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The Ghost of Tom Joad

Bruce Springsteen

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In the spirit of Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen strips down his sound (though not always to barebones acoustics) and tells tales of people disenfranchised by the widening gap between rich and poor. The characters are people on society’s margins, working in the shadows and struggling to get by. The title track is a masterstroke, a touching portrait of a modern-day John Steinbeck character; one can hear Bruce reach back to Woody Guthrie. For “Straight Time,” an ex-con with a new wife and kids ponders the pull of his previous life. “Youngstown” speaks from the soul of a despairing coal miner in the Ohio city. Two Mexican brothers in “Sinaloa Cowboys” end up cooking methamphetamine when fieldwork doesn’t pay the bills. Several songs here were inspired by newspaper stories, while others came from what Springsteen has witnessed around the country over the years. It’s a dark album. “My Best Was Never Good Enough” spits forth with a bitterness uncommon to Springsteen’s hopeful works. It’s a harrowing ride, but well worth taking.

Customer Reviews

Indexed In Zinn's Text

This album is like an American populist's manifesto. In sharp contrast to the shallow, fashion conscious crapola coming out of the music biz, this album would make Woody Guthrie hopeful for the future of songs. "The Ghost of Tom Joad", "Youngstown" and "Sinaloa Cowboys" are as good as it gets.


This album is simply amazing - from start to finish. GET IT NOW! It is one of the best albums I have ever heard. The lyrics tell great stories... the guitar brings you along for the ride... I'm going to listen to it again right now!!!

Very Beautiful

This is arguably Bruce's least known album and also arguably his best. Although, that may depend on which Bruce you like. If you are a fan of the pop/rock orientated stuff ala' Born in the USA you probably wont care for this album. However, if you prefer Bruce in his melancholy folk rock that reaches in and grasps the soul, this is an album you definately want to listen to. I think it is my personal favorite.


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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