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on September 9, 2017
All Of His Best Songs Enjoy This Set!
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on March 3, 2007
(Those're Mr. Springsteen's words up there, not mine, but I wholeheartedly agree.)

I know that Springsteen fans will argue over and over about what should be included in an "essential" collection of the artist's work, but this collection is, in my opinion, absolutely superb. It's also a great introduction to his work for those people who don't know much about his style or range. It's impossible to release a collection that contains all the heart and soul, but this is a good start.

I know that many people will think it's kind of an extended greatest hits collection, but with Springsteen--oh, man. It doesn't matter if his songs are popular hits; that shouldn't turn you off of his music. His songs become hits because people connect fully with what he wrote and crafted, as well as with the man himself. Take "Born in the USA," for example. You can look at the song as something people mistakenly turned into an anthem (and therefore something that doesn't belong in this collection), or you can look at it as the catalyst for many fan's snickers and disdain aimed at politicians who tried to do the anthem thing and put Springsteen squarely on their side. Springsteen crafted a satirical song, and he always treated it that way in concert. So, stop thinking of a Springsteen "hit" as in any way similar to, say, a Backstreet Boys "hit," and you'll be okay. If that were all this collection contained--just the hits, ma'am--this would still be superb.

But it contains more. It contains songs from albums that weren't so wildly popular, and previously unreleased songs that give you glimpses into other sides of the man and his influences (there's a third bonus disc that provides us with some stuff we likely have never heard before).

Buy this collection; hear this man sing of 70's gang fights, of what it means to be truly free when your world seems to be nothing but limitation, of faith in the human spirit, of learning how to be a partner in a relationship. Read (and reread, as I do) the lyrics. Remember that this man performs with all his heart and soul up on stage, just like in the studio recordings, and be amazed by how damn much this guy LOVES to sing, record, and perform. Then, if you don't already own the rest of his stuff, buy all the other cd's so you can see the depth of his emotional range. Then, with all that wonderful music playing in your head, you'll have the heart, the soul. Or at least, you'll have Mr. Springsteen's, since he's singularly eager to expose those parts of himself to you in his music.

Enjoy!
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on October 30, 2017
Good music for good value!
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on June 7, 2015
Most artists that do 2 CD "Best Of" or "Essential" releases, run out of steam somewhere in the 2nd disk. This set has 3 disks and there isn't a bad track on any of the disks. Bruce is that amazing!
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on December 19, 2012
Without a doubt some of the best music you will ever listen to Bruce is not only a great musician but one of the best performers you will ever see in concert. Loaded with tracks that everyone will be able to relate too, his music touches the soul of everyone. You can't listen to "The Boss" and not be moved by what you hear.
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on April 20, 2014
You either like him or not. I bought this to entertain some guests whilst in Australia, and Bruce had been playing. I partook of the beauty of Amazon and purchased the CD which was sent to my US address, and uploaded to my IPad via Amazon cloud player. My guests were thrilled.
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on October 29, 2016
What one word best describes Mr Springsteen? This CD is superb.
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on November 4, 2017
Great music by the Boss. Love it.
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on February 9, 2017
it's the boss & it's seminally essential!
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on December 10, 2013
Wonderful! All of my favorite songs, and some new favorites. The songs are as they were originally, so Springsteen's growth, both as an artist and a technician, is evident. What else is there to say? I recommend this three cd album very highly for any Springsteen fan.
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