|Nineteen-eighty-seven was a heck of a year in the
CD players were finally selling for reasonable real-world prices; things
were as likely to turn up on CD as on LP for first release, and the record
companies were finally starting to turn out some catalog CDs.
And then they announced this set... and that was when my wife and i decided
that we actually needed a CD player.
And the next day we bought a CD player and this set.
In the years since, i have not regretted either purchase. While this is hardly
all of Springsteen's output from the years covered, nor is it necessarily,
by some objective standard, the "best", what it is, is the equivalent
of a really good concert performance by Springsteen at the peak of his art.
And everybody needs that.