Greatest Hits

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Commercially released: February 27, 1995
Label: Columbia
Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, Jon Landau, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck Plotkin, Roy Bittan
Recorded by Toby Scott, assisted by Carl Glanville and Pete Keppler at The Hit Factory, and Thrill Hill West
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, assisted by Jay Militscher, Ryan Freeland and Tony Duino-Black
Mastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee, Remastered by Bob Ludwig
Design by Sandra Choron
Photography by Eric Meola, Annie Leibovitz, David Gahr, David Rose, Jim Marchese and Pam Springsteen

Overview

Greatest Hits is Bruce Springsteen's first compilation album. It is a collection of some of Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years along with four new songs at the end, mostly recorded with the E Street Band in 1995. The latter constituted Springsteen's first (albeit very partial) release with his backing band since the late 1980s. Some of the songs are shorter versions of the original album releases.

The incorporation of the "new" tracks was portrayed in the 1996 documentary Blood Brothers. "Murder Incorporated" and "This Hard Land" were, in fact, unused 1982 songs from the Born in the U.S.A. sessions, with the latter being re-recorded here more than a decade later, and both subsequently became Springsteen concert staples. "Blood Brothers", on the other hand, was played only as the final closing song of both the 1999–2000 Reunion Tour and 2002–2003 Rising Tour, both times with an extra verse added. "Secret Garden" achieved notoriety via the soundtrack of the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. Alternate versions of several of these new tracks were released on the 1996 Blood Brothers EP.

Released

# Song Title Running Time Release
1. BORN TO RUN 4:31 GREATEST / BTR
2. THUNDER ROAD 4:49 GREATEST / BTR
3. BADLANDS 4:03 GREATEST / DARKNESS
4. THE RIVER 5:01 GREATEST / RIVER
5. HUNGRY HEART 3:20 GREATEST / RIVER
6. ATLANTIC CITY 3:57 GREATEST / NEBRASKA
7. DANCING IN THE DARK 4:03 GREATEST / BITUSA
8. BORN IN THE U.S.A. 4:41 GREATEST / BITUSA
9. MY HOMETOWN 4:13 GREATEST / BITUSA
10. GLORY DAYS 3:49 GREATEST / BITUSA
11. BRILLIANT DISGUISE 4:16 GREATEST / TUNNEL
12. HUMAN TOUCH 2 5:10 GREATEST / HUMAN
13. BETTER DAYS 3:45 GREATEST / LUCKY
14. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA 3:17 GREATEST / OST: PHILADELPHIA / 1994 single
15. SECRET GARDEN 1 4:28 GREATEST / OST: MAGUIRE / 1995 single
16. MURDER INCORPORATED 1 3:58 GREATEST / EP: BB
17. BLOOD BROTHERS 1 4:34 GREATEST / EP: BB
18. THIS HARD LAND 1 4:51 GREATEST / EP: LR

Total Running Time: 1:16:45

1: Recordings that were officially unreleased prior to their appearance on "Greatest Hits".
2: An edited/shortened version of the album track that was previously only available as a promotional item issued to radio stations.

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