Bruce Springsteen’s fifth album, The River, was a bold affair compared to what came before. Clocking in at 80-minutes and change, it featured tracks left over from the Darkness On The Edge of Town sessions, as well as new songs that would mark a darker turning point in Springsteen’s writing. One of the sleeper tracks from the album – at least on a commercial level – was Point Blank, which is beloved by the die-hards yet rarely gets a mention alongside the biggest hits of The Boss.
The thing that record collectors know it for, though, is that the Dutch-only 7” releases is one of the rarest records in existence. Not just in Springsteen’s back catalogue, either; it is one of the rarest in record collecting history.
It was slated to be the last European single released from The River in June 1981, however it was pulled by the CBS for unknown reasons. Physical copies of the single were to be destroyed, and it is said that only nine known copies survived and made their way into the wild. The picture sleeve itself is unique, and as well as the title track it features another stand out album track, Ramrod.
With so few copies allegedly in existence pricing this record is near impossible, however the handful that have made it on to the collector’s market have all changed hands for big money. Serious collectors would likely pay a top premium for a mint condition copy, and it is a true gem that really gives meaning to the term ‘White Whale’.
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- Bruce Springsteen - The River - Stickered + Lyric insert - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $25.40, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 04-Dec-2023 11:08)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The River (1980 UK 20-track double LP with graduated orange labels, with illustrated inners, fold-out lyric insert & hype stickered picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent with minor shelf wear, the vinyl grades near mint)
- Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - Black Vinyl Etched - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £29.99, $38.09, €35.09 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2023 16:27)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Letter To You (2020 UK/EU limited edition 12-track three-sided double LP pressed on 140 Gram Black Vinyl [with an etching on Side Four] - A rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signaturesound, recorded at his home studio in New Jersey, and Bruce's twentieth studio album, and is his first with the E Street Band since 2012’s High Hopes and their first performances together since 2016’s The River Tour, produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. The gatefold picture sleeve comes with transparent inners and 16 page booklet while the two vinyl discs look barely played)
- Bruce Springsteen - Live/1975-85 + Red Obi & Print - Japanese - vinyl box set - £75.00, $95.25, €87.75 (New Item) (arrived 24-Oct-2023 15:37)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Live/1975-85 (1986 Japanese 40-track five vinyl LP set of live recordings, housed in a 12" square picture box complete with illustrated inners, an 18-page illustrated booklet of tour dates & Japanese text, an additional 34-page lyric / photo album & thick card obi-strip. This copy also includes an extra rare treat: a bonus portrait display of Bruce with facsimile autograph which has just a light evidence of wear. Whilst the box and vinyl discs appear in 'near mint' condition. A bossitem! 75AP3300~4)
- Bruce Springsteen - Cover Me - EX - Dutch - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.70, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 27-Oct-2023 14:41)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Cover Me (1984 Dutch 3-track 12" vinyl Maxi Single, featuring the Undercover Mix and Dub Version, also includes a live version of Jersey Girl. The picture sleeve displays some light wear to the front and a single corner crease, whilst the vinyl shows minimal signs of wear - An ideal play copy)
- Bruce Springsteen - Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.40, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Nov-2023 16:15)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. (Mid 70s UK graduated orange label issue of the 1973 9-track LP, fold-out 'postcard' picture sleeve with lyrics front & back. The sleeve is Excellent with some light storage marks & the vinyl still looks barely played)
- Bruce Springsteen - Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. - UltraDisc One-Step 180 Gram SuperVinyl - Sealed - US - vinyl LP - £149.99, $190.49, €175.49 (New Item) (arrived 04-Nov-2023 12:03)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. (UltraDisc One-Step SuperVinyl Pressing by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab limited edition 9-track LP, mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI on 180-gram SuperVinyl, cut at33RPM. The definitive-sounding version of Springsteen’s daring debut. Housed inside an elegant slipcase individually gold-foil numbered, with foil-stamped sleeves and original artwork, hype sticker & factory sealed. Recommended)
- Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. - Remastered 180 Gram - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $31.74, €29.24 (New Item) (arrived 07-Nov-2023 11:56)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Born In The U.S.A. (2015 UK/EU limited edition 12-track LP remastered from the original source tapes and pressed on 180-gram audiophile quality black vinyl. Bruce's 1984 pop masterpeice features the hit singles Dancing In TheDark, Glory Days, Cover Me, I'm On Fire, and the anthemic Born In The U.S.A. Picture sleeve is a high quality faithful recreation of the original cover art, with hype sticker & factory sealed. Essential) #Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
- Bruce Springsteen - The River - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $19.05, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 07-Nov-2023 16:05)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The River (1981 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single on the graduated orange CBS label, also including Independence Day, paper picture sleeve. The delicate sleeve has some light general wear, and the vinyl has just a few light surface marks. A respectable copy offered at an advantageous price A1179)
- Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.24, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 13-Nov-2023 15:49)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Tunnel Of Love - EX (1987 UK 12-track LP including Brilliant Disguise & Two Faces, picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve & vinyl remain in excellent condition)
- Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska - RSD 15 - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $38.09, €35.09 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2023 16:33)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Nebraska (2015 UK/EU issue limited edition 10-track LP pressed on 180gram Audiophile Vinyl issued for Record Store Day 2015, featuring a digitally remastered version of hishighly regarded largely acoustic sixth studio album including the singles Atlantic City and Open All Night. Housed in a single picture sleeve with lyric printed inner. Although not sealed, this example remains in a 'near as new' condition) #Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time