Performance Sound When the calendar turned to 1980, it was time for Bruce Springsteen to grow up. &ldquo;How people connect and relate to one another, or don&rsquo;t&mdash;I want to be a part of that, not just looking at it from the outside,&rdquo; Bruce says at the outset of the new documentary on the Blu-ray Disc that lies at the very center of The Ties That Bind &ndash; The River Collection box set. And that statement is, in essence, the manifesto for the direction taken by The Boss and his merry E Street Bandmates on The River, which found the brash &rsquo;n&rsquo; brazen New Jersey singer/songwriter staring down the dawn of a new decade with a cautious combination of equal parts hope and trepidation. The River could have easily taken a wrong turn and just kept going&mdash;and, in fact, it nearly did&mdash;but Bruce held steadfast to deliver a double album that put him on a path of &ldquo;writing for my age&rdquo; from that point forward on each successive album.
Performance Sound When it comes to delivering the low end, Jack Bruce has been the cream of the crop for six decades and counting. His syncopated approach to playing bass helped shift pop music&rsquo;s bottom-end emphasis away from just laying down root notes and fifths, in turn opening the door to a more adventurous yet melodically inclined style that laid the foundation for the rock explosion of the &rsquo;60s. Turns in both Manfred Mann and John Mayall&rsquo;s band set the table for Bruce to connect with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker and forge Cream, wherein the super Scotsman set the heavy-blues power-trio standard with epic runs and full-band interplay in songs like &ldquo;I Feel Free,&rdquo; &ldquo;Spoonful,&rdquo; &ldquo;Politician,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Sunshine of Your Love.&rdquo;
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Interscope Music •••• Sound ••••• If you read the album title a certain way, No Line on the Horizon sounds pretty funny: Wouldn&#39;t that be the