Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

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Here's the challenge in putting together a Bruce Springsteen compilation: though he scored 18 Top 40 hits (12 of which made the Top Ten) through 1994, Springsteen is not a "singles artist." Some of his biggest hits have come with his slightest or least characteristic material; he has written numerous songs that were hits for other artists; and some of his most

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Here's the challenge in putting together a Bruce Springsteen compilation: though he scored 18 Top 40 hits (12 of which made the Top Ten) through 1994, Springsteen is not a "singles artist." Some of his biggest hits have come with his slightest or least characteristic material; he has written numerous songs that were hits for other artists; and some of his most memorable songs were not released as singles. While a Springsteen "hits" collection logically would contain such Top Ten singles as "I'm on Fire" and his cover of Edwin Starr's "War," few Springsteen fans would miss their omission; on the other hand, many would support the inclusion of "Blinded by the Light" and "Pink Cadillac," Top Ten hits for Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Natalie Cole; and anyone even remotely familiar with Springsteen's albums and concerts would have trouble countenancing the absence of such non-singles as "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and "Thunder Road." Facing this challenge, Springsteen has adopted his own set of criteria. First, he seems to have wanted to pack as much music onto a single disc as possible, the result being a CD-busting 76:47 running time. Second, he seems to have wanted to include as many tracks as possible, even if that means editing songs; as a result, 18 tracks are included, though five have been substantially shortened -- "My Hometown" (by 24 seconds), "Glory Days" (by 29 seconds), "Human Touch" (by 82 seconds), "Better Days" (by 23 seconds), and "Streets of Philadelphia" (by 60 seconds). Third, like many artists, he is more interested in including his recent material than his older material, so there is nothing from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. or The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle -- no "Blinded by the Light," "Spirit in the Night," "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," or "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" -- but both sides of his 1992 single "Human Touch"/"Better Days" are included. Fourth, he has not felt bound to interpret the album's title to mean he must include his most successful singles: the Top 40 hits "Prove It All Night" and "One Step Up" and the Top Tens "Cover Me," "I'm on Fire," "I'm Goin' Down," "War," and "Tunnel of Love" are left off, while the album tracks "Thunder Road," "The River," and "Atlantic City" and the minor chart single "Badlands" are included. Fifth, he has opted to include both a couple of new songs ("Secret Garden" and "Blood Brothers"), a previously unreleased outtake ("Murder Incorporated"), and a new recording of a previously unreleased old song ("This Hard Land"). All of which is to say that Greatest Hits is a hodgepodge. Springsteen considered calling it something other than Greatest Hits (one idea: This Hard Land), and that might have been a better idea if he was going to fiddle with the concept this much. Nevertheless, some of Springsteen's best and best-known hit recordings are here -- "Born to Run," "Hungry Heart," "Dancing in the Dark," "Born in the U.S.A.," and the then-recent "Streets of Philadelphia," the success of which probably prompted the release of this compilation in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646706022
catalogNumber:
67060
Rank:
219

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar
David Sancious   Keyboards
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Patti Scialfa   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Appel   Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Synthesizer,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Ernest Carter   Drums
Danny Federici   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards
Lisa Lowell   Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Garry Tallent   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Soozie Tyrell   Background Vocals
Steven Van Zandt   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Max Weinberg   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Frank Pagano   Percussion
Randy Jackson   Bass
E Street Band   Group
Steve VanZandt   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Mike Appel   Producer
Roy Bittan   Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Louis Lahav   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering Consultant
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering Consultant
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Steven Van Zandt   Producer
Eric Meola   Cover Photo
Brian Andrew Lee   Sequencing Editor
Steve VanZandt   Producer

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Greatest Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may or may not be Bruce's most popular songs ever, but it is for the most part missing his best songs. If I were to own one Springsteen record, it would have to be Born To Run. That gives a better description of what his music is about. Fortunately we can all buy as many cds as we want, leaving Greatest Hits a good mix of catchy anthems, as well as 4 previously unreleased songs that are worth the purchase in their own right. If you only want one Bruce CD, this isn't it, but if your a collector I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rememeber my mom (a USA/80s/Springsteen concert fan) buying this right when it came out. I was ten, and I had always enjoyed hearing the Boss on the radio or whatnot, but my affection for him and his music was cemented after hearing what this excellent collection had to offer! A huge ''Tunnel of Love'' fan, I grew to love the rock side of Bruce every bit as much as the soft rock side! To quote my parents (I overheard this discussion when the album came out) :''I would have been disappointed if he hadn't made ''Born to Run'' the first song'' I agree completely! I love every song on ''Greatest Hits'', but there is SOMETHING about ''Born to Run''! I remember my mom also used to play ''Badlands'' and ''Glory Days'' constantly. I think they kind of spoke to her and her experiences. I however, always favored ''Dancing in the Dark'' and ''Thunder Road''. It's all in the perspective! Anyway, when I had a major crush two summers later, it was ''Secret Garden'' that elevated me into a contant state of romanticism! Due to this album (and inevitably my car cd player and in recent months, my Discman) I have had so many beautiful memories, and been able to experience just a small, but very delicious slice of the Boss's greatest, and for that I thank heaven!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This CD kicks A_ _ I listened to it for a week straight when I first bought it. On the way to work then on the way home, sometimes, repeating a song 3 or 4 times this is a must have in my opinion.
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Probaly without a doubt, the greatest rock n' roll album of all time. Get it NOW
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