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Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection:1973-1984, Vol. 1 [Box]

Track List

>Blinded by the Light
>Growin' Up
>Mary Queen of Arkansas
>Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
>Lost in the Flood
>Angel, The
>For You
>Spirit in the Night
>It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
>E Street Shuffle, The
>4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
>Kitty's Back
>Wild Billy's Circus Story
>Incident on 57th Street
>Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
>New York City Serenade
>Thunder Road
>Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
>Night
>Backstreets
>Born to Run
>She's the One
>Meeting Across the River
>Jungleland
>Badlands
>Adam Raised a Cain
>Something in the Night
>Candy's Room
>Racing in the Street
>Promised Land, The
>Factory
>Streets of Fire
>Prove It All Night
>Darkness on the Edge of Town
>Ties That Bind, The
>Sherry Darling
>Jackson Cage
>Two Hearts
>Independence Day
>Hungry Heart
>Out in the Street
>Crush on You
>You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
>I Wanna Marry You
>River, The
>Point Blank
>Cadillac Ranch
>I'm a Rocker
>Fade Away
>Stolen Car
>Ramrod
>Price You Pay, The
>Drive All Night
>Wreck on the Highway
>Nebraska
>Atlantic City
>Mansion on the Hill
>Johnny 99
>Highway Patrolman
>State Trooper
>Used Cars
>Open All Night
>My Father's House
>Reason to Believe
>Born in the U.S.A.
>Cover Me
>Darlington County
>Working on the Highway
>Downbound Train
>I'm on Fire
>No Surrender
>Bobby Jean
>I'm Goin' Down
>Glory Days
>Dancing in the Dark
>My Hometown

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "From GREETINGS to BITUSA, the first seven LPs boxed and intimately remastered."

Album Notes

Lyricist: Bruce Springsteen.

Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar, mandolin, harmonica, recorder, congas); Clarence "Nick" Clemons (saxophone, background vocals); David Sancious (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ, background vocals); Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez (drums, background vocals); Vincent "Loper" Lopez (drums); Richard Blackwell (congas, percussion).

Audio Mixers: Chuck Plotkin; Jimmy Iovine; Toby Scott; Bob Clearmountain; Charles Plotkin.

Audio Remixer: Jack Ashkinazy.

Liner Note Author: Jon Landau.

Recording information: 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY; Nj; The HIT Factory; The Power Station, New York, NY; The Record Plant, New York, NY.

Photographers: Amanda Flick; Frank Stefanko; Jimmy Wachtel; Eric Meola; Annie Leibovitz; Barry Goldenberg; David Kennedy ; David Gahir; Joel Bernstein.

Arranger: Bruce Springsteen.

Of all the major rock artists, Bruce Springsteen is the one whose catalog lay in a state of digital disrepair for the longest (Prince is the only conceivable rival for this title). Apart from Born to Run, which has been subjected to several anniversary reissues and audiophile releases, and Darkness on the Edge of Town, none of his first seven albums saw a sonic upgrade during the CD boom of the '80s and '90s. The Album Collection, Vol. 1 rights that longstanding wrong by offering fresh remasters of every album released between 1973's Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and 1984's Born in the U.S.A., including brand-new remasters for both Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town, presenting all seven titles as paper-sleeve mini-LPs with replicated artwork. Supervised by Bob Ludwig, the albums underwent a remastering technique called the Plangent Process and the difference between the original CDs and the 2014 editions is startling: these are filled with color and life. Naturally, the difference is especially vivid on records that have been neglected over the decades: Greetings surges with wild-eyed, open-hearted optimism, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle feels randy and robust, The River contains muscle and gravity, Born in the U.S.A. packs a wallop, and even Nebraska, a record made at home on a four-track, enjoys a clarity that doesn't sacrifice its essence. The new masters of Born to Run and Darkness are also rich but are only subtle improvements on the previous remasters; the reason to get the set is the other five records, which are finally given the treatment they deserve. Accompanying these superb remasters is a 60-page, high-gloss booklet that contains no original notes but has plenty of good press clips, photos, charts, and ads that capture Springsteen's first decade of recording. It's the icing on the cake on what's a necessary set. [The vinyl edition of The Album Collection, Vol. 1 has been mastered from 24-bit digital masters, not analog tapes.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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