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?