Published Sep 24, 2014In addition to Bruce Springsteen's upcoming appearance on Lilyhammer with bandmate "Little" Steven Van Zandt and a forthcoming children's book, the Boss will be focusing on the front end of his lengthy music career with a new box set comprising his first seven full-lengths.
Dubbed The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, the hefty collection lands on CD, vinyl and digitally November 17 through Columbia. Included will be remastered versions of 1973's Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, 1975's landmark Born to Run, 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1980's double LP The River, 1982's Nebraska, and 1984's Born in the USA.
According to a press release, each of the albums has been remastered from its original master tapes by Bob Ludwig, with Springsteen and engineer Toby Scott also contributing to the process. While Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born to Run have received deluxe box set treatments in the past, this is the first time the other five albums have received a remastered touch-up for a CD release.
On the ephemeral side of things, the box also includes a 60-page booklet that features era-appropriate photos of the first decade of Springsteen's career, assorted memorabilia and early press clippings. Hopefully a review or two makes note of his then-familiarly floppy hat.