Friday, October 16, 2015

Bruce Springsteen to Release 4-CD/3-DVD Edition of "The River"

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Bruce Springsteen will release an enormous 4CD, 3DVD edition of his classic 1980 album The River in December.

The new edition will contain 52 tracks on four discs and four hours of never before seen video across three DVDs.

The CDs will include the original The River double album, the first release of The River single disc, a CD of 1979 and 1980 outtakes, a 2-DVD never before released film and a brand new documentary The Ties That Bind about the making of The River.

"The River single album is the unreleased intended follow-up to Darkness On The Edge of Town. The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio,” he wrote in the lyrics/photo book Songs.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection 4CD/3DVD Box Set is out December 4th, 2015.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection Track List:

CD 1 (The River – Record One)

  • The Ties That Bind
  • Sherry Darling
  • Jackson Cage
  • Two Hearts
  • Independence Day
  • Hungry Heart
  • Out In The Street
  • Crush On You
  • You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
  • I Wanna Marry You
  • The River
CD 2 (The River – Record Two)
  • Point Blank
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • I’m A Rocker
  • Fade Away
  • Stolen Car
  • Ramrod
  • The Price You Pay
  • Drive All Night
  • Wreck On The Highway
CD 3 (The River: Single Album)
  • The Ties That Bind
  • Cindy
  • Hungry Heart
  • Stolen Car (Vs. 1)
  • Be True
  • The River
  • You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (Vs. 1)
  • The Price You Pay
  • I Wanna Marry You
  • Loose End
CD 4 (The River: Outtakes)
  • Meet Me in the City
  • The Man Who Got Away
  • Little White Lies
  • The Time That Never Was
  • Night Fire
  • Whitetown
  • Chain Lightning
  • Party Lights
  • Paradise By The “C”
  • Stray Bullet
  • Mr. Outside
  • Roulette
  • Restless Nights
  • Where The Bands Are
  • Dollhouse
  • Living On The Edge Of The World
  • Take ’em As They Come
  • Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own
  • I Wanna Be With You
  • Mary Lou
  • Held Up Without a Gun
  • From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)
  • The Ties That Bind (Documentary)
DVD 2 (The River Tour, Tempe 1980) - Concert – Part 1
  • Born to Run
  • Prove It All Night
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
  • Jackson Cage
  • Two Hearts
  • The Promised Land
  • Out in the Street
  • The River
  • Badlands
  • Thunder Road
  • No Money Down
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Hungry Heart
  • Fire
  • Sherry Darling
  • I Wanna Marry You
  • Crush on You
  • Ramrod
  • You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
DVD 3 (The River Tour, Tempe 1980) - Concert – Part 2
  • Drive All Night
  • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
  • I’m A Rocker
  • Jungleland
  • Detroit Medley
  • Where The Bands Are (Credits)
  • Ramrod (The River Tour Rehearsals)
  • Cadillac Ranch (The River Tour Rehearsals)
  • Fire (The River Tour Rehearsals)
  • Crush On You (The River Tour Rehearsals)
  • Sherry Darling (The River Tour Rehearsals)
Complete information from Sony Music
Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ on December 4th. A comprehensive look at ‘The River’ era, the set contains 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 rumored 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,’ Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. In his notes, Gilmore calls ‘The River’ Springsteen’s “pivotal album—[the] hinge between the ambitious commotions that had preceded it and the more succinct musical riots, and sometimes terrifying storytelling, that followed.”

‘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. “The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio,” he wrote in the lyrics/photo book “Songs.” The early sessions marked the beginning of a prolific 18-month long journey of writing and recording. Seven of the 10 titles on ‘The River: Single Album’ eventually appeared 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. Now for the first time ‘The River: Single Album’ will be officially available.

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 Ties That Bind” is a brand new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom 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 Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is packaged in a 10” x 12” box with a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs — most of which have never been seen before — plus pages from Springsteen’s notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album.