Tracks

Tracks

4.2 4
by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

For years, decades even, Bruce Springsteen was legendary for the amount of recordings he did not release. Every time he cut an album, he recorded a surplus of songs and left some out, not always on the basis of quality, but often because they simply didn't suit the mood of the record. It was inevitable that dedicated fans and collectors would bootleg these recordings,… See more details below

Overview

For years, decades even, Bruce Springsteen was legendary for the amount of recordings he did not release. Every time he cut an album, he recorded a surplus of songs and left some out, not always on the basis of quality, but often because they simply didn't suit the mood of the record. It was inevitable that dedicated fans and collectors would bootleg these recordings, and for many years, he was one of the most popular bootlegged artists, rivaling even Bob Dylan. Dylan released a box set of unreleased songs in 1991, paving the way for the long-overdue appearance of a similar Springsteen set, Tracks, in 1998. Spanning four discs, it isn't entirely devoted to unreleased material -- a few B-sides pop up here and there -- nor is it truly definitive, since it misses a number of key outtakes, plus his original version of "Because the Night," the sole hit for Patti Smith. Instead, the compilation is an unassuming sampling of what's in the vaults, from his early acoustic demos to polished outtakes from Human Touch and Lucky Town. Along the way, there are a number of great songs -- "Bishop Danced" is every bit as terrific as its legend, as are "Thundercrack," "Give the Girl a Kiss," "Hearts of Stone," "Roulette," and many others. Tracks merely offers fans an enjoyably sequenced selection of what was left behind. If the end result isn't as revelatory as some may have expected (even the acoustic "Born in the U.S.A.," powerful as it is, doesn't sound any different than you may have imagined it), it's because Springsteen is, at heart, a solid craftsman, not a blinding visionary like Dylan. That's why Tracks is for the dedicated fan, where The Bootleg Series and The Basement Tapes are flat-out essential for rock fans.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646947524
catalogNumber:
69475
Rank:
187366

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mary Queen of Arkansas
  2. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
  3. Growin' Up
  4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
  5. Bishop Danced
  6. Santa Ana
  7. Seaside Bar Song
  8. Zero And Blind Terry
  9. Linda Let Me Be The One
  10. Thundercrack
  11. Rendezvous
  12. Give The Girl A Kiss
  13. Iceman
  14. Bring On The Night
  15. So Young And So In Love
  16. Hearts of Stone
  17. Don't Look Back

Disc 2

  1. Restless Nights
  2. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  3. Roulette
  4. Doll House
  5. Where the Bands Are
  6. Loose Ends
  7. Living On The Edge Of The World
  8. Wages of Sin
  9. Take 'Em As They Come
  10. Be True
  11. Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own
  12. I Wanna Be With You
  13. Mary Lou
  14. Stolen Car
  15. Born In The U.S.A.
  16. Johnny Bye Bye
  17. Shut Out The Light

Disc 3

  1. Cynthia
  2. My Love Will Not Let You Down
  3. This Hard Land
  4. Frankie
  5. TV Movie
  6. Stand on It
  7. Lion's Den
  8. Car Wash
  9. Rockaway The Days
  10. Brothers Under the Bridge
  11. Man At The Top
  12. Pink Cadillac
  13. Two For The Road
  14. Janey, Don't You Lose Heart
  15. When You Need Me
  16. The Wish
  17. The Honeymooners
  18. Lucky Man

Disc 4

  1. Leavin' Train
  2. Seven Angels
  3. Gave It A Name
  4. Sad Eyes
  5. My Lover Man
  6. Over the Rise
  7. When the Lights Go Out
  8. Loose Change
  9. Trouble in Paradise
  10. Happy
  11. Part Man, Part Monkey
  12. Goin' Cali
  13. Back in Your Arms
  14. Brothers Under The Bridge

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Vocals
Omar Hakim   Drums
David Sancious   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone
Ian McLagan   Organ
Roy Bittan   Piano,Keyboards
Danny Federici   Organ,Accordion,Glockenspiel
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Vini Lopez   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Marty Rifkin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Spengler   Trumpet
Garry Tallent   Bass
Soozie Tyrell   Violin
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar
Max Weinberg   Drums
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Mario Cruz   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Pagano   Percussion
Randy Jackson   Bass
Jerry Vivino   Tenor Saxophone
E Street Band   Group
Ed Manion   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Producer,Liner Notes
John Hammond   Producer
Mike Appel   Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Steven Van Zandt   Producer
Jim Cretecos   Producer
Louis Lehav   Engineer
Sandra Choron   Art Direction

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >