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Bruce Springsteen's The River to Be Reissued

A new and expansive box set that delves deeply into Bruce Springsteen's sessions for his 1980 double album The River will be released December 4. 

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection features four CDs and three DVDs, including a remastered edition of the original 20-track album, an early 10-song single-disc version of the record, a variety of outtakes, a new making-of documentary, a previously unreleased 1980 concert video, and more.

The single-disc edition of The River features a list of tracks recorded in 1979 that Springsteen initially intended to release as the follow-up to 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town.  He later decided the songs lacked the cohesion of a finished album and returned to the studio to keep recording.  The disc includes seven songs that eventually were included on the version of The River that was released, and three tunes that didn't make the cut "Cindy," "Be True," and "Loose End."

The outtakes disc features 22 extra songs recorded in 1979 and 1980 during the sessions for The River, including 11 never-before-heard tracks.  The other 11 tunes previously were released on either the Tracks box set or Springsteen's Essentials compilation.

The first DVD features a new 60-minute documentary titled The Ties That Bind that was produced and directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny.  It offers an in-depth interview with The Boss about the creation of The River, as well as segments in which Bruce plays some of the songs on acoustic guitar.  The film also includes archival concert footage and rare photos from the same period during which Springsteen and The E Street Band were recording the album.

The other two DVDs contain a previously unseen full-length performance Springsteen and his band played in November 1980 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  Professionally shot with four cameras, the show runs two hours and 40 minutes and features 24 songs, including more than half of the tunes featured on The River.  In addition, one of the DVDs includes 20 minutes of footage of Bruce and company rehearsing for The River Tour in September 1980 in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection comes packaged with a 148-page hardcover coffee table book boasting rare and unseen photographs, as well as pics of Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images from the original album photo sessions and various other pieces of memorabilia.  The book also features a new foreword penned by acclaimed journalist Mikal Gilmore, comments Bruce wrote about The River from the 1998 book Songs, and more.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection also will be available as a four-CD/two-Blu-ray package and a digital download.  You can pre-order a copy now at Amazon.com and iTunes.  You can check out one of the outtakes from the box set, "Meet Me in the City," now at Springsteen's official website.


Here's the track list of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection:

CD1: The River -- Disc One

"The Ties That Bind"

"Sherry Darling"

"Jackson Cage"

"Two Hearts"

"Independence Day"

"Hungry Heart"

"Out in the Street"

"Crush on You"

"You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)"

"I Wanna Marry You"

"The River"


CD 2: The River -- Disc Two

"Point Blank"

"Cadillac Ranch"

"I'm a Rocker"

"Fade Away"

"Stolen Car"


"The Price You Pay"

"Drive All Night"

"Wreck on the Highway"


CD 3: The River -- Single Album

"The Ties That Bind"


"Hungry Heart"

"Stolen Car" (Version 1)

"Be True"

"The River"

"You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" (Version 1)

"The Price You Pay"

"I Wanna Marry You"

"Loose End"


CD4: The River -- Outtakes

Record One

"Meet Me in the City"

"The Man Who Got Away"

"Little White Lies"

"The Time That Never Was"

"Night Fire"


"Chain Lightning"

"Party Lights"

"Paradise by the 'C'"

"Stray Bullet"

"Mr. Outside"


Record Two


"Restless Nights"

"Where the Bands Are"


"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"

"Held Up Without a Gun"

"From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)"


DVD 1: The Ties That Bind (Documentary)


DVD 2: The River Tour, Tempe 1980 Concert -- Part 1

"Born to Run"

"Prove It All Night"

"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"

"Jackson Cage"

"Two Hearts"

"The Promised Land"

"Out in the Street"

"The River"


"Thunder Road"

"No Money Down"

"Cadillac Ranch"

"Hungry Heart"


"Sherry Darling

"I Wanna Marry You

"Crush on You


"You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)


DVD 3: The River Tour, Tempe 1980 Concert -- Part 2

"Drive All Night"

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"

"I'm a Rocker"


"Detroit Medley"

"Where the Bands Are" (Credits)


Bonus: The River Tour Rehearsals


"Cadillac Ranch"


"Crush on You"

"Sherry Darling"

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