Welcome. I have decided to keep this website going by posting some of the previous material about a band, known as ‘Spring Steen’. It is quite interesting if you ask me…
From this index page you can access three of the most complete guides to Bruce Springsteen available on the web today. There are also some interesting links to utilize as well as a few projects in the pipeline – so check back often! This site is in no way affiliated or sanctioned by Bruce Springsteen or anyone in his/that organisation.
All datasets are intended to be as definitive as possible, so if you disagree or have additional info feel free to post to the administrator at Brucebase Grateful thanks for the beta testing and the huge downloads go to Tom Randolph, and to Peter for all info.
Below I have posted some information about the albums and songs, and anything you need to know about this band. It is fascinating to me, it got me listening to it in my car on the way to work.
On The Tracks
Welcome to On The Tracks Version 2.21 which will hopefully become a definitive guide to his songs (to compliment all the lyric sheets out there) through their not inconsiderable history. This document concentrates on studio recordings, both official releases and un-released out-takes and demos.
The Time Line Series
The new updates for this section are now found on the ‘On The Tracks Latest Page‘ which will keep this page size down and help download speed.
More complete analysis of all the recently added tracks as well as a initial attempt to ‘timeline‘ the studio sessions for The River and BITUSA.
The tracks are laid out in a timeline with all the out-takes and alternate versions credited with a source recording – if it is available. The officially released version timings are of course sourced from the CD’s but the timings are actual and not what would necessarily appear on the CD track time display. Wherever possible the other track times are sourced from CD, then LP and finally tape – there are two main reasons for this :
Reason 1/ CD’s are easier to use
Reason 2/ More importantly, as long as the source material on the CD was running at the right speed (which is not always the case with the un-official sources) it will remain accurate. Tape speeds vary considerably from deck to deck, and therefore the more a tape is dubbed, or depending on the tape deck used, the greater the potential for speed variation. This accounts for what could be considered major time differentials in exactly the same track in many cases.
All tracks are timed for music – count in times (unless they are embedded in the intro) are not included and the chatter that accompanies many outtakes is also not timed.
The key details the shortened source reference in the Timeline.
Additional information, usually cribbed from any source material I can get my hands on will be included where appropriate on each track.
Where no timing or source is detailed it means either that I know it exists and haven’t got it or that I haven’t got round to doing the analysis on the different versions (if any) as yet.
New source material is surfacing all the time so this page will (I hope) never be complete – only as up to date as possible for instance we still have to hear/get our hands on Electric Nebraska or the missing demos from BITUSA or Tunnel or… well it goes on and on.
There are a great many other Bruce song titles which are known but I have only included information or reference to them where they are known to exist on a tape source somewhere. Many songs referred to in other works were either never recorded or are never likely to surface.
This is always a working document and any other information or queries (or contradictions) are very welcome.
Tara, from Idaho says:
If you need to lose even a little bit of weight, I highly suggest you put on a couple of these songs a few times a week and dance like no one’s watching. Shake those hips, and move that booty to the music as often as you can. It’s a great workout. Trust me, I’ve lost 5 pounds the past two weeks doing this.
Even my Granny Giselle and her ol’ friends do it. She was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer about a year ago. Dancing has her feeling young, and as healthy as ever.
Brucebase with any information that is relevant.
“The kids call him Billy the Saint”