- Vinyl (14 January 2014)
- Original Release Date: 17 January 2014
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: COLUMBIA RECORDS
- ASIN: B00GV38O44
- Customer Reviews: 963 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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'High Hopes' finds Bruce Springsteen in a number of different musical settings, and includes the E Street Band members in various large and small combinations as well as guitarist Tom Morello on eight tracks. Besides Morello, the album also includes appearances on several songs by Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, on what Springsteen calls "some of our best unreleased material from the past decade." The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen's 18th studio album. As Bruce writes in the albums liner notes, "I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording."
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double? I presume its down to the length of the album and that squeezing all the tracks on to a single album would reduce sound quality? Who knows? HOWEVER... who the hell is in charge of quality control in the pressing factory? The crap on this vinyl, brand new and sealed, is disgusting! I have bought 30 year old albums from charity shops which were cleaner than this record. Crackles and fluff from the start. So bad in a number of places that the stylus actually skipped! I had to lift the stylus after every second track to clean and brush the fluff off! I am of a mind to return his record just to make the point! 10 out of 5 stars for the music. Bugger all stars for the lackadaisical approach of the factory.
Quick update... after running the two discs through my Knosti Anti-stat cleaning machine it played perfectly. Had the same trouble with a number of NEW vinyls and solved in the same way. What's with you vinyl record makes? Please get your acts together!!!
I saw Bruce and the band on the original Born in the U.S.A. tour at Wembley in July 1985 and it may just be the best live gig I've ever seen; watching the DVD of the concert from the Olympic Park brought back many happy memories of that summers night. If you have been less than impressed by Bruce's recent work this DVD will show you why he is still the Boss live.
The DVD features all the tracks from the Born in the U.S.A. album in track running order and played by as many of the classic E Street Band as are still with us. The line up includes:
The E Street Band:
* Bruce Springsteen - lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica
* Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer
* Charles Giordano - organ, background vocals (replaces the late Danny Federici)
* Nils Lofgren - rhythm guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals
* Garry Tallent - bass guitar, background vocals
* Soozie Tyrell - violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, background vocals
* Steven Van Zandt - rhythm guitar, lead guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitar, background vocals,
* Max Weinberg - drums
The E Street Horns:
* Jake Clemons - saxophone, percussion, background vocals (nephew of the late Clarence)
* Barry Danielian - trumpet, percussion
* Clark Gayton - trombone, tuba, percussion
* Eddie Manion - saxophone, percussion
* Curt Ramm - trumpet, percussion
The E Street Choir:
* Curtis King - background vocals, tambourine
* Cindy Mizelle - background vocals, tambourine
* Michelle Moore - background vocals, rapping on Rocky Ground
* Everett Bradley - percussion, background vocals
* Adele Springsteen (Bruce's mum comes on stage for "Dancing in the Dark")
* Pamela Springsteen (Bruce's sister sings on "Dancing in the Dark")
If you were at the 2013 concert you've probably bought this already - if you weren't there but like classic Bruce and the E Street Band then buy this limited edition version of High Hopes while it is still available. Five stars for the DVD alone - I'm just sorry I wasn't there myself!
Coming fairly sprightly after the superb (my opinion, natch) "Wrecking Ball" my initial thought was....."Oh, he's doing another "......Sunny Day" "quikie" release", BUT purchased anyway. Listened, AND (must say) thoroughly enjoyed and continue to do so - practically daily. I knew he has always been a prodigious writer, so wasn't wary of the quality, but WOW!!! The New Songs are just fresh and superb ("Harry's Place" is a stunner), with the Familiar Songs given a totally new kick and lease of life that just shine ("41 Shots" and "Tom Joad") which Bruce has recognised are thanks to his new "Muse" the mighty Tom Morello who puts in just outstanding work here. Literally blistering guitar-work - that just (well) WORKS!!!! So, once again, hat off to The Boss - THANK YOU!!!!!
From first track (the rousing version of "High Hopes") all the way through to the emotive "Dream Baby Dream", this album has got something for everyone. Even Track 7 - "Frankie fell in Love" harks back to some of Bruce's best tongue in cheek stuff from the 80's.
All in all - Just go buy it. It's very good.
The other superbedition to this CD is the Born In The USA live CD recorded in full at The Olympic Park, London. Such a great DVD, clear and crisp sound...........this is a must CD/DVD for any good music fan and especially for a Bruce fan.
Also really pleased I got the bonus DVD edition - can't get enough of seeing E Street concert footage!
The DVD on the other hand, of his live performance in London in 2013, demonstrates what the Boss is all about. All popular songs performed enthusiastically in front of a massive crowd. I have seen him live twice, and would have loved to be at this concert!
Sounds fantastic in the car on a memory stick but boy does the vinyl really hit the spot through the tv surround sound to which my turntable is linked. Vinyl more expensive but nostalgia and modern technology make a great sound.
MC. Woodhall Spa.