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Best Of 2018 - Redux Springsteen On Broadway Review


A short series of posts looking at the albums that either arrived too late, or I discovered through other peoples 'best of' lists, that I feel warrant discussion in the 'Best Of 2018'.

Next up,

Springsteen On Broadway

This double CD came along in December as the complete soundtrack to the Netflix recording of the Broadway show. 

I had managed to avoid any spoilers about the show, other than picking up the general vibe that it was good. It was therefore a surprise that it was unlike any other Springsteen album, indeed a show and not a concert. More monologue than songs it is nonetheless a fascinating document and a must listen/watch for any music fan.

Using some of the material from his autobiography to take us on a journey through his life in word and song with sincerity and good humour, this is an enjoyable ride. Are any of the versions of songs here the definitive versions? Not really, but that is not the point. The unique format is the selling point. If you want classic live versions then there are plenty of options out there....

In fact, whilst I can do nothing but recommend this recording, it is not an album that will get a lot of repeat listens. I'll probably return to it every couple of years, as I feel the performances gain a great deal from their context within the show. 

Given that is it a great album, or the soundtrack to a great show? The latter in my mind, but it is certainly one of the best musical releases of 2018 hence its inclusion here.

If you haven't listened or watched yet, be sure to do so.

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