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Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition
Hammersmith Odeon London '75
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story
Live In Dublin
We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions 

Clarence Clemons R.I.P. 
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S.F. Chronicle


I enjoy Bruce Springsteen's early music, but am not a huge fan. When the Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition was released I added a small Bruce Springsteen section to the website. It is a box set that includes a re-mastered rendition of Born To Run and two DVD's. The one that gets my attention is a concert from Hammersmith Odeon in 1975. The quality is outstanding, both audio and video. The only way to get the DVD is in the box-set. Good news, even though the list price is $39.98, it sells for much less. Just as good news, a two disc audio of the concert was released in 2006, Hammersmith Odeon London '75

The Wings for Wheels DVD is well done. I'm not sure if you'd watch it more than once. One point that Bruce Springsteen makes, to paraphrase,  "The hero of the album is Roy Bittan. His piano really defined the sound." I agree. To me, yhat is the bottom line of what makes this a classic album. 

Born To Run started with his previous band. They auditioned 60 to get Max and Roy, 30 drummers and 30 piano players. They were chosen because they had the musical reference points and understood the language. 

  Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition
Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition 

Includes:

1. A stunning DVD of the legendary 1975 HAMMERSMITH ODEON CONCERT

2. A DVD of "WINGS FOR WHEELS: THE MAKING OF BORN TO RUN," with never before seen footage. 

3. Remastered BORN TO RUN

 
Audio soundtrack Hammersmith Odeon London '75
November 18, 1975 show in its entirety.

Disc: 1 
1. Thunder Road 
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 
3. Spirit In The Night 
4. Lost In The Flood 
5. She's The One 
6. Born To Run 
7. The E Street Shuffle 
8. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City 
9. Backstreets 
Disc: 2 
1. Kitty's Back 
2. Jungleland 
3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 
4. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 
5. Detroit Medley 
6. For You 
7. Quarter To Three 

 

Press Release
September 27, 2005 
COLUMBIA RECORDS TO RELEASE HISTORIC 'BORN TO RUN 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION' ON NOVEMBER 15 

ORDER: Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition

Columbia Records will release the 'Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition' box set on November 15. Personally supervised by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau, the box set includes "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75," an astonishing film of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's legendary 1975 concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London; the new film "Wings For Wheels: The Making of Born To Run;" the classic album in remastered CD form; and finally, a 48 page booklet of previously unpublished photographs. With its two DVDs, the package offers approximately four hours of previously unseen footage. 

"I believe that the combination of the great 1975 concert footage, the brilliant documentary of the making of the album and the dazzling remastering of 'Born to Run' add up to a nearly perfect storm of Bruce's music," said longtime manager Jon Landau. 

Spanning roughly two hours and ten minutes, the November 18, 1975 concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon finds an epic performance of sixteen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band classics, including "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," "Jungleland," and "Born To Run," as well as such other favorites such as "Kitty's Back" and "Rosalita." The multiple-camera film of the complete concert will be available in its entirety and its original sequence, as newly edited by Emmy Award Winner Thom Zimny. "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75" is the only full-length concert film ever released of Bruce and the E Street Band's first 25 years. 

Zimny's production team painstakingly cleaned the original negatives and digitally restored the footage, ultimately presenting this indispensable concert in vibrant color and detail. Producer Bob Clearmountain remastered and remixed the DVD in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Zimny has worked with Springsteen on several projects, including editing the Emmy-winning "Live in New York," the quadruple-platinum certified, Emmy-nominated "Live in Barcelona" and the "VH1 Storytellers" films. Clearmountain is the legendary mixer who has often collaborated with Springsteen over the last twenty- five years, most famously on 'Born in the USA.' 

The ninety-minute documentary "Wings For Wheels: The Making of Born To Run" chronicles the definitive story of the creation of 'Born To Run,' from songwriting to production and beyond. "Wings For Wheels" boasts archival film never shown publicly, including substantial footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band recording the album, 1975 concert film and other footage shot between 1973 and 1975. The film also features exclusive footage of Springsteen playing solo piano and guitar versions of songs from 'Born To Run.' 

In addition, "Wings For Wheels" incorporates newly filmed interviews with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, including former members who played on the album, as well as the production team. In newly shot footage from Asbury Park, NJ, Springsteen discusses his personal feelings about the making of the iconic album in great depth; the footage with Springsteen includes the musician reflecting on outtakes and unreleased tracks from the album for the first time since 1975. The DVD of "Wings For Wheels: The Making of Born to Run" ends with stunning bonus footage of three songs recorded live at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater in 1973: "Spirit In The Night," "Wild Billy's Circus Story" and "Thundercrack." 

Finally, the box set will feature a CD of the newly remastered 'Born To Run,' as well as a remarkable 48-page photo album of previously unpublished photographs with an introduction written by Springsteen. This is the first time Springsteen has allowed any of his catalogue to be fully remastered and he enlisted his longtime mastering guru Bob Ludwig to handle the job. The newly remastered version presents the masterpiece with striking clarity and presence. Widely regarded as one of the cornerstone albums in rock and roll history, 'Born To Run' has been recognized by many international polls as one of the greatest albums of all time. It has sold nearly nine million albums worldwide. Of 'Born To Run,' which was originally released August 25, 1975, Rolling Stone wrote, "It is a magnificent album that pays off on every bet ever placed on him… and it should crack his future wide open." 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75" 
Track Listing

1. Thunder Road 
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out 
3. Spirit In The Night 
4. Lost In The Flood 
5. She’s The One 
6. Born To Run 
7. The E Street Shuffle/Having A Party 
8. It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City 
9. Backstreets 
10. Kitty’s Back 
11. Jungleland 
12. Rosalita 
13. 4th Of July Asbury Park (Sandy) 
14. Detroit Medley 
15. For You 
16. Quarter To Three 


"Wings For Wheels: The Making of Born To Run" 

Interview List

1. Bruce Springsteen 
2. Roy Bittan 
3. Ernest "Boom" Carter 
4. Clarence Clemons 
5. Danny Federici 
6. Nils Lofgren 
7. David Sancious 
8. Patti Scialfa 
9. Garry Tallent 
10. Stevie Van Zandt 
11. Max Weinberg 
12. Jon Landau 
13. Jimmy Iovine 
14. Mike Appel 
15. Eric Meola 

Born To Run

1. Thunder Road 
2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 
3. Night 
4. Backstreets 
5. Born To Run 
6. She's The One 
7. Meeting Across The River 
8. Jungleland

ORDER: Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition

Bruce Springsteen Classics

Below are a few of Bruce Springsteen collections; greatest hits, live, and rarities releases.

Bruce Springsteen - cd reviews and discography
The Essential Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-85 Tracks - Box-set
Bruce Springsteen - cd reviews and discography

The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

 (3 CD/ 3 Blu-ray)
Release Date
November 16, 2010 

CD 1 - "Darkness On the Edge of Town" (Remastered)

Badlands 
Adam Raised a Cain 
Something In the Night 
Candy's Room 
Racing In the Street 
The Promised Land 
Factory 
Streets of Fire 
Prove It All Night 
Darkness On the Edge of Town 
CD 2 - "The Promise" (Disc 1)

Racing In the Street ('78) 
Gotta Get That Feeling 
Outside Looking In 
Someday (We'll Be Together) 
One Way Street 
Because the Night 
Wrong Side of the Street 
The Brokenhearted 
Rendezvous 
Candy's Boy 
CD 3 - "The Promise" (Disc 2)

Save My Love 
Ain't Good Enough For You 
Fire 
Spanish Eyes 
It's a Shame 
Come On (Let's Go Tonight) 
Talk To Me 
The Little Things (My Baby Does) 
Breakaway 
The Promise 
City of Night 

3 CD/3 DVD

Product Description
"Darkness was my 'samurai' record," Springsteen writes, "stripped to the frame and ready to rumble.” But the music that got left behind was substantial.

This extraordinary deluxe package comprises nearly six hours of film and more than two hours of audio across 3 CDs and 3 DVDs. It comes with an 80-page notebook containing facsimiles from Springsteen's original notebooks from the recording sessions, which include alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details, and personal notes in addition to a new essay by Springsteen on the album and never-before-seen photographs.

The Deluxe Package also features The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' a documentary directed by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The ninety-minute film combines never-before-seen footage of Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978, including home rehearsals and studio sessions with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former-manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.

In addition, the set features more than four hours of live concert film from the Thrill Hill Vault, including the bootleg house cut (the footage that appeared on-screen at the concert) from a 1978 Houston show, and a 2009 performance of Darkness on the Edge of Town in its entirety from Asbury Park. The special performance in Asbury Park was shot in HD without an audience and successfully recreates the stark atmosphere of the original album.

The Deluxe Package also includes Darkness on the Edge of Town, digitally remastered for the first time, as well as the 2 CD set The Promise: The Lost Sessions from Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The two discs contain a total of 21 previously-unreleased songs from the 'Darkness' recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, "perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became." Highlights include the extraordinary rock version of "Racing in the Street," the never-before-released original recordings of "Because the Night," "Fire," and "Rendezvous," the supreme pop opus "Someday (We'll Be Together)," the hilarious "Ain't Good Enough for You," the superb soul-based vocal performance on "The Broken Hearted," the utterly haunting "Breakaway," and the now finally released, fully orchestrated masterpiece and title song, "The Promise." All 21 songs have been mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator, Bob Clearmountain. According to long-time manager/producer Jon Landau, "There isn't a weak card in this deck. The Promise is simply a great listening experience."

This package gives fans an unprecedented look into Springsteen's creative process during a defining moment in his career.

Blu-Ray 1: The Promise: The Making of "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

Blu-Ray 2: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ, 2009)
1. Badlands
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Something In The Night
4. Candy's Room
5. Racing In The Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets Of Fire
9. Prove It All Night
10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Thrill Hill Vault (1976-1978)
1. Save My Love (Holmdel, NJ 76)
2. Candy's Boy (Holmdel, NJ 76)
3. Something In The Night (Red Bank, NJ 76)
4. Don’t Look Back (NYC 78)
5. Ain't Good Enough For You (NYC 78)
6. The Promise (NYC 78)
7. Candy's Room Demo (NYC 78)
8. Badlands (Phoenix 78)
9. The Promised Land (Phoenix 78)
10. Prove It All Night (Phoenix 78)
11. Born To Run (Phoenix 78)
12. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Phoenix 78)

Blu-Ray 3: Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut
1. Badlands
2. Streets Of Fire
3. It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City
4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
5. Spirit In The Night
6. Independence Day
7. The Promised Land
8. Prove It All Night
9. Racing In The Street
10. Thunder Road
11. Jungleland
12. The Ties That Bind
13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
14. The Fever
15. Fire
16. Candy's Room
17. Because The Night
18. Point Blank
19. She's The One
20. Backstreets
21. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
22. Born To Run
23. Detroit Medley
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. You Can't Sit Down
26. Quarter To Three

Bruce Springsteen - cd reviews and discography

Bruce Springsteen - cd reviews and discography
Live In Dublin by Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band

 

Bruce Springsteen - cd reviews and discography
CD Track listing

1. Atlantic City
2. Old Dan Tucker
3. Eyes on the Prize
4. Jesse James
5. Further on Up the Road
6. O Mary Don't You Weep
7. Erie Canal
8. If I Should Fall Behind
9. My Oklahoma Home
10. Highway Patrolman
11. Mrs. McGrath
12. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
13. Jacob's Ladder
14. Long Time Comin'
15. Open All Night
16. Pay Me My Money Down
17. Growin' Up
18. When the Saints Go Marching In
19. This Little Light of Mine
20. American Land
21. Blinded By the Light (Credits)

Bonus Songs:
Love of the Common People
We Shall Overcome 
Audio Enhanced (DVD)
 
DVD Blu ray
PRESS RELEASE
June 11, 2007 

Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Film And Album 'Live In Dublin' (Columbia Records) Earning Exemplary Reviews

Live Set Debuts In Amazon's Top Ten 

PBS Broadcasting Abridged Film To Massive Audience In June


'Live In Dublin' by Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band was released by Columbia Records last week to great acclaim, debuting among Amazon.com's top twenty DVDs and top ten CDs simultaneously and with the DVD seeing time at number one.

The New York Daily News' David Hinckley writes, "Using a big old band full of strings and horns, he got a sound that combined Saturday-night hoedown music, Fourth of July parade music, back-porch music and music from the cotton fields, all mixed with a spirit that stamps them as singularly Springsteen."

Here's what other critics are saying about 'Live In Dublin':

"Brilliant" - Associated Press

"Essential" - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Sheer exuberance." - NY Daily News

"Soul-stirring" - Billboard

"A" - Philadelphia Daily News

"Irresistible" - Boston Herald

Meanwhile, an abbreviated 60-minute version of the film has been broadcast on almost 300 PBS affiliate stations throughout the country this month. NJN (New Jersey Public Television) premiered the film April 30. NJN producer Donna Journigan said, "NJN, New Jersey's own public television station was proud to be the presenter of the world premiere right here in Bruce's home state. It has been extremely well received... We've even garnered international response."

Columbia Records released 'Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Live in Dublin' June 5 as a concert DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and separate two-CD set release, as well as a combination DVD/CD package. The two-CD set, DVD and Blu-ray Disc each feature 23 songs drawn from the band's performances in Dublin, Ireland at The Point on November 17, 18 and 19, 2006. Songs include fan favorites from 'The Seeger Sessions,' radical interpretations from the Springsteen songbook and rare songs appearing for the first time on any Springsteen release.

PRESS RELEASE
April 16, 2007 

Columbia Records To Release 'Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Live In Dublin' June 5 On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 2-CD Set And Combo DVD/CD Set

Concert Features 23 Songs From November, 2006


Columbia Records will release 'Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Live in Dublin' June 5, a concert DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and separate two-CD set release, as well as a combination DVD/CD package. The two-CD set, DVD and Blu-ray Disc each feature 23 songs drawn from the band's performances in Dublin, Ireland at The Point on November 17, 18 and 19, 2006. Songs include fan favorites from 'The Seeger Sessions,' radical interpretations from the Springsteen songbook and rare songs appearing for the first time on any Springsteen release.

Springsteen's longtime manager Jon Landau said, "'Live in Dublin' charts the development of a band from an informal gathering in Bruce's living room to an onstage powerhouse. It also documents the growth in Bruce's vision of American music; it includes folk music, blues, Dixieland, country, swing, gospel, rock, down to and including his own writing. It's all performed with Bruce's classic energy and focus. I think it's some of the finest music he's ever made."

The DVD, Blu-ray Disc and CD captures the band during the finale of its multi-leg 2006 tour. The Word Magazine (UK) said of a concert on this tour, "I have never, make that NEVER, seen a show better than the one mounted by Bruce Springsteen and his band at Wembley Arena on Saturday, November 11, 2006." The Sunday Business Post Agenda (UK), in a 5 star review, said, "During the concert's numerous high points, the crowd was ecstatic and Springsteen was the preacher, spreading a welcome message: We're open all night."

Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band's tour last year prompted other incredible reviews. "Sometime, somewhere, a more dramatic and exhilarating confluence of music with moment may have existed... But in nearly 40 years of concert-going, I haven't witnessed one," said LA Times. The Washington Post declared, "It was the best live show I've seen in at least five years. (And I've seen a few.)" Meanwhile, The Independent (UK), said, "It's been an astonishingly rich evening." The Observer (UK) proclaimed, "Springsteen and the Seeger Session band were an inspiring triumph."

'Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Live in Dublin' was produced by George Travis and produced and edited by Emmy Award winner Thom Zimny, who recently took home a Grammy Award for directing "Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run," a DVD in the acclaimed 'Born To Run' box set. Legendary mixer Bob Clearmountain mixed the DVD and Blu-ray Disc in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Bob Ludwig mastered the DVD and CD at Gateway Studios. The Blu-ray Disc was authored at Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center. Documented with nine cameras, the concert was filmed in High Definition (HD). The Blu-ray Disc presents the show in full 1080 HD resolution along with uncompressed surround sound.

Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Live In Dublin'
Track listing

1. Atlantic City
2. Old Dan Tucker
3. Eyes on the Prize
4. Jesse James
5. Further on Up the Road
6. O Mary Don't You Weep
7. Erie Canal 
8. If I Should Fall Behind
9. My Oklahoma Home
10. Highway Patrolman
11. Mrs. McGrath 
12. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
13. Jacob's Ladder
14. Long Time Comin'
15. Open All Night
16. Pay Me My Money Down
17. Growin' Up 
18. When the Saints Go Marching In
19. This Little Light of Mine
20. American Land
21. Blinded By the Light (Credits) 

Bonus Songs:
Love of the Common People
We Shall Overcome

The Sessions Band From November 17. 18 and 19, 2006:

Bruce Springsteen - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Sam Bardfeld - Violin, Vocals
Art Baron - Sousaphone, Trombone, Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Euphonium
Frank Bruno - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Field Drum
Jeremy Chatzky - Bass
Larry Eagle - Drums, Percussion
Clark Gayton - Trombone, Vocals, Percussion
Charlie Giordano - Accordion, Piano, Organ, Vocals
Curtis King Jr. - Vocals, Percussion
Greg Liszt - Banjo, Vocals
Lisa Lowell - Vocals, Percussion
Ed Manion - Saxophone, Vocals, Percussion
Cindy Mizelle - Vocals, Percussion
Curt Ramm - Trumpet, Vocals, Percussion
Marty Rifkin - Steel Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin
Patti Scialfa - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Marc Anthony Thompson - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Soozie Tyrell - Violin, Vocals 

Bruce Springsteen - cd reviews and discography
We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions

 

Track Listing 

1. Old Dan Tucker
2. Jessie James
3. Mrs. McGrath
4. O, Mary, Don't You Weep
5. John Henry
6. Erie Canal
7. Jacob's Ladder
8. My Oklahoma Home
9. Eyes On The Prize
10. Shenandoah
11. Pay Me My Money Down
12. We Shall Overcome
13. Froggie Went A-Courtin'

Bonus Tracks:
Buffalo Gals
How Can I Keep From Singing 

Enhanced Edition
VIDEO 
A 40-minute film about the recording of the album with artist commentary. Includes filmed performances of: 

John Henry Pay Me My Money Down Buffalo Gals Erie Canal O Mary DonÂ’t You Weep JacobÂ’s Ladder Froggie Went A CourtinÂ’ Shenandoah 

Plus four bonus live tour videos: 

How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live (Bruce Springsteen Version) Bring Â’Em Home American Land Pay Me My Money Down 

Audio
Expanded
PRESS RELEASE
March 2, 2006 

COLUMBIA RECORDS TO RELEASE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S 'WE SHALL OVERCOME: THE SEEGER SESSIONS' ON APRIL 25


Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen's twenty-first album, 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions,' on April 25. The album features Bruce's personal interpretations of thirteen traditional songs, all of them associated with the legendary guiding light of American folk music, Pete Seeger, for whom the album is named. Speaking of the origins of the new music, Springsteen said, "So much of my writing, particularly when I write acoustically, comes straight out of the folk tradition. Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds... they can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words."

Springsteen recorded the album with a large ensemble. The musicians on the record are Springsteen (guitar, harmonica, B3 organ and percussion), Sam Bardfeld (violin), Art Baron (tuba) Frank Bruno (guitar), Jeremy Chatzky (upright bass), Mark Clifford (banjo), Larry Eagle (drums and percussion), Charles Giordano (B3 organ, piano and accordion), Ed Manion (saxophone), Mark Pender (trumpet), Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg (trombone) and Soozie Tyrell (violin). Lisa Lowell, Patti Scialfa, Springsteen, Pender, Tyrell, and Rosenberg contribute backing vocals.

'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' will be released in DualDisc format, with the full album on one side of the disc and DVD content on the other side. The 30 minute video side of the DualDisc contains extensive behind the scenes footage of the recording of the album. In addition, the DualDisc package will contain two bonus tracks and a special booklet including a note from Springsteen.

Springsteen is planning a short tour in the U.S. and Europe to accompany the release of the album. He will be appearing with most of the musicians who appeared on the CD. Details will be announced separately.

According to Springsteen's longtime manager Jon Landau, "'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' has a lightness and ease to it, a sheer joyfulness, that makes it very special from top to bottom. Bruce has taken a core group of classic American songs and transformed them into a high energy, modern and very personal statement."
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