Greatest Hits (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band album)

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Greatest Hits
Cover of the American edition
Greatest hits album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Released January 13, 2009 (American edition)
June 1, 2009 (European edition)
Recorded 1972–1984, 2002–2007
Genre Rock
Length 53:08 (American edition)
79:03 (European edition)
Label Columbia
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band chronology
Magic Tour Highlights
(2008)
Greatest Hits
(2009)
Working on a Dream
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (American) 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic (European) 3.5/5 stars[2]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Greatest Hits is Bruce Springsteen's fifth compilation album, released as a limited edition first in the United States, Canada and Australia on January 13, 2009 exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers.[3]

History[edit]

The album is a collection of some of Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years. Springsteen released a similar Greatest Hits album in 1995. Unlike the previous release, this album is billed to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band," the first time Springsteen's backing band has been credited with a compilation release. As such, it contains no Springsteen material recorded between 1984 and 2002, during which period he did virtually no studio recording with the E Street Band.[4]

Springsteen's association with Wal-Mart drew puzzled reactions from the media, given the singer's longtime support for labor causes and the company's longtime anti-union actions.[5] Huffington Post writer Tony Sachs pronounced the release one of the "top five boneheaded music industry moves of 2008,"[6] while The Wall Street Journal wrote that it reflected the duality of "the liberal singer-songwriter and the commercial juggernaut recording artist."[7] Longtime Springsteen writer Charles R. Cross said that fans were now more accepting of such blatant commercial strategies given the overall slump in the music business.[7] Nevertheless, the release did draw criticism from some fans as well as from labor union activists and independent record store owners.[7][8] In response, Springsteen manager Jon Landau said, "[L]et's start with the premise that Bruce is already in Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has been 15% of our sales in recent years. It's not a question of going into Wal-Mart; we're there. They, and other retailers, are all looking for some way to differentiate themselves, and we try to accommodate each one. We're not doing any advertising for Wal-Mart. We haven't endorsed Wal-Mart or anybody else."[8] But then Springsteen himself, during publicity for his appearance at Super Bowl XLIII, admitted that they "dropped the ball" with the association with Wal-Mart, and attributed it to insufficient vetting due to too many activities going on.[9]

Track listings[edit]

Cover of the European alternate edition
  1. "Blinded by the Light – 5:03
  2. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" – 7:05
  3. "Born to Run" – 4:30
  4. "Thunder Road" – 4:48
    • (From the album Born to Run)
  5. "Badlands" – 4:03
  6. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" – 4:29
    • (From the album Darkness on the Edge of Town)
  7. "Hungry Heart" – 3:20
  8. "The River" – 5:01
    • (From the album The River.)
  9. "Born in the U.S.A." – 4:41
  10. "Glory Days" – 4:15
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  11. "Dancing in the Dark" – 4:03
    • (From the album Born in the U.S.A.)
  12. "The Rising" – 4:50
  13. "Lonesome Day" – 4:08
    • (From the album The Rising.)
  14. "Radio Nowhere" – 3:19
  15. "Long Walk Home" – 4:32
    • (From the album Magic)
  16. "Because the Night" – 5:20

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia[10] 17
Austria[11] 7
Belgium[12] 6
Canada[13] 21
Denmark[14] 3
Finland[15] 5
Germany[16] 25
Ireland[17] 2
Italy[18] 17
Netherlands[19] 4
Norway[20] 3
Spain[21] 6
Sweden[22] 1
Switzerland[23] 12
U.K.[24] 3
U.S. Billboard 200[25] 43

Personnel[edit]

The E Street Band[edit]

References[edit]