Bruce Springsteen ‎– The Ghost Of Tom Joad

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Springsteen's eleventh studio album, released on November 21, 1995, through Columbia Records.The album was recorded and mixed at Thrill Hill West, Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, California.
It debuted at #11 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 107,000 copies sold in its first week. The album won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Recording Notes

"The Ghost Of Tom Joad":
Recorded May 23, 1995. Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica); his four-man backing band consisted of Danny Federici (keyboards), Garry Tallent (bass), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar, dobro) and Gary Mallaber (drums).

"Straight Time":
Recorded sometime April–June 1995. Springsteen (vocals, guitar); his five-man backing band consisted of Danny Federici (keyboards), Jim Hanson (bass), Gary Mallaber (drums), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar) and Soozie Tyrell (violin).

"Highway 29", "Sinaloa Cowboys", "The Line", "Balboa Park", "The New Timer", "Galveston Bay" & "My Best Was Never Good Enough":
Recorded sometime March–August 1995. Springsteen solo.

"Youngstown":
Recorded sometime April–June 1995. Springsteen (vocals, guitar); his five-man backing band consisted of Chuck Plotkin (keyboards), Jim Hanson (bass), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar), Gary Mallaber (drums) and Soozie Tyrell (violin).

"Dry Lightning":
Recorded sometime April–June 1995. Springsteen (vocals, guitar); his four-man backing band consisted of Danny Federici (keyboards), Garry Tallent (bass), Gary Mallaber (drums) and Soozie Tyrell (violin).

"Across The Border":
Recorded sometime April–June 1995. Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica); his five-man backing band consisted of Danny Federici (keyboards, accordion), Jennifer Condos (bass), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar), Gary Mallaber (drums) and Soozie Tyrell (violin, backing vocals), along with Lisa Lowell and Patti Scialfa providing backing vocals.

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paul_eno

paul_eno

November 12, 2018
referencing The Ghost Of Tom Joad, LP, Album, RE, RM, 88985460171, C 67484
Excelent mastering by Chris Bellman and quiet pressing, however there were two visible marks on side one and four on side two. It's a shame that QC is not a priority and damaged records still find their way into the market.
ScriptSimon

ScriptSimon

November 7, 2018
referencing The Ghost Of Tom Joad, LP, Album, RE, RM, 88985460171, C 67484
Picked up my copy of this in the UK... was listening, thinking, 'what a nice pressing... very quiet', etc. Unfortunately there's a very visual scratch on Side 2 of my copy, right out of the packaging for the first time! Across half of 'Across The Border'. It's not the end of the world, but it is bullshit business from these record plants and labels that faulty product is able to make it into the marketplace. A shame. Otherwise a good edition.
space.gato

space.gato

May 25, 2017
referencing The Ghost Of Tom Joad, CD, Album, COL 481650 2, 481650 2
Great album, more like Nebraska.. I love Bruce's slower, acoustic/solo stuff. Straight Time is really one of the most sincere tracks I've ever heard, gives me chills. Modern Woody Guthrie. I really wish he made more albums like this. I cant say there is anyone in our era who can write and sing a song like Straight Time or Youngstown in this style. Recommend for anyone who needs to understand that Bruce has a much deeper side.
woodchamber

woodchamber

April 29, 2015
referencing The Ghost Of Tom Joad, CD, Album, COL 481650 2, 481650 2
I wish there would be a album version with out keyboards..
turnJBup

turnJBup

February 15, 2014
referencing The Ghost Of Tom Joad, LP, Album, C67484
Incredible album. 5 stars.