Bruce Springsteen - Tracks (4 CD Box Set) (Music CD)

Release Date: 23 September 2013
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For years, decades even, Bruce Springsteen was legendary for the amount of recordings he did not release. Every time he cut an album, he recorded a surplus of songs and left some out, not always on the basis of quality, but often because they simply didn't suit the mood of the record. It was inevitable that dedicated fans and collectors would bootleg these recordings, and for many years, he was one of the most popular bootlegged artists, rivaling even Bob Dylan. Dylan released a box set of unreleased songs in 1991, paving the way for the long-overdue appearance of a similar Springsteen set, Tracks, in 1998. Spanning four discs, it isn't entirely devoted to unreleased material -- a few B-sides pop up here and there -- nor is it truly definitive, since it misses a number of key outtakes, plus his original version of "Because the Night," the sole hit for Patti Smith. Instead, the compilation is an unassuming sampling of what's in the vaults, from his early acoustic demos to polished outtakes from Human Touch and Lucky Town. Along the way, there are a number of great songs -- "Bishop Danced" is every bit as terrific as its legend, as are "Thundercrack," "Give the Girl a Kiss," "Hearts of Stone," "Roulette," and many others. Tracks merely offers fans an enjoyably sequenced selection of what was left behind. If the end result isn't as revelatory as some may have expected (even the acoustic "Born in the U.S.A.," powerful as it is, doesn't sound any different than you may have imagined it), it's because Springsteen is, at heart, a solid craftsman, not a blinding visionary like Dylan. That's why Tracks is for the dedicated fan, where The Bootleg Series and The Basement Tapes are flat-out essential for rock fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • Disk 1
  • 1. Mary Queen Of Arkansas
  • 2. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
  • 3. Growin' Up
  • 4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
  • 5. Bishop Danced
  • 6. Santa Ana
  • 7. Seaside Bar Song
  • 8. Zero And Blind Terry
  • 9. Linda Let Me Be The One
  • 10. Thundercrack
  • 11. Rendezvous
  • 12. Give The Girl A Kiss
  • 13. Iceman
  • 14. Bring On The Night
  • 15. So Young And In Love
  • 16. Hearts Of Stone
  • 17. Don't Look Back
  • Disk 2
  • 1. Restless Nights
  • 2. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Pittsburgh)
  • 3. Roulette
  • 4. Dollhouse
  • 5. Where The Bands Are
  • 6. Loose Ends
  • 7. Living On The Edge Of The World
  • 8. Wages Of Sin
  • 9. Take 'Em As They Come
  • 10. Be True
  • 11. Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own
  • 12. I Wanna Be With You
  • 13. Mary Lou
  • 14. Stolen Car
  • 15. Born In The U.S.A.
  • 16. Johnny Bye-Bye
  • 17. Shut Out The Light
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Cynthia
  • 2. My Love Will Not Let You Down
  • 3. This Hard Land
  • 4. Frankie
  • 5. TV Movie
  • 6. Stand On It
  • 7. Lion's Den
  • 8. Car Wash
  • 9. Rockaway The Days
  • 10. Brothers Under The Bridges ('83)
  • 11. Man At The Top
  • 12. Pink Cadillac
  • 13. Two For The Road
  • 14. Janey Don't You Lose Heart
  • 15. When You Need Me
  • 16. The Wish
  • 17. The Honeymooners
  • 18. Lucky Man
  • Disk 4
  • 1. Leavin' Train
  • 2. Seven Angels
  • 3. Gave It A Name
  • 4. Sad Eyes
  • 5. My Lover Man
  • 6. Over The Rise
  • 7. When The Lights Go Out
  • 8. Loose Change
  • 9. Trouble In Paradise
  • 10. Happy
  • 11. Part Man, Part Monkey
  • 12. Goin' Cali
  • 13. Back In Your Arms
  • 14. Brothers Under The Bridge
Release Date: 23 September 2013
Catalogue No: 88883768742