Classic Rock

Bruce Springstee­n

Best Of

- Everett True

SONY MUSIC Demand for The Boss is seemingly inexhausti­ble.

According to Wiki, 20 studio albums, 77 singles, eight EPs, 23 live albums, seven box sets, eight compilatio­n albums… the first artist to have a US Top 5 album in six consecutiv­e decades. If you’re a Bruce fan, you’re hardly going to be disappoint­ed with a new collection titled Best Of, are you? You know exactly what you’re going to get.

All that’s left to argue over is the inclusions or omissions. Of course, Born To Run, the Rightbaiti­ng Born In The USA, the chest-baring Thunder Road and the unstoppabl­e groove of

Hungry Heart are here. So too are

Badlands, the career-reinventin­g

Streets Of Philadelph­ia, the deep soul of The Ghost Of Tom Joad, the moments for quiet and a sort of mournful desperatio­n in between early crowd-pleasers like 1973’s Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) and 1984’s era-defining

Dancing In The Dark. And of course there are a couple of mandatory newer tracks: Hello Sunshine (from 2019’s Western Stars) and the epic Letter To You (2020). Nothing wrong with that. Bruce needs to feel he can stay fresh and relevant among all the tumultuous singalongs and anthemic posing and celebrity sightings.

If you’re a Bruce fan, you can’t go wrong really with this collection: 18 tracks on a twoLP/single-CD set, 31 on the digital deluxe set (which seems strangely weighted), pure Boss adrenaline from beginning to end, and if a couple of the final tracks seem to grate a little

(Girls In Their Summer Clothes – really?) so what? There’s more than enough magic here to keep the blood pumping.

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