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Reissues and compilations keep the world turnin’ around

Published 2014-10-03

Last week Bruce announced the release of The Albums Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) containing the first seven studio albums in remastered versions. Fans were, as always, divided in their reception. Some thought it was about time that the early albums got a much-needed soundlift. Others were furious that the much talked-about River boxset had been postponed. But if anyone should ... Read more

Safe set on unknown territory: tour kicks off in Cape Town

Published 2014-01-27

 Just as you can’t judge a Bruce Springsteen album based on the first listening, you can’t judge a Bruce Springsteen tour based on the first show. As it will probably turn out, the tour opener in Cape Town, South Africa, was more like a continuation of where the Wrecking Ball Tour left off in September than what is in store for us in the coming time. If you had come to the show ... Read more

Greasy Lake Review: High Hopes

Published 2014-01-19

For an album that is, allegedly, mostly meant to tie up some loose ends and fulfill Bruce’s desire to release more music, the new High Hopes album, released last week, has been the subject of an unexpected controversy. Bruce shouldn’t include cover songs, he should write new songs instead of releasing leftovers, Tom Morello has no place on a Springsteen record, the music su ... Read more

New Bruce Springsteen album in January

Published 2013-11-25

After the usual weeks of rumors and speculations, the new Springsteen album has now been announced on Bruce's official Facebook page, and a detailed entry appears on Amazon.co ... Read more

Springsteen & I to hit shelves and iTunes, plus special offer to Australians

Published 2013-10-25

 Since the Wrecking Ball Tour was wrapped up more than a month ago, it seems like the whole Bruce world - including, I must admit, this newsblog - has gone into standby mode. We still have those Downunder shows to look forward to in February and March, and there are constant rumors of a new album in early 2014 and rumors of more tour date announcements being imminent.

But you don't ... Read more

Winner of East Berlin contest found

Published 2013-08-04

The winner of a signed copy of "Bruce Springsteen, Rocking the Wall, The Berlin Concert that Changed the World" by Erik Kirschbaum has been chosen in a random draw among the 26 people who got all the questions right in our trivia contest.

And the winner is: Michael Bechstein from Germany! Congratulations!

The book will be signed by the author and ... Read more

The summer that I was baptized - 25 years on

Published 2013-07-25

Two shows, same city, same venue, 25 years apart. One was my first, the other was my 59th. There have been other shows in between at the same place, but 25 years is a good occasion to pause and look at how it started and where it led.

Scene 1: Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 25, 1988: I’m 19 years old, newly graduated from the Danish equivalent to high school - ... Read more

Celebrate 25th Anniversary of East Berlin show and win a book

Published 2013-07-19

Twenty-five years ago today, July 19, 1988, Bruce Springsteen went on stage in front of an estimated 300,000 people in East Berlin, East Germany. It was his first show behind the Iron Curtain in the then Soviet dominated Eastern Europe, his first televised show, and last but not least it was the biggest crowd he had ever faced. The show would have a profound effect on not only the thousands of ... Read more

Review: Springsteen & I

Published 2013-07-16

The Springsteen community is a proud one. We are proud that we sell each other tickets at face value, we are proud of our charity work, we are proud of our friendships and our connections to each other. It's not like we're some kind of monolithic cult but on the whole, we're a pretty good bunch.

So it's not surprising that I went into the Springsteen & I screening somewhat concerned ... Read more

A night at the movies - Greasy Lake correspondent mingles with the stars of Springsteen & I

Published 2013-07-16

When I settled into my seat at Thursday night’s premiere of the new film, Springsteen and I, I had the uncanny feeling I was sitting among the famous.  I overheard a woman seated somewhere behind me identify herself as “Mrs. Philly Elvis,”— wife of the Elvis impersonator Bruce brought onstage during one of his final four shows at Philadelphia’s Spectrum ... Read more

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David R. commenting on this: I'm still confused between this announcement and the Mastered for iTunes release of some of these same albums. Are the overlapping albums identical? Or, are they further remastered?
pauldt1969 commenting on this: A good read but some of these things are highly subjective. The Promise (18 Tracks version) happens to be my favourite Bruce recording of all time...
Al O'Hare commenting on this: Great read, incisive and fair points made too. Lose a bit of cred' for this though: "Not to mention “Secret Garden”, which didn’t utilize the E Street Band properly"... says who? The story was great until you cast artistic judgement. Stick to the facts for this kinda' thing. The fact that I think SG is beautiful and Clarence's sax is utilised EXACTLY how it should be, has no bearing on this comment :-)