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Posted October 1, 2010
Like most Springsteen fans, I have all of his albums and CD’s. I’ll even admit to a few 8 tracks! So with my allegiances fully in place, it’s a bit disturbing to give Bruce the Essentials treatment. I feel that each of his completed works have a theme and set a tone for the listener who can’t help but to be drawn into the stories from this great storyteller. When his work is cannibalized into a hit collection of sorts it demeans the art that his faithful have come to respect. Now, does this collection present a snap shot of his work that may lead a casual fan to be satisfied? Of course. If a fan has been on the sidelines then by all means this will provide you with a light cannon of material that hints to what you have been missing for the past 30 years. The problem here is disc 3 to lure in the hardcore fans that have been loyal fans. Clocking in at less than 50 minutes, the disc is sparse at best. The so-called disc of rarities that is designed to cater to fans is a ploy to re-purchase songs that we already have enjoyed for years. If Bruce really cared for those who have paid dearly over the years, then this disc should be a full 80 minutes. Additionally, the sound quality suffers from what seems to be a lack of caring on the part the Bruce camp. What’s with the tape glitch at the 40-second mark on Sandy? That’s simply inexcusable! There are also multiple errors in the booklet. Did anyone bother to look at this project? I don’t mean to be overly critical but I expect better from someone that I consider to the finest rock and roll singer of all time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.