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Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-1988 (1989)

"The Boss" is back again; full-force in one of his best productions with the E Street Band. I've never seen Bruce Springsteen in better form! This decade-long anthology not only features ... See full synopsis »


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Credited cast:
Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Bittan Roy Bittan ... Himself
Clarence Clemons ... Himself
Courteney Cox ... Bruce's Fan (segment "Dancing in the Dark") (archive footage)
Danny Federici Danny Federici ... Himself
Joette Higgins Joette Higgins
Nils Lofgren ... Himself
Patti Scialfa Patti Scialfa ... Herself
Garry Tallent Garry Tallent ... Himself
Steven Van Zandt ... Himself
Max Weinberg ... Himself


"The Boss" is back again; full-force in one of his best productions with the E Street Band. I've never seen Bruce Springsteen in better form! This decade-long anthology not only features all of his greatest hits, but if you watch somewhat closely; you'll see Courteney Cox (-Arquette...) get her first big break --- by dancing onstage with "The Boss!" She was quite cute then and it appeared that she was just randomly picked to dance with Bruce; but (spoiler now...) she was offered $200 to dance with "The Boss." Still, everything seems spontaneous and it's a great concert!

Disk 1: * Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) * The River * Thunder Road * Atlantic City * Dancing in the Dark * Born in the U.S.A * I'm on Fire * Glory Days * My Hometown

Disk 2 * Human Touch * Better Days * 57 Channels (And Nothing On) * Leap Of Faith * Streets of Philadelphia * Murder Incoporated * Secred Garden * Hungry Heart * Dead Man Walkin'

Bonus: Secret Garden (With strings) Complete Discography eith track lists (from (...

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31 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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A Must for Springsteen Fans
16 May 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-1988 (1989)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Any fan of Bruce Springsteen will certainly love watching this program, which collects his music videos up to this point in his career. The majority of the videos come from the Born in the U.S.A. and Tunnel of Love albums but that's not really a bad thing when both albums were so great.

To me the greatest video here is still the Brian DePalma directed Dancing in the Dark, which is still quite powerful even today. This has to be one of the greatest written pop songs in the history of music and the video perfectly captures the mood and spirit of a Springsteen show with a young Courteney Cox getting up on stage for a dance. I love the song I'm on Fire but I must admit that I've always found the music video to be a bit cheesy but hey, at least the song is great! I really liked the Tunnel of Love videos and especially how laid back and much more personal they were with Tougher Than the Rest really standing out.

There are also the greatest hits video of Born to Run that still manages to get me pumped up no matter how many times I watch it. Both War and Fire are still catchy songs and are given nice videos. Obviously fans have probably watched this countless times over the decade but this package (later redone with more songs) is certainly a must.

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