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The Ties That Bind: The River Collection


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‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is a comprehensive look at Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’ era, one of the most pivotal periods of time in his career. The set contains 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. It is comprised of the original ‘The River’ double album as released in 1980; the first official release of 'The River: Single Album;' a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s famed 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, long rumored but never-before-seen; rare tour rehearsal footage; a brand new documentary “The Ties That Bind" about 'The River;' and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

‘The River,’ was originally released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. ‘The River: Single Album’ is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ but never released. The fourth CD on the box set is ‘The River: Outtakes,’ which spans the entire ‘The River’ sessions in 1979 and 1980. Eleven songs are rarities that have never been released before, and for the most part are completely unheard and unknown even to fans, who have long considered Springsteen’s outtakes to be treasured secrets.

"The Ties That Bind,” on one DVD, is a brand new 60-minute documentary that features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording ‘The River.' The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances -- interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of Bruce and the band in and out of the studio. The final video component is "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980," a new film produced from footage professionally filmed in 1980 using four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The film features 24 songs — 2 hours, 40 minutes — on 2 DVDs from Springsteen’s November 5, 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Widely regarded as one of Springsteen’s finest performances, this intense show features early live versions of over half of 'The River' songs. Also included is 20 minutes of footage from the late September, 1980 River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, PA, showing Springsteen and The E Street Band working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album.

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is packaged in a 10” x 12” box with a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs — most of which have never been seen before — plus pages from Springsteen’s notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album. Liner notes include a new essay from journalist Mikal Gilmore, the original Rolling Stone album review from 1980, and Springsteen’s updated comments about the album from the 1998 “Songs” book.


CD 1
The River - Record One
1   The Ties That Bind
2   Sherry Darling
3   Jackson Cage
4   Two Hearts 
5   Independence Day
6   Hungry Heart 
7   Out In The Street
8   Crush On You
9   You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
10 I Wanna Marry You
11 The River

CD 2
The River - Record Two
1   Point Blank
2   Cadillac Ranch
3   I'm A Rocker
4   Fade Away
5   Stolen Car
6   Ramrod
7   The Price You Pay
8   Drive All Night
9  Wreck On The Highway

CD 3
The River: Single Album
1   The Ties That Bind  
2   Cindy                       
3   Hungry Heart           
4   Stolen Car                
5   Be True                    
6   The River                 
7   You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) 
8   The Price You Pay   
9   I Wanna Marry You 
10 Loose End

CD 4
The River: Outtakes
Record One
1   Meet Me In The City 
2  The Man Who Got Away         
3   Little White Lies   
4   The Time That Never Was      
5   Night Fire      
6   Whitetown    
7   Chain Lightning           
8   Party Lights    
9   Paradise By The “C”  
10 Stray Bullet    
11 Mr. Outside

Record Two
12 Roulette   
13 Restless Nights  
14 Where The Bands Are 
15 Dollhouse     
16 Living On The Edge Of The World       
17 Take 'em As They Come
18 Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own          
19 I Wanna Be With You 
20 Mary Lou  
21 Held Up Without A Gun
22 From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

The Ties That Bind (Documentary)

The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert – Part 1
1   Born To Run
2   Prove It All Night
3   Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
4   Jackson Cage
5   Two Hearts
6   The Promised Land
7   Out In The Street
8   The River
9   Badlands
10 Thunder Road
11 No Money Down
12 Cadillac Ranch
13 Hungry Heart
14 Fire
15 Sherry Darling
16 I Wanna Marry You
17 Crush on You
18 Ramrod
19 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert – Part 2
1   Drive All Night
2   Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
3   I'm A Rocker
4   Jungleland
5   Detroit Medley
6   Where The Bands Are (Credits)
BONUS: The River Tour Rehearsals
  - Ramrod
  - Cadillac Ranch
  - Fire
  - Crush On You
  - Sherry Darling