Chapter & Verse

Chapter & Verse

by Bruce Springsteen

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Overview

Chapter & Verse

Designed as a companion to Bruce Springsteen's 2016 memoir Born to Run, Chapter & Verse provides something of an aural autobiography, tracing Springsteen's development from a Jersey garage rocker into one of the great American songwriters. Springsteen compiled the 18-track disc himself, intending his selection to mirror the themes in his book, so he balances epics with intimate miniatures since both kinds of songs can capture his quests for deliverance and escape. He alternates his well-known anthems ("Born to Run," "Badlands," "Born in the USA"), with a few other popular singles ("Brilliant Disguise," "The Rising") and a host of deep cuts, all of which tend to downplay both his romantic and hard-rocking sides. Those aspects of Springsteen's musical personality are reserved for the opening act of Chapter & Verse, a five-song stretch of unreleased recordings that capture his early days. First up are two songs by the Castiles, his '60s garage band. On "Baby I," the Castiles fuse the Byrds and the Yardbirds, creating a great bit of unholy noise, and they also slam through Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover." This is a rough preamble to Springsteen's career -- the basic grammar that fueled the E-Street Band -- but Steel Mill's post-hippie 1970 hard rocker "He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" shows the first sign of how Springsteen could fill arenas. Rambling and ragged, the Bruce Springsteen Band's 1972 "Ballad of Jesse James" provides a transition from this sound to the kind of winding lyricism of "Henry Boy," a solo 1972 side that fits right alongside the 1972 version of "Growin' Up" from Tracks." These two songs feel like the foundation for the gorgeous "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," the 1973 song where Springsteen's talents come into full flower. On Chapter & Verse, "4th of July, Asbury Park" is positioned between "Growing Up" and "Born to Run," the fulcrum between the early years and the maturation, and that helps fuel the story Springsteen wants to tell with this album: he's not only illuminating the themes from his memoir, but illustrating how he grew as an artist. That he's able to tell that tale within the course of an 80-minute compilation is remarkable.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2016
Label: Sony
UPC: 0889853582020
catalogNumber: 535820
Rank: 3786

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Sancious   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone
Patti Scialfa   Background Vocals
Ron Aniello   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Danny Federici   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Vini Lopez   Drums
Brendan O'Brien   Bass
Garry Tallent   Bass
Soozie Tyrell   Violin,Background Vocals
Max Weinberg   Percussion,Drums
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Curt Ramm   Trumpet
Suki Lahav   Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums
Ross Peterson   Background Vocals
Rob Lebret   Guitar,Background Vocals
Stevie Van Zandt   Guitar,Background Vocals
Vinnie Roslin   Bass,Background Vocals
Vinnie Manniello   Drums
Paul Popkin   Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals
George Theiss   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Curt Fluhr   Bass
Bob Alfano   Organ

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ron Aniello   Producer,Engineer,Loop
Mike Appel   Producer
Roy Bittan   Additional Production
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Harvey Goldberg   Engineer
John Hammond   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Louis Lahav   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Jim Cretecos   Producer
Frank Stefanko   Cover Photo
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
Phil Giambalvo   Engineer
Rob Lebret   Engineer
Stevie Van Zandt   Producer
Mike Batlan   Engineer
Nick Dadia   Engineer
George Theiss   Composer

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