Springsteen: Saint In The City, 1949-1974

By Craig Statham

Springsteen: Saint In The City, 1949-1974
Springsteen: Saint In The City, 1949-1974

Bruce Springsteen is one of the most written about musicians of all time, so why another book? The fact is, most biographies gloss over his early life and career, which author Craig Statham believes is a serious omission, because Springsteen's early life shaped his music.... show more


Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

By Jim Beviglia

Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order from the 100th to his no. 1 greatest song.... show more


R.I.P. David Bowie ― 1947-2016

David Bowie
David Bowie

Bruce Springsteen opened for headliner Biff Rose in 1973 during a 6-night stand (from 31 January to 05 February, two shows each night) at Max's Kansas City in New York. David Bowie showed up on the final night of this to see Biff Rose, a friend of his, and caught Springsteen's performance. Bowie had never even heard of a guy named "Springsteen" until that 05 Feb 1973 night. In a 1987 Musician Magazine interview, Bowie commented on Bruce's performance on this night saying, "I hated him as a solo... as soon as the band came on it was like a different person and he was marvelous... I like the Asbury Park [LP] material, my favorite period of Springsteen is the early stuff". The two weren't introduced to each other that night. A few months later Bowie recorded a version of GROWIN' UP, but the song remained in the vaults until its release in 1989. Bowie was the first artist to record a Springsteen composition.

DJ Ed Sciaky called Bruce Springsteen on 24 Nov 1974 asking him to come to Philadelphia to meet David Bowie, who was in town recording his upcoming Young Americans album and performing a concert on 25 November. Late in the evening Springsteen cached a bus to Philadelphia to spend a couple of days as houseguest of Sciaky. The two arrived at midnight at Sigma Sound Studios where they spent the early hours of 25 November with David Bowie at the studio. Bowie had recently recorded a cover of IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY but apparently it wasn't finished, so Bruce didn't get to hear it. Bowie would complete the recording the following year but it remained in the vaults until it's release in 1989. Later that 25 November day, Springsteen and Sciaky attended Bowie's evening concert at the Philadelphia Spectrum.

In the liner notes of One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen (a 1997 various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album), Bowie wrote about the November 1974 meeting in Philadelphia: "Springsteen came down to hear what we were doing with his stuff. He was very shy. I remember sitting in the corridor with him, talking about his lifestyle, which was a very Dylanesque – you know, moving from town to town with a guitar on his back, all that kind of thing. Anyway, he didn't like what we were doing, I remember that. At least, he didn't express much enthusiasm. I guess he must have thought it was all kind of odd. I was in another universe at the time. I've got this extraordinarily strange photograph of us all – I look like I'm made out of wax."


The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

Columbia Records released Bruce Springsteen's The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set on 04 Dec 2015.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (photo)
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (photo)

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection is a Bruce Springsteen box set released in 2015 on Columbia Records to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The River album. The 10"x12" box set contains four CDs, 2 Blu-Ray discs or 3 DVDs, and a hardcover 148-page coffee table book featuring 200 mostly unseen studio and live photographs, pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album, plus a new essay by Mikal Gilmore. The box set was announced on 16 Oct 2015 and released to retail on 04 Dec 2015.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (box set cover art)
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (box set cover art)

The first two discs consist of the 2014 remastered version of The River album. The third disc contains The River: Single Album, a 10-track album originally planned for release in 1979, under the title "The Ties That Bind". "The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio," Springsteen wrote in his 1998 book Songs. He scarped the project and went on to rework some of the songs and write and record some others, leading to the double-disc release the following year. All but one of these ten tracks were previously released.

1.THE TIES THAT BINDDifferent version previously released on The River
2.CINDYPreviously unreleased
3.HUNGRY HEARTPreviously released on The River
4.STOLEN CARPreviously released on Tracks
5.BE TRUEPreviously released as a B-side and on Tracks
6.THE RIVERPreviously released on The River
7.YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)Different version previously released on The River
8.THE PRICE YOU PAYDifferent version previously released on The River
9.I WANNA MARRY YOUPreviously released on The River
10.LOOSE ENDSPreviously released on Tracks

The fourth discs contains The River: Outtakes, a 22-track album collection consisting of outtakes from the 1979-1980 sessions that didn't make the cut for either the single- or double-album versions of The River. The CD is divided into two parts, "Record One" (the first 11 tracks) and "Record Two" (the remaining 10 tracks). The former consists of unreleased songs while the latter consists of previously released songs.

1.MEET ME IN THE CITYPreviously unreleased
2.THE MAN WHO GOT AWAYPreviously unreleased
3.LITTLE WHITE LIESPreviously unreleased
4.THE TIME THAT NEVER WASPreviously unreleased
5.NIGHT FIREPreviously unreleased
6.WHITETOWNPreviously unreleased
7.CHAIN LIGHTNINGPreviously unreleased
8.PARTY LIGHTSPreviously unreleased
9.PARADISE BY THE CLive version previously released on Live/1975-85
10.STRAY BULLETPreviously unreleased
11.MR. OUTSIDEPreviously unreleased
12.ROULETTEPreviously released on Tracks
13.RESTLESS NIGHTSPreviously released on Tracks
14.WHERE THE BANDS AREPreviously released on Tracks
15.DOLLHOUSEPreviously released on Tracks
16.LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLDPreviously released on Tracks
17.TAKE 'EM AS THEY COMEPreviously released on Tracks
18.RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWNPreviously released on Tracks
19.I WANNA BE WITH YOUPreviously released on Tracks
20.MARY LOUPreviously released on Tracks
21.HELD UP WITHOUT A GUNPreviously released as a B-side
22.FROM SMALL THINGS (BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME)Previously released on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 3-disc edition)

The fifth disc contains the 60-minute documentary, The Ties That Bind, produced and directed by Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The documentary features an intimate interview with Bruce Springsteen as he reflects on writing and recording of The River. The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of him and the band in and out of the studio.

The sixth disc (on the Blu-Ray release) or sixth and seventh disc (on the DVD release) feature(s) The River Tour, Tempe 1980, a new professionally shot film consisting of 24 songs from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 05 Nov 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. The film uses four cameras and is recorded in multitrack audio and clocks at 2 hours and 40 minutes. The tapes were edited by Thom Zimny and the audio was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

  1. BORN TO RUN
  2. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  3. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  4. JACKSON CAGE
  5. TWO HEARTS
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. OUT IN THE STREET
  8. THE RIVER
  9. BADLANDS
  10. THUNDER ROAD
  11. NO MONEY DOWN
  12. CADILLAC RANCH
  13. HUNGRY HEART
  14. FIRE
  15. SHERRY DARLING
  16. I WANNA MARRY YOU
  17. CRUSH ON YOU
  18. RAMROD
  19. YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
  20. DRIVE ALL NIGHT
  21. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  22. I'M A ROCKER
  23. JUNGLELAND
  24. DETROIT MEDLEY

The ten songs that are not included on The River Tour, Tempe 1980 (DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, FACTORY, RACING IN THE STREET, CANDY'S ROOM, THE TIES THAT BIND, STOLEN CAR, WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY, POINT BLANK, and BACKSTREETS) were later officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.

The last disc also contains The River Tour Rehearsals, which consists of a 5-song 20-minute bonus footage from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's private rehearsals in late September 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio in Lititz, PA. Springsteen and the band can be seen working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album.

  1. RAMROD
  2. CADILLAC RANCH
  3. FIRE
  4. CRUSH ON YOU
  5. SHERRY DARLING

Latest Updates

08 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for IT TAKES TWO and LA BAMBA.
04 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for MILLWORKER and MISERY LOVES COMPANY.
02 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for WHITE LINES and SAINTE GENEVIEVE.
01 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU and I'M A THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME.
30 Jan 2016: Info and lyrics updated for MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY and EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU).
10 Jan 2016: Info and lyrics updated for MAN AT THE TOP.
09 Jan 2016: Info and lyrics updated for MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT).
30 Dec 2015: Info and lyrics updated for WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN.
23 Dec 2015: Info and lyrics updated for SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN.
Nov-Dec 2015: Continuous updates related to The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set.
30 Oct 2015: Info and lyrics updated for COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) and JOHNNY BYE-BYE.
20 Oct 2015: Lyrics page added for MEET ME IN THE CITY.
28 Sep 2015: Info and lyrics updated for GUILTY.
27 Sep 2015: Lyrics updated for TAKE IT EASY and lyrics page added for OUR LADY OF THE WELL.
22 Sep 2015: Lyrics pages added for NIGHT CLOSING IN and JUST ANOTHER LONELY MILE.
21 Sep 2015: Info and lyrics updated for RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE, THEY KILLED HIM IN THE STREET, and BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR.
07 Sep 2015: Info and lyrics updated for GOOD TIMES.
04 Sep 2015: Info and lyrics updated for GOIN' BACK.
31 Aug 2015: Lyrics page added for BLUE ANGEL.
20 Aug 2015: Lyrics pages added for JUNIOR'S BAR, I STILL LOOK GOOD (FOR SIXTY), and I WAS BORN TO ROCK.
19 Aug 2015: Info and lyrics updated for ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER.
18 Aug 2015: Info and lyrics updated for TRUE COMPANION.
07 Aug 2015: Info updated for GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE.
05 Aug 2015: Lyrics and info updated for GIMME SHELTER and NOWHERE TO RUN. Info updated for GET UP STAND UP.
02 Aug 2015: Lyrics and info updated for GET OUT OF DENVER and GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN.
30 Jul 2015: Lyrics and info updated for TELL ME MAMA WHY IS IT SO HARD.
21 Jun 2015: Lyrics and info updated for GET IT ON and (GET YOUR KICKS ON) ROUTE 66.
17 Jun 2015: Lyrics and info updated for FOXY LADY.
13 Jun 2015: Lyrics and info updated for DON'T BACK DOWN.
12 Jun 2015: Lyrics and info updated for FOLLOW THAT DREAM.
08 Jun 2015: Lyrics pages added for SUN TIME, THE VIRGIN FLOWER, JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH..., and TURN AROUND....
07 Jun 2015: Lyrics and info updated for WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE.
03 Jun 2015: Lyrics and info updated for FIRE (Jimi Hendrix).

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