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Editors’ Notes

When Bruce Springsteen released his debut album in 1973, Columbia Records thought it had finally found the "new Dylan" their marketing department was looking for, and in a sense, they had if you consider the magnitude of Springsteen's talent and performing abilities. What his debut lacks in precision is made up for in sheer nerve and enthusiasm. Bruce could swing wild — "Blinded by the Light," "Mary Queen of Arkansas" — but when he connected with something as knowing and poignant as the adolescent-contrarian beauty of"Growin' Up," the heart-stopping streetfight of "Lost in the Flood," or the joyous summer party anthem "Spirit in the Night," he was well on his way to creating a private world that was universal in its appeal. Though he was being promoted at the time as a bit of a folkie, his rock roots are everywhere. The E Street Band here is a motley lot. Drummer Vincent Lopez sounds fueled by methamphetamine, while pianist David Sancious lends a dignified sophistication. Their playing perfectly offsets the ragged, emotionally naked singing that makes Springsteen sound like a man caught up in rapture. An essential debut.

Customer Reviews

Bruce's best album

Besides Mary Queen and the Angel, this album is Springsteen's very best. Blinded by the Light, Growin' Up, Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street, and It's Hard to Be a Saint In the City are the Album's very best songs. There's nothing like old classic Bruce.

A Display of Raw Talent

Bruce Springsteen displays unmatched poetic composition in his debut album. The fact that this is a debut album is astonishing. Each song displays some Dylan-esque elements, but otherwise Bruce's sound in this album is a unique sound. Honestly, I put it third best overall among his works, just behing Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. If you don't want to purchase the entire album, I suggest Blinded by the Light, Growin' Up, Lost In The Flood, Spirit of the Night, and It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City. But that's practically half the album, so you might as well get the whole thing. You won't regret it.

Great debut

Joeturbo are you really that musically inept, here's a news flash for ya, Blinded by the Light was written by Bruce, it's his song not a cover! Why do these people embarrass themselves by writing reviews! Anyhow great debut album, not his best, but should be owned by every Boss fan!


Born: September 23, 1949 in Freehold, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation, with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's...
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