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Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Who better to appreciate Bruce Springsteen's songs than fellow singer-songwriters? A cast of names great and small contribute heartfelt, musically varied renditions of the Boss's best to this benefit collection -- all proceeds and artists' royalties go to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund. With the notable exception of the mighty Dion, who turns in a vocally rich, lullaby-sweet version of "Book of Dreams," most of the artists come from the rock and Americana worlds, from established names such as Elvis Costello, Nils Lofgren, Graham Parker, and Joe Ely to underground favorites such as Cindy Bullens, Sid Griffin, Jesse Malin, and Jason ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Who better to appreciate Bruce Springsteen's songs than fellow singer-songwriters? A cast of names great and small contribute heartfelt, musically varied renditions of the Boss's best to this benefit collection -- all proceeds and artists' royalties go to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund. With the notable exception of the mighty Dion, who turns in a vocally rich, lullaby-sweet version of "Book of Dreams," most of the artists come from the rock and Americana worlds, from established names such as Elvis Costello, Nils Lofgren, Graham Parker, and Joe Ely to underground favorites such as Cindy Bullens, Sid Griffin, Jesse Malin, and Jason Ringenberg. Springsteen's songs are nothing if not elastic, easy foils for this crew's varied attacks. In a solo, acoustic performance, Dan Bern plucks the ache from the heartstrings of "Thunder Road," while Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers provide party fuel with an "acoustic boogie version" Grushecky's words of "Light of Day." Stretching the set's stylistic reach, Steve Wynn captures the paranoia of "State Trooper" in a trancelike electric version, and Jennifer Glass gives "Bobby Jean" a bluegrass spin. The booklet includes comments from each contributor on the song choices, illuminating the vast reach of both Springsteen's music and the story of the collection's other honoree, the Boss's friend Kristen Ann Carr, who died of Sarcoma, a form of cancer, and inspired this and many other fund-raising projects.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Not quite as impressive as 1997's One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen, with whom it shares two artists E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren and this album's artistic director, Elliott Murphy, Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen presents 37 tracks also spread over two discs. Interestingly, only six songs are duplicated, and different artists perform them. This is not only a testament to Springsteen's quantity of work, but a cursory listen to these songs shows the quality as well. In any case, there is a lot of music here. The focus is Springsteen as singer/songwriter, which results in a large proportion of unplugged strumming guitars and rootsy, rearranged versions with an emphasis on vocals and lyrics. The acts range from the well-known but not quite superstars Elvis Costello, Cowboy Mouth, Pete Yorn, Billy Bragg to recognizable club-sized performers Patty Griffin, Graham Parker, Steve Wynn, the Clarks to obscure but heartfelt musicians everyone else. Given the approach, albums such as Tunnel of Love and especially Nebraska are mined for their more introspective tunes. Still, there are a fair share of rockers here Parker's "Pink Cadillac," Joe Grushecky's "Light of Day" although except for a frantic "Born to Run" from Cowboy Mouth, most are slowed down or given a more sensitive reading. Released in 2003, there are no tracks from either The Rising or 1995's The Ghost of Tom Joad and only a few from 1992's Human Touch and Lucky Town. The disc does unearth some interesting obscurities -- Lofgren's version of "Man at the Top," Marc Broussard's "Back in Your Arms," the Paradise Brothers' "Souls of the Departed" among them -- that spotlight Springsteen's less popular work. Most of the music has been recorded specifically for this project -- a benefit for Parkinson's disease and sarcoma, a rare form of cancer -- but some such as Dion's beautiful "Book of Dreams," Griffin's lonely "Stolen Car," and Mark Wright's "Two Hearts" have been previously released on these artists' albums. Each comes with a short but incisive commentary from the performer. Even though some of the rearrangements are radical Kirk Kelly strips "Downbound Train" to just ukulele!, they all convey the songs' emotions, in some cases arguably better than the originals. With two and a half hours of music, the album is best taken in small doses where the listener can soak it all in. Nonetheless, this is a successful project, one that does what it sets out to do, and should be embraced by Springsteen aficionados as well as fans of the acts involved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Schoolhouse Records
  • UPC: 710003002221
  • Catalog Number: 20022
  • Sales rank: 369,416


Disc 1
  1. 1 Better Days - Elliott Murphy (3:55)
  2. 2 Book of Dreams - Dion (2:59)
  3. 3 Valentine's Day - Lucky 7 (3:59)
  4. 4 Thunder Road - Dan Bern (4:22)
  5. 5 Candy's Room - Crazysloth (2:52)
  6. 6 Johnny 99 - Mystic Knights Of The Sea (3:46)
  7. 7 Man at the Top - Nils Lofgren (3:05)
  8. 8 If I Should Fall - Cindy Bullens (3:05)
  9. 9 Something in the Night - Matthew Ryan (4:14)
  10. 10 Atlantic City - Mike Rimbaud (3:25)
  11. 11 Highway Patrolman - Sid Griffin (4:49)
  12. 12 Mansion on the Hill - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (4:20)
  13. 13 Badlands - Joe d'Urso & Stone Caravan (4:18)
  14. 14 State Trooper - Steve Wynn (4:17)
  15. 15 I Ain't Got You - Gary Lucas (3:30)
  16. 16 Bobby Jean - Jennifer Glass (3:37)
  17. 17 The River - The Clarks (4:11)
  18. 18 Back in Your Arms - Marc Broussard (4:52)
  19. 19 E Street Shuffle - John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band (5:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Brilliant Disguise - Elvis Costello (4:01)
  2. 2 New York City Serenade - Pete Yorn (7:18)
  3. 3 Pink Cadillac - Graham Parker (4:00)
  4. 4 Streets of Philadelphia - Garland Jeffreys (3:30)
  5. 5 My Hometown - Jason Ringenberg (4:50)
  6. 6 Light of Day - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers (3:59)
  7. 7 Lucky Town - Rosie Flores (3:41)
  8. 8 I'm on Fire - Willie Nile (3:50)
  9. 9 Downbound Train - Kirk Kelly (2:46)
  10. 10 Stolen Car - Patty Griffin (4:22)
  11. 11 Souls of the Departed - Paradise Brothers (4:41)
  12. 12 Two Hearts - Mark Wright (2:56)
  13. 13 The Promise - Graziano Romani (5:54)
  14. 14 For You - The Format (4:35)
  15. 15 Hungry Heart - Jesse Malin (3:53)
  16. 16 Secret Garden - Damhnait Doyle (4:16)
  17. 17 Born to Run - Cowboy Mouth (3:03)
  18. 18 Working on the Highway - Joe Ely (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin, Slide Mandolin
Rosie Flores Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kirk Kelly Ukulele, Vocals
Billy Bragg Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Cindy Bullens Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Elvis Costello Guitar, Vocals
Joe Ely Guitar, Vocals
Joe Grushecky Guitar, Vocals
Garland Jeffreys Vocals
Nils Lofgren Guitar, Vocals
Elliott Murphy Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Nile Keyboards, Vocals
Graham Parker Guitar, Vocals
Brian Ritchie Bass, Cuban Percussion
Joe Kennedy Jr. Piano
Steve Wynn Guitar, Vocals
Ian McLagan Piano
Billy Rankin Drums
Dan Baird Guitar, Vocals
Tony Perkins Bass, Background Vocals
Gary Lucas Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Dan Bern Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Mike Rimbaud Guitar, Vocals
Paul Edward Sanchez Guitar
Michael Antunes Saxophone, Background Vocals
Martyn Barker Drums
Mark Bosch Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
George Bradfute Bass, Clarinet, Guitar, Cello, Keyboards
Ernie Brooks Bass
Ted Broussard Electric Guitar
Steve Burke Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Cacavas Keyboards, Various
Tony Cedras Accordion
Brad Davis Acoustic Guitar
Dion DiMucci Guitar, Vocals
Little Johnny Fader Percussion
Jim Gallagher Background Vocals
Patty Griffin Vocals, Guitar (Resonator)
Sid Griffin Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
John Thomas Griffith Guitar, Background Vocals
Bernie Herr Percussion
Byron House Upright Bass
Joey Huffman Piano
Scott Kempner Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Boris Kinberg Rubboard
Doug Lancio Electric Guitar
Greg Likins Electric Guitar
Lu Edmonds Electric Guitar
Ben Mandelson Mandolin
Kenny Margolis Accordion, Vocals
Michael Mazzarella Background Vocals
Robert McEntee Organ, Electric Guitar
Joe McGinty Keyboards
Greg Morrow Drums, Maracas
Art Nardini Bass
Joe Pelesky Keyboards
Mark Pender Trumpet
Alison Prestwood Bass
Marc Reisman Harmonica
Rick Richards Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Paul Riley Bass
Jason Ringenberg Vocals
Richie Rosenberg Trombone
Billy Roues Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Steve "Muddy" Roues Harmonica, Vocals, Standup Bass
Jackie Santos Drums
Pete Thomas Drums
Bill Toms Guitar
Mark Wright Guitar, Vocals
Fred LeBlanc Drums, Vocals
Jesse Malin Guitar, Vocals
Danny Montgomery Drums
Johnny Hickman Guitar, Vocals
Don Raymond Bass
Fats Kaplin Accordion
Jonathan Kane Percussion, Drums
Jerry Vivino Saxophone
Joel Jose Guzman Keyboards
Matthew Ryan Guitar, Vocals
Scott Blasey Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Tooley Percussion, Drums
Louis Colletti Background Vocals
David Jacques Bass
Pat McGarvey Banjo, Bass, Vocal Harmony
Johnny "Shoes" Pisano Bass, Background Vocals
Joffo Simmons Drums
Dean Cassell Bass
Kevin Fox Cello
Charlene Howard Background Vocals
Greg Joseph Bass
Steve Ebe Drums
Shawn Carter Piano, Hammond Organ
Joe d'Urso & Stone Caravan Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Rob Hertweck Electric Guitar
Dave Minarik Drums
Greg Field Hammond Organ
Dave DeCastro Bass
Gary Gramolini Guitar, Background Vocals
Pete Yorn Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Steve Allen Guitar (Tremolo)
John Cafferty Vocals
Olivier Durand Guitar
Florent Barbier Percussion
Fil Izler Guitar, Background Vocals
Marc Broussard Vocals
Calvin Turner Bass, Drums, Flugelhorn
Rob Alcroft Keyboards
Mark Baldaccini Percussion, Drums
Eddy Barattini Drums, Background Vocals
Scott Bourgeois Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mark Buzard Electric Guitar
Nick Volz Trumpet
Alex Class Bass Guitar
Lou DeMartino Electric Bass
Francesco Germini Piano, Strings
Jennifer Glass Vocals
Jason Victor Guitar
Fabrizio Tedeschini Electric Guitar
Cap Capella Hickman Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mike Schey Banjo, Slide Guitar
Sam LaMonica Drums
Mary LaSang Bass
Nate Ruess Vocals
Graziano Romani Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ivor Potter Background Vocals
Ivor Ottley Fiddle
Joe Neary Background Vocals
Christophe Leroux Cello
Sam Means Organ, Acoustic Guitar, fender rhodes
Adam Boyd Percussion, Drums
Chris Brown Percussion, Drums
Simon Edwards Bass
Technical Credits
Rosie Flores Liner Notes
Kirk Kelly Producer, Liner Notes
Billy Bragg Liner Notes
Cindy Bullens Liner Notes
Elvis Costello Producer
Joe Ely Liner Notes
Joe Grushecky Liner Notes
Garland Jeffreys Liner Notes
Nils Lofgren Liner Notes
Elliott Murphy Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Willie Nile Liner Notes
Graham Parker Liner Notes
Brian Ritchie Producer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Steve Wynn Producer, Liner Notes
Tom Cochrane Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Cello Arrangement, Instrumentation
Dan Baird Producer
Gary Lucas Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Dan Bern Liner Notes
Mike Rimbaud Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Benjamin Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bill Bowen Producer, Engineer
George Bradfute Producer
Butcher Bros. Producer
Bob Cadway Producer, Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tony Daigle Engineer
Dion DiMucci Producer, Liner Notes
David Domanich Producer, Engineer
Alan Douches Mastering
Little Johnny Fader Engineer
Steve Fishell Producer
Chris Fletcher Producer
Neil Giraldo Instrumentation
Patty Griffin Producer, Liner Notes
Sid Griffin Producer
Aaron Hurwitz Producer
Scott Kempner Liner Notes
Doug Lancio Producer
Kenny Margolis Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Mazzarella Producer
Robert McEntee Engineer
Rusty McFarland Engineer
Joe McGinty drum programming
Jason Ringenberg Liner Notes
Billy Roues Producer
Steve "Muddy" Roues Producer, Engineer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Rick Witkowski Producer, Engineer
Mark Wright Producer, Liner Notes
Fred LeBlanc Producer, Liner Notes
Jesse Malin Liner Notes
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Mike Mayeux Engineer
Johnny Hickman Liner Notes
The Clarks Liner Notes
Matthew Ryan Engineer, Liner Notes
Les Izmore Producer
Pat McGarvey Producer
Kevin Fox Cello Arrangement
Nick Luca Producer
Jason Candler Engineer
Joe d'Urso & Stone Caravan Producer, Liner Notes
Gary Salomon Producer
Pete Yorn Liner Notes
Steve Allen Engineer
John Cafferty Liner Notes
Florent Barbier Engineer
Aaron Prellwitz Engineer
Marc Broussard Producer, Liner Notes
Calvin Turner Producer
Sean McDonald Producer, Engineer
Lance Massey Engineer
Nick Joyce Producer
Maria Baglien Remixing
Davide Barbi Mastering
Cowbot Mouth Arranger
Crazysloth Producer
Otto DAngelo Engineer
Diego Feijóo Art Direction
Jennifer Glass Liner Notes
Tom Gloadly Engineer
Salvador Trepat Executive Producer
Alberto Sollieri Engineer
Nate Ruess Producer, Liner Notes
Graziano Romani Producer, Liner Notes
Michelle Paponetti Art Direction
Chris LeRoy Remixing
Sam Means Producer
Brieuc Maurel Engineer
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