Bruce Springsteen - Tracks

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Tracks is a four-disc box set by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1998 containing 66 songs. This box set mostly consists of never-before-released songs recorded during the sessions for his many albums, but also includes a number of single B-sides, as well as demos and alternate versions of already-released material.


Disc 1
1-01Mary Queen Of Arkansas (Demo Version)4:28
1-02It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City (Demo Version)2:53
1-03Growin' Up (Demo Version)2:40
1-04Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? (Demo Version)2:01
1-05Bishop Danced (Live At Max's Kansas City)4:23
1-06Santa Ana4:38
1-07Seaside Bar Song3:34

Producer: Jim Cretecos
Producer: Mike Appel

1-08Zero And Blind Terry5:57
1-09Linda Let Me Be The One4:26
1-12Give The Girl A Kiss3:54
1-14Bring On The Night2:38
1-15So Young And In Love3:50
1-16Hearts Of Stone4:30

Horns: The Miami Horns

1-17Don't Look Back3:02
Disc 2
2-01Restless Nights3:45
2-02A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Pittsburgh)3:18
2-05Where The Bands Are3:46
2-06Loose Ends4:02
2-07Living On The Edge Of The World4:20
2-08Wages Of Sin4:53
2-09Take 'Em As They Come4:30
2-10Be True (B-Side To "Fade Away")3:42

Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Jon Landau
Producer: Steve Van Zandt

2-11Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own2:46
2-12I Wanna Be With You3:24
2-13Mary Lou3:22
2-14Stolen Car4:28
2-15Born In The U.S.A.3:14

Recorded By: Mike Batlan

2-16Johnny Bye-Bye1:50

Written-By: Bruce Springsteen
Written-By: Chuck Berry

2-17Shut Out The Light (B-Side To "Born In The U.S.A.")3:55

Violin: Soozie Tyrell

Disc 3
3-02My Love Will Not Let You Down4:26
3-03This Hard Land4:49
3-05TV Movie2:47
3-06Stand On It (B-Side To "Glory Days")3:06
3-07Lion's Den2:19
3-08Car Wash2:07
3-09Rockaway The Days4:43
3-10Brothers Under The Bridges ('83)5:08
3-11Man At The Top3:21
3-12Pink Cadillac (B-Side To "Dancing In The Dark")3:38
3-13Two For The Road (B-Side To "Tunnel Of Love")2:00
3-14Janey Don't You Lose Heart (B-Side To "I'm Going Down")3:27

Guitar, Backing Vocals: Nils Lofgren

3-15When You Need Me2:58
3-16The Wish5:17
3-17The Honeymooners2:08
3-18Lucky Man (B-Side To "Brilliant Disguise")3:34
Disc 4
4-01Leavin' Train4:06

Organ: Ian McLagan

4-02Seven Angels3:28

Drums: Shawn Pelton

4-03Gave It A Name2:49
4-04Sad Eyes3:51

Percussion: Michael Fisher

4-05My Lover Man3:59
4-06Over The Rise2:41
4-07When The Lights Go Out3:07
4-08Loose Change4:21
4-09Trouble In Paradise4:41

Written-By: Bruce Springsteen
Written-By: Roy Bittan


Drums: Shawn Pelton

4-11Part Man, Part Monkey4:31

Drums: Omar Hakim

4-12Goin' Cali3:01
4-13Back In Your Arms4:39
4-14Brothers Under The Bridge5:03


The project began in early 1998, when Springsteen and his chief recording engineer, Toby Scott, began going through his massive collection of unreleased songs. Springsteen had been known as a very prolific songwriter (Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Born in the U.S.A. each had more than 50 songs written for them), and by 1998 the number of unreleased songs was up to more than 350- 3/4 of all his recorded material.

Although the idea of simply releasing the rough demos of the songs was kicked around, Springsteen eventually decided to mix them properly. Springsteen, Scott, and three sets of engineers spent most of 1998 going through his massive song library, mixing songs and picking out the best of the unreleased material. Sometimes, a song would need extra parts added on, such as in the case of "Thundercrack", a song dating back to 1973. Springsteen called in then-former bandmates Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, along with original drummer Vini Lopez to fill in the missing pieces.

By July, 100 songs (six CD's worth) had been selected as the songs for the boxset, and it was being prepared for commercial release. However, Springsteen eventually decided to cut the number to 66, leaving a total of 4 CDs. The project was completed in mid-September 1998, and was released two months later.

Even though the original intention was to cover material from all aspects of Bruce's career, acoustic demos from 1972 (such as "Arabian Nights", "Jazz Musician", and "Visitation at Fort Horn") were not available for release, due to ongoing court proceedings surrounding the songs (concerning the attempted release of these songs by a different, European based label in 1993). Songs from the "Electric Nebraska" sessions, as well as songs from an unreleased 1994 album, were also missing.

The songs came from varying backgrounds:

  • "Roulette", "Be True", "Pink Cadillac", "Johnny Bye Bye", "Shut Out the Light", "Stand On It", "Janey Don't You Lose Heart", "Lucky Man", "Two For the Road", and "Part Man, Part Monkey" were all B-sides to singles. However, the take of "Stand On It" included on "Tracks" is a previously unknown alternate version that features an extra verse and a fully finished ending (as opposed to the fade-out on the original B-side).
  • "Bishop Danced", "Santa Ana", "Seaside Bar Song", "Zero and Blind Terry", "Thundercrack", "Rendezvous", "So Young and in Love", "Man at the Top", "The Wish", "When the Lights Go Out", and "Brothers Under the Bridge" were all known from previous live performances.
  • "Hearts of Stone" was previously recorded by Southside Johnny.
  • A rerecorded "This Hard Land" was released on Greatest Hits, although the original recording did not appear until "Tracks".
  • "Linda Let Me be the One", "Iceman", "Bring on the Night", "Don't Look Back", "Restless Nights", "Where the Bands Are", "Loose Ends", "Living on the Edge of the World", "Take 'em as They Come", "Ricky Wants a Man of Her Own", "I Wanna Be With You", "Mary Lou", "Cynthia", "My Love Will Not Let You Down", "Frankie", "T.V. Movie", and "Back in Your Arms" had previously been unofficially released on bootlegs, sometimes under different titles.
  • "A Good Man is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh)" and "Lion's Den" were documented to exist, but had not been unofficially released.
  • "Give the Girl a Kiss", "Dollhouse", "Wages of Sin", "Car Wash", "Rockaway the Days", "Brothers Under the Bridges ('83)", "When You Need Me", "The Honeymooners", "Leavin' Train", "Seven Angels", "Gave it a Name", "Sad Eyes", "My Lover Man", "Over the Rise", "Loose Change", "Trouble in Paradise", "Goin' Cali", and "Happy" were all unknown songs before "Tracks".

The box set was a minor success, peaking at #27 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It has been certified platinum in the U.S. and gold in Canada.

Since its release, 44 of the songs on the set have been played live at least once, with "My Love Will Not Let You Down" receiving the most attention at over 100 plays.

The box set was later condensed into an album called 18 Tracks, with 3 songs ("Trouble River", "The Fever", and "The Promise") not on the 4-CD box set.


Disc 1

  • Bruce Springsteen- guitar, lead vocals
  • Steve Van Zandt- guitar, background vocals (tracks 11-17)
  • Garry Tallent- bass guitar, background vocals
  • Roy Bittan- piano (tracks 9, 11-17)
  • David Sancious- piano (tracks 6-8,10)
  • Max Weinberg- drums (tracks 9, 11-17)
  • Vini Lopez- drums, background vocals (tracks 6-8, 10)
  • Danny Federici- organ, accordion
  • Clarence Clemons- saxophone, tambourine, vocals
  • Miami Horns- horns on "Hearts of Stone"

Disc 2

  • Bruce Springsteen- guitar, lead vocals
  • Steve Van Zandt- guitar, background vocals
  • Garry Tallent- bass guitar
  • Roy Bittan- piano
  • Max Weinberg- drums
  • Danny Federici- organ, glockenspiel
  • Clarence Clemons- saxophone, tambourine
  • Soozie Tyrell- violin on "Shut Out the Light"

Disc 3

  • Bruce Springsteen- guitar, lead vocals, bass guitar (tracks 13, 15-18), keyboards (tracks 13, 15-18)
  • Steve Van Zandt- guitar, background vocals
  • Nils Lofgren- guitar, background vocals on "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart"
  • Garry Tallent- bass guitar (tracks 1-12, 14)
  • Roy Bittan- piano (tracks 1-12, 14)
  • Max Weinberg- drums (tracks 1-12, 14)
  • Gary Mallaber- drums (tracks 13, 15-18)
  • Danny Federici- organ, glockenspiel
  • Clarence Clemons- saxophone, tambourine
  • Miami Horns- horns on "Lion's Den"

Disc 4

  • Bruce Springsteen- guitar, lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion
  • Randy Jackson- bass guitar (Leavin' Train, Seven Angels, Sad Eyes, Trouble in Paradise)
  • Garry Tallent- bass guitar (Back in Your Arms, Brothers Under the Bridge)
  • Roy Bittan- piano (Seven Angels, Trouble in Paradise, Back in Your Arms)
  • Jeff Porcaro- drums (Leavin' Train, Sad Eyes, My Lover Man, When the Lights Go Out, Trouble in Paradise)
  • Omar Hakim- drums on "Part Man, Part Monkey"
  • Shawn Pelton- drums (Seven Angels, Happy)
  • Max Weinberg- drums on "Back in Your Arms"
  • Gary Mallaber- drums on "Brothers Under the Bridge"
  • Michael Fisher- percussion on "Sad Eyes"
  • David Sancious- keyboards (Sad Eyes", Part Man, Part Monkey")
  • Danny Federici- organ (Back in Your Arms, Brothers Under the Bridge)
  • Ian McLagen- organ on "Leavin' Train"
  • Clarence Clemons- saxophone on "Back in Your Arms"


Art Direction: Sandra Choron
Band: The E-Street Band
Engineer: Jimmy Iovine
Engineer: Louis Lehav
Engineer: Neil Dorfsman
Engineer: Toby Scott
Engineer [Assistant]: Stan Tonkel
Liner Notes: Bruce Springsteen
Mastered By: Bob Ludwig
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By: Chuck Plotkin
Mixed By: Ed Thacker
Mixed By: Jimmy Iovine
Mixed By: Thom Panunzio
Mixed By [Assistant]: Stan Tonkel
Photography By: Annie Leibovitz
Photography By: David Gahr
Photography By: David Rose
Photography By: Eric Meola
Photography By: Frank Stefanko
Photography By: Fred Lombardi
Photography By: Herb Ritts
Photography By: Jim Marchese
Photography By: Mike O'Neil
Photography By: Neal Preston
Photography By: Pamela Springsteen
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Chuck Plotkin
Producer: John Hammond
Producer: John Paul Hammond
Written-By: Bruce Springsteen


A 66 track collection of non-album material from 25 years of recording, including 56 previously unreleased tracks. All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.



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