New Box Set Release For Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen will gather his first seven albums into a brand new box set, Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Volume 1: 1973-1984.
All seven albums have been remastered for the release, five for the first time. Both Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town had previously been remastered for their box set expansions but have had further work done on them for this new release using previously unavailable tape transfer technology. The set will be released on both CD and vinyl with the remastered versions of all of the albums available on vinyl for the first time.

The original LP artwork has been replicated for the set which also includes a 60-page book with rare photos, memorabilia, and press from Springsteen’s first ten years.
Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Volume 1: 1973-1984 will be released on November 17 and will include the following albums:
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973)
Born to Run (1975)
Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
The River (1980)
Nebraska (1982)
Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

Eddie Vedder & Bruce Springsteen Live In Melbourne!

Eddie Vedder singing AC/DC with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello is about as good as it can get on an Australian stage.

Vedder was a surprise guest for the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s first Melbourne show on Saturday night helping Bruce on an AC/DC classic ‘Highway To Hell’ as well as one of Bruce’s own ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’. 

Springsteen is back in Australia for the second time in under a year and the stage is his party.

Every night at a Springsteen show is unique and this show was special with the inclusion of the complete 1985 classic ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ album played from start to finish. It was the first time Springsteen had ever played a complete album live in Australia.

Springsteen chose his written requests well. His version of the Gary US Bonds ‘Jole Blon’ was in the first part of the set. The song, arranged by Moon Mullican, acted as a bookend to Mullican’s 1958 classic ‘Seven Nights To Rock’ towards the end of the show. 

Rage Against The Machine, now Springsteen guitarist, Tom Morello created one of the greatest moments in the show sharing vocals on ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ and channelling Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour with his guitar solo. 

Steve Van Zandt (Little Stevie) was back in the band after missing the 2013 tour due to television commitments. He is currently playing Franl ‘The Fixer’ Taglia in the TV show Lilyhammer and was previously starring in The Sopranos as Silvio Dante. Van Zandt is the character in the band. He is often clowning it up with Bruce.

Stalwart members Max Weinberg and Nils Lofgren almost blend in with the 18 piece E Street Band with other longtimers Garry Tallent and Roy Bittan who have been with Springsteen since 1972 and 1974. Bruce does pay tribute to the late members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici during ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-out’. Clarence’s nephew Jake Clemons has become an excellent replacement for his uncle on Sax keeping the signature Clemons sound a vital part of the E Street Band sound.

‘High Hopes’ Leak For Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s entire 2014 release ‘High Hopes’, not due until mid January, made a brief appearance on Amazon this week and is now being shared on download sites.

‘High Hopes’ has an official release date of January 17 but appeared briefly for sale via on December 28. It quickly made its way onto file sharing sites and is being exchanged illegally via bit torrent files.

Amazon has a completely secure platform so at this stage it is not known if the early release was a human error or a strategic plan.

Earlier this month Beyonce surprised fans with the sudden release of her 5th studio album ‘Beyonce’ without notice. The publicity generated by the unexpected release sent the album to the top of the US chart in its first week.

The Springsteen release may or may not be a cleverly disguised promotional stunt as well.
‘High Hopes’ is Springsteen’s 18th album. The album was announced in November. It features various songs recorded over the past 10 years and includes appearances by former members Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008 and Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011.

The track ‘Just Like Fire Would’ is a cover of The Saints 1986 hit single in Australia. Bruce Springsteen performed the song at his Brisbane concert this year and recorded it days later at 301 Studios in Sydney.