Friday, 12 October 2018

Bruce Springsteen - Complete Albums Collection, Volume One

Included in this long-awaited collection of remasters (some would say about time too) are:-

Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey (1973)
The Wild, The Innocent & The E St. Shuffle (1973)
Born To Run (1975)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
The River (1980)
Nebraska (1982)
Born In The USA (1984)

(To read in depth reviews if the individual albums, click on them)

All the albums have been remastered by veteran, and much respected, remastering engineer Bob Ludwig. Generally he has done his usual wonderful job, particularly on “Greetings”, “The Wild etc”, “Darkness” and “USA”. By his own admittance, there are flaws in the original recordings of “Born To Run” and “The River” that can never been corrected, no matter how many remasterings they undergo. They sound as good here as they have ever done, but there will always be a slightly dull, muffled sound on “Born To Run” that thankfully the brilliance of the music renders pretty much irrelevant, and a tinny, harsh, trebly sound to “The River”. It is is on this album that Ludwig has had his least success. That said, it still sounds much improved on what was originally, a spectacularly poor-sounding album.

The stark acoustic sound of “Nebraska” does not really need remastering. Its appeal lies in its raw, homemade sound. A remastering has made no real difference.

“Darkness On The Edge Of Town” is, for me the best remaster - big, punchy, bass and powerful. As it should be.

Regarding the music, I have reviewed the albums under their original listings. On this review I just wished to comment on the remasterings. They were in dire need of it and thankfully they have now been given what they fully deserve.


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