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VARIOUS ARTISTS - One Step Up-Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen (1997)

It's easy to think of Bruce Springsteen as that scruffy, over-rated songwriter from New Jersey who's had his day in the sun, but the truth is that he really does have an amazingly diverse and heartfelt body of work that includes strong output from recent years. Just the fact that artists ranging from David Bowie to Ben E. King to the Smithereens appear on this tribute disc is a testament to the respect he generates in all the hip music circles. Of the more familiar songs, Joe Cocker does a pleasant "Human Touch," Martin Zeller offers a moving "Darkness on the Edge of Town," while Ritchie Havens delivers a rather tepid acoustic version of "Streets of Philadelphia." But the lesser known compositions covered by lesser known artists are the ones that really stand out on this two-CD set. In particular, "All or Nothing at All" by Marshall Crenshaw, "Janey, Don't You Lose Heart" by Mrs. Fun/Tina & the B-Side Movement, and "Stolen Car" by Elliot Murphy are impressive treatments of Springsteen tunes that never climbed the charts. An effort seems to have been made to gather mostly obscure material to match with mostly obscure musicians, but the result is a compilation that is far more listenable than most of the tribute albums that have cropped up in the last while. 1, 2, 3.


01. Something in the Night - Aram
02. Downbound Train - The Smithereens
03. Atlantic City - Kurt Neumann
04. Jackson Cage - John Wesley Harding
05. Wreck on the Highway - Nils Lofgren
06. Johnny 99 - John Hiatt
07. Seeds - Dave Alvin
08. Light of Day - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
09. Darkness on the Edge of Town - Martin Zellar
10. Janey, Don't You Lose Heart - Mrs. Fun/Tina & The B-Side Movement
11. All or Nothin' at All - Marshall Crenshaw
12. Meeting Across the River - Syd Straw
13. Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) - Ben E. King
14. One Step Up - Paul Cebar

01 Don't Look Back - The Knack
02 Protection - Donna Summer
03 Human Touch - Joe Cocker
04 Stolen Car - Elliott Murphy
05 It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City - David Bowie
06 Restless Nights - The Rocking Chairs
07 Guilty - Robbin Thompson
08 Tiger Rose - Sonny Burgess
09 Love's on the Line - Gary U.S. Bonds
10 Savin' Up - Clarence Clemons/The Red Bank Rockers
11 Fever, The - Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
12 Seaside Bar Song - Little Bob Story
13 If I Was the Priest - Allan Clarke
14 Streets of Philadelphia - Richie Havens

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