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The Ties That Bind - The River Collection (/3DVD)

Artist: Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen's 'The Ties That Bind: The River Collection' is a comprehensive look at 'The River' era, containing 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. It is comprised of the original 'The River' double album; the first official release of The River: Single Album a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen's famed 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, long rumoured but never-before-seen; rare tour rehearsal footage; a brand new documentary "The Ties That Bind" about 'The River;' and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and
memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore. The River: Single Album is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' but never released. Seven of the 10 tracks appear on The River, some with alternate lyrics and arrangements, with outtakes like "Cindy" and a rockabilly version of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" never released. This will be the first time 'The River: Single Album' will be officially available in its entirety. The fourth CD on the box set is The River: Outtakes, which spans the entire 'The River' sessions in 1979 and 1980 and illustrate the depth and variety of Springsteen's work during this period. Eleven songs are rarities that have never been released before, and for the most part are completely unheard and unknown even to fans, who have long considered Springsteen's outtakes to be treasured secrets. The eleven unheard outtakes ("Record One") were mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. The Ties That Bind is a brand new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Zimny that features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording '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 Bruce and the band in and out of the studio. The final video component is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980, a new film produced from footage professionally filmed in 1980 using four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The film features 24 songs - 2 hours, 40 minutes - on 2 DVDs from Springsteen's November 5, 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Widely regarded as one of Springsteen's finest performances, this intense show features early live versions of over half of 'The River' songs. Also included is 20 minutes of footage from the late September, 1980 River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, PA, showing Springsteen and The E Street Band working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album. The film was recently edited by frequent Springsteen collaborator and Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny, and the audio was mixed in Stereo & 5.1 surround by Bob Clearmountain from the original
multitrack recordings and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

1. The Ties That Bind
2. Sherry Darling
3. Jackson Cage
4. Two Hearts
5. Independence Day
6. Hungry Heart
7. Out In The Street
8. Crush On You
9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
10. I Wanna Marry You
11. The River

1. Point Blank
2. Cadillac Ranch
3. I'm A Rocker
4. Fade Away
5. Stolen Car
6. Ramrod
7. The Price You Pay
8. Drive All Night
9. Wreck On The Highway

1. The Ties That Bind
2. Cindy
3. Hungry Heart
4. Stolen Car
5. Be True
6. The River
7. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
8. The Price You Pay
9. I Wanna Marry You
10. Loose End

Record One
1. Meet Me In The City
2. The Man Who Got Away
3. Little White Lies
4. The Time That Never Was
5. Night Fire
6. Whitetown
7. Chain Lightning
8. Party Lights
9. Paradise By The "C"
10. Stray Bullet
11. Mr. Outside
Record Two
12. Roulette
13. Restless Nights
14. Where The Bands Are
15. Dollhouse
16. Living On The Edge Of The World
17. Take 'em As They Come
18. Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own
19. I Wanna Be With You
20. Mary Lou
21. Held Up Without A Gun
22. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)


The Ties That Bind (Documentary)
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)
1. Drive All Night
2. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
3. I'm A Rocker
4. Jungleland
5. Detroit Medley
6. Where The Bands Are (Credits)
BONUS: The River Tour Rehearsals
1. Ramrod
2. Cadillac Ranch
3. Fire
4. Crush On You
5. Sherry Darling



Performer Notes: Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar); Steve Van Zandt (vocals, guitar); Roy Bittan (vocals, piano); Kevin Buell (guitar); Clarence Clemons (saxophone, percussion); Danny Federici (organ, keyboards); Max Weinberg (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chuck Plotkin; Toby Scott; Bob Clearmountain.
Liner Note Author: Mikal Gilmore.
Recording information: Power Station, New York, NY.
Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Peter Howes; Jim Marchese; Frank Stefanko; David Gahr; Jimmy Wachtel; Lawrence Kirsch; Anastasia Pantsios; Jim Scott ; Joel Bernstein.
Bruce Springsteen's ambition is his blessing and his curse. He's always believed that rock & roll is a music that can express people's deepest hopes and dreams and change their lives, and his best work communicates that brilliantly. But Springsteen often seems to doubt his own abilities and struggles under the weight of his own (high) standards, and many of Springsteen's best albums were painstakingly created as he spent months in the studio, searching for the right set of songs and performances that would tell the larger story in his mind. Springsteen is too smart to believe you can will a masterpiece into creation, but he does have a work ethic that suggests nothing worthwhile comes without sweat and sore muscles, and the man who regularly plays energetic three-hour shows has never hesitated to do whatever it takes to get the details just right in the studio, even if the desire is to create something that sounds explosive and spontaneous. After taking his early urban folk tales of cars and girls as far as he could on Born to Run, Springsteen took a long, hard look at the lives of those same kids, now saddled with adult responsibilities and realizing that the American Dream was increasingly out of their grasp, on 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town. With 1980's The River, Springsteen sought to expand on those themes while also offering more of the tough, bar-band rock that was his trademark (and often conspicuous in its absence on Darkness), and by the time it was released it had swelled into Springsteen's first two-LP set. After presenting his fans with a grand-scale study of how Darkness on the Edge of Town came into being on the 2010 box set The Promise, Springsteen does the same for The River with The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, which features a newly remastered edition of the original album along with a bonus disc of outtakes (most previously unreleased) and an early single-LP version of the album that Springsteen opted not to release because it failed to tell the story he had envisioned. The short version sounds like the rough draft that it is, though it also includes several songs that didn't appear on the longer final version ("Loose Ends" and "To Be True" in particular are superb songs that simply didn't fit the flow of the album), as well as different versions of a few tracks that do ("The Ties That Bind" contains different lyrics, while "Stolen Car" and "You Can Look [But You Better Not Touch]" feature different arrangements). And the outtakes disc offers 22 variations on the album's themes that point to any number of directions the album could have gone, and if nothing else it says a great deal about Springsteen that he had enough good songs that numbers as strong as "Party Lights," "Roulette," "Where the Bands Are," and "Chain Lightning" could end up on the shelf. The Ties That Bind also includes a documentary (on DVD or Blu-ray) on the making of the album, as well as a full concert filmed in 1980 that finds Springsteen & the E Street Band in incendiary form. The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, like a high-profile DVD release of the 2000s, is more about the bonus features than the main feature, but the extras lend an invaluable perspective to one of the most important works in Springsteen's catalog, and this set makes it possible to imagine the many chapters that could have been added or removed from the album while still telling the same powerful story, as well as documenting the thought and effort Springsteen put into the process. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews: Rolling Stone - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "This music isn't transitional: It searches for answers but knows its sound, which is what makes this the most satisfying of Springsteen's archival album sets."

Paste (magazine) - "'Out in the Street,' 'Rosalita,' and 'The Detroit Medley' offer persuasive evidence to the claim that Springsteen is the greatest live performer that rock and roll has produced."

Pitchfork (Website) - "As they spill out, the songs play off each other, accentuating the sorrow or celebration heard in their predecessors."
Producer: Steve Van Zandt, Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen
Format: CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Country: USA
Studio/Live: Mixed
Release Date: 4 December, 2015
Publisher: SBME
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