Label: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - none,Columbia - none • Series: Bruce Springsteen - Definitive Collection - Gli Speciali Musicali di Sorrisi - 31 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Stereo Maxi Digipack Gatefold • Country: Italy • Genre: Rock • Style: Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Pop Rock
Rolling Stone. Log In. To help keep your account secure, please log-in again. You are no longer onsite at your organization. Please log in. For assistance, contact your corporate administrator. Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. That said, the Irish folk elements throughout sit oddly. Tom Joad was, if anything, even bleaker than Nebraska. Where that dealt with lives that were the focus of attention — the blue-collar dispossessed — this paid attention to the migrants who had slipped off the edges of society.
Despite the politics implicit in covering songs associated with Pete Seeger, The Seeger Sessions was the most joyful record Springsteen had made in years, perhaps since The River: a compendium of American folk styles that sounded like an astounding house party, and played out like one in the accompanying live shows.
The dramatic, anthemic title track was a deeply moving reminder that there remained possibility, even in the wake of despair. Even on something as downbeat as The Hitter, there is a picaresque quality that relates back not just to Nebraska, but to the very early Springsteen records.
A definite step on from the debut: the songs sprawl more but also seem to have become sharper, more cinematic. There are two albums interwoven on The River. On State Trooper, too, you heard the first evidence he had been listening closely to Suicide. The album that changed everything — strictly, the title track that changed everything — and the album where Springsteen starts to make the transition from a musician to an idea, a representation of a set of personal and musical values.
To manage not just Born to Run itself, but the astounding Thunder Road, the euphoric Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, the melancholic Backstreets, the epic Jungleland — what an extraordinary achievement. Misunderstood, yes, but Springsteen has to shoulder some of the blame: make an album that sounds like a state fairground on 4 July and plenty of people are going to think you are celebrating America.
On Darkness on the Edge of Town, though, he warns against placing too much faith in it. And on Racing in the Street, arguably his greatest song, he asked the most profound question: what defines a person? Actors playing nightmarish versions of themselves in cinema - ranked! Michael Caine's best films - ranked! The 10 best Glenn Close movies - ranked! Tom Cruise - top 20 movies - ranked! Judi Dench - every film - ranked! Jane Fonda's 10 best films - ranked!
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The River was released on October 17, , with 20 of the 50 songs that had been recorded. Indeed, The River became noted for its mix of the frivolous next to the solemn. This was intentional, and in contrast to Darkness , for as Springsteen said during an interview, "Rock and roll has always been this joy, this certain happiness that is in its way the most beautiful thing in life. But rock is also about hardness and coldness and being alone I finally got to the place where I realized life had paradoxes, a lot of them, and you've got to live with them.
The single album was eventually released as one of the discs in the box set release The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. On November 8, , at a concert, Bruce Springsteen spoke about the album, saying: " The River was a record that was sort of the gateway to a lot of my future writing. It was a record we made after Darkness on the Edge of Town. It was a record made during a recession —hard times in the States.
Its title song is a song I wrote for my brother-in-law and sister. My brother-in-law was in the construction industry, lost his job and had to struggle very hard back in the late '70s, like so many people are doing today. It was a record where I first started to tackle men and women and families and marriage. There were certain songs on it that led to complete records later on: 'The River' sort of went to the writing on Nebraska , ' Stolen Car ' went to the writing on Tunnel of Love.
Originally it was a single record. I handed it in with just one record and I took it back because I didn't feel it was big enough. I wanted to capture the themes I had been writing about on Darkness.
I wanted to keep those characters with me and at the same time added music that made our live shows so much fun and joy for our audience. So in the end, we're gonna take you down to The River tonight.
In a contemporary review for Melody Maker , Paolo Hewitt compared listening to The River to "taking a trip through the rock 'n' roll heartland as you've never experienced it.
It's a walk down all the streets, all the places, all the people and all the souls that rock has ever visited, excited, cried for and loved. Robert Christgau , supervisor and rock critic, wrote of Springsteen, "All the standard objections apply—his beat is still clunky, his singing overwrought These are the wages of young romantic The album hit number one on the U. The album was followed by a lengthy tour of North America and Western Europe during and All tracks are written by Bruce Springsteen.
As is noted above, the single album was originally to be titled The Ties That Bind ; it circulated as a bootleg for many years. The fourth CD, The River: Outtakes , spans the entire The River sessions in and and contains eleven previously-unreleased outtakes.
The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music—and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances—interspersed with period concert footage and photos. Also included is 20 minutes of footage from the late September River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, Pennsylvania. The boxed set also includes a page coffee table book featuring rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia, including a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.
On October 16, , along with the announcement of the boxed set, "Meet Me in the City", one of the eleven unreleased outtakes, was released through Springsteen's website and on iTunes to promote the release of the boxed set. On November 23, , "Party Lights" was released to promote the box set and made available through iTunes. Much like with The Promise , Springsteen recorded new vocals for some of the outtakes in the set. That must remind so many people of the life they lead. Not living, just going along, following the line that the Jackson Cage has laid out for them.
Is it worth living this unfulfilled, waiting on a sunny day to quote another Bruce song? While not knowing if that sun is ever going to shine?
If they choose. To me this end of the song describes depression almost perfectly. Mark , UK.
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