expanding 1995's single disc Greatest Hits
, The Essential Bruce Springsteen
easily surpasses the earlier best-of set by serving up all its true essentials and tossing in less appreciated treats and a full disc of rarities. Disc one spans the first decade of Springsteen's recording career, serving up at least two tracks each from the six albums that laid the groundwork for his '80s burst into superstardom. Disc two picks up with his mainstream breakthrough, 1984's Born in the U.S.A.
, and carries on through 2002's The Rising
, tossing in live recordings of "American Skin" and "Land of Hope and Dreams" for good measure. The selections and sequencing surpass those made on Greatest Hits
, though there's not too much in the way of surprises, other than that it appears that Born in the U.S.A.
hasn't aged all that well for the Boss; here, he selects only three songs from the hit-laden smash, one fewer than is found on the skimpy Greatest Hits
. Disc three is where the fun really starts for all but neophytes. The live "Held Up Without a Gun" is as gutsy a one minute and 20 seconds as Springsteen as one could ask for, and the likes of "Trapped," "Countin' on a Miracle," and a cover of "Viva Las Vegas" rank with his signature songs. --Steven Stolder