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Wrecking Ball (Special Edition) [Special Edition]

Bruce SpringsteenAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records release 'Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.' He has released seventeen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B006ZCWU5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled And Drawn
4. Jack Of All Trades
5. Death To My Hometown
6. This Depression
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You've Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land O Hope And Dreams
11. We Are Alive
12. Swallowed Up (In The Belly Of The Whale)
13. American Land

Editorial Reviews

Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau.

Said long-time manager Jon Landau,"Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball."

Landau told Rolling Stone magazine that the record is an ambitious "big-picture piece of work. It's a rock record that combines elements of both Bruce's classic sound and his Seeger Sessions experience, with new textures and styles." Members of the E Street Band play on the album, along with a variety of outside musicians, including Tom Morello. "Bruce and Ron used a wide variety of players to create something that both rocks and is very fresh."

This special edition of 'Wrecking Ball' includes two bonus tracks and exclusive artwork and photography

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142 of 163 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Statement of Anger and Hope March 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Wrecking Ball is an angry album dealing with hard and desperate times: unemployment, economic discrepancies, and personal displacement are just a few of the underlying themes addressed. It is also an album where many of the musical styles Bruce Springsteen has engaged in come together, along with new elements such as loops and a more pronounced use of female singers.

It opens with We Take Care of Our Own, a song that musically sounds like vintage E Street Band; it is, in its own way, as powerful an opening track as Badlands or Born in the U.S.A. Like that latter song, it could receive a mistaken interpretation by the casual listener drawn in to the catchy chorus. But, where the chorus declares "We take care of our own," the lyrics examine an America where needed help never appears.

Shackled and Drawn and Death to My Hometown both bear strong resemblances to the tracks Springsteen performed during his Seeger Sessions time. With their Irish feel, they sound like songs that Shane MacGowan could sink his crooked teeth into with joy. Easy Money, a song about a man going out with his lover to commit crimes to make some cash, has a ramshackle, country feel that perfectly matches Springsteen's grizzled snarl.

The title track presents Springsteen reminiscing about coming up in the "swamps of Jersey," referencing his classic track Rosalita. It is a defiant song in which Bruce dares all comers to "take your best shot/let me see what you got." It is an exhilarating song; at 62, The Boss is still willing to throw down the gauntlet.

Wrecking Ball, for all its anger, ends on a hopeful note. Land of Hope and Dreams, a song that debuted during the 1999-2000 E Street reunion tour, uses the imagery of the freedom train carrying passengers to a better destination.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 21st Century Bruce March 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
1975 was a very long time ago. So, with that little slice of obviousness behind us, what exactly is Bruce Springsteen up to on the other side of the looking-glass as I consider the significance of his much anticipated new album Wrecking Ball. Springsteen has never had it easy managing expectations - even before listening for the first time, I am already half-smiling at the consternation and intellectual discomfort of many reviewers as they ponder the delphic riddle that confounds them with every new Springsteen release - whether or not his new music returns New Jersey's favorite son to the working class zen so powerfully forged during his first decade of work.

Respectfully, with nearly forty years now seperating Wrecking Ball from the work that made his reputation, a side-by-side comparison seems unfair and absurdly front-loaded. The music that Springsteen created between 1973 and 1982 is now really for the ages and represents a nearly impossible standard for any artist to live up to.

Unfortunately for Springsteen, once his own PR flaks started cranking out the agitprop touting his imminent release as the time-machine return of the "old Bruce" and "the best" since Born To Run, The River or... (fill in the blanks) it seemed inevitable that Wrecking Ball would, could never overcome the weight of their very wishful but ultimately, weightless hyperbole. To be fair, there's really no objective assessment worth a damn that can be made for music that we have been listening to for mere hours against songs that has been seminal to the rock soundtrack for almost four decades.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen fans will love it! October 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got the album in preparation for going to Springsteen's September 2012 concert in Washington, DC, as part of his 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour. The concert featured most of the Wrecking Ball album songs and, at 62, the Boss is still the Boss. Before a packed house in the 45,000-seat Washington Nationals baseball stadium, he performed non-stop for close to four hours with the crowd-pleasing vigor of a 20-year-old.
"Wrecking Ball" is classic Springsteen -- poignant, moving, biting lyrics telling the story of the millions in our nation who work hard all their lives and never get much of a break. If you sympathize with his views, you'll love the album. If you're among the privileged rich, you probably won't.
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92 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft Ball March 8, 2012
Format:Vinyl
Bruce wants to carve lyrics in stones that can be thrown at the fortresses of power. The problem is that he has abandoned the storytelling that got him here. His small was always writ large, and now, on Wrecking Ball, it's all large, even when invoking the weak and exploited among us. His brilliant "The Rising" in response to the World Trade Center attack, dealt in majestic language that dropped down, at least in brush strokes, into identifiably real lives. The power there was fueled by a cohesive musical vision. Here, that musical vision feels very much that of a producer, one I've never heard of making his first appearance on a Springsteen record. It's bloated and poorly defined. I hate the lousy choirs and cheap artificial drums and layer upon layer of stuff. Penny whistles bleating through what could be a Fairlight Computer. Where is the thunder? The enterprise is more dirigible, impressive but in no way agile. I can imagine, over time, hooking into some of this, but Bruce used to grab you by the jugular right away. He sings out battle cries on "Wrecking Ball" but shows up to the battlefield in a Toyota Avalon. The late Clarence Clemons makes a stirring appearance in a recycled (from the New York live album) "Land of Hopes and Dreams," and I like this studio version just fine. Most of the record, however, feels like the work of a once-important late-middle-aged pro who no longer prowls and breathes the fire of the night. I still like to believe some day this brilliant hero will find his best form again. Bruce is too great to count out. It's just not happening here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss on vinyl
The Boss on vinyl! Brings a new dimension to his music for people lucky enough to have a turntable. It's especially nice if you put it through a quality tube amp.
Published 14 days ago by Bill Bardin
5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen pulls no punches
Bruce Springsteen has a history of unapologetic protest songs, and he's in fine form on this CD, particularly the Celtic-flavored "Death to my hometown". Read more
Published 28 days ago by Phil Stracchino
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce POWER!
The Boss is back with a blast. Moving lyrics, slamming powerful music. Some new players with E Street but still tight, tight band.
Published 1 month ago by Marc Bossi
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as Gift for RABID Springsteen Fan !!!
I purchased this as a gift for a friend who is a RABID (LOL) Springsteen fan. Of course, the friend absolutely loved the CD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ocean Blue
3.0 out of 5 stars Major Springstein fan
Purchased this just because. Nice to have in my collection but the songs on this CD just didn't do much for me. P.S. I have a dog named Thunder as a nod to Thunder Road.
Published 1 month ago by Born2Shop
2.0 out of 5 stars Not like the old Bruce
These are a disappointment. They were so heavily advertised and we just don't like the selections. Have only listened to it once.
Published 1 month ago by Kay E Fuelling
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable
It's just fun to watch and listen to Bruce and the E-Street band perform. Makes me miss Clarence C something fierce though.
Published 2 months ago by Pickyourownnose
4.0 out of 5 stars top 25% of his music
I'm not a fan of song "Swallowed" on this CD, but otherwise find it great work. Dylanesque, Woody Guthrie like, perhaps. Good lyrics. Upbeat songs are strongest here. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul S
5.0 out of 5 stars BRUCE REINSPIRED!!!
Well worth it if only for Tom Morello's stunning, mind-blowing solos on the revivified 'Ghost of Tom Joad.'
Bruce in stellar vocal form!
Published 2 months ago by Java Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars No Born to Run, but has some classics on it!
Besides The Rising, this is perhaps Springsteen's best studio album in the last fifteen years.

Got it all, influences from gospel, country, Celtic, balls-out rock, slow... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Ferry
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BitUSA is not a real fan's nightmare. Not even close. And not one song on the Seeger Sessions album is a Springsteen original. They are folk songs he has reworked, not his. You have no idea what you are saying. I'm a huge fan, for a long, long time, and would be more than happy to get an album... Read more
Feb 5, 2012 by jgcole |  See all 40 posts
I wish they'd use jewel cases...
I agree-so many cds I buy these days are scuffed or marked someway-even when they are in jewel cases. CD production quality has gone way down. the cardboard cases are great for not taking up space and being reminiscent of album sleeves, but they don't protect the CD :(

The industry is... Read more
Mar 9, 2012 by Russell Chamberlain |  See all 12 posts
Ticket brokers are thieves!
There are literally thousands and thousands of tickets still available. There just not for sale yet. When a show at MSG or any other arena go on sale Bruce and company hold back nearly 5000 seats for various reasons... (Friends and family of band and crew, radio promotions, record label folks,... Read more
Jan 30, 2012 by Mr. A |  See all 19 posts
Early release?
aww poor baby. want a cookie?
Mar 6, 2012 by icecube |  See all 2 posts
best album in years!
Bruce's music and lyrics reflect our times better than any other American artist, and his shows are still the best in rock 'n roll, by far. By the end of one of his concerts, you are emotionally drained from both the joy and contemplation you've experienced in the previous three hours. His... Read more
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