The Essential Bruce Springsteen

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The Essential Bruce Springsteen
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Greatest hits album by Bruce Springsteen
Released November 11, 2003
Recorded 1972–2002
Genre Rock, folk rock, heartland rock, roots rock[1]
Length 2:33:23
3:20:45 (Reissue)
Label Columbia/Legacy
Bruce Springsteen chronology
The Rising
(2002)
The Essential Bruce Springsteen
(2003)
Devils & Dust
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[2]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[3]
PopMatters (positive)[4]

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album by Bruce Springsteen, released November 11, 2003. The collection is part of a series of Essential sets released by Sony BMG (previously Sony Music Entertainment). It includes songs from various Springsteen albums and concerts up to the year 2003.

The third disc includes previously unreleased cuts, B-sides, contributions to soundtracks and benefit albums, covers, and an alternate, "country-blues" acoustic version of "Countin' on a Miracle" from The Rising.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart on November 29, 2003, at number 14, with sales of 90,000 copies. It spent 13 weeks on the chart. The album was awarded gold and platinum records on December 16, 2003, by the RIAA, and has sold 1,079,000 copies in the USA. as of August 2013.[5] The Essential Bruce Springsteen also reached #15 on the UK Albums Chart in 2013. The album was re-released with an updated track list in October 2015.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received general acclaim from fans and music critics, who appreciated its captivation of Springsteen's most recognizable hits throughout his career and called it "a better compilation album than Greatest Hits", which was released in 1995.[1][2]

Track listings[edit]

2003 Title Original album Length 2015
Growin' Up Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, 1973 3:05 disc 1, track 1
disc 1, track 1 Blinded by the Light Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ 5:04
disc 1, track 2 For You Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ 4:40
disc 1, track 3 Spirit in the Night Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ 5:00
disc 1, track 4 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, 1973 5:37 disc 1, track 3
disc 1, track 5 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle 7:04 disc 1, track 2
disc 1, track 6 Thunder Road Born to Run, 1975 4:51 disc 1, track 4
disc 1, track 7 Born to Run Born to Run 4:33 disc 1, track 5
disc 1, track 8 Jungleland Born to Run 9:36
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out Born to Run 3:11 disc 1, track 6
disc 1, track 9 Badlands Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978 4:05 disc 1, track 7
disc 1, track 10 Darkness on the Edge of Town Darkness on the Edge of Town 4:31
disc 1, track 11 The Promised Land Darkness on the Edge of Town 4:31 disc 1, track 8
Prove It All Night Darkness On The Edge Of Town 3:56 disc 1, track 9
disc 1, track 12 The River The River, 1980 5:01 disc 1, track 10
disc 1, track 13 Hungry Heart The River 3:21 disc 1, track 11
The Ties That Bind The River 3:34 disc 1, track 12
Out in the Street The River 4:17 disc 1, track 13
disc 1, track 14 Nebraska Nebraska, 1982 4:30
disc 1, track 15 Atlantic City Nebraska 3:57 disc 1, track 14
Johnny 99 Nebraska 3:44 disc 1, track 15
disc 2, track 1 Born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A., 1984 4:42 disc 1, track 17
disc 2, track 2 Glory Days Born in the U.S.A. 4:17 disc 1, track 16
disc 2, track 3 Dancing in the Dark Born in the U.S.A. 4:04 disc 1, track 18
disc 2, track 4 Tunnel of Love Tunnel of Love, 1987 5:13
Tougher Than The Rest Tunnel of Love 4:16 disc 2, track 1
disc 2, track 5 Brilliant Disguise Tunnel of Love 4:16 disc 2, track 2
One Step Up Tunnel of Love 4:22 disc 2, track 3
disc 2, track 6 Human Touch Human Touch, 1992 6:31 disc 2, track 4
disc 2, track 7 Living Proof Lucky Town, 1992 4:48
disc 2, track 8 Lucky Town Lucky Town 3:29
Better Days Lucky Town 4:08 disc 2, track 5
If I Should Fall Behind Lucky Town 2:57 disc 2, track 6
disc 2, track 9 Streets of Philadelphia Philadelphia soundtrack and Greatest Hits, 1994/1995 3:18 disc 2, track 7
Murder Incorporated Greatest Hits 3:18 disc 2, track 8
disc 2, track 10 The Ghost of Tom Joad The Ghost of Tom Joad, 1995 4:24 disc 2, track 9
disc 2, track 11 The Rising The Rising, 2002 4:47 disc 2, track 10
disc 2, track 12 Mary's Place The Rising 6:01
disc 2, track 13 Lonesome Day The Rising 4:05 disc 2, track 11
disc 2, track 14 American Skin (41 Shots) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City, 2001 7:53
disc 2, track 15 Land of Hope and Dreams Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City 9:22
Devils and Dust Devils and Dust, 2005 4:58 disc 2, track 12
Long Time Comin' Devils and Dust 4:17 disc 2, track 13
Radio Nowhere Magic, 2007 3:19 disc 2, track 14
Working On A Dream Working On A Dream, 2009 3:30 disc 2, track 15
My Lucky Day Working On A Dream 4:10 disc 2, track 16
The Wrestler Working On A Dream 3:50 disc 2, track 17
We Take Care of Our Own Wrecking Ball, 2012 3:54 disc 2, track 18
Hunter of Invisible Game High Hopes, 2014 4:42 disc 2, track 19

2003 bonus disc[edit]

Disc three (Limited Edition bonus disc)
No. Title Notes Length
1. "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)"   The River outtake 2:42
2. "The Big Payback"   Nebraska outtake; B-side to "Open All Night" single 1:59
3. "Held Up Without a Gun" (Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, December 31, 1980) Live version of song which was the B-side of "Hungry Heart" 1:21
4. "Trapped" (Live at Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, August 6, 1984) We Are the World, 1985 5:10
5. "None But the Brave"   Born in the U.S.A. outtake 5:35
6. "Missing"   The Crossing Guard soundtrack, 1995 5:04
7. "Lift Me Up"   Limbo soundtrack, 1999 5:16
8. "Viva Las Vegas"   The Last Temptation of Elvis, 1993 3:10
9. "County Fair"   Born in the U.S.A. outtake 4:51
10. "Code of Silence" (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, Manhattan, New York, June 29, 2000) Recorded live during the Reunion Tour 4:33
11. "Dead Man Walkin'"   Dead Man Walking soundtrack, 1996 2:44
12. "Countin' on a Miracle" (Acoustic version) Originally from The Rising 5:01
Total length:
47:26

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[6] 43
Austrian Top 75 Albums[7] 12
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[8] 19
Finnish Top 50 Albums[9] 14
French Compilations[10] 21
Irish Top 75 Albums[11] 5
Italian Top 20 Albums[12] 8
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[13] 22
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[14] 4
Portuguese Top 30 Albums[15] 13
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 2
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 35
UK Albums Chart[18] 28
US Billboard 200[19] 14
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[20] 84
Danish Top 40 Albums[21] 17
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Spanish Top 100 Albums[22] 77
Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Catalog Albums[19] 13
Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[23] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[24] Platinum 40,000*
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 2x Platinum 1,079,000[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Browne, David (November 21, 2003). "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential Bruce Springsteen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2003-11-21. 
  4. ^ Kalet, Hank (January 13, 2003). "Bruce Springsteen : The Essential Bruce Springsteen". PopMatters. Retrieved 2003-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b Paul Grein (August 7, 2013). "Week Ending Aug. 4, 2013. Albums: Robin Thicke, Call Katy Perry". Yahoo Chart Watch. 
  6. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
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  9. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Search for "Bruce SPRINGSTEEN" on the drop-down menu to see results.
  11. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 13 November 2003" (JSP). GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Italian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Portuguese Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 22nd November 2003". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
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  20. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Danish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Bruce Springsteen – The Essential (Album)" (ASP). Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 22nd June 2013". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – The Essential" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  25. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – The Essential Bruce Springsteen". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 14, 2013.  Enter The Essential Bruce Springsteen in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  27. ^ "American album certifications – Springsteen, Bruce – The Essential Bruce Springsteen". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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