Bruce Springsteen – Tracks (1998/2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Tracks (1998/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 04:12:52 minutes | 2,8 GB | Genre: Rock
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“Tracks” is a four-disc box set by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1998 containing 66 songs. This box set mostly consists of never-before-released songs recorded during the sessions for his many albums, but also includes a number of single B-sides, as well as demos and alternate versions of already-released material. A treasure trove of material mostly left on the cutting-room floor from his early auditions for John Hammond through his work in the 1990s. Not a retrospective but an “alternate road map” and a glimpse at the ambition, development, and prolific creativity of a Rock icon.

For years, decades even, Bruce Springsteen was legendary for the amount of recordings he did not release. Every time he cut an album, he recorded a surplus of songs and left some out, not always on the basis of quality, but often because they simply didn’t suit the mood of the record. It was inevitable that dedicated fans and collectors would bootleg these recordings, and for many years, he was one of the most popular bootlegged artists, rivaling even Bob Dylan. Dylan released a box set of unreleased songs in 1991, paving the way for the long-overdue appearance of a similar Springsteen set, Tracks, in 1998. Spanning four discs, it isn’t entirely devoted to unreleased material – a few B-sides pop up here and there – nor is it truly definitive, since it misses a number of key outtakes, plus his original version of “Because the Night,” the sole hit for Patti Smith. Instead, the compilation is an unassuming sampling of what’s in the vaults, from his early acoustic demos to polished outtakes from Human Touch and Lucky Town. Along the way, there are a number of great songs – “Bishop Danced” is every bit as terrific as its legend, as are “Thundercrack,” “Give the Girl a Kiss,” “Hearts of Stone,” “Roulette,” and many others. Tracks merely offers fans an enjoyably sequenced selection of what was left behind. If the end result isn’t as revelatory as some may have expected (even the acoustic “Born in the U.S.A.,” powerful as it is, doesn’t sound any different than you may have imagined it), it’s because Springsteen is, at heart, a solid craftsman, not a blinding visionary like Dylan. That’s why Tracks is for the dedicated fan, where The Bootleg Series and The Basement Tapes are flat-out essential for rock fans.

CD1 #01 – Mary Queen of Arkansas
CD1 #02 – It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
CD1 #03 – Growin’ Up
CD1 #04 – Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street
CD1 #05 – Bishop Danced
CD1 #06 – Santa Ana
CD1 #07 – Seaside Bar Song
CD1 #08 – Zero and Blind Terry
CD1 #09 – Linda Let Me Be the One
CD1 #10 – Thundercrack
CD1 #11 – Rendezvous
CD1 #12 – Give the Girl a Kiss
CD1 #13 – Iceman
CD1 #14 – Bring on the Night
CD1 #15 – So Young and in Love
CD1 #16 – Hearts of Stone
CD1 #17 – Don’t Look Back

CD2 #01 – Restless Nights
CD2 #02 – A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh)
CD2 #03 – Roulette
CD2 #04 – Dollhouse
CD2 #05 – Where the Bands Are
CD2 #06 – Loose Ends
CD2 #07 – Living on the Edge of the World
CD2 #08 – Wages of Sin
CD2 #09 – Take ’em as They Come
CD2 #10 – Be True
CD2 #11 – Ricky Wants a Man of Her Own
CD2 #12 – I Wanna Be With You
CD2 #13 – Mary Lou
CD2 #14 – Stolen Car
CD2 #15 – Born in the U.S.A.
CD2 #16 – Johnny Bye-Bye
CD2 #17 – Shut Out the Light

CD3 #01 – Cynthia
CD3 #02 – My Love Will Not Let You Down
CD3 #03 – This Hard Land
CD3 #04 – Frankie
CD3 #05 – TV Movie
CD3 #06 – Stand on It
CD3 #07 – Lion’s Den
CD3 #08 – Car Wash
CD3 #09 – Rockaway the Days
CD3 #10 – Brothers Under the Bridges
CD3 #11 – Man at the Top
CD3 #12 – Pink Cadillac
CD3 #13 – Two for the Road
CD3 #14 – Janey Don’t You Lose Heart
CD3 #15 – When You Need Me
CD3 #16 – The Wish
CD3 #17 – The Honeymooners
CD3 #18 – Lucky Man

CD4 #01 – Leavin’ Train
CD4 #02 – Seven Angels
CD4 #03 – Gave It a Name
CD4 #04 – Sad Eyes
CD4 #05 – My Lover Man
CD4 #06 – Over the Rise
CD4 #07 – When the Lights Go Out
CD4 #08 – Loose Change
CD4 #09 – Trouble in Paradise
CD4 #10 – Happy
CD4 #11 – Part Man, Part Monkey
CD4 #12 – Goin’ Cali
CD4 #13 – Back in Your Arms
CD4 #14 – Brothers Under the Bridge