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'The River,' was originally released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. 'The River: Single Album' is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' but never released. The fourth CD on the box set is 'The River: Outtakes,' which spans the entire 'The River' sessions in 1979 and 1980. Eleven songs are rarities that have never been released before, and for the most part are completely unheard and unknown even to fans, who have long considered Springsteen's outtakes to be treasured secrets.
"The Ties That Bind," on one DVD, is a brand new 60-minute documentary that features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording 'The River.' The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances -- interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of Bruce and the band in and out of the studio. The final video component is "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980," a new film produced from footage professionally filmed in 1980 using four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The film features 24 songs 2 hours, 40 minutes on 2 DVDs from Springsteen s November 5, 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Widely regarded as one of Springsteen s finest performances, this intense show features early live versions of over half of 'The River' songs. Also included is 20 minutes of footage from the late September, 1980 River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, PA, showing Springsteen and The E Street Band working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album.
'The Ties That Bind: The River Collection is packaged in a 10" x 12" box with a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs most of which have never been seen before plus pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album. Liner notes include a new essay from journalist Mikal Gilmore, the original Rolling Stone album review from 1980, and Springsteen's updated comments about the album from the 1998 "Songs" book.
Blu-ray Disc 1
The Ties That Bind (Documentary)
Blu-ray Disc 2
The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert Part 1
The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert Part 2
Top Customer Reviews
1. The River on 2 CD. Now I'm betting most people who buy these special Springsteen packages are fans enough they already have The River. I have it on album, cassettes, CD, and practically every format possible. So getting another copy of the CD is fine. I'll toss it into the glove compartment of my truck for road trips. I would rather have saved the $20 though.
2. A hardcover photography book and some facsimile tickets and notebooks. These are kind of cool. Then again, I'm not 17 years old anymore (and I bet you aren't either if you're reading this), so having a copy of Bruce's notebook from 1978 doesn't mean that much to me as it might have 30 years ago. Still, it's kind of cool and lets you know these songs didn't just spring from the earth finished. The man is a hard worker. I'll look at these for a while. Put them on my shelf. And probably never look at them again like all the other special Springsteen packages I've bought.
3. The River - Outtakes: A collection of outtakes from The River. Some you've heard. Some you haven't. I love a couple songs on here I'd never heard or forgotten that I'd heard from old bootlegs. Good stuff here. Some interesting overdubs that I'd never heard before.
4. The Ties That Bind documentary. I saw this on HBO. I liked it.
5. Tempe Arizona 1980 concert on DVD. Since I was just a few years too young to see Bruce in 1980 (my first show was 1984), this was so cool to watch. I'll watch this repeatedly like I watch the other concert films he's put out. These never get old.
It's early yet, but highlights for me include the "new" tracks "Stray Bullet," "The Time That Never Was," "Chain Lightning" and (from the original single-album version of The River) the rootsier version of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)." It's also fun to hear the "studio" version of "Paradise by the C," which had been played on the 1978 "Darkness" tour.
I owned the original release of The River on a (miserable) cassette and then later in somewhat muddy-sounding CD form. I've looked forward to this treatment of the music from that era for a long time, and my first day with it (music only, at this point ... I'll get to the video later) has been a very good one. This is not an inexpensive set, but it's a high-value one -- and to me, that's just for the music alone. When the video content is factored in, this collection claims a five-star rating ... not so much for perfection, but for capturing and presenting some aspects of what made Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band such a cult favorite (relative to later fame) before Born in the U.S.A.Read more ›
This is Bruce's magic. His insights and perceptions are basically universal. Whatever he is singing about can probably be transposed to some event or memory of your life. Bruce is speaking to you! All the time. A few don't get it, but that is their loss. If you take the time and make the effort to get to know his music, you will be forever changed.
This is why Bruce has stayed on top for 40 years. Few have ever possessed his marvelous combination of gifts. His exceptional poetic/lyrical skill, his ability to conceptualize and commit to paper these magnificent musical compositions he has created, his impeccable musicianship, his incredible showmanship, and particularly evolved over the decades, his vocalization skills. Bruce had the talent. So have many others. He had the work ethic. And he had the vision. This is what has set him apart. Put him at the very top of the pile. Hard work, tremendous talent, and always looking ahead. He has never been satisfied to rest on his considerable laurels. He is consistently driven to do even better. He has won Grammys, an Oscar, humanitarian awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and most every accolade out there. He appeals to not just a few, but to most. And intensely!Read more ›
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A box set thats actually worth the money for once. Quite brilliantPublished 5 days ago by Marcus Garvey
This is a great collection of music, video, and photos! A must-have for any Springsteen fan!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not pleased with the fact that it only comes on Blu-Ray disks despite the fact that it constantly calls it a DVD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacklyn B