Friday, August 12, 2005

Springsteen 'walk in' music

Bruce Springsteen's 'Walk in' music:
Vol. 1 - Vol. 2 - Vol. 3 - Vol. 4 - Vol. 5


Bruce Springsteen just played here last night, and I'm sorry I missed it - had a chance to get tix at the last minute, but balked at going alone or finding someone to go (my baby and my baby's mama are out of town.) It was apparently pretty powerful (and apparently pretty quiet.)

Anway, one of the traditions of a concert tour is the 'walk in' music, ie, the music that is playing while folks walk in to the venue and wait for the performer to come out and begin the show. Well, Springsteen has 5 volumes of walk-in music (14 CDR's apparently,) and he has a tracklisting on his website. It truly reads like a history of American music.

There are a few albums that have the bulk of their tracks on the list:
Roots Music: An American Journey
Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster
Songs Of The Civil War
The Byrds Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Neko Case The Tigers Have Spoken
... and a lot of Bob Dylan (no surprise there.)

But where there is a surprise is in some of the more avante-garde artists featured like Sleater-Kinney, Antony & The Johnsons, Nas, Beck, The National, The Sleepy Jackson, Evan Dando, My Morning Jacket and The Clash as well as newer alt-country acts like Jay Farrar, Whiskeytown, The Old 97's and Jim White. His walk out music is Four Tet's "Slow Jam." Bruce is all over the place... it's a pretty cool mix.

More: Nick Hornby interviews Bruce for The Guardian
Stereogum posted on Bruce's 'walk in' music as well.

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6 comments:

drake leLane said...

Bruce Springsteen 'Walk In Music' Volume 1

* "Old Corn Liquor" - Joe Thompson
* "Working On A Building" - The Johnston Mountain Boys
* "Did You Hear John Hurt?" - Dave Van Ronk
* "Texas Cowboy" - Glenn Ohrlin
* "Ghost Of A Girl" - The Bluerunners
* "Strange Man" - Dorothy Love Coates
* "Long Journey Home" - J.D. Crowe & The New South
* "El Ahualulco" - Los Pregoneros Del Puerto
* "Oh Death" - Tarbox Ramblers
* "My Rock" - Swan Silvertones
* "You Can't Hold On To A Love's That Gone" - The Holmes Brothers
* "Just One Kiss" - Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
* "Chez Seychelles" - Beausoleil
* "Play A Train Song" - Todd Snider
* "Blood In My Eyes" - Bob Dylan
* "Voodoomens And Voodoo Dolls" - The Bluerunners
* "Cotton Fields" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
* "Diamond Joe" - Bob Dylan
* "Hard Travelin'" - Woody Guthrie
* "Tom Dooley" - Doc Watson
* "People Get Ready" - The Chambers Brothers
* "Midnight Special" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
* "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair" - Roger McGuinn
* "Candy Man" - Mississippi John Hurt
* "Joe Hill" - Paul Robeson
* "Roll On Buddy" - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
* "Big Head" - The Bluerunners
* "Bridging The Gap" - Nas
* "Hard Times Come Again No More" - Mavis Staples
* "Beautiful Dreamer" - Raul Malo
* "Autumn Waltz" - Henry Kaiser
* "It Ain't Me Babe" - Joan Baez

drake leLane said...

Bruce Springsteen 'Walk In Music' Volume 2

* "Mississippi" - Bob Dylan
* "Valerie" - Patti Scialfa
* "My Ride's Here" - Warren Zevon
* "Queen Of The Underworld" - Jesse Malin
* "Ourselves To Know" - Warren Zevon
* "Nightswimming" - R.E.M.
* "Living With The Law" - Chris Whitley
* "Alone Again Or" - Love
* "Long Black Veil" - The Band
* "Million Dollar Bash" - Bob Dylan
* "Sloop John B" - The Beach Boys
* "Linda Paloma" - Jackson Browne
* "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" - The Byrds
* "Portland, Oregon" - Loretta Lynn
* "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" - Kris Kristofferson
* "Sweet Thing" - Van Morrison
* "Summer of Drugs" - Victoria Williams
* "Valerie" - Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris
* "Lonesome Day Blues" - Bob Dylan
* "Big Sky Country" - Chris Whitley
* "Oil In My Lamp" - The Byrds
* "Me And Bobby McGee" - Kris Kristofferson
* "Movin' On Up" - Primal Scream
* "Lebanon, Tennessee" - Ron Sexsmith
* "The Dark End Of The Street" - Percy Sledge
* "Time Will Tell" - Jimmy Cliff
* "This Is England" - The Clash
* "Saint Valentine" - Joe Ely
* "Touch The Hem Of His Garment" - Sam Cooke
* "Everybody Knows" - Leonard Cohen
* "Sufferin' In The Land" - Jimmy Cliff
* "Dirty Old Town" - The Pogues
* "She Cries Your Name" - Beth Orton
* "Chestnut Mare" - The Byrds
* "New York City Song" - Dion and the Belmonts
* "Ranches And Rivers" - Joe Ely
* "Just For You" - Sam Cooke
* "Life's Little Ups And Downs" - Charlie Rich
* "Take Out Some Insurance" - Jimmy Reed
* "Straight Lines" - Wood
* "Stay You" - Wood

drake leLane said...

Bruce Springsteen 'Walk In Music' Volume 3

* "Sea of Cortez" - Green On Red
* "Static On The Radio" - Jim White
* "Hard Drive" - Evan Dando
* "Oughta Go Around" - Hamell On Trial
* "Sin City" - Flying Burrito Brothers
* "Ventura" - Lucinda Williams
* "Anselma" - Los Lobos
* "Barrier Reef" - Old 97's
* "Feed Kill Chain" - Jay Farrar
* "Things" - John Cale
* "When You Gonna Wake Up" - Lee Williams & The Cymbals...
* "Hardin Wouldn't Run" - Steve Earle
* "Death Is The Easy Way" - My Morning Jacket
* "99 To Life" - Social Distortion
* "Hung My Head" - Johnny Cash
* "Prisoner Of" - Charlemagne
* "Love Of The Common People" - Nicky Thomas
* "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight" - Whiskeytown
* "Jump Me One More Time" - John Lee Hooker
* "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" - Bob Dylan
* "Miniskirt" - The Sleepy Jackson
* "Hollywood Bed " - The Blasters
* "When He Returns" - Rance Allen
* "Heaven's Wall" - The Devlins
* "Carmina Burana Fantasy" - Sandy Bull

drake leLane said...

Bruce Springsteen 'Walk In Music' Volume 4

* "Better Times Are Coming" - Kate and Anna McGarrigle
* "Too Much Monkey Business" - Chuck Berry
* "Train from Kansas City" - Neko Case
* "Why" - David Baerwald
* "Girl From The North Country" - Rod Stewart
* "Wayfaring Stranger" - Neko Case
* "River Of Love" - T-Bone Burnett
* "Soulful Shade of Blue" - Neko Case
* "This Little Light" - Neko Case
* "Poor Man's House" - Maura O'Connell
* "The Crash" - David Baerwald
* "The World Is Going Wrong" - Mississippi Sheiks
* "Poor Boy Working Blues" - Doyle Lawson
* "Somebody Knocking" - Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation
* "Clay Pigeons" - John Prine
* "The Rock Of My Soul" - Rodney Crowell
* "St. James Infirmary" - Louis Armstrong
* "Was My Brother In The Battle" - Kate and Anna McGarrigle
* "Oh Death" - Ralph Stanley & The Clinch...
* "My Lady Story" - Antony and the Johnsons
* "The Tigers Have Spoken" - Neko Case
* "Lost Highway" - Hank Williams
* "Barstow" - Jay Farrar
* "Annabelle Lee" - T-Bone Burnett
* "Fixin' To Die Blues" - Bukka White
* "Run, Mourner, Run" - Sweet Honey in the Rock
* "Come On In My Kitchen" - Robert Johnson
* "Hard Times Come Again No More" - Kate and Anna McGarrigle

drake leLane said...

Bruce Springsteen 'Walk In Music' Volume 5

* "Marie Laveau" - Bobby Bare
* "Ramshackle Day Parade" - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
* "Jesus On The Mainline" - Ry Cooder
* "I Am A Pilgrim" - The Byrds
* "I Got To Find My Baby" - Chuck Berry
* "Coma Girl" - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
* "Pretty Polly" - The Byrds
* "The Streets Of Baltimore" - Bobby Bare
* "Hickory Wind" - The Byrds
* "There Ain't A Tune" - Cowboy Jack Clement
* "Honky Tonk Song" - George Jones
* "The Drunkard's Hell" - The Stanley Brothers
* "The Christian Life" - The Byrds
* "Guess Things Happen That Way" - Cowboy Jack Clement

mark said...

Fascinating Playlist! Thanks for putting it together.