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The Ghost of Tom Joad
Studio album by Bruce Springsteen
Released November 21, 1995
Recorded March–September 1995
Genre Rock, Folk
Length 50:16
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Plotkin
Professional reviews
Bruce Springsteen chronology
Greatest Hits
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Blood Brothers
This article is about the album. For the song, see The Ghost of Tom Joad (song).

The Ghost of Tom Joad is the eleventh studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music). The album was recorded and mixed at Thrill Hill during the spring and summer of 1995. Musically and lyrically reminiscent of Springsteen's 1982 critically-acclaimed album Nebraska, The Ghost of Tom Joad received mostly favorable reviews. Mikal Gilmore of Rolling Stone called it "Springsteen's best album in ten years," and considered it "among the bravest work that anyone has given us this decade." However, it reached only #11 on the Billboard 200, breaking a string of eight consecutive Top 5 studio albums in the U.S for Springsteen.

The album is mainly backed by acoustic guitar work and the lyrics on many of the tracks are a somber reflection of life in the mid-1990s in America and Mexico. Tom Joad is the protagonist of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Springsteen has commented that he was first inspired by John Ford's film of the novel.

The album's release was followed by Springsteen's solo acoustic Ghost of Tom Joad Tour.

Track listing

All songs were written by Bruce Springsteen.

  1. "The Ghost of Tom Joad" – 4:23
  2. "Straight Time" – 3:25
  3. "Highway 29" – 3:39
  4. "Youngstown" – 3:52
  5. "Sinaloa Cowboys" – 3:51
  6. "The Line" – 5:14
  7. "Balboa Park" – 3:19
  8. "Dry Lightning" – 3:30
  9. "The New Timer" – 5:45
  10. "Across the Border" – 5:24
  11. "Galveston Bay" – 5:04
  12. "My Best Was Never Good Enough" – 2:00


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