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Bruce Springsteen: Tracks Box set, Original recording remastered

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Next time you find yourself debating the worth of Bruce Springsteen, pull out this brilliant four-disc outtake set. With a flick of his grease-monkey wrist, Springsteen proves--simply by issuing long-unreleased material--why he's the most consistent (read: important) composer in the pop-rock field of his generation. It's there in a dozen included B-sides ("Pink Cadillac," "Shut Out the Light," "Janey Don't You Lose Heart"). It's there in countless rabble-rousing anthems, the singer's stock in working-class trade ("Roulette," "Stand on It," "Car Wash," "Brothers Under the Bridges"). But, mainly, it's there between the lines, in the small idiosyncrasies Springsteen detected within almost every cut that made him--until now--withhold this material. Some are glaringly obvious--the singsong "Living on the Edge of the World," whose lyrics were later lifted for the more sinister "Open All Night"; the morphing of several "Iceman" verses into sentiments expressed on Darkness on the Edge of Town. Some are collectible curiosities, like the starkly disparate alternate takes of "Stolen Car" and "Born in the U.S.A." And others are more meticulous, often coming down to a simple phrase, riff, or melody line that wound up flunking final-cut muster. And when you stumble across those tiny, fleeting moments, moments that would matter to only a true perfectionist, the true artistry of Springsteen unfurls in all its ragged glory. --Tom Lanham
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Columbia
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DHTF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For diehard Springsteen fans, no review is necessary. If any one of them has yet to acquire a copy of this stunning four-CD set, it is certainly not a matter of WHETHER or not to do so, but simply a matter of how to beg, borrow, or steal the sixty-odd dollar price of the collection. And once the copy is finally purchased, the fan won't be reading reviews; she'll be too busy immersing herself in the power of the music, the joy of watching Springsteen's songwriting evolve, and the fascination of discovering the roots of well-loved and well-worn Springsteen classics.
So let me target my review to newer Springsteen fans - those who own one or two records but certainly not the whole canon, or those who know his songs from radio play or friends, but have yet to pick up any of his music. For these people, the obvious question arises - is Tracks a good place to begin?
For all the incredible things I could say about this record (notice my unequivocal five-star rating) and for all the time that these four CD's have spent in my CD player, I would suggest that the new fan start elsewhere. In my opinion, there are at least three records that one should buy first: Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Nebraska. I don't think that I venture too far into hyperbole with the claim that these three records offer a power, brilliance, and consistency of vision almost unmatched by any trio from any artist in the whole of rock and roll. If you don't own these three records, go out and buy them now. When the chills finally start to subside and your breath finally begins to return, THEN you can order yourself a copy of Tracks. You won't be disappointed.
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I know it's tempting to pick up the single disc 18-Tracks compilation instead of the whole four disc set, but this is truely four discs worth of great music. Fans of Springsteen should definitely pick up this set. I'm usually bored to death by B-Sides and rarities collections, but I absolutely adore this set. Every song has something to say. When most bands are struggling to include one or two decent songs on an album, Bruce has come forward with stuff that didn't make the cut at first, and it's more consistent then most albums coming out today. He is an amazing musician and this release helps to display that. It's hard to believe that most of these songs stayed in the vaults for no one to hear for so long. One highlight is My Love Will Not Let You Down, which consistently made it's way into live sets when the E Street band reunited in 1999. There's a great recording of This Hard Land, which is one of my favorite songs Bruce has ever written. Overall, I like the recording found on his Greatest Hits set more, but this recording is still wonderful. This set is a must buy for fans, and it is certainly good for anyone seeking an education in what real music is all about.
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I have been a long-time fan of Bruce Springsteen. Bootleggers may know me as the guy that shouted "Bradley Beach!!" from the Bottom Line. Anyway, even though there is a tremendous amount of great Bruce music omitted, what is included in this collection is going to blow you away. Remember that Bruce was writing these songs shortly after the Beatles sued each other, right through the disco age, and well into the hairspray sounds of Duran Duran and Kajagoogoo (or something like that). The Punks had come and gone. Heavy metal and rap found niches.
But nothing shook Bruce from the pure foundation of full steam ahead american rock & roll painted with the sweat of desire. His ability to tell a story about characters we would never otherwise want to know, but now totally relate to is genius.
I cannot stop listening to this unbelievable collection.
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This is THE complete Springsteen collection from 1972-1995. It jams, it rocks, it stirs the soul -- it wraps 14+ albums and EPs, with their 23 years of accompanying emotions, into one tight 4-CD set. After getting over the bliss of hearing the new songs, the best part of the collection is identifying each song, based on what year it was recorded, to the album that was released at that time. "Bishop Danced" could have been right between "Incident on 57th Street" and "Rosalita" on The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle. "Iceman" would have been perfect on Side One of Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The head-bopping party sound of "Lion's Den" would have been perfect on the first album of The River. "Car Wash" would have have been perfect on Born In The U.S.A. (The song from a woman's perspective is strange but interesting, Bruce!) "Gave It A Name" would have fit well on Human Touch (but not really Lucky Town...) And "Brothers Under The Bridge" not only could have sat right after "Sinaloa Cowboys" on The Ghost Of Tom Joad, but was a popular song on that tour. When I first opened the box, I started working through the songs, just enjoying each in turn, until I hit song 15 of CD 2, the acoustic version of "Born In The U.S.A." I had seen Bruce do it acoustically on the Tom Joad tour, but hearing the track sounding just like Nebraska, sent shivers down my spine. I couldn't get past that song for the rest of the day, listening to it over and over again. And the same reaction when I hit "Brothers Under The Bridge." All true Springsteen fans, I'm sure, already have worn out their CD players with Tracks.Read more ›
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