Bruce Springsteen The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000

// September 3rd, 2013 // 3 Comments » // Bruce Springsteen, Music

Bruce Springsteen – The Complete Video Anthology, 1978-2000

Bruce Springsteen Video Anthology 1978-2000 is a double DVD featuring 33 performances spanning 22 years of concerts, music videos, and television appearances by Springsteen. The two-hour collection represents a complete anthology of Bruce Springsteen videos, as well as rare or previously unreleased bonus performances. In all, 15 of the 33 clips on Bruce Springsteen Video Anthology 1978-2000 did not appear on the original 1989 home video release of the Anthology. Some highlights include:

–“If I Should Fall Behind,” a live concert performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Directed by Jonathan Demme, and filmed at Madison Square Garden in 2000 (previously unreleased).
–“Highway Patrolman,” directed by Sean Penn (2000). Features footage from the motion picture The Indian Runner (previously unreleased).
–“Hungry Heart,” a music video/performance filmed in Germany in 1995, and previously released only in Europe.
–Rare TV performances: “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from Bruce Springsteen’s 1995 visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; “Born in the U.S.A.,” a solo acoustic performance from Springsteen’s 1998 appearance on The Charlie Rose Show; “Secret Garden,” an alternate version, with strings (previously unreleased).

Complete track listing:

Disc 1:
Rosalita (1978; directed by Arnold Levine), The River (1980; from “No Nukes” concert; directed by Danny Goldberg, Julian Schlossberg, Anthony Potenza), Thunder Road (1980; from “No Nukes” concert; directed by Danny Goldberg, Julian Schlossberg, Anthony Potenza); Atlantic City (1982; directed by Arnold Levine) Dancing in the Dark (1984; directed by Brian De Palma), Born in the U.S.A. (1984; directed by John Sayles), I’m on Fire (1985; directed by John Sayles), Glory Days (1985; directed by John Sayles), My Hometown (1985; directed by Arthur Rosato), War (1986; directed by Arthur Rosato), Fire (1986; rare acoustic performance from Neil Young’s “Bridge Concert”), Born to Run (1987; directed by Arthur Rosato), Brilliant Disguise (1987; directed by Meiert Avis), Tunnel of Love (1987; directed by Meiert Avis), One Step Up (1988; directed by Meiert Avis), Tougher Than the Rest (1987; directed by Meiert Avis), Spare Parts (1988; directed by Carol Dodds), Born to Run (acoustic; 1988; directed by Meiert Avis).

Disc 2:
Human Touch (1992; directed by Meiert Avis), Better Days (1992; directed by Meiert Avis), 57 Channels (and Nothin’ On) (1992; directed by Adam Bernstein), Leap of Faith (1992; directed by Meiert Avis), Streets of Philadelphia (1993; directed by Jonathan Demme and Ted Demme), Murder Incorporated (1995; directed by Jonathan Demme), Secret Garden (1995; directed by Peter Care), Hungry Heart (previously unreleased; 1995; produced and directed by “the Torpedo Twins” Rudi Dolezal & Hannes Rossacher), Dead Man Walkin’ (1996; directed by Tim Robbins), The Ghost of Tom Joad (1996; directed by Arnold Levine, photographed by Pamela Springsteen), The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno performance), Highway Patrolman (previously unreleased; 2000; directed by Sean Penn), If I Should Fall Behind (previously unreleased; 2000; directed by Jonathan Demme), Born in the U.S.A. (1998; The Charlie Rose Show solo acoustic performance), Secret Garden (previously unreleased; with strings; alternate version of the song).Call it Boss in a Box. This two-disc set of music videos and concert performances is a must for any Springsteen fan. While the 1989 VHS version contained just 18 songs, the expanded DVD set has 33 performances dating through 2000, including “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” performed in 1995 on The Tonight Show, and an acoustic “Born in the U.S.A.” from a 1998 appearance on The Charlie Rose Show. Most of the highlights are, not surprisingly, from Springsteen’s electrifying concerts, including raw versions of “Rosalita” and “Thunder Road” from early in his career with the E Street Band. Also not to be missed: the 1987 performance of the harrowing “Tougher Than the Rest,” shot with poignant close-ups of wife Patti Scialfa singing backup; the raspy, gospel- tinged “Leap of Faith”; and the barely contained smolder of “Fire.” Most fans will find themselves wishing that this was strictly a concert DVD; the MTV videos from the Born in the U.S.A. years (the John Sayles-directed trilogy “Born in the U.S.A.,” “I’m on Fire,” and “Glory Days”) seem too canned and glossy sandwiched in with the rougher, more exhilarating live performances. And Springsteen’s tendency to get preachy in the late ’90s (“Murder Incorporated,” “Dead Man Walkin'”) can grate as well. But until there’s a full-length performance DVD, the Video Anthology will keep fans on their feet. –Anne Hurley

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live!

// July 5th, 2013 // 2 Comments » // Bruce Springsteen, Music, Rock and Roll, U2, ZZ Top

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live!

This 3 DVD set features rare, one-of-a-kind performances from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, filmed over the past 24 years. The biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll perform in intimate settings, jamming in combinations not seen anywhere else. Plus, the DVDs feature exclusive, anything-goes induction speeches by rock royalty, along with rare behind-the-scenes footage.

For nearly a quarter century, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has honored music’s most influential figures at prestigious black-tie events where performers and audience alike let down their hair. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live captures all the excitement of those ceremonies, from the wise and witty speeches, to the most incredible combinations of talent ever assembled on a single stage.

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Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen

// July 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Bruce Springsteen

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I recently had the time to listen to Wrecking Ball and I must say it is a good release by superstar musician Bruce Springsteen

The time has come after the Working On A Dream Bruce Springsteen has released Wrecking Ball with its eagerly awaited new album.

Wrecking Ball Special Edition listen to new musicThe seventeenth studio album in the career of the legendary singer-songwriter was in a collaboration with producer Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Lifehouse, etc.) and features eleven new songs. Springsteen’s longtime manager Jon Landau took on the role of the executive producers. Bruce has dug deep and now presents his vision of life in modern times, says Landau.

The lyrics tell a story that can be heard anywhere else and the music is the most innovative, he has taken in recent years. The songwriting is among the best of his career and both his longtime supporters and newly added fans can Wrecking Ball discover something where you make your day. The first single from the album is titled “We Take Care Of Our Own”.

Wrecking Ball, the audience is split into at least two camps:

One camp will be disappointed that there was once again no second mainstream album a la Born in the USA (and no E Street classics like Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town) has become.

The other camp, and to whom I count myself, will be thrilled because it has managed to Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball again, something new, to do something totally unexpected.

Springsteen has never been so set on electronic sounds – from drum loops, hip-hop sounds to a small rap part (in Rocky Ground), which may for the classic Springsteen fan initially seem a little disturbing. The new tight sound has little to do with the Heartland Rocker, including Bruce Springsteen was not long counted wrongly and who coined the genre relevant.

No harmonica, no piano of Roy Bittan and even more so (with one exception) no saxophone, so no E Street sound. In general, the new sound, produced by Ron Aniello, who has replaced Brendan O’Brien, Bruce Springsteen dares you to first do not. This is definitely a solo album, similar to 1987, the Tunnel of Love album, the members of the E Street Band Wrecking Ball are very few, if heard at all. Probably, was as far as the sound, with Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball has never been so bold and innovative in its ongoing 40 years career. Long he has written not so good, deep and angry texts – it’s in most songs to America in the financial and economic crisis, and of course to the American Dream – but most of all his voice has long sounded not as good and significantly like on this album.

Overall Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball combines all the styles of his albums since The Rising. Sticht out especially the 2006 album The Seeger Sessions, many songs, especially in the first half of the album are very folk-heavy, which may not appeal to everyone. At the same time there are also songs that would have fit well on Devils and Dust and The Rising, and even on Born in the USA.

But then there’s the song Rocky Ground, with Springsteen enters completely new territory: hip-hop sounds, rap and gospel choirs are contained within it, backed by a wonderful catchy melody. Even the rap – and I usually hate rap and hip-hop – fits in here. If you can criticize anything, it is that I believe that in some places is set to often on electronic sounds. A drum, you do not necessarily replace drum loops (Land of Hope and Dreams), even though it may sound a bit thereby possibly heavier. This would m in some places. E. been somewhat less. For me the album Wrecking Ball has been the still young year 2012, as Bruce Springsteen once again proves that even a so-called old rocker can still be innovative. Bruce Springsteen is also wrecking ball does not have nearly the mass success as was the (expected and needed no one) with Born in the USA, but he has proven that he is still relevant and is certainly the most important rock musicians of the time and the can not be said of many musicians, who still tours the world and live essentially the glory of the old days.

There is hardly any other musician, not only for me as a fan touched with his music like this, but the entire nation respectful listening because Americans know – even if the conservatives / Republicans do not admit to our liking – that Springsteen’s finger the wound and sets such as Bruce Springsteen has recently explained in an interview that shows the discrepancy between the American dream and the American reality clearly. Much, denouncing what Springsteen should not be reduced to the United States, the problems and grievances in Germany or other parts of the world are quite similar. For The Week: We Take Care Of Our Own: Here we go rock with drums in the style of American Slang The Gaslight Anthem, a catchy tune. The text can be misunderstood like the time of the discussion of Born in the USA and is controversial in all the American media (you put the time in Germany before that there is talk about a rock song so). Obama has recorded the song in his playlist for the election campaign, even though the text is quite angry directed against him. The song is actually fairly simple, it is repeated constantly same melody (which, however, has also harmed Born in the USA is not known). Annoying, in my view, is that the song is (once again) disappears too early and too long.

But should be a live Mitgröhlkracher. Solid, somewhat monotonous album opener: 4/5 Easy Money: One of my favorite songs. The strings are very reminiscent of Into the Fire from the album The Rising. Otherwise a rock-folky (Celtic) song, in which the objective is, how to take without regard to others, can quickly make big money. Beautiful finish with the violin from Soozie Tyrell. 5/5 Shackled and Drawn: In the style of Easy Money, it goes on, so folky-rock. Another brutal catchy. Great guitars and powerful drums. Lyrically, it’s about how to enrich others as part of the financial crisis at your expense. 4.5 / 5 Jack of all trades: A touching Springsteen ballad, a waltz, very slowly, accompanied by a piano and a guitar solo by Tom Morello.

Class, something melody, but only in combination with the text, it becomes a very beautiful song, especially when using the middle of the song, the trumpet (no sax). The song ends instrumental with many horns, a guitar solo by Tom Morello and reminiscent of a cemetery walk. 4.5 / 5 Death to my Hometown: Irish-influenced rocker in the vein of American country. Sounds sharply after the Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys. Melody is carried by the pennywhistle, otherwise still gospel trio. Content, it’s back to the evil bankers who hurt the economy, only the workers their jobs and then take away their homes. 4.5 / 5 Great Depression: Gloomy ballad that would have fit well on Devils and Dust or The Rising. Guitar solo by Tom Morello.

Text again very seriously: This is my confession / I need your heart in this depression, with depression may well be interpreted twice. Musically, for me the weakest song: 3/5 Wrecking Ball: The title track was actually written on the occasion of the demolition of Giants Stadium in New Jersey, where Bruce has played many legendary concerts. Although the text has remained unchanged, the wrecking ball is now available as a metaphor for the decline of the global economy. Many brass and strings, otherwise just as you would from the 2009 tour already knows. Killer track, probably the best track, and the one who most closely to the old E Street sound recalls: 5/5 You’ve got it: The song is both lyrically and musically completely out of the frame, but is no less excellent .

Could also come from the sessions of Born in the USA, at least in the voice, which here sounds much younger. Some want to even see similarities to Sugarland (from those same sessions). For me, a highlight of the album comes from the fewest electronic additions, but he is again faded much too soon, so only 4.5 / 5 Rocky Ground: A song that would never have expected from him how to Springsteen. On a similar beat as Philadelphia, that drum loops, and Bruce sings background vocals Michelle Moore the irresistibly catchy melodic chorus with absolute quality. Finally there is a short, but quite appropriate rap, a gospel choir and many wind. Once past the initial shock, developed from this for me is another highlight of the album. Lyrically, the album is more optimistic from here. 5/5, but might not be for everyone.

Land of Hope and Dreams: Hmmm! The song is actually from the reunion tour in 1999 and is known in the live version of the best songs, the m. E. Bruce has ever written. Now he has it under one painted with drum loops, made ​​atmospherically dense song that stand out especially clearly the gospel elements.

Such a good song you can basically do not produce completely broken, but if I had to choose, I would always prefer the rock-live version, although this is very good, but it is totally different here. After all, this is the only song on the saxophone can be heard by the late Big Man, which makes the song even more emotional.

Let’s see how the song will be presented on the tour. In this version: 4/5 We’re Alive: Finally, a religiously tinged, upbeat song with acoustic guitars and reminiscent of a ring of fire trumpet riff. The sung melody reminds at least at the beginning of My Best was never Good Enough from the album The Ghost of Tom Joad. Very beautiful and the perfect conclusion for an (almost) perfect album.

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