THE COLLECTION contains: GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK (1973)/THE WILD, THE INNOCENT & THE E STREET SHUFFLE (1973)/DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (1978).
Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica, recorder, piano, congas); Bruce Springsteen (bassoon, bass guitar); Steve VanZandt, Steven Van Zandt (guitar); Danny Federici (accordion, piano, organ, background vocals); Clarence "Nick" Clemons (saxophone, background vocals); David L. Sancious (soprano saxophone, piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ, background vocals); Richard Blackwell (baritone saxophone, congas, percussion); Albee Tellone (baritone saxophone); Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez (cornet, drums, background vocals); Garry Tallent (tuba, bass guitar, background vocals); Roy Bittan (piano); Richard Davis (double bass, upright bass); Vincent "Loper" Lopez (drums); Harold Wheeler (piano); Max Weinberg (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chuck Plotkin; Jimmy Iovine.
Audio Remixer: Jack Ashkinazy.
Recording information: 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY; Record Plant, New York, NY.
Photographers: Frank Stefanko; David Gahr; Fred Lombardi.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Richard Blackwell; Albee Tellone.
Arranger: Bruce Springsteen.
Providing the chance to compare Bruce Springsteen's debut and second albums with one recorded almost a decade later, this budget offering captures two sides of the New Jersey troubadour's musical persona. While GREETINGS is an explosion of pent-up imagery and forcefully delivered melodies, and WILD finds Springsteen exploring the possibilities of an expanded musical palette, the bleak, empty production of NEBRASKA proves that sometimes, a lone guitar and a high lonesome wail is all you need.