Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits Album Review

Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits Album

Review of Greatest Hits Album by Bruce Springsteen

Review of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band's album 'Greatest Hits'

Unsurprisingly, The Boss's new album is released to coincide with his UK tour and appearance at Glastonbury. With at least two fairly comprehensive Greatest Hits compilations available already, this particular album release points to Sony trying to squeeze some more profit out of the sold-out tour. The '2009 Limited Tour Edition' sticker on the case leaves little doubt behind.

In terms of content, it's fairly condensed considering Springsteen has a career that has spanned nearly 4 decades now. There are just 16 tracks on the album (two bonus live tracks) meaning it only cherry picks a few of his best known songs, obviously revised to include some new material that will feature in the live sets.

The main problem here, of course, is that it seems a little unnecessary. It has nothing to offer the more die-hard of fans, and even for those just getting into him (if such people exist) it plays it fairly safe. That's not to say there's nothing at all to enjoy, Glory days obviously, Badlands, Born in the USA are all winners. But to think of the tracks that AREN'T on here: Atlantic City, Devils and Dust, Oscar-winner Streets of Philadelphia; it just doesn't seem to do quite enough justice. I suppose anyone unaware his true genius could buy this album purely for the magical Thunder Road, and hear Roy Orbison singing for the lonely in one of the most epic, heartfelt songs ever written.

Natalie Kaye




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Niall29

Natalie Natalie Natalie, bless your lack of homework done on this little piece. The reason Streets of philadelphia and devils and dust dont appear on this particular album is because its exclusively E Street band only.....and those two songs are solo releases. And while i have to agree with you that there is nothing on it for the die hard, it is sort of stating the over obvious!!! We die hard fans KNOW its release is to give the younger and newer fans, not to mention the now multiples of thousands of young people interested in checking him out after hyde park and glas'bury performances a starting point. So your article missed that point too, by a mile. Tut Tut.

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