The Album Collection:1973-1984, Vol. 1

The Album Collection:1973-1984, Vol. 1

by Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen


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Of all the major rock artists, Bruce Springsteen is the one whose catalog lay in a state of digital disrepair for the longest (Prince is the only conceivable rival for this title). Apart from Born to Run, which has been subjected to several anniversary reissues and audiophile releases, and Darkness on the Edge of Town, none of his first seven albums saw a sonic upgrade during the CD boom of the '80s and '90s. The Album Collection, Vol. 1 rights that longstanding wrong by offering fresh remasters of every album released between 1973's Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and 1984's Born in the U.S.A., including brand-new remasters for both Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town, presenting all seven titles as paper-sleeve mini-LPs with replicated artwork. Supervised by Bob Ludwig, the albums underwent a remastering technique called the Plangent Process and the difference between the original CDs and the 2014 editions is startling: these are filled with color and life. Naturally, the difference is especially vivid on records that have been neglected over the decades: Greetings surges with wild-eyed, open-hearted optimism, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle feels randy and robust, The River contains muscle and gravity, Born in the U.S.A. packs a wallop, and even Nebraska, a record made at home on a four-track, enjoys a clarity that doesn't sacrifice its essence. The new masters of Born to Run and Darkness are also rich but are only subtle improvements on the previous remasters; the reason to get the set is the other five records, which are finally given the treatment they deserve. Accompanying these superb remasters is a 60-page, high-gloss booklet that contains no original notes but has plenty of good press clips, photos, charts, and ads that capture Springsteen's first decade of recording. It's the icing on the cake on what's a necessary set. [The vinyl edition of The Album Collection, Vol. 1 has been mastered from 24-bit digital masters, not analog tapes.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2014
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750141422
catalogNumber: 501414

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Conga,Electric Guitar,Recorder,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass,Upright Bass
David Sanborn   Baritone Saxophone
David Sancious   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Soloist
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Mike Appel   Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Richard Blackwell   Percussion,Conga
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Calello   Conductor
Danny Federici   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals
Ruth Jackson   Background Vocals
Howard Kaylan   Background Vocals
Bamba   Background Vocals
Garry Tallent   Bass,Tuba,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Albee Tellone   Baritone Saxophone
Mark Volman   Background Vocals
Max Weinberg   Drums,Background Vocals
Harold Wheeler   Piano
Suki Lahav   Violin
Steve Van Zandt   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ernest "Boom" Carter   Drums
Vincent "Loper" Lopez   Drums
Clarence "Nick" Clemons   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Horn Arrangements
David Sancious   String Arrangements
Mike Appel   Producer
Charles Calello   String Arrangements
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Louis Lahav   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer,Liner Notes,Management
Bob Ludwig   Mastering Consultant
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Jim Cretecos   Producer
Jack Ashkinazy   Remixing
John Berg   Cover Design
Fred Lombardi   Back Cover Photo
Jimmy Wachtel   Art Direction
Eric Meola   Cover Photo
Andrea Klein   Art Direction
Frank Stefanko   Cover Photo
George Travis   Producer
Mike Batlin   Engineer
Jim Bauerlein   Digital Operations
Steve Van Zandt   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Steve Marcussen   Mastering Consultant
Bob Chimside   Logistics

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