Thursday, 25 November 2010

Bruce Springsteen – The Promise Review

Billed as a lost Springsteen album, these 21 songs were left over from the 40 or so he recorded for 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, which is re-released this week in the form of a luxurious, multiple-disc box set.

Heard here for the first time, they reveal the author working through his influences – Roy Orbison, doo-wop, classic rock 'n' roll – and while a thrill for fans, the truth is he was right first time. Not only do the songs not quite fit Darkness's tightly edited tales of struggle, they're not quite up to its high standard either.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Hear another lost Bruce Springsteen album

Bruce Springsteen forthcoming album "The Promise" is on the headline, but a fact that has been revealed is another collection of lost/previously unreleased Bruce Springsteen music to add to your collection

The Jersey rocker’s fifth studio album,The Ties That Bind, was the hit of that time, he scrapped the sessions in favor of the darker 1980 classic, The River and while the material originally intended for The Ties That Bind did ultimately make its way onto The River, some serious reworking had to be carried out beforehand.

The 10 tracks of the album which was featured includes "greater ambiance" and a "warmer" which Springsteen said “seemed inadequate” for where he was in his career. Guitara101 points to “The Price You Pay” as one of the best examples:

“Greater separation between the acoustic guitar (left channel) and electric guitar (right channel) and improved sound on Max Weinberg’s snare and cymbals, not to mention the alternate third verse, make for a new aural experience. Furthermore, the E Street Band flat-out nailed this song on the first take.”

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Bruce Springsteen In Action At NYC

On wednesday night at Beacon Theater in New York City Bruce Springsteen performed three at the Stand Up For Heroes benefit.

Backed by Max Weinberg's Big Band and with the E Street Band's Roy Bittan playing piano, Bruce opened with "Open All Night" a song from his 1982 "Nebraska" album. Bruce Springsteen performed in the same way which he did on the 2006 Seeger Sessions Tour.

The next song perform was the "Kitty Back" which has been played at most of the shows on the recent tour by Weinberg's Big Band

For his final song, "If I Should Fall Behind.", her wife Patti Scialfa joined him as well.

Tony Bennett and Jerry Seinfeld also performed at Beacon Theater in NYC and the event was hosted by Jon Stewart

This is the first of three shows in three nights for Bruce. On Thursday and Friday nights, he'll be in Pittsburgh to play with Joe Grushecky as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of Grushecky's album "American Babylon."