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Bruce Springsteen Plans Wal-Mart Only "Greatest Hits"

December 22, 2008 4:10 PM ET

Hoping to cash in on Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band's Super Bowl appearance, Wal-Mart will exclusively release the group's Greatest Hits at a low price on January 13th. As opposed to Springsteen's 1995 collection Hits, the comp's 12 tracks will focus on Bruce's work with the E Street Band, thus iconic albums like Nebraska and Lucky Town aren't represented, nor does the LP feature any unreleased material.

Fans clamoring for new Springsteen songs will get their wish two weeks later on January 27th, as his new album Working on a Dream hits stores. The next issue of Rolling Stone features a preview of the album, and producer Brendan O'Brien opens up about his fourth collaboration with Springsteen. "Bruce was into this material being more orchestral, not just capturing the live feel," O'Brien says. As for the album's epic eight-minute opener "Outlaw Pete," O'Brien says Springsteen wanted every moment of the song to be vibrant.

For much more from O'Brien, news on the tour and David Fricke's exclusive listen to Dream, check out the issue on newsstands January 7th issue.

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