One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen

One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen


One Step Up / Two Steps Back: Songs of Springsteen is one of the most ambitious tribute records ever assembled, boasting two discs and 28 tracks of Bruce Springsteen covers. Comprised equally of newly recorded numbers and previously released tracks, the album is divided between classic Springsteen numbers on disc one, and unreleased songs, rarities and tunes…  See more details below


One Step Up / Two Steps Back: Songs of Springsteen is one of the most ambitious tribute records ever assembled, boasting two discs and 28 tracks of Bruce Springsteen covers. Comprised equally of newly recorded numbers and previously released tracks, the album is divided between classic Springsteen numbers on disc one, and unreleased songs, rarities and tunes the Boss never recorded on disc two. By and large, the performances are faithful to the songs and Springsteen's heartland rock aesthetic, which shouldn't be surprising considering Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, John Hiatt, Clarence Clemons, Nils Lofgren, Joe Grushecky, Marshall Crenshaw and Dave Alvin all contribute tracks. But the best moments on the collection come from artists like the Smithereens, John Wesley Harding, Syd Straw and David Bowie, who stretch Springsteen's sound and make the songs their own. Those are the cuts that make One Step Up / Two Steps Back interesting for non-fanatics, but any diehard Springsteen fan should take a listen to this collection, since the interpretations are all of a consistently high quality.

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Disc 1

  1. Something in the Night
  2. Downbound Train
  3. Atlantic City
  4. Jackson Cage
  5. Wreck on the Highway
  6. Johnny 99
  7. Seeds
  8. Light of Day
  9. Darkness on the Edge of Town
  10. Janey, Don't You Lose Heart
  11. All or Nothin' at All
  12. Meeting Across the River
  13. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)  - Ben E. King
  14. One Step Up

Disc 2

  1. Don't Look Back
  2. Protection  - Donna Summer
  3. Human Touch
  4. Stolen Car
  5. It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
  6. Restless Nights  -  Rocking Chairs
  7. Guilty
  8. Tiger Rose
  9. Love's on the Line
  10. Savin' Up
  11. The Fever
  12. Seaside Bar Song
  13. If I Was the Priest  - Allan Clarke
  14. Streets of Philadelphia

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richie Havens   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Alvin   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Gary "U.S." Bonds   Vocals,Track Performer
David Bowie   Guitar,Vocals,Saw,Track Performer
Sonny Burgess   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Cocker   Vocals,Track Performer
Marshall Crenshaw   Track Performer
Joe Grushecky   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Wesley Harding   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Mellotron,Track Performer
Richard X. Heyman   Harpsichord
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ben E. King   Vocals,Track Performer
Knack   Track Performer
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Elliott Murphy   Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ
Earl Slick   Guitar
Smithereens   Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Syd Straw   Vocals,Track Performer
Donna Summer   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Malach   Horn,Group
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Allan Clarke   Vocals,Track Performer
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Little Bob Story   Track Performer
Ann Odell   Organ
Robbin Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Arthur Freeman   Background Vocals,Group
Jim Keltner   Drums
Mrs. Fun   Track Performer
Carlos Alomar   Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Berton Averre   Guitar
Phillip Ballou   Background Vocals,Group
Allan Berger   Bass
Alan Bezozi   Drums
Timm Biery   Percussion,Drums
Roy Bittan   Piano,Keyboards
Deni Bonet   Violin
John Bowen   Vocals
Carrie Bradley   Violin
Sarah Brown   Bass
Chris Butler   Percussion,Autoharp,6-string bass
Paul Cebar   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Crispin Cioe   Baritone Saxophone
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Rusty Cloud   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dennis Davis   Drums
Bill Derby   Guitar,Vocals
Benny Diggs   Background Vocals,Group
Dennis Diken   Percussion,Drums
Davey Faragher   Bass
Don Falzone   Bass
Danny Federici   Accordion,Keyboards
Doug Fieger   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Gardner   Drums
Bruce Gary   Drums
Rick Gazda   Horn,Group
Ray Glynn   Guitar
Connie Grauer   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Guy Gremy   Guitar
Serge Hendrix   Guitar
Bernie Herr   Percussion
Dave Hofstra   Upright Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Upright Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
David Immerglück   Guitar
Southside Johnny   Harmonica,Vocals
Louis Johnson   Electric Bass
Michael Kashou   Acoustic Bass
Kevin Kavanaugh   Keyboards,Vocals
Wells Kelly   Drums
David Landau   Guitar
Greg Leisz   Lap Steel Guitar
Dominique Lelan   Bass
Donald Lindley   Drums
Billy Livsey   Piano
Tom Lofgren   Synthesizer,Harp,Voices
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Kenny Margolis   Accordion
Joe McGinty   Piano
Jamie Muhoberac   Synthesizer
George Murray   Bass
Art Nardini   Bass
Kurt Neumann   Track Performer
Tony Newman   Drums
Prescott Niles   Bass
David Paich   Synthesizer
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Warren Peace   Vocals
Joe Pelesky   Keyboards,Vocals
Kenny Pentifallo   Drums,Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Vico Rebibo   Drums
Peter Robinson   Electric Piano
Ted Roddy   Harmonica
Hahn Rowe   Violin
Billy Rush   Guitar
Ralph Schuckett   Keyboards
John Siegler   Bass
Joey Stann   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Garry Tallent   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Bill Toms   Guitar,Vocals
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Von Sneidern   Bass,Shaker
Ernie Watts   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Max Weinberg   Drums
Martin Zellar   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Kim Zick   Percussion,Drums
Bob Antonelli   Drums,Background Vocals
Jim Babjak   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pat DiNizio   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Eric Heiberg   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals,Group
Mike Mesaros   Bass
Chris Miller   Steel Guitar
Velpo Robertson   Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Dominic Ciola   Bass
Dana Friedli   Violin
Wade Matthews   Fretless Bass Guitar
Selman T. Sax   Bass,Vocals
Bill Zacagni   Horn,Group
Dave Amels   Organ,Percussion
Tina & the B-Side Movement   Track Performer
Bob Jennings   Accordion,Keyboards
Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers   Track Performer
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes   Track Performer
Dan Neale   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Wolf   Drums
Jon Graboff   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Arno Hecht   Baritone Saxophone
Christina Schlieske   Guitar,Vocals
McKiney Perkins   Conga,Shekere
Joffo Simmons   Drums
Pamela Adams   Acoustic Guitar
Antonio "Rigo" Righetti   Bass
Audi Stanley   Bass
Billy Maryniak   Organ
Marc Retish   Percussion,Drums
Aram   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Track Performer
George Rush   Electric Bass
Rocking Chairs   Track Performer
Ted Falcon   Violin
Robby Pellati   Drums
Terry Vittone   Rhythm Guitar
Graziano Romani   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Gary Ferguson   Drums
Julieanne Klopotic   Violin

Technical Credits

Dave Alvin   Producer
David Bowie   Producer
Marshall Crenshaw   Producer,Engineer
Joe Grushecky   Producer
John Wesley Harding   Producer,Engineer
John Hiatt   Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Producer
Syd Straw   Producer
Quincy Jones   Producer
Roger Cook   Producer
Revelation   Contributor
Robbin Thompson   Producer
Timm Biery   Engineer
Paul Cebar   Producer
Dennis Diken   Arranger,Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Davey Faragher   Producer
Connie Grauer   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Southside Johnny   Arranger
Donald Lindley   Contributor
Harry Maslin   Producer
Kurt Neumann   Producer,Engineer
DJ Oum   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Steve Porcaro   Programming
Jim Rondinelli   Engineer
Ralph Schuckett   Producer
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Garry Tallent   Producer
Steven Van Zandt   Arranger,Producer
David Vartanian   Engineer
Chris Von Sneidern   Producer,Engineer
Don Was   Producer
Rick Witkowski   Engineer
Carlos Chafin   Producer
Mike Mesaros   Producer
Velpo Robertson   Contributor
Roger Roche   Engineer
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Miami Horns   Contributor
Dave Amels   Arranger,Producer
Michelle Azzopardi   Art Direction
Jean-Loup Morette   Remixing
Mike Wisti   Producer,Engineer
Aram   Producer

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