“The Ties That Bind” documentary from the new The River Collection box set debuts Friday, November 27 at 9:00pm ET, exclusively on HBO. The film features an inside look at the creation of Bruce’s groundbreaking album, The River, along with previously unreleased archival footage from The River Tour.
Employing an intimate interview style, Grammy- and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny showcases Bruce’s first-person take on his writing process. Offering an in-depth discussion on the origins of key tracks from his first double album, Springsteen shares how they were developed, from the notebook page to the studio to, most viscerally, the concert stage. Interspersed throughout the interview are his acoustic versions of several defining tracks from “The River,” including “Two Hearts,” “The River,” “Independence Day,” “Hungry Heart,” “Point Blank” and “Wreck on the Highway.”
In addition to rehearsal clips from Sept. 1980 and live performances from the legendary Nov. 5, 1980 Arizona State University show in Tempe Ariz., the documentary showcases more than 100 recently unearthed photos of Springsteen and The E Street Band during recording sessions for “The River.” Also presented are rare and previously unheard demos and outtakes from the 14-month recording process, including such songs as “Stray Bullet,” “Chain Lightning,” “The Time That Never Was,” “Cindy” and “Take ’Em as They Come.”
Check your local listings for additional airings of “The Ties That Bind” on HBO.
Here’s “The River” from the Tempe 1980 concert film, newly produced from footage professionally filmed on four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio.
July 2013 found the E Street Band in Europe, playing mostly festivals on The Wrecking Ball Tour. The performance in Rome stands out for a quartet of songs from The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. Kitty’s Back, Incident on 57th Street, Rosalita and New York City Serenade featuring the Roma Sinfonnietta string section were performed together for only the second time since 1975.
Pre-order the full performance from July 11, 2013 in multiple download formats ranging from MP3 to 24 bit Hi-Definition Lossless and DSD. A 3 CD set will ship starting November 30.