Greasy Lake reviews: The Ties that Bind - The River Collection

Published 2016-01-24
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
The Ties that Bind – The River Collection is the third anniversary box set celebrating a classic Bruce Springsteen album. And once again, the template that was laid out and expanded on with the Born to Run and Darkness box sets respectively, is followed and perfected with this ambitious release: the album itself in a remastered version; a documentary casting light on how the album came to be; a grab bag of outtakes and alternate versions; a photo and notebook; and.... Read more

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1975

Published 2015-12-06
By Ronan O'Shea
Some interesting things happened in 1975: Maggie Thatcher began the long road to her reign of terror by becoming the leader of the Conservative party, West Ham won the FA Cup despite being shit, and the British voted to remain in the EEC (now EU). Okay, so, NOT A LOT HAPPENED IN 1975. Caps locks didn't even exist. Good thing Bruce Springsteen and his band of merry men (otherwise known as the E Street Band) were around to make things interesting. 1975 is the year of Springsteen's breakout LP,.... Read more

Nils keeps himself busy with new live album

Published 2015-11-08
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
While in the last couple of years Bruce has been more visible on the equestrian scene watching his daughter become a star in her own right, than on the music scene, his trusty band members have taken the opportunity to further their solo careers. Roy Bittan released his first solo album; so did sax player Ed Manion; Jake Clemons toured people’s living rooms; and even Garry Tallent is working on his own album.And then there’s Nils Lofgren. First he released a monumental retrospective.... Read more

The Bruce Librarian interviews Wendy Parnell

Published 2015-08-23
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
A couple of weeks ago the Bruce Librarian reviewed the new picture book “Born to Run: the Story of Johnny 99” by Wendy Parnell. After the review, Greasy Lake sent some questions to the author to learn more about her and her relationship with Springsteen. And if you thought Wendy Parnell was just another clever opportunist trying to make a little money on Springsteen's name, you're wrong. As the interview reveals, she is one of us. In fact, while we're all great fans of Bruce,.... Read more

The Bruce Librarian: Bruce picture books steal the picture

Published 2015-08-09
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
There are probably, on average, 3-4 books published about, or based on, Bruce Springsteen within the span of a year, so if two of those books are picture books inspired by Springsteen lyrics, can we call it a trend? Because that’s exactly what is happening. With the publication of first "Outlaw Pete" from the fall of 2014 and this month "Born to Run: the Story of Johnny 99". the Springsteen bibliography now includes two books that a library might put in the same.... Read more

Bruce's masterful remasters

Published 2014-11-23
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
As much as we all love Bruce Springsteen’s classic albums of the Seventies and Eighties, we will always modify our praise with a “but you have to see him live”. Unlike fans of Beatles or fans of Elvis or fans of just about any other major star, we are somehow afraid that the albums alone won’t be enough for people to “get it”. A lot of that is of course due to Bruce’s phenomenal abilities as a live artist - you just don’t get a complete picture.... Read more

As we reach 25th anniversary of Berlin Wall's collapse, focus on Springsteen's role grows

Published 2014-11-08
By Erik Kirschbaum
The Berlin Wall unexpectedly cracked open 25 years ago on Nov. 9, 1989 and the Cold War was over. And Bruce Springsteen unintentionally played a role in helping bring down that iconic symbol of the world’s division.How? Springsteen went to East Berlin 16 months earlier in July 1988 to play the biggest, most riveting and earth-shaking rock concert in the history of East Germany – a concert that some historians agree with my theory, as published in Rocking the Wall - The Berlin.... Read more

Reissues and compilations keep the world turnin´┐Ż around

Published 2014-10-03
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
Last week Bruce announced the release of The Albums Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) containing the first seven studio albums in remastered versions. Fans were, as always, divided in their reception. Some thought it was about time that the early albums got a much-needed soundlift. Others were furious that the much talked-about River boxset had been postponed. But if anyone should feel cheated, it would be the people who bought the 2010 release The Collection, 1973-1984 containing - you guessed it.... Read more

Safe set on unknown territory: tour kicks off in Cape Town

Published 2014-01-27
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
 Just as you can’t judge a Bruce Springsteen album based on the first listening, you can’t judge a Bruce Springsteen tour based on the first show. As it will probably turn out, the tour opener in Cape Town, South Africa, was more like a continuation of where the Wrecking Ball Tour left off in September than what is in store for us in the coming time. If you had come to the show expecting to hear the never-before-played songs from High Hopes, you would have had to settle for.... Read more

Greasy Lake Review: High Hopes

Published 2014-01-19
By Karsten Stanley Andersen
For an album that is, allegedly, mostly meant to tie up some loose ends and fulfill Bruce’s desire to release more music, the new High Hopes album, released last week, has been the subject of an unexpected controversy. Bruce shouldn’t include cover songs, he should write new songs instead of releasing leftovers, Tom Morello has no place on a Springsteen record, the music sucks … Those have been just some of the complaints from fans who have seemed personally insulted by.... Read more

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