New Jersey singer Bruce Springsteen is set to release a beautiful album collection next month.
On 18 May, Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996, a limited-edition, numbered boxed set comprised of material recorded and released by Springsteen for Columbia Records during that period.
The long out-of-print LPs are available remastered for the first time on vinyl. In addition to Springsteen’s four studio albums from the era, the boxed set includes a special 12” of 1988’s live EP Chimes of Freedom, Springsteen’s 1993 two-LP MTV Plugged special, and the first-ever vinyl release of the 1996 Blood Brothers EP for a total of 10 discs.
All of this material comes in recreations of the original packaging, accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from the period.
For The Album Collection Vol. 2, remastered albums from acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s longtime engineer Toby Scott have been pressed on vinyl for the first time. The albums were transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system. 1987’s Tunnel of Love and 1992’s Human Touch have also been expanded across two LPs to maximise audio quality. The Vol. 2 collection follows the 2014 release of Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984, which included newly remastered editions of the first seven Bruce Springsteen studio albums.
Tunnel of Love (1987)* (2 LP)
Human Touch (1992)* (2 LP)
Lucky Town (1992) (1 LP)
In Concert / MTV Plugged (1993) (2 LP)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) (1 LP)
12” EPs included:
Chimes of Freedom (1988) (1 EP)
Blood Brothers (1996)** (1 EP)
* expanded across two LPs to maximise audio quality
** first-ever vinyl release