Sunday, 16 July 2017

Bruce Springsteen - A work in progress

A work in progress....

I first became aware of Bruce Springsteen in 1975 with Born To Run. I was blown away. He was for me, truly, the "future of rock n roll". A friend who already knew him and had his previous two albums, agreed to swap those albums for three used porn mags and a pint of milk.  Little was I to know that Springsteen would never again produce an album the equal of those first three, let alone improve on them, but would slowly evolve into middle of the road meaningless rawk or that racist right-wing timid obscenity called "heartland rock", which is the refuge of the inadequate American red neck. For a man who held such hope and promise it is a sad decline. With the release of the confused and inept Born In The USA he became the champion of gun-toting inbred nationalists

Bruce Springsteen  is a singer and songwriter born in 1949 in  New Jersey, United States. 
Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.[3][4] He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice and his lengthy and energetic stage performances, with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length.

Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.  (1973)

A tentative and messy first album, which catches Springsteen at a time of uncertainty when neither he nor his manager nor his record company know how best to present him, and when Springsteen is still finding his lyrical voice. Springsteen instinctively moved toward having a big band, and that is how he had performed for years. But partly through economics, and partly a desire to find himself as a singer-songwriter, he went through a solo performer period. It was during this period that he started recording Greetings. He had been signed to Columbia as a solo singer-songwriter - more than that, he had been signed by the man who had signed Dylan, and had been signed as "the new Dylan". His manager and the record company loved his ability to write long complex lyrics - though, as more astute critics and observers noted, his lyrical style was borrowed from Van Morrison rather than Dylan. Anyway. The idea was to record an acoustic solo album. But Springsteen was starting to invite to the studio some of the musicians he had previously played with. He wanted to return to rhythm. Disputes and arguments developed, and the resulting album reflects all these doubts and uncertainties. It's not a good album, and while most critics didn't think much of it - those in the know comparing it unfavourably with what they knew Springsteen could do live in concert, it was something of a marker for a considerable talent. The album may be a failure, but it showed that Springsteen was a man with promise - someone to watch.

Manfred Mann's cover of  Blinded By The Light
Bowie's cover of Growin' Up

The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973)

Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) 

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