9 Songs, 37 Minutes

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.

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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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
122 Ratings
122 Ratings
heyyalldig ,

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 Different Anonymous Reviewer ,

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.

kpa272 ,

Mastered for iTunes!

The sound difference between the needs-to-be-remastered CD and this new MFiT version is pretty great. There's much more separation and clarity, and a lot of the muddiness is gone, which is impressive for a 40-year old album. If being 'Mastered for iTunes' is this effective across other titles, I'm definitely going to look at buying more albums.

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