VH1 Sto­ry­tellers Sony BMG

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VHI al­ways make a good fist of its Sto­ry­tellers se­ries, and here Spring­steen gets up close and per­sonal about the sto­ries be­hind some of his most mem­o­rable songs. If you’re look­ing for the full on Bruce and the E Street Band live ex­trav­a­ganza, look else­where. This just fea­tures the man him­self, ei­ther on gui­tar or pi­ano, play­ing slightly dif­fer­ently ar­ranged ver­sions of such songs as Devils and Dust, Bril­liant Dis­guise and The Ris­ing. Spring­steen re­veals him­self to be an in­sight­ful and witty com­men­ta­tor on his own work, its re­li­gious im­agery and his po­lit­i­cal be­liefs. This is a low-key af­fair in tone and pre­sen­ta­tion, but it re­ally is like an in­ti­mate chat with a mu­si­cal great. And Spring­steen him­self even men­tions at one stage how much prepara­tory work he put into the ex­er­cise.

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