Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits

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Album Overview

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, with the latter being re-recorded here more than a decade later, and both subsequently became Springsteen concert staples. "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.


A1Born To Run4:30

Drums: Ernest Carter
Engineer: Louis Lahav
Keyboards: David Sancious
Mastered By: Greg Calbi
Producer: Mike Appel

A2Thunder Road4:48

Backing Vocals: Bruce Springsteen
Backing Vocals: Mike Appel
Backing Vocals: Steve Van Zandt
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Glockenspiel: Roy Bittan
Engineer, Mixed By: Jimmy Iovine
Mastered By: Greg Calbi
Producer: Mike Appel


Guitar [Lead]: Bruce Springsteen
Mastered By: Mike Reese
Mixed By: Chuck Plotkin
Mixed By: Jimmy Iovine
Recorded By: Jimmy Iovine

A4The River5:00

Mastered By: Ken Perry
Mixed By: Chuck Plotkin
Mixed By: Toby Scott
Recorded By: Neil Dorfsman

B1Hungry Heart3:20

Mastered By: Ken Perry
Recorded By: Neil Dorfsman

B2Atlantic City3:56

Mastered By: Dennis King
Other [Mastering Consultant]: Bob Ludwig
Other [Mastering Consultant]: Steve Marcussen

B3Dancing In The Dark
B4Born In The U.S.A.4:41

Piano, Glockenspiel: Danny Federici

B5My Hometown4:12
C1Glory Days3:49

Backing Vocals: Clarence Clemons
Backing Vocals: Garry Tallent
Backing Vocals: Max Weinberg
Glockenspiel: Danny Federici
Mandolin, Guitar [Harmony]: Steve Van Zandt

C2Brilliant Disguise4:15

Bass, Keyboards: Bruce Springsteen
Percussion: Max Weinberg

C3Human Touch5:10

Bass: Randy Jackson
Drums, Percussion: Jeff Porcaro
Harmony Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Producer, Keyboards: Roy Bittan

C4Better Days3:44

Backing Vocals: Lisa Lowell
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Bass: Randy Jackson
Drums: Gary Mallaber
Percussion, Keyboards: Bruce Springsteen

C5Streets Of Philadelphia3:16

Mastered By: Bernie Grundman
Performer: Bruce Springsteen

D1Secret Garden4:27

Keyboards: Danny Federici

D2Murder Incorporated3:57

Backing Vocals: Bruce Springsteen
Backing Vocals: Clarence Clemons
Backing Vocals: Danny Federici
Backing Vocals: Garry Tallent
Backing Vocals: Max Weinberg
Backing Vocals: Steve Van Zandt
Electric Guitar: Bruce Springsteen

D3Blood Brothers4:34

Percussion: Frank Pagano

D4This Hard Land4:51

Keyboards: Roy Bittan
Mandolin: Steve Van Zandt
Percussion: Frank Pagano

Critical Reception

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. 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. 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.

Track Listing

All songs written and composed by Bruce Springsteen.


Personnel (Tracks 15–18)

The E Street Band

  • Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer
  • Clarence Clemons – saxophone (15–17), percussion
  • Danny Federici – organ, synthesizer, accordion
  • Bruce Springsteen – guitar, vocals (harmonica on "This Hard Land" and "Blood Brothers")
  • Garry Tallent – bass guitar
  • Max Weinberg – drums
  • Steven Van Zandt – guitar on "Murder Incorporated," mandolin on "This Hard Land"
  • Nils Lofgren – guitar (15, 17, 18)
  • Patti Scialfa – vocals on "Secret Garden"
  • backing vocals ("Murder Incorporated") – all of the above except Nils Lofgren and Patti Scialfa

Additional musicians

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


Artwork By [Design]: Sandra Choron
Edited By [Mastering Sequence Editing]: Brian Lee
Engineer: Toby Scott
Management: Barbara Carr
Management: Jon Landau
Mastered By: Bob Ludwig
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By [Assistant Engineer]: Jay Militscher
Mixed By [Assistant Engineer]: Ryan Freeland
Mixed By [Assistant Engineer]: Tony Duino-Black
Music By: Bruce Springsteen
Photography [Cover]: Eric Meola
Photography [Inner]: Annie Leibovitz
Photography [Inner]: David Gahr
Photography [Inner]: David Rose
Photography [Inner]: Eric Meola
Photography [Inner]: Jim Marchese
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Chuck Plotkin
Producer: Jon Landau
Producer: Steve Van Zandt
Recorded By: Toby Scott
Recorded By [Assistant Engineer]: Carl Glanville
Recorded By [Assistant Engineer]: Peter Keppler
Remastered By: Bob Ludwig
Written-By: Bruce Springsteen


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