Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, harmonica, recorder, pump organ, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion); Nils Lofgren (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, dobro, banjo); Soozie Tyrell (vocals, violin); Danny Federici (vocals, accordion, piano, organ, Farfisa, keyboards, synthesizer, glockenspiel); Roy Bittan (vocals, accordion, piano, organ, pump organ, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer, Kurzwell synthesizer, glockenspiel); Clarence Clemons (vocals, saxophone, percussion); Max Weinberg (vocals, drums); Garry Tallent, Mike Appel, Patti Scialfa (vocals); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); David Sancious (piano, organ, keyboards); Harold Wheeler (piano); Patrick Warren (tack piano, chamberlin); Richard Blackwell (congas, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Chuck Plotkin; Jimmy Iovine; Toby Scott; Bob Clearmountain; Brendan O'Brien .
Audio Remixer: Jack Ashkinazy.
Recording information: 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Nassau Coliseum, NY; Record Plant Studio, New York, NY; Southern Tracks Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Power Station, New York, NY; Thrill Hill Recording, NJ; Winterland, CA.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
On Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's GREATEST HITS, the "Greatest" part is largely undeniable, but "Hits" is technically a misnomer, since some of these songs barely dented the Top 40, and some weren't even singles. That said, with the exception of latter-day tracks "Lonesome Day" and "Radio Nowhere," these are undoubtedly some of the most iconic tunes in Springsteen's mighty canon. From the loose, Bob Dylan-meets-Van Morrison rush of early tracks like "Rosalita" to the intense, trenchant drive of "Dancing in the Dark" and "Born in the U.S.A.," this is Springsteen and the E Street Band (as opposed to Springsteen the solo artist) at their most essential and unforgettable. If a single disc is as far as you want to go in exploring their music, start here.