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Bruce's masterful remasters

Published 2014-11-23

As much as we all love Bruce Springsteen’s classic albums of the Seventies and Eighties, we will always modify our praise with a “but you have to see him live”. Unlike fans of Beatles or fans of Elvis or fans of just about any other major star, we are somehow afraid that the albums alone won’t be enough for people to “get it”. A lot of that is of course due t ... Read more

As we reach 25th anniversary of Berlin Wall's collapse, focus on Springsteen's role grows

Published 2014-11-08

The Berlin Wall unexpectedly cracked open 25 years ago on Nov. 9, 1989 and the Cold War was over. And Bruce Springsteen unintentionally played a role in helping bring down that iconic symbol of the world’s division.

How? Springsteen went to East Berlin 16 months earlier in July 1988 to play the biggest, most riveting and earth-shaking rock concert in the history of East Germany &n ... Read more

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

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Allan commenting on this: It's a cash grab guys. Let's be honest. The improvement is marginal at best. I downloaded the set but I've bought everything else. No need to buy the album again. And if you own the Born to Run 30th Anniversary box set or the Darkness box set, you don't need to buy the albums for a third time. Save your money.
Mat commenting on this: "Anyone with a half decent graphic equaliser can achieve the same results".
Oh please no!
You don't know the basics of mastering either I guess.

Anyway I don't think Bruce's first seven sounded that bad.
Pål Elnan commenting on this: Viv Powers, you are way off. In no way is Karsten claiming that this is a remix.

I am listening to the remastered versions now, and I agree with everything he writes.