76 Songs, 5 Hours 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bruce Springsteen’s first seven albums have never sounded this amazing before. Well, Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town were remastered to these heights when their anniversary editions were released, but never has The River sounded this complete. Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s longtime engineer Toby Scott remastered these albums from the original analog masters using the Plangent Process playback system; that removed the tape flutter to deliver the actual sounds made in the studio. The mixes remain the same, but the clarity of Greetings and Born in the U.S.A. makes this release a revelation.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Bruce Springsteen’s first seven albums have never sounded this amazing before. Well, Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town were remastered to these heights when their anniversary editions were released, but never has The River sounded this complete. Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s longtime engineer Toby Scott remastered these albums from the original analog masters using the Plangent Process playback system; that removed the tape flutter to deliver the actual sounds made in the studio. The mixes remain the same, but the clarity of Greetings and Born in the U.S.A. makes this release a revelation.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Jerry21411 ,

People are just dumb

Some reviews in here are saying "same old songs". "We already have these songs" "No Philadelphila" "These songs are on Essential" Really? PEOPLE THESE ARE BRUCE'S FIRST 7 ALBUMS REMASTERED!!! Of course no Philadelphia. And only a few are these are on essential. Only Born to Run and Darkness have been remastered in the past. The only 5 have not been. So if you love Bruce and want to hear these great songs crisp and clear, you need to buy this!!!

Shantyman88 ,

Metadata issues

I am quite disappointed that the metadata of the remastered albums is incorrect. They should be tagged as individual albums, not as part of a monolithic box set. I want to listen to Born in the USA, not disc 7. I hope this is addressed.

Alternative Jazz music Group ,

The Remaster Treatment Vol 1 1973-1984

I've read many of the reviews and it seems that everyone has a different opinion. So it's safe to say that what one person hears is not the same as another and therefore is totally subjective. You'll hear terms thrown around like compressed, warmth, punchier, EQ, dynamic range, etc. What does this all mean for the average fan that simply enjoys listening to good music? Fans, who have submitted reviews, have listened on their computer, expensive equipment, headphones, etc. The place where I usually crank up the stereo and enjoy listening to music is in my car. 4 speakers work well for me and I have it loud enough where road noise doesn't really factor in. I do listen to music on my stereo at home, but listening in my car is the real acid test.

GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, NJ and THE WILD, THE INNOCENT AND THE ESTREET SHUFFLE - Compared to the Austrian and Japanese imports, the newly remastered versions are louder, fuller and such a pleasure to listen to. Bob Ludwig, Toby Scott and Bruce Springsteen hit a homerun with these! I never noticed this before, but on Incident On 57th Street after Bruce sings "Spanish Johnny drove in..." there's the sound of a car driving by. It was very subtle, but I repeated it a few times to make sure I wasn't hearing things and wow there it was! Spanish Johnny's car! Other parts of the songs sounded different too and I'm sure the listener will hear sounds that are now more present. My favorite song on Greetings "For You" never sounded better!

BORN TO RUN - Compared to the original BTR CD release the remaster packs a punch! The wall-to-wall sound is now heard with it's full potential. Although I still enjoy the original pressing, the remaster is the one I'll be listening to for now on. While the new BTR utilizes the Plangent Process playback system compared to the 2005 deluxe version, there may only be subtle differences. To my ears Born To Run in any configuration will always be a winner!

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN - Compared to the original U.S. release and the Japanese and Austrian imports, I have mixed feelings. While the sound is definitely louder, it's also a little boomy in some spots. It's not bad, just different. The piano intro on Racing In The Street is upfront. But the trade off is that tape hiss is also accentuated. The same tape hiss can be heard on the 2010 remaster. I turned up the volume at the same spot on my others versions and the tape hiss is hardly noticeable. Darkness would have benefited from taking the extra mile of remixing along with remastering. Bob Dylan's "Street Legal" album was given such treatment and the results were astonishing. If a decision is ever made (hint, hint) to go back to the source tapes and remix the whole thing, I for one would love to hear it. If other fans are on board for this I would love to see your comments. Overall, I like the remaster over the original, because the sound now has more depth.

THE RIVER - I whole-heartedly agree with the majority of reviewers that it yielded the greatest improvement in its new remastered state of greatness. The music comes alive and it's so much fun to listen to. This is how it was always meant to sound like! This one gets a big smiley face.

NEBRASKA - Making a side by side comparison and turning the volume up for the non-remastered release, I found that the original release is actually cleaner with less tape hiss. Anyone stating that the new remaster is hiss free is not really listening closely enough. The music is definitely much more upfront with some EQ (equalization) added, but at the same time tape hiss is more obvious. Considering that this was essentially a home demo, recorded on a Teac Tascam 144 four-track cassette recorder, there was only so much that could be done to make a dramatic difference. Compared to the 2005 Japanese release, it is just a bit louder, but not by much. It's a toss up and a matter of personal preference. In any case Nebraska is essential for every Bruce fan.

BORN IN THE U.S.A. - While I know longer have my original silver U.S. release, this is a big improvement over my Australian version. It EXPLODES with a much fuller sound and is a blast hearing it loud and clear. Max Weinberg's drums are incredible! The title track really stands out now! Love it!

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