Born in the U.S.A.

Born in the U.S.A.

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by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

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Bruce Springsteen had become increasingly downcast as a songwriter during his recording career, and his pessimism bottomed out with Nebraska. But Born in the U.S.A., his popular triumph, which threw off seven Top Ten hits and became one of the best-selling albums of all time, trafficked in much the same struggle, albeit set to galloping rhythms and set

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Bruce Springsteen had become increasingly downcast as a songwriter during his recording career, and his pessimism bottomed out with Nebraska. But Born in the U.S.A., his popular triumph, which threw off seven Top Ten hits and became one of the best-selling albums of all time, trafficked in much the same struggle, albeit set to galloping rhythms and set off by chiming guitars. That the witless wonders of the Reagan regime attempted to co-opt the title track as an election-year campaign song wasn't so surprising: the verses described the disenfranchisement of a lower-class Vietnam vet, and the chorus was intended to be angry, but it came off as anthemic. Then, too, Springsteen had softened his message with nostalgia and sentimentality, and those are always crowd-pleasers. "Glory Days" may have employed Springsteen's trademark disaffection, yet it came across as a couch potato's drunken lament. But more than anything else, Born in the U.S.A. marked the first time that Springsteen's characters really seemed to relish the fight and to have something to fight for. They were not defeated ("No Surrender"), and they had friendship ("Bobby Jean") and family ("My Hometown") to defend. The restless hero of "Dancing in the Dark" even pledged himself in the face of futility, and for Springsteen, that was a step. The "romantic young boys" of his first two albums, chastened by "the working life" encountered on his third, fourth, and fifth albums and having faced the despair of his sixth, were still alive on this, his seventh, with their sense of humor and their determination intact. Born in the U.S.A. was their apotheosis, the place where they renewed their commitment and where Springsteen remembered that he was a rock & roll star, which is how a vastly increased public was happy to treat him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074643865326
catalogNumber:
38653

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Primary Artist,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Roy Bittan   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Danny Federici   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Garry Tallent   Primary Artist,Bass,Horn,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Max Weinberg   Primary Artist,Drums,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Ruth Jackson   Background Vocals
Bamba   Background Vocals
Richie Rosenberg   Trombone
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
E Street Band   Group
Steve VanZandt   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Jon Landau   Producer,Management
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Steven Van Zandt   Producer
Andrea Klein   Art Direction,Cover Design
Steve VanZandt   Producer

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BITUSA deserves the praise it gets, but for the wrong reasons. It's not the fact that this album is a heck of a rock and roll album. It's not the fact that the lyrics are meaningful. It's the fact that the lyrics are meaningful AND it rocks. From the modern-day blues protest song ("Born in the U.S.A.") to the reflective folk-rocker ("My Hometown", and everything in between, Springsteen delivers a poetic and rockin' album. Also to classify this as an "arena rock" album would be merely technical. It's folk, blues, jazz, and country with a foundation of arena rock. Read this review, listen to the album, and then tell me that I'm over-analyzing. Get this album, but get it for the right reasons!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best springsteen cds ever.i should know cause i have it my self the title track rocks and the other tracks are a powerful performance. if your a boss fan this 20 year old cd is a must have.
LS48 More than 1 year ago
I owned the cassette tape and would not have purchased the CD if I didn't tdhink it was terrific.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply one of the greatest rock albums ever. If you've never heard at least one of the tracks off this album, you just don't know music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Born in the USA was a great pop album that made Bruce Springsteen a superstar. It unfortunately served to erase many fans memories of the incredible music he made in the 70's. BITUSA is filled with catchy songs that most of us can relate to, but when it comes down to it, it is nothing compared to much of his other work. My recommendation is to buy this record, but not at the expense of other Springsteen records. Collect them all because they all offer something different, and in many cases are more rewarding than Born In The USA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS ''THE BOSS'S'' MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM TO DATE. IT'S GOT EVERYTHING, AND THEN SOME. THIS ALBUM SPAWNED 7 TOP 10 SINGLES, AND COULD HAVE EASILY SPAWNED ALL 12 TRACKS. YOU WILL BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND A MORE FUN, GOOD TIME ROCK&ROLL ALBUM THAN THIS ONE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest cds ever known to man! The reasons why? The songs are timeless, and full of meaning, passion, and energy! You feel a wide range of emotion when you listen to this (though not quite as wide as the 1975/85 album offers). From desire (Cover Me, I'm on Fire, Dancing in the Dark) to heartbreak (Downbound Train) to songs that can be construed as either sheer rockers (which they are!) or for what the downcast lyrics say (Born in the USA, Bobby Jean, I'm Goin' Down) to songs that give you small-town pride and rejuvinate memories of younger times (Darlington County, Working on the Highway, No Surrender, Glory Days, My Hometown). I can't think of ANYTHING I dislike about any of the songs! The ones that are on ''Greatest Hits'' go without saying as hits, and some of the others (Downbound Train, I'm Goin' Down) provide me with fond memories of such great times in my past. Springsteen is great that way! His songs can be applied to everyday people's lives in so many ways, or at least provide a backdrop for fond memories. This is an essential classic for any music or Springsteen fan! I can't count how many times I've listened to it already, or how many I will in the future, and that is just wonderful! I loved this cd! Chances are, if you have blood in your veins, you will too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest album of the 80's (beating out THRILLER),and one of the greatest of all-time.I've heard,and have BORN TO RUN,and no song on that album besides Born to Run has near the power and passion as every song on this album,I can even relate to a lot of the songs on this record,this is a living anthem of life in America,get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there was room for more stars, I'd give this CD a whole bunch more. This album is just perfect. I don't think there's a bad or uninteresting song on it. After listening to this, you'll understand why Bruce and the band went on a world tour for it that went all the way into October 1985, and almost all their stops where stadiums. RFK Stadium, Giants Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, Veterans Stadium, the L.A. Coliseum, whew! (gotta fit all those fans somewhere, right?) Great CD, you'll really love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though some of Bruce's pieces have morphed into something else over the years (and that's ok), coming from the same generation I find listening to this album allows me the opportunity to reflect on earlier years for the good and the bad through Bruce's youthful enthusiasm for life experiences. Listening to the "Born in the U.S.A." cut I recalled the criticism given as he had not served in Viet Nam yet wrote the lyrics in the first person. I too did not serve but yet I was able to identify with the feeling that surrounded the country because of the decisions made for those times and it reminds me of the sacrifices made that should never be forgotten. Kudos to Bruce for the artistry along with the E Street Band for this musical monument. The common thread here is when Bruce presents himself as a somewhat unsettled soul searching for inner peace.
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