Greatest Hits

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AllMusic [3]
Leisure Weekly B+[4]
Rolling Stone [5]
Tom Hull B[6]

Biggest Hits is the primary compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, launched February 27, 1995, on Columbia Data. It’s a assortment of a few of Springsteen’s hit singles and well-liked album tracks by way of the years together with 4 new songs on the finish, largely recorded with the E Avenue Band in 1995. The latter constituted Springsteen’s first (albeit very partial) launch along with his backing band for the reason that late Eighties. Among the songs are shorter variations of the unique album releases.

The incorporation of the “new” tracks was portrayed within the 1996 documentary Blood Brothers. “Homicide Included” and “This Arduous Land” had been, in truth, unused 1982 songs from the Born in the united statesA. periods, with the latter being re-recorded right here greater than a decade later, and each subsequently turned Springsteen live performance staples.[7][8][9] “Blood Brothers”, then again, was performed solely as the ultimate closing music of each the 1999–2000 Reunion Tour and 2002–2003 Rising Tour, each instances with an additional verse added. “Secret Backyard” achieved notoriety through the soundtrack of the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. Alternate variations of a number of of those new tracks had been launched on the 1996 Blood Brothers EP.

The compilation was commercially profitable, hitting the peaks of the U.S. album chart and UK Album Chart and promoting greater than 4 million copies within the U.S.[10]

Crucial reception

The reception by music critics of Biggest Hits was relatively destructive upon the album’s launch, as are extra up to date critiques. David Browne of Leisure Weekly felt that the album was launched when it was as a result of the Grammy Awards had been arising and “Streets of Philadelphia” was up for 5 awards and that the songs on the album had been chosen due to charting success, which implies that a number of necessary songs had been neglected. He additionally felt that “Homicide Included” (in reference to the Nineteen Thirties Homicide, Inc.) was the one good new music on the album and that total the album felt as if Bruce didn’t imagine in himself any extra.[4]

The Rolling Stone evaluate of the album by Parke Puterbaugh is relatively unfavorable. Parke felt that the songs on the gathering belonged on their unique LP releases, that songs from earlier than Born to Run ought to have been included and that the brand new songs weren’t that good.[5] A extra up to date evaluate by Allmusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine can be unfavorable, saying that loads of Springsteen’s hits and well-liked album tracks had been lacking, that “Homicide Included” was higher than the opposite new songs, and that The Important Bruce Springsteen was a lot better than Biggest Hits.[3]

Industrial efficiency

The album debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 the week of March 18, 1995 with greater than 250,000 copies offered, it remained on the chart for 43 weeks.[11][12] As of March, 2009 it has offered over 4,092,000 copies in the USA in keeping with Nielsen SoundScan.[13] It was licensed 4 instances platinum by the RIAA on July 23, 1999, for shipments of 4,000,000.[14]

In the UK the album entered at primary on March 11, 1995, and topped the chart for 2 non consecutive weeks.[15] It was current on the chart for 134 weeks.[15] It was licensed 4 instances platinum by the BPI on March 21, 2014, denoting shipments of 1,200,000 items.[16]

Observe itemizing

All tracks are written by Bruce Springsteen.

No. Title Unique album Size
1. “Born to Run” Born to Run (1975) 4:30
2. “Thunder Street” Born to Run 4:48
3. “Badlands” Darkness on the Fringe of City (1978) 4:03
4. “The River” The River (1980) 5:00
5. “Hungry Coronary heart” The River 3:20
6. “Atlantic Metropolis” Nebraska (1982) 3:56
7. “Dancing within the Darkish” Born in the united statesA. (1984) 4:03
8. “Born in the united statesA.” Born in the united statesA. 4:41
9. “My Hometown” (Early fade-out) Born in the united statesA. 4:12
10. “Glory Days” (Early fade-out) Born in the united statesA. 3:49
11. “Good Disguise” Tunnel of Love (1987) 4:15
12. “Human Contact” (Edited Radio Model) Human Contact (1992) 5:10
13. “Higher Days” (Edited Model) Fortunate City (1992) 3:44
14. “Streets of Philadelphia” (Single Edit) Philadelphia soundtrack (1993) 3:16
15. “Secret Backyard” New music: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Manufacturing unit, New York Metropolis[17] 4:27
16. “Homicide Included” New music: Recorded at The Energy Station in April/Could 1982 3:57
17. “Blood Brothers” New music: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Manufacturing unit, New York Metropolis 4:34
18. “This Arduous Land” New music: Recorded in January 1995 at The Hit Manufacturing unit, New York Metropolis 4:50

Personnel (tracks 15-18)

Credit are tailored from the liner notes of Biggest Hits.[18]

  • Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer
  • Clarence Clemons – saxophone (15–17), percussion
  • Danny Federici – organ, synthesizer, accordion
  • Bruce Springsteen – guitar, vocals (harmonica on “Thunder Street,” “This Arduous Land,” and “Blood Brothers”)
  • Garry Tallent – bass guitar
  • Max Weinberg – drums
  • Steven Van Zandt – guitar on “Homicide Included,” mandolin on “This Arduous Land”
  • Nils Lofgren – guitar (15, 17, 18)
  • Patti Scialfa – vocals on “Secret Backyard”
  • backing vocals (“Homicide Included”) – all the above besides Nils Lofgren and Patti Scialfa
  • Frank Pagano – percussion on “Blood Brothers” and “This Arduous Land”
  • Produced by: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau & Chuck Plotkin (and by Steven Van Zandt on “Homicide Included”)
  • Recorded by: Toby Scott
  • Blended by: Bob Clearmountain
  • Mastered by: Bob Ludwig
  • Assistant Engineers: Carl Glanville, Pete Keppler, Ryan Freeland, Jay Militscher & Tony Duino-Black
  • Sequence Modifying: Brian Lee
  • Recorded at The Hit Manufacturing unit


Certifications and gross sales

Area Certification Licensed items/gross sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] 10× Platinum 700,000double-dagger
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Belgium (BEA)[49] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[50] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[51] 5× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[52] Platinum 76,419[52]
France (SNEP)[53] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[54] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Eire (IRMA)[55] Platinum 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[57] Platinum 350,000[56]
Japan (RIAJ)[58] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[59] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[60] 4× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[61] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[62] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[63]
Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[64] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] 5× Platinum 1,500,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 4,092,000[13]
Europe (IFPI)[66] 5× Platinum 5,000,000*

* Gross sales figures primarily based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures primarily based on certification alone.
double-dagger Gross sales+streaming figures primarily based on certification alone.

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