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Album Review: The Album Collection: 1987-1996, Vol. 2 [Box Set] by Bruce Springteen
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Appearing nearly four years after its predecessor, The Album Collection: 1987-1996, Vol. 2 chronicles Bruce Springsteen's difficult middle age, an era that began with 1987's Tunnel of Love and ended in 1995, when the release of the haunting The Ghost of Tom Joad was complicated by the first stirrings of the reunion of the E Street Band. Springsteen left the E Street Band behind once he put the Born in the U.S.A.
The late 80s to mid-90s is an interesting period in Bruce Springsteen's career. The albums issued in those years - Tunnel Of Love (1987), Human Touch, Lucky Town (both 1992), MTV Plugged (1993) and The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995) - remain the records in his back catalogue that he less regularly turns to when assembling setlists. It seems to be that what fans want from the Boss - and what the Boss is ready to give - are his more bombastic, life-affirming songs with The E Street Band, providing the exhilarating soundscape for his tales of breaking out and breaking free.