Wrecking Ball Special Edition, Extra tracks
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Special Edition includes two bonus tracks: "Swallowed Up (In The Belly of the Whale)" and "American Land". 2012 release, the 17th studio album from the singer, songwriter and Rock icon. Wrecking Ball features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau. Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on Wrecking Ball."
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This is NOT an E Street Band album although some of them help out on a few tracks. Auxiliary members Soozie Tyrell and Charlie Giordano are all over the place and Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg show up on a few cuts each. Bruce recorded most of the album with his new producer Ron Aniello and then had various musicians add their parts later. Nothing new there as that's the way he recorded '"Tunnel of Love"'.
He brought along some of the elements used on '"We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"' such as a large horn section and Celtic rhythms but he also uses choirs, loops and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on guitar. Loops are nothing new, either, as he used one as a backing track to '"Streets of Philadelphia"'.
The first half of the album refers to the state that the U.S. has found itself in and about the rising tide of anger being felt throughout the country as symbolized by the Occupy Movement. Several songs mention the '"fat cats'" and how they're making all the money and the rest of the country is paying for it.
"'Gambling man rolls the dice, workingman pays the bill,
It's still fat and easy up on bankers'' hill
Up on banker's' hill, the party''s going strong
Down here below we're shackled and drawn.'"
In "'Death To My Hometown"' (an update of "'My Hometown"' from "'Born in the U.S.A.Read more ›
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The cd arrived in awesome condition and I never get tired listening to this great musician as he can do no wrong!Published on Sept. 7 2013 by leslie crane
First time I have listened to a new Springsteen album and not wanted to hear even a single song again. Musically a mess. Read morePublished on March 15 2012 by avgJoe
This is the best album from Bruce since TOL. You have to listen from the beginning til the end to see how this cd is great. Thanks Bruce!!!!Published on March 10 2012 by sb
I'm sorry, I have been a Springsteen fan for many years, but this album was awful. I wanted to give it a chance but it was even worse the second time I listened to it. Read morePublished on March 9 2012 by athena910