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Bruce Springsteen Releases Previously Unheard 'Party Lights' B-Side [LISTEN]

by Michael Haskoor   Nov 25, 2015 12:31 PM EST

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Feel-good Americana rock icon Bruce Springsteen has released a previously unheard B-side titled "Party Lights," which was recorded during the studio sessions for his fifth album The River, released in the 1980s.

The cut, which like many of his songs, has an anthemic vibe similar to his 1984 smash hit Born in the U.S.A., will appear on Springsteen's upcoming box set release titled The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, due out on Dec. 4 via Columbia. The four-CD, three-DVD collection features the original album in addition to unreleased music, unseen concert footage and a new documentary titled The Ties That Bind, according to Pitchfork.

The box set, which is arranged in a similar fashion to 2010's re-release of Darkness on the Edge of Town, contains a total of 52 tracks and four hours of never-before-seen video. It will include the full 1980 double-album The River (which was Springsteen's first No. 1 record) along with its outtakes and demos recorded between 1979 and 1980, prior to its original release. 

Ten of those same demos will be compiled as a standalone release titled The River: Single Album, which encompasses work he recorded in 1979 to serve as a follow-up to 1978's Darkness On The Edge Of Town that was later scratched.

The Boss' 60-minute two-disc documentary The Ties That Bind will demonstrate the challenging writing and recording process behind the album, along with live and behind-the-scenes footage.

The new collection, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, is currently available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon. Hard copy versions come with a 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs and the collection itself comes housed in a 10-inch by 12-inch hardcover box.

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