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Format: CD
Label: SONY
Catalog: 67484
Rel. Date: 11/21/1995
UPC: 074646748428

The Ghost of Tom Joad
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Format: CD
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''The Ghost of Tom Joad'' is the eleventh studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music). The album was recorded and mixed at Thrill Hill during the spring and summer of 1995. Musically and lyrically reminiscent of Springsteen's 1982 critically-acclaimed album ''Nebraska'', ''The Ghost of Tom Joad'' received mostly favorable reviews. Mikal Gilmore of Rolling Stone called it "Springsteen's best album in ten years," and considered it "among the bravest work that anyone has given us this decade." However, it reached only #11 on the Billboard 200, breaking a string of eight consecutive Top 5 studio albums in the U.S for Springsteen.

The album is mainly backed by acoustic guitar work and the lyrics on many of the tracks are a somber reflection of life in the mid-1990s in America and Mexico. Tom Joad is the protagonist of John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath''. Springsteen has commented that he was first inspired by John Ford's film of the novel.

The album's release was followed by Springsteen's solo acoustic Ghost of Tom Joad Tour.

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