I think I have a new favourite Springsteen album...

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  1. Daniel J.S.

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    I was listening to The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle and I was thinking to myself, why does this record not get as much attention as some of his other albums? The Springsteen faithful no doubt know every note of this disc, but I don't see much mention of it anywhere else. Whenever all-time great records are discussed, the expected choices like Born to Run, Abbey Road, Exile on Main St. and many others come up, but this one always gets short shrift. Sure, the drumming is terrible (thank god Bruce sacked Vini Lopez and brought Max in) and Bruce is singing in that way too restrained voice that he didn't ditch until The River (on the studio albums anyway), but these songs are some of his all-time best. They were examples of that romantic boardwalk rock that he never does anymore (except for "Mary's Place") and unlike most of those prog-rockers, the lengthy songs actually went places and didn't sound full of themselves. The second side, consisting of "Incident on 57th Street," "Rosalita," and "New York City Serenade" is one of the greatest sequences of songs committed to tape. In a nutshell, I find this album to be a forgotten masterpiece and I think Bruce should resurrect some of these songs live. Who agrees with me?
     
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  3. Daniel J.S.

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    Sure, it's been critically lauded, but I still think this record doesn't have the reputation it deserves. You don't see it too much in greatest albums lists and I don't hear the songs played on the local classic rock stations very often. Hell, even Bruce is short-changing these songs as he doesn't play them much live anymore. I sometimes wonder how much of his fanbase are still people that think Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. are the only records he put out. If you rounded up a bunch of fans, would be guaranteed that all of them would know "4th of July, Asbury Park"? I still say that in many ways, this record is forgotten, although I'll agree that it's not forgotten to the degree that say, The Shaggs records are. [​IMG]
     
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    I always thought "Nebraska" was the greatest.

    Maybe it's just the psychopathic part of me that takes refuge in the actual song Nebraska:


    I saw her standin' on her front lawn just twirlin' her baton
    Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died

    From the town of Lincoln Nebraska with a sawed off .410 on my lap
    Through to the badlands of Wyoming I killed everything in my path

    I can't say that I'm sorry for the things that we done
    At least for a little while sir me and her we had us some fun

    The jury brought in a guilty verdict and the judge he sentenced me to death
    Midnight in a prison storeroom with leather straps across my chest

    Sheriff when the man pulls that switch sir and snaps my poor head back
    You make sure my pretty baby is sittin' right there on my lap

    They declared me unfit to live said into that great void my soul'd be hurled
    They wanted to know why I did what I did
    Well sir I guess there's just a meanness in this world



    Copyright © Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)
     
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    It's a great album, which sounds even better in concert.

    Actually, between shows in 2000 and 2003, I've heard Bruce play more than half of the tracks on it:

    The E Street Shuffle
    Kitty's Back
    Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
    New York City Serenade


    ...if you see him on this summer tour, you're almost guaranteed to get Rosalita, and Incident on 57th Street, Sandy, and Kitty's Back have been popping up here and there.
     

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