Buried deep in a newly-released piece on Rolling Stone about Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming album High Hopes, Springsteen's longtime manager Jon Landau may have given some insight as to what might come next from the Boss on the catalogue front.
While next year is the 30th anniversary of Springsteen's landmark hit Born in the U.S.A., Landau suggests that the next bit of catalogue activity might come from before that era - particularly 1980's double album The River. "There's ongoing work on a River box set," Landau said. "Maybe we’ll do that first."
The River, of course, is a great choice for an archival set. Mixing bright, fun rock and roll moments (the No. 5 hit "Hungry Heart") with more darker, brooding material ("Fade Away," the haunting title track), it's one of the best albums of his career, and an intriguing preview of the amazing decade Bruce would have in the 1980s.
But that's not all: Landau also reveals remastering is being done "as we speak" on Bruce's first two albums, 1973's Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle. As fascinating previews of Springsteen's songwriting voice ("Blinded by the Light," later a hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band, plus immortal live cuts "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)") - not to mention two records that have never, ever been remastered on CD since the first tape transfer probably a quarter century and change ago - this is equally exciting news.
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