Click the links below for details of each album session
KEY : C, SM, BSB : Demo : GfAP : WIESS : BTR : Darkness : 1979 Solo : River : 1981 Solo : Nebraska : BITUSA : TOL
HT : LT : 1993 Solo : GH : GOTJ : Tracks : Rising : Essential : D&D : Seeger : Magic : WOAD : Promise : WB : HH : TTTB

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Commercially released: November 11, 2003
(Executive) Producer: Jon Landau*
*see Brucebase session listings for the specific producers of the original/individual recordings

Part One - The Essential Sessions Overview

In early 2003 Sony Music approached the Springsteen camp requesting that a Springsteen release be part of its Essential series, a group of “best of - anthology” releases from major Sony and affiliate label artists that the company had been marketing (with good commercial results) for several years. Springsteen agreed to be part of the series. Unlike Greatest Hits (1995) or Tracks - 18 Tracks (1998-9), the Essential release does not appear to have involved any associated recording sessions and very little, if any, additional mixing. So Springsteen’s involvement in this project was very minimal, which is evidenced by the fact that Jon Landau is credited as Essential’s sole Producer.

Essential is, at its heart, a two-CD, thirty-track package that culls cornerstone songs from all of Springsteen’s original studio albums (up through The Rising), as well as 2001’s Live In New York City package. It does not include any recordings from 1986’s Live 1975-85 package or 1992’s Live Plugged. Essential is geared towards the new or casual Springsteen fan and offers a partially duplicated but slightly broader representation than the earlier Greatest Hits package. The third disc encompasses an additional twelve recordings of rarities - a mixture of b-sides, charity album releases, movie soundtrack items and previously un-issued studio or live recordings. The bonus CD was not included with some overseas issues, and was also dropped when the set was re-issued in Europe in 2011. Springsteen was the first artist in the Essential series that included such a bonus disc (i.e., the list price of the package is as per a two-CD set, not a three-CD set). The Essential Bruce Springsteen was re-issued in 2015 as a two-CD, thirty-seven track package, covering Springsteen's career from Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. to 2014's High Hopes. The set features remastered tracks not found elsewhere in Springsteen's catalogue.
SONG TITLE---------------.........-----------
RECORDING DATE-----
LOCATION----------------------
SESSION ERA-----------------------




FOR YOU
JUN 27, 1972
914 SOUND, NY
GREETINGS
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
SEP 11, 1972
914 SOUND, NY
GREETINGS
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
MID 1972
914 SOUND, NY
GREETINGS
4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
AUG 9, 1973
914 SOUND, NY
WIESS
ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
SEP 23, 1973
914 SOUND, NY
WIESS
BORN TO RUN
AUG 6, 1974
914 SOUND, NY
BTR
JUNGLELAND
APR 1975
RECORD PLANT, NY
BTR
THUNDER ROAD
APR 1975
RECORD PLANT, NY
BTR
BADLANDS
LATE 1977
RECORD PLANT, NY
DARKNESS
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
MAR 1978
RECORD PLANT, NY
DARKNESS
THE PROMISED LAND
LATE 1977
RECORD PLANT, NY
DARKNESS
THE RIVER
AUG 1979
POWER STATION, NY
RIVER
HUNGRY HEART
MID 1979
POWER STATION, NY
RIVER
ATLANTIC CITY
JAN 3, 1982
THRILL HILL EAST, NJ
NEBRASKA
NEBRASKA
JAN 3, 1982
THRILL HILL EAST, NJ
NEBRASKA
BORN IN THE U.S.A.
MAY 3, 1982
POWER STATION, NY
BITUSA
GLORY DAYS
MAY 5, 1982
POWER STATION, NY
BITUSA
DANCING IN THE DARK
FEB 14, 1984
HIT FACTORY, NY
BITUSA
BRILLIANT DISGUISE
MID 1987
THRILL HILL EAST, NJ
TOL
TUNNEL OF LOVE
MID 1987
THRILL HILL EAST, NJ
TOL
HUMAN TOUCH
MID 1990
A&M STUDIOS, CA
HT
LUCKY TOWN
MID 1991
THRILL HILL WEST, CA
LUCKY TOWN
LIVING PROOF
LATE 1991
A&M STUDIOS, CA
LUCKY TOWN
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
MID 1993
THRILL HILL WEST, CA
GREATEST
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD
MID 1995
THRILL HILL WEST, CA
GOTJ
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS)
JUL 01, 2000
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY
LIVE IN NYC
LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS
JUL 01, 2000
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY
LIVE IN NYC
THE RISING
EARLY 2002
SOUTHERN TRACKS, GA
RISING
LONESOME DAY
EARLY 2002
SOUTHERN TRACKS, GA
RISING
MARY'S PLACE
EARLY 2002
SOUTHERN TRACKS, GA
RISING

Part Two - Bonus "Rarities" CD Information

NOTE BELOW: # previously unreleased / ## previously unreleased alternate version / ### previously unreleased live version
SONG TITLE-----------------------..........--
RECORDING DATE-----
LOCATION----------------------
SESSION ERA-----------------------




FROM SMALL THINGS (BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME)#
SEP 2, 1979
POWER STATION, NY
RIVER
HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN###
DEC 31, 1980
NASSAU COLISEUM, NY
LIVE IN CONCERT
THE BIG PAYBACK
EARLY 1982
THRILL HILL EAST, NJ
NEBRASKA
COUNTY FAIR#
MAR 24, 1983
THRILL HILL WEST, CA
BITUSA
NONE BUT THE BRAVE#
JUN 27, 1983
HIT FACTORY, NY
BITUSA
TRAPPED
AUG 6, 1984
MEADOWLANDS ARENA, NJ
1985 CHARITY / LIVE IN CONCERT
VIVA LAS VEGAS
SEP 14, 1989
ONE ON ONE STUDIOS, CA
1990 CHARITY / HT
MISSING
MID 1994
THRILL HILL WEST, CA
1995 SOUNDTRACK / GREATEST
DEAD MAN WALKIN'
MID 1995
THRILL HILL WEST, CA
1995 SOUNDTRACK / GOTJ
LIFT ME UP
LATE 1998
THRILL HILL EAST, NJ
1999 SOUNDTRACK / RISING
CODE OF SILENCE#
JUN 29, 2000
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY
LIVE IN CONCERT
COUNTIN' ON A MIRACLE##
EARLY 2002
SOUTHERN TRACKS, GA
RISING

Part Three - The Essential Sessions Details

Please go to the individual session eras from which these tracks emanate for more details.



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