Working on a Dream

Working on a Dream

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by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

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Working on a Dream was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O'Brien, who produced and mixed the album. Bruce Springsteen said, "Towards the end of recording 'Magic,' excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing

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Working on a Dream was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O'Brien, who produced and mixed the album. Bruce Springsteen said, "Towards the end of recording 'Magic,' excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope Working on a Dream has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886974135524
catalogNumber:
741355
Rank:
42140

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Vocals
Patti Scialfa   Vocals
Roy Bittan   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Danny Federici   Organ
Garry Tallent   Bass,Bass Guitar
Soozie Tyrell   Violin,Vocals
Patrick Warren   Piano,Keyboards
Max Weinberg   Drums
Steve VanZandt   Guitar,Vocals
Jason Federici   Accordion

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Barbara Carr   Management
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Jon Landau   Management
Brendan O'Brien   Producer,Audio Production
Toby Scott   Engineer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Danny Clinch   Cover Photo
Eddie Horst   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Tom Syrowski   Engineer
Alison Oscar   Management
Sophia Pecora   Management
Edward Horst   Arranger

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Working on a Dream 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How? I mean seriously, how does he do it? He's pushing 60 for God's sake and is putting out some of the best music of his life. Working on a Dream follows closely in the footsteps of his last masterpiece, Magic. Bruce is still indulging his 60's pop appetite, but this time the arrangements are even more lush and ethereal. If Magic was his final word on the Bush administration, Working on a Dream is the sound of a man freed from fear and loathing and prepared to start building again. It's as inspiring as it is beautiful. He sings direct and open love letters to his wife on This Life and Kingdom of Days. On The Last Carnival, he eulogizes Dan Federici in the form of Wild Billy rolling up the tents and packing them onto the trains he won't be travelling on anymore. It's a heartbreaking and fitting tribute to the man who's organ playing painted the Jersey Shore so vividly into so many of Bruce's songs. Working on a Dream is a pitch perfect song for a country in the midst of hard economic times, but is also a call to straighten our backs and get to work. It carries many of the hopes that he and much of our nation see in our new president. Queen of the Supermarket at first feels like an odd tune in the Boss's catalog, but it harkens back to The Wild, The Innocent record and is a heartaching loners lament about unrequited love that comes crashing to an explosive climax. It's all capped off with the bonus track, The Wrestler, which, having seen the movie, is devastating. This is another fantastic collection that encapsulates bits and pieces from a 30+ year career and throws enough curve balls to keep you on your toes. Thanks again Boss!
SeaCA More than 1 year ago
Enjoy every song
susansews2 More than 1 year ago
Sadly disappointing. I normally love the Boss's music, but this CD was upleasant to the ear, and way too "kitchy" for me... My least favorite of all his albums so far.
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MitchB_83 More than 1 year ago
I am working on expanding the music I listen to. I have heard a lot about Bruce Springsteen, but never actually critically listened to his music. After buying the CD (in great environmentally-friendly packaging!), I immediately saw what has made his music so long-standing. Not only is his music and voice full of emotion and technical expertise, but his lyrics have depth as well. This CD definitely has the right combination of quality. For those of you that worry about sound quality, and may have read a review that gives it a poor score... take a listen for yourself, because this CD is definitely top-notch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is bruces best cd in years.every song is great.well written well performed all round great cd
super-cooper More than 1 year ago
Bruce Springsteen playing with the E Street Band is just about as good as it gets. Even if the only Springsteen recording you have is "Born to Run" go out and get "Working on a Dream" so that you can marvel at the continuity over a 30+ years stretch. Must have for any serious collector of American rock and roll.
Sam_Spade More than 1 year ago
While I have enjoyed listening to the CD, it is typical recent Springsteen. So, if you enjoy his other issues, you'll like this. If not, save your money.
echo1946 More than 1 year ago
It is rare to find a music album where every song is good, but that's exactly how I find Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream. All thirteen songs are enjoyable and original, but still retain that special "Bruce" flavor. An added bonus is a booklet with lyrics to all the songs.
BabsCT More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my husband, a super big fan. He likes it a lot but, I who consider myself a fan think that the music alone is really nice and very enjoyable but, the lyrics "cowboy Pete, queen of the supermarket, and one legged dog" are weird and hard to sing along with. I mean can you imagine a dog with only one leg? Really, I think Bruce let his kids write some of this stuff! I recommend this CD to all the Bruce fans out there but, not his best lyrics in my opinion.
TatianaCA More than 1 year ago
Bruce continues to evolve as an artist and consequently takes us along on the journey. His lyrics transport us to the scene of a story and to feelings old and new. Every long time fan will already have this CD but newcomers and converts need to immerse themselves in it and then find a way to see and hear him perform.
J_Sal More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Springsteen fan and have everything he has ever recorded. I always buy his albums and only regretted it once on The Seeger Sessions. Working on a Dream is destined to become a classic.
MicMac1 More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more and better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bruce Springsteen is a favorite of mine, and I was not disappointed with his new album. It's great that he has a new one out so soon after the last. I'd read a couple of reviews, one favorable and one not so, and I'm glad I ignored the not so favorble one and went out and bought the album. There is a variety of songs, a variety of moods. It's a different tone from his last couple of albums, but there's nothing wrong with that at all.
Yuan More than 1 year ago
I send this CD to my friend as a gift. She likes it very much and she is a big fan of Bruce and now I become a fan of him.
Mela13 More than 1 year ago
Not Springsteen's Best Work
Marih More than 1 year ago
Bruce will be awesome into his 90's. He is so original. I appreciate the album more each time I listen.
JW13 More than 1 year ago
If you are a Bruce fan you have to have this. The songs are great and he sounds golden as always!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good CD. My only complaint...it won't copy into ipod
RoniH More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan, this disc was very sad in my opinion. Most of the songs are the same thythm, monotonic and boring. I don't play it any more - played it once! Bruce you can do better!
Explorersam2 More than 1 year ago
Bruce has captured the hopeful energy of our times with his latest album. Like most of his releases, the music is best consumed live, but it's satisfying to just close your eyes and experience the message and the music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bruce bringsteen at his worst idk why he made this album all the songs have no feeling or meaning in it this is bruce bringsteens worst effort and worst album he has ever made in music history
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