On Nov.17th Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, a boxed set comprised of remastered editions of the first seven albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1973 and 1984. All of the albums are newly remastered (five for the first time ever on CD) and all seven are making their remastered debut on vinyl.
The seven albums are recreations of their original packaging and the set is accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from Springsteen’s first decade as a recording artist.
Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
Bob Ludwig has talked extensively to Backstreets Magazine, where he reveals a lot more details about the remasters and what’s to come next. Check out the Backstreets special about these remasters.
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)*
The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)*
Born To Run (1975)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
The River (1980)*
Born In The U.S.A. (1984)*
*denotes first time remastered on CD
Once again Bruce Springsteen will be the headliner of the Stand Up For Heroes benefit show. Other artists performing this year include Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, Brian Williams and other surprise acts. Now in its 8th year, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million in funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.
The show will be held on November 5th at 8pm at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Tickets are available now thru the Bob Woodruff Foundation website.
According to Deadline Hollywood and norweggian newspaper Dagbladet, Steve Van Zandt has recruited Tony Sirico (‘Paulie’ in The Sopranos) and Bruce Springsteen for the third season of his TV series Lilyhammer. The news has been confirmed by Peter Wallace, producer and external manager at NRK, Norway’s public TV.
Bruce will make a cameo in an episode, playing the role of a mortuary owner, in what will be his acting debut. He had previously appeared in the movie High Fidelity -see video below- though he was playing himself.
And one more for collectors: you’ll find a new interview with Springsteen in the companion DVD on Roger McGuinn’s latest double live album, titled Stories, Songs & Friends.
Simon & Schuster has announced a new book coming November 4, 2014: Outlaw Pete by Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso, based on the celebrated song about a bank-robbing baby whose exploits become a meditation on sin, fate, and free will.
Both the song (from Springsteen’s 2009 Working on a Dream album) and the new book Outlaw Pete were inspired by a children’s book, Brave Cowboy Bill (Simon & Schuster, 1950), which Bruce Springsteen’s mother used to read to him as a child. “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen writes.
Frank Caruso, a cartoonist and writer, conceived of making the song into a book and created the illustrations to accompany Springsteen’s lyrics.