Songs of Bruce Springsteen

The Songs of Bruce Springsteen

     
 
It's not often that a tribute album is compiled with artistic aspirations at the fore and pure marketability as the vaguest of afterthoughts, but this gripping 14-song collection seems to have been put together in that very encouraging manner. Steering clear of the Springsteen hits that have dominated rock radio for years, the producers of this spare, simple set poked

Overview

It's not often that a tribute album is compiled with artistic aspirations at the fore and pure marketability as the vaguest of afterthoughts, but this gripping 14-song collection seems to have been put together in that very encouraging manner. Steering clear of the Springsteen hits that have dominated rock radio for years, the producers of this spare, simple set poked around in the dustier corners of the Boss's catalogue, digging out treasures like "Jackson Cage," performed with appropriate earnestness by post-folkie John Wesley Harding, and "Wreck on the Highway," which receives magnificent handling from Springsteen cohort Nils Lofgren. While there are a fair number of songs representing Bruce's darker side -- such as John Hiatt's take on "Johnny 99" and "Atlantic City," gruffly delivered by Midwestern troubadour Kurt Neumann -- this is hardly a one-dimensional vista. Soul legend Ben E. King's version of "Fourth of July Asbury Park (Sandy)" is a guaranteed restorative, as is the rendition of "Light of Day" turned in by longtime Springsteen counterpart Joe Grushecky's Houserockers. Diehards may have a hard time believing that anyone could improve on the gospel according to Bruce, but this set is far more than just a footnote to his story -- it proves to be an important chapter in its own right.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The straightforwardly named Songs of Bruce Springsteen features interpretations by Dave Alvin, Paul Cebar, Martin Zellar, and Kurt Neumann. The Smithereens' "Downbound Train," Syd Straw's "Meeting Across the River," John Wesley Harding's "Jackson Cage," John Hiatt's "Johnny 99," and Marshall Crenshaw's "All or Nothin' at All" are some of the highlights of this salute from some of rock's best singer/songwriters to one of the most prominent of their own kind. However, Ben E. King's "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" is just as affecting in its own way, reaffirming that great interpreters are just as important as great songwriters; Songs of Bruce Springsteen showcases and pays tribute to all of the above.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
The Right Stuff
UPC:
0724385653025
catalogNumber:
56530

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Alvin   Track Performer
Joe Grushecky   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Wesley Harding   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Mellotron
Richard X. Heyman   Harpsichord
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals
Ben E. King   Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Vocals
Syd Straw   Vocals
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Mrs. Fun   Track Performer
Alan Bezozi   Drums
Timm Biery   Percussion,Drums
Deni Bonet   Violin
Carrie Bradley   Violin
Sarah Brown   Bass
Chris Butler   Bass,Percussion,Autoharp
Paul Cebar   Vocals
Crispin Cioe   Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Diken   Percussion,Drums
Davey Faragher   Bass
Don Falzone   Bass
Connie Grauer   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dave Hofstra   Upright Bass
David Immerglück   Guitar
Michael Kashou   Acoustic Bass
Donald Lindley   Percussion,Drums
Tom Lofgren   Synthesizer,Harp,Vocals
Kenny Margolis   Accordion
Joe McGinty   Piano
Ted Roddy   Harmonica
Hahn Rowe   Violin
Chris Von Sneidern   Bass,Shaker
Martin Zellar   Track Performer
Kim Zick   Percussion,Drums
Pat DiNizio   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mike Mesaros   Bass
Chris Miller   Steel Guitar
Dominic Ciola   Bass
Wade Matthews   Fretless Bass Guitar
Dave Amels   Organ,Percussion
Bob Jennings   Accordion,Keyboards
Dan Neale   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Wolf   Drums
Arno Hecht   Baritone Saxophone
McKiney Perkins   Conga,Shekere
Laura Schlieske   Background Vocals
Pamela Adams   Acoustic Guitar
Marc Retish   Percussion,Drums
Aram   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
B-Side Movement   Track Performer
Gary Ferguson   Drums
Julieanne Klopotic   Violin

Technical Credits

Marshall Crenshaw   Producer,Engineer
John Wesley Harding   Producer,Engineer
John Hiatt   Producer
Syd Straw   Producer
Timm Biery   Engineer
Paul Cebar   Producer
Dennis Diken   Arranger,Producer
Davey Faragher   Producer
Connie Grauer   Producer
Gene Holder   Engineer
Kurt Neumann   Producer,Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Jim Rondinelli   Engineer
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Oliver Strauss   Engineer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
David Vartanian   Engineer
Chris Von Sneidern   Producer,Engineer
Mike Mesaros   Producer
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Dave Amels   Arranger,Producer
Michelle Azzopardi   Art Direction
Mike Wisti   Producer,Engineer
Aram   Producer
Paul Verna   Engineer

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