Yesterday, Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 65th birthday. Here in New Jersey, the birth date of The Boss might as well be considered a state holiday; the occasion was marked by various events including a video presentation by Springsteen's longtime collaborator Thom Zimny at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. (Springsteen was, of course, born in Long Branch and wrote "Born to Run" in a Long Branch cottage.) But today, Springsteen's fans are the ones receiving a gift for his birthday. The official announcement has arrived confirming that, on November 17, the artist and icon's first seven albums - most with new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The E Street Band - will be collected in one 8-CD or vinyl LP box set as Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984.
The release of The Album Collection builds on February's announcement that Springsteen's first ten albums had been remastered by Bob Ludwig for digital-only release; speculation, of course, ran high that physical issues would follow. While Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town were both sonically upgraded for remastered box sets in recent years, this box set marks the first time that remasters have been made available for the remaining albums in Springsteen's catalogue through 1984 since their initial releases on CD. The box includes:
- Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
- The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (1973)
- Born to Run (1975)
- Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
- The River (1980, 2 CDs)
- Nebraska (1982)
- Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
We have more details after the jump!
All seven of the albums are newly remastered, including Darkness and Born to Run. All are making their remastered debuts on vinyl. Original LP packaging is being replicated for each, and the box set also includes a 60-page book featuring rare photos, memorabilia, and original press clippings from Springsteen's first ten years as a recording artist. All albums are presented in their original album sequences, with no additional material. The box continues Springsteen's relationship with Bob Ludwig, whose work with the artist dates back to 1982's original release of Nebraska. Ludwig also previously handled the Born to Run and Darkness box sets. Fans are urged to check out his interview at all-things-Springsteen site Backstreets.com about the remastering process, including the scoop on how Ludwig and Springsteen overcame problems inherent in properly remastering Nebraska.
There is no word yet about individual releases for any of the titles included in the box set. Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 is due from Columbia Records on November 17, just in time for your Black Friday gift shopping!
Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 (Columbia/Legacy 88875 01414-1/2, 2014)
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Disc 1: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (Columbia KC 31903, 1973)
Disc 2: The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (Columbia KC 32432, 1973)
Disc 3: Born to Run (Columbia PC 33795, 1975)
Disc 4: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Columbia JC 35318, 1978)
Discs 5-6: The River (Columbia PC2 36854, 1980)
Disc 7: Nebraska (Columbia QC 38358, 1982)
Disc 8: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia QC 38653, 1984)