Bruce Springsteen is premiering the unreleased track “Party Lights” as a preview of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.”
Due December 4, the project present material recorded for his 1980 double-album, “The River”, which delivered the singer his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone.
“We recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded,” says Springsteen. “We were in the studio day after day after day, you know. I probably worked the hardest on some of things that ended up as outtakes…you never knew, I never knew. I didn’t know where it was going.”
The 4CD/3DVD package offers the original double album alongside “The Ties That Bind” – a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978’s “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” but never released.
The set also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
The package adds a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus memorabilia documenting the album and the era.
The New Jersey rocker is previewing the upcoming package with an unreleased outtake, “Meet Me In The City”, and live versions of “Ramrod” and “The River.”
Springsteen will promote the box set with a December 19 performance on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
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