High Hopes (LP)


Bruce Springsteen

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Amoeba Review

01/13/2014

Most artists’ outtakes collections elicit groans, even from fans, as artists scrape together their leavings for a quick buck. Not so with The Boss. Ever prolific, Springsteen’s recent non-album songs have been kicking around his live sets for years, and it’s great to have them in newly recorded versions. “High Hopes” kicks off the set with a blues beat and lively chants. Tom Morello makes his presence known with some highwire soloing, wah-wahing his way through the silky “Harry’s Place.” The touching “American Skin (41 Shots)” tackles American racism through the death of Amadou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant who was shot and hit 19 times by New York police in 1999. Newly revived in dedication to Trayvon Martin, the song has renewed impact and is given a tasteful treatment here, emphasizing Springsteen’s personalization of the event—“promise mama you’ll keep your hands in sight,” he sings with sting. Not all of it works—“Just Like Fire Would” is a retread, even if it sounds lovely—but no Springsteen fan would be without this collection, which includes the re-recorded version of “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” which Rage Against the Machine covered and Morello now gives psychedelic coloring with a mind-bending solo, as well as an uplifting reading of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream.” It’s a ridiculously great gift to Springsteen fans everywhere.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
High Hopes
Bruce Springsteen 04:57
2.
Harry's Place
Bruce Springsteen 04:04
3.
American Skin (41 Shots)
Bruce Springsteen 07:23


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Just Like Fire Would
Bruce Springsteen 03:56
2.
Down In The Hole
Bruce Springsteen 04:59
3.
Heaven's Wall
Bruce Springsteen 03:50


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Frankie Fell In Love
Bruce Springsteen 02:48
2.
This Is Your Sword
Bruce Springsteen 02:52
3.
Hunter Of Invisible Game
Bruce Springsteen 04:42


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen 07:33
2.
The Wall
Bruce Springsteen 04:20
3.
Dream Baby Dream
Bruce Springsteen 05:00

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