Greatest Hits (Bruce Springsteen album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Bruce Springsteen
Released February 27, 1995
Recorded 1974–1995
Genre Rock
Length 76:35
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, Jon Landau, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck Plotkin, Roy Bittan
Bruce Springsteen chronology
In Concert/MTV Plugged
(1993)
Greatest Hits
(1995)
The Ghost of Tom Joad
(1995)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band chronology
Chimes of Freedom
(1988)
Greatest Hits
(1995)
Blood Brothers
(1996)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Murder Incorporated"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Secret Garden"
    Released: April 11, 1995
  3. "Hungry Heart '95"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone (Unfavorable)[3]

Greatest Hits is Bruce Springsteen's first compilation album, released February 27, 1995 on Columbia Records. It is a collection of some of Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years and four extra numbers at the end, mostly recorded with the E Street Band in 1995. The latter constituted Springsteen's first (albeit very partial) release with his backing band since the late 1980s. Some of the songs are shorter versions of the original album releases.

The incorporation of the "new" tracks was portrayed in the 1996 documentary Blood Brothers. "Murder Incorporated" and "This Hard Land" were, in fact, unused 1982 songs from the Born in the U.S.A. sessions[citation needed], with the latter being re-recorded here more than a decade later, and both subsequently became Springsteen concert staples.[4] "Blood Brothers", on the other hand, was played only as the final closing song of both the 1999-2000 Reunion Tour and 2002-2003 Rising Tour, both times with an extra verse added. "Secret Garden" achieved notoriety via the soundtrack of the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. Alternate versions of several of these new tracks were released on the 1996 Blood Brothers EP.

The compilation was commercially successful, hitting the peaks of the U.S. album chart and UK Album Chart and selling more than four million copies in the U.S.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The reception by music critics of Greatest Hits was rather negative upon the album's release, as were more contemporary reviews. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly felt that the album was released when it was because the Grammy Awards were coming up and "Streets of Philadelphia" was up for five awards and that the songs on the album were selected because of charting success which means that several important songs were overlooked. He also felt that "Murder Incorporated" was the only good new song on the album and that overall the album felt as if Bruce did not believe in himself any more.[2] The Rolling Stone review of the album by Parke Puterbaugh was rather unfavorable, which is surprising as most of Springsteen's albums were praised by the magazine. Parke felt that the songs on the collection belonged on their original LP releases, that songs from before Born to Run should have been included and that the new songs weren't that good.[3] A more contemporary review by Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine was also unfavorable, saying that a lot of Bruce's hits and popular album tracks were missing, that "Murder Incorporated" was better than the other new songs, and that The Essential Bruce Springsteen was much better than Greatest Hits.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bruce Springsteen

No. Title Original album (year) Length
1. "Born to Run"   Born to Run (1975) 4:30
2. "Thunder Road"   Born to Run (1975) 4:48
3. "Badlands"   Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) 4:03
4. "The River"   The River (1980) 5:00
5. "Hungry Heart"   The River (1980) 3:20
6. "Atlantic City"   Nebraska (1982) 3:56
7. "Dancing in the Dark"   Born in the U.S.A. (1984) 4:03
8. "Born in the U.S.A."   Born in the U.S.A. (1984) 4:41
9. "My Hometown" (early fade edit) Born in the U.S.A. (1984) 4:12
10. "Glory Days" (early fade edit) Born in the U.S.A. (1984) 3:49
11. "Brilliant Disguise"   Tunnel of Love (1987) 4:15
12. "Human Touch" (edit) Human Touch (1992) 5:10
13. "Better Days"   Lucky Town (1992) 3:44
14. "Streets of Philadelphia" (single edit) Philadelphia soundtrack (1994) 3:16
15. "Secret Garden"   Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City[citation needed] 4:27
16. "Murder Incorporated"   Recorded at The Power Station in April/May 1982 3:57
17. "Blood Brothers"   Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City 4:34
18. "This Hard Land"   Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City 4:50

Personnel (Tracks 15–18)[edit]

The E Street Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Frank Pagano – percussion on "Blood Brothers" and "This Hard Land"

Production[edit]

  • Produced by: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau & Chuck Plotkin (and by Steven Van Zandt on "Murder Incorporated")
  • Recorded by: Toby Scott
  • Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain
  • Mastered by: Bob Ludwig
  • Assistant Engineers: Carl Glanville, Pete Keppler, Ryan Freeland, Jay Militscher & Tony Duino-Black
  • Sequence Editing: Brian Lee
  • Recorded at The Hit Factory

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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