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Greatest Hits
Compilation album by Bruce Springsteen
Released February 27, 1995
Recorded 1974 - 1995
Genre Rock
Length 76:35
Label Columbia Records
Producer various (see separate albums for producers)
Professional reviews
Bruce Springsteen chronology
In Concert/MTV Plugged
(1993)
Greatest Hits
(1995)
The Ghost of Tom Joad
(1995)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band chronology
Chimes of Freedom
(1988)
Greatest Hits
(1995)
Blood Brothers
(1996)

Greatest Hits is Bruce Springsteen's first compilation album, released February 27, 1995 on Columbia Records. It is a collection of some of Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years and four extra numbers 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.[1] "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.

The compilation was commercially successful, hitting the peaks of the U.S. album chart and UK Album Chart and selling more than four million copies in the U.S.[2]

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Born to Run" – 4:30
  2. "Thunder Road" – 4:48
  3. "Badlands" – 4:03
  4. "The River" – 5:00
    • (Originally released on the album The River.)
  5. "Hungry Heart" – 3:20
    • (Originally released on the album The River.)
  6. "Atlantic City" – 3:56
    • (Originally released on the album Nebraska.)
  7. "Dancing in the Dark" – 4:03
  8. "Born in the U.S.A." – 4:41
  9. "My Hometown" (early fade edit) – 4:12
  10. "Glory Days" (early fade edit) – 3:49
  11. "Brilliant Disguise" – 4:15
  12. "Human Touch" (edit) – 5:10
  13. "Better Days" – 3:44
  14. "Streets of Philadelphia" (single edit) – 3:16
  15. "Secret Garden" – 4:27
  16. "Murder Incorporated" – 3:57
    • Recorded at The Power Station in April/May 1982
  17. "Blood Brothers" – 4:34
    • Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City
  18. "This Hard Land" – 4:50
    • Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City

Personnel (Tracks 15-18)

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The E Street Band

Additional musicians

  • Frank Pagano - percussion on "Blood Brothers" and "This Hard Land"

Production

Chart positions

Chart (1995) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 1
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 1
Preceded by
II by Boyz II Men
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 18, 1995 – March 31, 1995
Succeeded by
Me Against the World by 2Pac
Preceded by
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion
Wake Up! by Boo Radleys
UK number one album
March 11, 1995 – March 17, 1995
April 15, 1995 – April 21, 1995
Succeeded by
Medusa by Annie Lennox
Picture This by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
Hi Fi Way by You Am I
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
March 12, 1995 – March 18, 1995
Succeeded by
Dookie by Green Day

References


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