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Editors’ Notes

Originally released to benefit Amnesty International just as Bruce was joining the multi-artist Human Rights Now! tour, this four-song EP features performances from his 1988 Tunnel of Love tour with The E Street Band. The centerpiece is a cover of Bob Dylan’s folk classic “Chimes of Freedom”; it’s transformed into an arena-rock anthem, with Max Weinberg’s pounding drums sounding like cannons. The acoustic version of “Born to Run” proves how Bruce could shrink the stadiums to handle an unusual level of intimacy. “Tougher Than the Rest” was a highlight from Tunnel of Love, and it’s played here with conviction and emotional honesty. “Be True” was a b-side from the era of The River and long a fan favorite. These live performances, once again, prove just how well his songs breathe in concert and why he’s considered one of the greatest performers to ever take the stage.

Customer Reviews

Chimes of Freedom

I recommend this EP: the highlight for me was the version of His Royal Bobness's great tune Chimes of Freedom, and of course Bruce can perform it with much more power than Bob. Nice acoustic version of Born to Run, but you have to ignore the slighty annoying clapping of the audience. Moody version of Tougher than the Rest with some great harmonica playing!

Three Stars for Four Tracks

This is a shoddy little gem from an era long past. But the final track is a real rough diamond. A haunting rework of one of The Boss' biggest boldest anthems which turns the bluster of Born To Run into a plea. The other songs aren't bad. If you want to hear good live Bruce however, there are M.A.N.Y other albums more deserving of your time and money. That one track made it worth owning the record back in the day. Now thanks to iTunes you don't have to.


What a great EP. Fantastic version of tougher than the rest and then probably one of his best out takes Be True. Best version of Chimes Of Freedom (better than Dylan's!) and a beautiful rendition of his smash hit BTR!!


Born: 23 September 1949 in Freehold, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation, with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's...
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