Friday, May 23, 2014
"Working High On A Magic Ball": THE WEEKEND MIX
Long time fans of The Boss have been very critical of his output since 2002's "The Rising." Yes, the man has been prolific but many have publicly voiced their disdain about quantity over quality. I am not one of those people. I not only like the records the man has released, including the universally and unfairly trashed "Working On A Dream," "Outlaw Pete" notwithstanding, I think "The Seeger Sessions" and "Magic" are as inspired as anything in Bruce's career.
We don't need to go down this path again, although it makes for great blogging and you're all welcome to take the trip one more time.
What I've tried to do was create a mix of songs from 2002 to the present that would seem more coherent to the cynical listener. This is dangerous, I know, because it would then appear not only contradictory to what I just wrote, but it would also imply that I know what I'm talking about and the naysayers do not.
That is not my intention, I assure you.
I could just make a separate argument for each record, including "Working On A Dream," "Outlaw Pete" notwithstanding. But I thought this would be easier to swallow and quite frankly, more fun and less work. I think this mix plays well and maybe it will lead to further exploration of the records from which the songs came.
I purposely did not represent "Devils & Dust" or "The Seeger Sessions." I believe the latter works brilliantly on its own and really deserves to remain untouched. "D&D" was mostly a solo project and it felt just as out of place. Plus, I just didn't have the room.
For those paying attention, here is what would be on the "bonus cd":
Devils & Dust
Kingdom Of Days
You'll Be Coming Down
Long Walk Home
My City Of Ruins
Frankie Fell In Love
Shackled & Drawn
Hey Blue Eyes
Just Like Fire Would
Hurry Up Sundown
Jack Of All Trades
Hunter Of Invisible Game
Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Your Own Worst Enemy
Further On (Up The Road)
Land Of Hope & Dreams
The Spotify playlist up top, for those who prefer that option, does not include "Wrecking Ball," as it was not available for some reason.