Chimes of Freedom (EP)

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Chimes of Freedom
Chimes of Freedom (Bruce Springsteen album - cover art).jpg
EP by Bruce Springsteen
Released August 1988
Recorded March–July 1988
Genre Rock
Length 24:11
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin
Bruce Springsteen chronology
Tunnel of Love
(1987)Tunnel of Love1987
Chimes of Freedom
Human Touch
(1992)Human Touch1992
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band chronology
Tunnel of Love
(1987) Tunnel of Love1987
Chimes of Freedom
(1988) Chimes of Freedom1988
Greatest Hits
(1995) Greatest Hits1995
Alternative covers
US reissue cover
US reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice B−[2]

Chimes of Freedom is a 1988 live Bruce Springsteen EP. It was released to support the multi-artist Human Rights Now! Tour in benefit of Amnesty International. This tour was announced near the end of a first set radio broadcast during Springsteen's July 3, 1988 show in Stockholm, Sweden, after which Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" was performed. The performance of "Chimes of Freedom" on this EP peaked at number 16 on the Mainstream Rock charts in mid-late 1988.

The other tracks were also recorded on earlier American stops of Springsteen and the E Street Band's 1988 Tunnel of Love Express Tour that also featured The Miami Horns. Most notable is the slowed-down acoustic rendition of "Born to Run", one of several surprises to fans on that tour. "Be True" was originally released as a studio recording on a vinyl single as the B-side to "Sherry Darling" in 1980, and featured prominently as the second or third song of the shows.

In the original vinyl and cassette release, all tracks were at full length, while on compact disc (CD) "Chimes of Freedom" and "Tougher Than The Rest" were edited for length. The format used was the 3-inch CD single, which limited the length that could be used.

When re-released in the full size 5-inch CD, the edited versions remained. Some later CD re-issues have restored it to full length, as well as the version released to iTunes

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bruce Springsteen, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tougher Than the Rest" (Recorded April 27, 1988 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)   6:39
2. "Be True" (Recorded March 28, 1988 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit)   4:48
3. "Chimes of Freedom" (Recorded July 3, 1988 at Stockholms Olympiastadion) Bob Dylan 7:21
4. "Born to Run" (Recorded April 27, 1988 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)   5:23



  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Village Voice review". Retrieved 2010-11-02.