Greatest Hits 2009

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commercially released: January 13, 2009 (American edition) / June 1, 2009 (European edition)
Label: Columbia
Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, Jon Landau, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck Plotkin and Roy Bittan
Recorded by Toby Scott

Overview

Greatest Hits (2009 edition) was released by Columbia Records on January 13, 2009 in the United States, where it was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers. Wal-Mart the sole rights to release a 12-track anthology of hits at the discount price of $10. Springsteen released a similar Greatest Hits album in 1995, but unlike that edition, this compilation was billed to the E Street Band instead of just "Bruce Springsteen". It contains no Springsteen material recorded between 1984 and 2002, during which period he did virtually no studio recording with the E Street Band.

Seen as controversial in liberal circles, Wal-Mart refuses to recognize unions and has been criticized by groups such as Human Rights Watch for its alleged hardline treatment of low-wage staff. Why was he helping a company that had to pay $135,540 in response to child labor law violations in 2005? Even if the disc was "a shameless Super Bowl cash-in cooked-up by his withering label, Columbia" (opinion of Pitchfork.com), Springsteen had to sign off on it. To loyal fans, the Wal-Mart exclusive seemed like a mistake. And now Bruce agrees with them. "It was a mistake", he told the New York Times. "We were in the middle of doing a lot of things, it just kind of came down and really, we didn't vet it the way we usually do." Admitting that he had "dropped the ball", Springsteen said that instead of handing the album to Wal-Mart, "given its labor history, it was something that if we'd thought about a little longer, we'd have done something different." He added: "Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one. Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be."

On June 1, 2009, Columbia Records released a European edition of the 2009 compilation album, advertised as the "2009 Limited Tour Edition" with an alternative track listing to promote Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's European leg of the Working On A Dream Tour. It contains 16 previously released studio tracks and 2 live bonus tracks taken from the Live/1975-85 box set.

Released

Wal-Mart Edition

# Song Title Running Time Release
1. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) GREATEST: 2009 / WIESS
2. BORN TO RUN GREATEST: 2009 / BTR
3. THUNDER ROAD GREATEST: 2009 / BTR
4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN GREATEST: 2009 / DARKNESS
5. BADLANDS GREATEST: 2009 / DARKNESS
6. HUNGRY HEART GREATEST: 2009 / RIVER
7. GLORY DAYS GREATEST: 2009 / BITUSA
8. DANCING IN THE DARK GREATEST: 2009 / BITUSA
9. BORN IN THE U.S.A. GREATEST: 2009 / BITUSA
10. THE RISING GREATEST: 2009 / RISING
11. LONESOME DAY GREATEST: 2009 / RISING
12. RADIO NOWHERE GREATEST: 2009 / MAGIC

Total Running Time: 53:34

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