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."
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 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 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 BIND||Different version previously released on The River|
|3.||HUNGRY HEART||Previously released on The River|
|4.||STOLEN CAR||Previously released on Tracks|
|5.||BE TRUE||Previously released as a B-side and on Tracks|
|6.||THE RIVER||Previously released on The River|
|7.||YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)||Different version previously released on The River|
|8.||THE PRICE YOU PAY||Different version previously released on The River|
|9.||I WANNA MARRY YOU||Previously released on The River|
|10.||LOOSE ENDS||Previously 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 CITY||Previously unreleased|
|2.||THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY||Previously unreleased|
|3.||LITTLE WHITE LIES||Previously unreleased|
|4.||THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS||Previously unreleased|
|5.||NIGHT FIRE||Previously unreleased|
|7.||CHAIN LIGHTNING||Previously unreleased|
|8.||PARTY LIGHTS||Previously unreleased|
|9.||PARADISE BY THE C||Live version previously released on Live/1975-85|
|10.||STRAY BULLET||Previously unreleased|
|11.||MR. OUTSIDE||Previously unreleased|
|12.||ROULETTE||Previously released on Tracks|
|13.||RESTLESS NIGHTS||Previously released on Tracks|
|14.||WHERE THE BANDS ARE||Previously released on Tracks|
|15.||DOLLHOUSE||Previously released on Tracks|
|16.||LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD||Previously released on Tracks|
|17.||TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME||Previously released on Tracks|
|18.||RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWN||Previously released on Tracks|
|19.||I WANNA BE WITH YOU||Previously released on Tracks|
|20.||MARY LOU||Previously released on Tracks|
|21.||HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN||Previously 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.
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.
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