Bruce Springsteen’s first seven studio albums are being re-released in a box set entitled Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 that will hit stores on November 17th. Each album will come in a recreation of its original packaging and the set will contain a 60-page book of vintage press clippings, photos and memorabilia from the era. They’re all newly remastered by Bob Ludwig and Toby Scott and will be available on both CD and vinyl. The set is now available for pre-order.
Born To Run and Darkness On The Edge of Town have already been remastered, but this treatment is new for Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, The River, Nebraska and Born In The U.S.A. According to a press release, the discs have been “newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.”
Springsteen’s fan base has been hoping to see this project come to fruition for many years. His first two albums were transferred to CD in the 1980s, and audio technology has increased significantly since then. Many of his peers have remastered their catalog several times over the past decades, but Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle remained stubbornly untouched.
Beyond his annual appearance at the Stand Up For Heroes Benefit in November, Springsteen’s future plans are unclear. He hasn’t appeared onstage since a guest spot with the Rolling Stones at a festival in Portugal in May.