Wrecking Ball

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Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau.

Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'" -- From the label
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Touted as his "angriest" album in years,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau.

Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'" -- From the label
All Music Guide
Touted as his "angriest" album in years, Wrecking Ball finds Bruce Springsteen breaking away from Brendan O'Brien and working with Ron Aniello, a producer best-known for his modern rock records. This isn't the only new name in Springsteen's orbit: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain appear alongside members of the E-Street Band and Willie Nile, giving Wrecking Ball an unexpected diversity that mirrors Bruce's highly-charged socially-aware songs.
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  • We Take Care of Our Own
    We Take Care of Our Own  

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886919425420
  • Catalog Number: 194254
  • Sales rank: 26,913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Take Care of Our Own - New York Chamber Consort (3:53)
  2. 2 Easy Money (3:36)
  3. 3 Shackled and Drawn (3:46)
  4. 4 Jack of All Trades - New York Chamber Consort (5:59)
  5. 5 Death to My Hometown (3:28)
  6. 6 This Depression (4:07)
  7. 7 Wrecking Ball - New York Chamber Consort (5:49)
  8. 8 You've Got It (3:48)
  9. 9 Rocky Ground - Victorious Gospel Choir (4:40)
  10. 10 Land of Hope and Dreams - Victorious Gospel Choir (6:58)
  11. 11 We Are Alive (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Springsteen Primary Artist, Organ, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Loops
Clarence Clemons Saxophone, Soloist
Patti Scialfa Background Vocals
Ron Aniello Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Loops
Art Baron Tuba, Euphonium, Sousaphone, Penny Whistle
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Clark Gayton Trombone
Charlie Giordano Piano, Accordion, Hammond B3
Stan Harrison Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Greg Leisz Banjo, Mandola, Lap Steel Guitar
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Bass Trumpet
Dan Levine Euphonium, Alto Horn
Lisa Lowell Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Tom Morello Guitar, Electric Guitar
Clif Norrell Background Vocals
Soozie Tyrell Violin, Background Vocals
Max Weinberg Drums
Curt Ramm Trumpet, Cornet
Kevin Buell Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Steve Jordan Percussion
Ross Petersen Background Vocals
Michelle Moore Vocals, Background Vocals
Corinda Carford Background Vocals
Tiffeny Andrews Background Vocals
Ed Manion Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rob Lebret Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Antoinette Savage Background Vocals
Lilly Brown Background Vocals
Soloman Cobbs Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bruce Springsteen Composer, Producer
Patti Scialfa Vocal Arrangements
Ron Aniello Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer, Pro-Tools
Barbara Carr Management
Jon Landau Executive Producer, Management
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Clif Norrell Engineer
Toby Scott Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Ross Petersen Engineer, overdub engineer, Pro-Tools
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Alison Oscar Management
Marilyn Laverty Publicity
Rob Light Booking
Rob Lebret Engineer
Jan Stabile Management
Barry Bell Booking
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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    A must have cd for Springsteen fans and rockers everywhere. Wre

    A must have cd for Springsteen fans and rockers everywhere. Wrecking Ball is addictive, I think I'm going to wear it out. The social message is everywhere in the lyrics. One minute I'm rocking to the powerful Wrecking Ball recalling days in NJ and then feeling introspective when I listen to "it's my confession, in this depression I need your heart." If you can only buy one cd, buy Wrecking Ball. Keep the music coming Bruce.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    inspiring

    Bruce is really hitting it home with this one... home everywhere. I can't think of a single person who isn't affected by some of the concepts in this album... economic hardships, unemployment, etc. He's taken his story-telling to a new level with this very real and very powerful album. I admire his poise in the poetry and lyrics, standing tall and saying what he truly feels. The music is also incredibly moving, a big sound that is a perfect background for the even bigger words.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

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    Bruce Gives The Working Class Something To Smile About

    While Springsteen's output in the last few years has been inconsistent---certainly his last album "Working On A Dream" was probably his most mediocre album since "Human Touch"---it sometimes takes something startling to help Springsteen's creative juices to release his dose of thunder. This was definitely the case when the 9/11 attacks helped him and The E Street Band produce one of his most somber and moving albums, "The Rising". Now, it has taken two incidents to help those juices flow. One of them was the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has put a much-needed scrutiny on corporate greed and income inequality in America. Another was the death of his long-time sax player and close friend, Clarence Clemons, last year. This double-punch of social consciousness and personal tragedy has resulted in "Wrecking Ball", probably the most dramatic and up-front album Springsteen has made since "Nebraska" or "Darkness On The Edge of Town". Yet, the album is full of the somber undertones that helped make "The Rising" such a brilliant, timeless album, too.

    Working with most of The E Street Band, a new producer (multi-instrumentalist Ron Aniello) and even a couple of appearances by Tom Morello, the monster guitarist of Rage Against The Machine, Springsteen delivers one working-class opus (or underclass opus) after another, from the anthemic opener "We Take Care Of Our Own" to the stirring climax of "We Are Alive". There's even an Irish jig in "Death To My Hometown", a call-to-arms answer to his 1984 hit, "My Hometown". He also cites The Meadowlands and the downtrodden surroundings of it as a metaphor for working-class survival in the title track.

    If there are stand-out songs on this album, there are two of them. "Jack Of All Trades", which features Morello on lead guitar, has Springsteen proudly singing of the importance of the menial jobs one sometimes has to take while denouncing the greed and the corruption of the wealthy---"The banker man grows fat/The working man grows thin/It's happened before/And it'll happen again." You listen to that song and it makes you smile with recognition.

    The second song is a song that Springsteen had written for "The Rising" but didn't use, except in his scorching concerts. It is "The Land Of Hopes And Dreams" and it's one of the most uplifting and magnificent songs he has ever done, even including a little bit of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" as he sings of a train full of people from all walks of life, all wishing for positive things in their lives. What makes this version so great is that it features a sax solo by Clarence Clemons (possibly taken from a concert performance). A more than fitting coda to Clemons' life and talent, it's been said that Springsteen cried when he heard this song the first time. It's difficult not to cry.

    It's safe to say that of all the performers who emerged from the quietude of the 1970's, Bruce Springsteen could very well be the only one whose talent has gotten progressively better with time. Even his less-than-successful albums have had very good moments. "Wrecking Ball" has nothing but excellent moments.

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