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Format: CD
Sku: 210445179
UPC: 886974135524
UPC 14: 00886974135524
Release Date: 1/27/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Outlaw Pete ~ Bruce Springsteen
2. My Lucky Day ~ Bruce Springsteen
3. Working On A Dream ~ Bruce Springsteen
4. Queen Of The Supermarket ~ Bruce Springsteen
5. What Love Can Do ~ Bruce Springsteen
6. This Life ~ Bruce Springsteen
7. Good Eye ~ Bruce Springsteen
8. Tomorrow Never Knows ~ Bruce Springsteen
9. Life Itself ~ Bruce Springsteen
10. Kingdom Of Days ~ Bruce Springsteen
11. Surprise, Surprise ~ Bruce Springsteen
12. Last Carnival, The ~ Bruce Springsteen
13. Wrestler, The ~ Bruce Springsteen
Working On A Dream was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus a bonus track. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, glockenspiel, percussion); Nils Lofgren, Steve VanZandt (vocals, guitar, guitars); Soozie Tyrell (vocals, violin); Clarence Clemons (vocals, saxophone); Patti Scialfa (vocals); Roy Bittan (accordion, piano, organ); Jason Federici (accordion); Patrick Warren (piano, keyboards); Danny Federici (organ); Garry Tallent (bass guitar); Max Weinberg (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Brendan O'Brien .
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Bob Ludwig.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (2007-2008); Clifton Recording Studios, New York, NY (2007-2008); Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (2007-2008); Southern Tracks, Atlanta, GA (2007-2008); Thrill Hill Recording, NJ (2007-2008).
Muze PNote Photographer: Jennifer Tzar.
Muze PNote Bruce Springsteen's not known for pumping out new material at a rapid clip, but he was seemingly so energized by his 2007 album, MAGIC, that he wrote and recorded the songs on WORKING ON A DREAM in a creative flurry and had it out 15 months after its predecessor. The feel of the album is accordingly urgent; there's little here that bears the epic qualities of his more deliberately wrought work, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Muze PNote Overall, this is probably as close as The Boss gets to a pop album. While the somewhat anomalous "The Wrestler," the spare, acoustic-based theme from the celebrated film of the same name, is a trenchant look inside a troubled soul, a more light-hearted feel prevails throughout most of WORKING ON A DREAM. Muscular production emphasizes Springsteen's classic-rock leanings, but these simple songs of love and hope also bear bright pop hooks, and they wind up being nicely offset by a couple of raw, bluesy tunes before it's all over.

Producer: Brendan O'Brien; Brendan O'Brien

Engineer: Tom Syrowski; Nick DiDia; Toby Scott; Billy Bowers; Tom Syrowski; Derek Karlquist; Rick Kwan; Tom Tapley; Paul Lamalfa; Darren Tablan; Kevin Mills; Nick DiDia; Tim Mitchell; Toby Scott; Billy Bowers
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream - CD Review
By: Glen Boyd Reviews
Published on: 1/27/2009 1:57 AM
Bruce Springsteen's third album with the E Street Band this decade -- and his second in just under two years -- is, on an initial listen at least, something of a mixed bag. On the positive side, Working On A Dream also represents what could be the most stylistically varied collection of new songs of Springsteen's entire career. There's everything here from the epic tale of "Outlaw Pete," to the jangly sounding sixties pop of "Surprise, Surprise," to the Beach Boys styled sweep of "This Life." WOAD also includes what may be two of Springsteen's most achingly beautiful songs ever in "The Last Carnival" and "The Wrestler." the full review

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Associated Artists and Works

On, Pickin'
Pickin' On
Section (The)
Live in Dublin [Digipak] ~ The Sessions Band
Live in Dublin ~ The Sessions Band
Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. [ ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/26/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697413552
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886974135524

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "Springsteen has mastered the key sounds of rock's golden age, and he deploys them at will on this album, diving deep into influences that he's only hinted at before on record."

Spin (p.77)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The classic pop- and folk-derived melodies of 'Life Itself' and the title track sound almost sacred when borne aloft by the E Street Band's majestic thrust."

Entertainment Weekly (p.96)
- "[T]he warm, bright music blasting away behind him reminds fans what they've know for ages: It's hard to stay downbeat for very long when the E Street Band is playing." -- Grade: A

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] spontaneous-sounding yet painstakingly arranged Springsteen album with flashes of rococo strings and no little positivity. Take hear and enjoy The Boss's galvanizing newie -- Mr. Motivator is back."

Blender (Magazine)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The best songs are pledges in the style of '60s rock that draw from Springsteen's 18-year marriage to singer Patti Scialfa."

Paste (magazine)
- "Bruce Springsteen's latest is a grab bag of everything we've come to love about The Boss -- anthemic rock, exhausted Americana, raunchy blues shuffles, orchestral ballads, testifying gospel rave-ups and gripping lyrical narratives about working-class America."

Clash (magazine)
- "While not sentimental, WORKING ON A DREAM does draw attention to the romantic side of Springsteen, and rays of optimism shine through across the record."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's certainly his most positive and uplifting album for some time....A celebration of the history of great American popular music."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Springsteen,Bruce
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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