BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN HAS been up to a spot of dredging, preparing a new release that provides a wider perspective on his classic album The River.
Released on December 4, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection augments the original record with a host of unreleased material recorded between 1979 and 1980.
The package boasts 52 tracks over four CDs, plus four hours of unreleased video, which includes newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s November 1980 show in Tempe, Arizona, rare tour rehearsal footage and a new documentary, The Ties That Bind.
There’s also a photo book and a new essay from Mikal Gilmore.
Among the unreleased material are the ten songs that make up The River: Single Album, intended as the follow-up to 1978’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but canned by The Boss.
“The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio,” Springsteen explains. A selection of studio outtakes also feature in the package.
For full details visit www.brucespringsteen.net. Meanwhile, listen to one of the newly unearthed outtakes, Meet Me In The City.