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Editors’ Notes

Bruce Springsteen always recorded far more than he could ever release. Songs were dumped, no matter how great the quality, if they didn’t fit an album’s emotional tenor. These 66 tracks were either previously unreleased or issued as b-sides. Early demos of “Mary Queen of Arkansas,” “It’s Hard To Be a Saint in the City,” and “Growing Up” give an idea of what led John Hammond to sign Bruce to Columbia Records. Legendary early tunes like “Bishop Danced,” “Santa Ana,” and “Zero and Blind Terry” illustrate Springsteen’s early adventurism, while “Hearts of Stone,” “Don’t Look Back,” “Roulette,” “My Love Will Not Let You Down,” and “Frankie” show just how much great music fell to the cutting-room floor. Many of Bruce’s best tunes are here. “Wages of Sin,” “Brothers Under the Bridge” (here in two versions), “Shut Out the Light,” and “Johnny Bye-Bye” are essential. The free and easy “Pink Cadillac,” “Where the Bands Are,” and “Cynthia” are much more relaxed than many of the tunes that made the official albums. Brilliant.

Customer Reviews

Truly Exceptional

Unreleased song compilations are typically like movies with the deleted scenes added in - when you see the film with the deleted scenes, you're left thinking only one thing: "Well, now I understand why they cut these scenes (or songs)." "Tracks" is a very noteworthy exception to this rule. Instead of sub-par material, this compilation seems more like the very welcome addition of a few more albums from Springsteen's prime than it does simply a collection of unreleased songs. Think "Born to Run" or "Darkness on the Edge of Town" - the songs here have that same passion and fire. Every song is a treat - fans will feel like a kid in a candy store every time another song comes on. A real surprise is the stripped-down "Born in the USA". If Reagan had heard this version, he never would have misinterpreted it as fitting for a campaign song. Other highlights include "Janey Don't You Lose Heart", "Sad Eyes", and "Bishop Danced," although it's hard to choose just a few. Different and first takes of album cuts are also very appreciated. Springsteen was happy to see these songs see the light of day, and, unlike the majority of their unreleased brethren across all genres, these songs deserve their time in the sun.

bruce-" Tracks"

Well-the first time i heard this album, i was riding in a van heading to Cape Hatteras Island off of North Carolina in 99. Being a huge bruce fan since 1973-after hearing "new york city serenade" i immediatly fell for these songs ! They may not be well known songs, but trust me- they kick ! How many songs out there can remind you of your youth ? Bruce just has that magical writing ability to conjour up life on the coast of New Jersey ! Beaches, Girls and the Night's at the Shore ! These songs will make you sing and dance-whether your in the car or hanging out with the boys ! Thanks Again BRUCE !!!

Just a taste, but still phenomenal

Fans of Mr. Springsteen know that he always has half an album with him ready to go in that notebook of his. This collection is a 4-disc career spanning (up to 1998 at least) masterpiece. I could only be saying "masterpiece" because I am a huge fan, but I truly feel there are a lot of gems that could have made it to albums, but Bruce has themes for his albums. Many of the tracks may be brilliant stand-alones, but wouldn't fit onto a Greetings, Wild, Born to Run, or a Darkness. It seems that just about everything made it to the River, but absent from this collection are outtakes from the Nebraska sessions as well as anything from the Tom Joad sessions. Nonetheless, this is still an unbelievable set with Thundercrack, Iceman, Don't Look Back, Restless Nights, Loose Ends, Frankie, Sad Eyes, and Happy as stand outs.

Biography

Born: September 23, 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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