Born to Run

Born to Run

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by Bruce Springsteen

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In 1975, Bruce Springsteen had to put up or shut up. At 24, after two albums in three years, he'd been called everything from the new Dylan to the future of rock 'n' roll. The records -- Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, The Innocent & the E…  See more details below


In 1975, Bruce Springsteen had to put up or shut up. At 24, after two albums in three years, he'd been called everything from the new Dylan to the future of rock 'n' roll. The records -- Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle -- were involving, but they didn't live up to the promise. Suddenly, in 1975, everything hit: Born to Run was released, and Time and Newsweek, in a burst of journalistic one-upmanship, put Springsteen on the cover the same week. The payoff, still evident 25 years later, is that Born to Run delivered, and Springsteen deserved the hype. The album's reputation rests on four key songs: "Thunder Road," "Backstreets," "Jungleland," and the title track. Epic and anthemic, these songs are united by Springsteen's extraordinarily poetic lyrics -- hyperreal, hyperromantic, and centered around longing and faith -- and big, expansive arrangements full of piano and horns that create a shimmering wall of sound. The result is a stunning, timeless album that -- equal parts Phil Spector, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones -- is absolutely essential.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bruce Springsteen's make-or-break third album represented a sonic leap from his first two, which had been made for modest sums at a suburban studio; Born to Run was cut on a superstar budget, mostly at the Record Plant in New York. Springsteen's backup band had changed, with his two virtuoso players, keyboardist David Sancious and drummer Vini Lopez, replaced by the professional but less flashy Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The result was a full, highly produced sound that contained elements of Phil Spector's melodramatic work of the 1960s. Layers of guitar, layers of echo on the vocals, lots of keyboards, thunderous drums -- Born to Run had a big sound, and Springsteen wrote big songs to match it. The overall theme of the album was similar to that of The E Street Shuffle; Springsteen was describing, and saying farewell to, a romanticized teenage street life. But where he had been affectionate, even humorous before, he was becoming increasingly bitter. If Springsteen had celebrated his dead-end kids on his first album and viewed them nostalgically on his second, on his third he seemed to despise their failure, perhaps because he was beginning to fear he was trapped himself. Nevertheless, he now felt removed, composing an updated West Side Story with spectacular music that owed more to Bernstein than to Berry. To call Born to Run overblown is to miss the point; Springsteen's precise intention is to blow things up, both in the sense of expanding them to gargantuan size and of exploding them. If The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was an accidental miracle, Born to Run was an intentional masterpiece. It declared its own greatness with songs and a sound that lived up to Springsteen's promise, and though some thought it took itself too seriously, many found that exalting.

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Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Alto Horn,Vocals
Michael Brecker   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
David Sanborn   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
David Sancious   Keyboards
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Mike Appel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Charles Calello   Conductor
Ernest Carter   Drums
Danny Federici   Organ,Keyboards,Vocals
Garry Tallent   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar,Alto Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Max Weinberg   Drums
Suki Lahav   Violin
E Street Band   Group

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Mike Appel   Producer
Charles Calello   String Arrangements
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Louis Lahav   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
Steven Van Zandt   Horn Arrangements

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Born to Run 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no better rock 'n roll album than Born to Run. It is an essential part of any rock music collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Born to Run is the greatest rock album of all time. Springsteen is the quintessential musician for any generation and his ability to write so much good music is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It' s definitely the greatest LP of the Boss, and one of the major record of the seventies, and one of my favorite ever. Each song is just wonderful especially
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al Leiter's theme song is Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, which makes this CD cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest album ever made. People that don't like springsteen have simply never sat down and listened to this CD from start to finish. It is possibly the only album in the history of rock that can be descibed by the word 'perfect'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first few notes played by the harmonica on the album's opening song to the heartbreaking and earth-shattering chord that finishes the record, life can never be the same again. You've discovered two pairs of disillusioned lovers taking to the open roads (''Thunder Road'' and ''Born To Run''), in cars and on motorcycles, and you've cheered for them. You've watched a group of friends turn into a band (''Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out''), and you've seen a very different couple stand by sadly and observe all the energy that had ever existed in their relationship seep out of their world (''Backstreets''). There's two young men searching for and dreaming of the woman that will make them complete; one works hard all day just to see her when darkness falls (''Night''); the other simply informs you of what kind of goddess it is that he loves (''She's The One''). And two unknown figures get an unknown sort of business taken care of (''Meeting Across The River''), helplessly being drawn into the musically metaphorical struggle that will beat itself out on the streets that night (''Jungleland''). BORN TO RUN makes you wonder about bygone days when Springsteen and his characters wandered the alleys and bridges of the city, and it makes you wish you were there with them. This is about as close as you'll ever get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I listen to it, I remember why I love Bruce Springsteen so much! He has such soul and passion in his music that can uplift even the farthest gone heart! I love every song on this album! Especially (though I hate to play favorites!) Born to Run, Thunder Road, Jungleland, and Night. A true rock record that I'll love and treasure forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gem, enough said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Born to Run is arguably the best Rock album made within the last 30 years. --Just listened to it this morning (on cassette no less) on the way in to work, and it still has the same haunting and engaging lyrics, rhythms and melodies that I remember from my teens. "Jungleland" and "Thunder Road" are timeless American classics; "10th Avenue Freezeout" and the title track are everyting that Rock n' Roll was meant to be. The other songs do not disappoint at all. Love or hate Bruce, you can't help but to admire his spirit and vision in this album. Springsteen is a true poet; the E Street Band are the minstrels of our souls. Turn it up, and jam to it in your car. Your fellow commuters will smile at and envy you at the same time. The album just simply feels 29 years young-- and isn't that what great music is meant to do? ;-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most websites with Bruce Springsteen discographies gave this album a 5 out of 5. After listening to the album, I've discovered that the album deserves 5 stars! Most people who are only familiar with Springsteen's hits are only familiar with "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road" from this album. If you're one of those people, you should check out this album. Every song will blow you away! The only song on the album that is not really as memorable as the others is "Meeting Across the River", but it's still good. This album is strongly reccomended for Springsteen fans. How can you not like Springsteen?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After releasing two successful successful albums after making his professional recording debut in 1973, Bruce Springsteen would become an overnight sensation with his third album Born To Run. Released in 1975, Born To Run not only solidified Springsteen as the new voice of rock and roll, but it showcased a new kind of rock and roll star with a message of hope and solidarity that made him an American folk hero. Showcased by a pulsating beat, energetic guitar riffs and high energy backbeat solos, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band thrilled rock fans as Born To Run became a Top Ten blockbuster that would include a set of sweeping tracks, such as North Avenue Freeze Out and the title track, as it made him an international star. 30 years later, Columbia Records and Sony Music have remastered and expanded the masterpiece in a deluxe 2-CD format that includes a live DVD based of Springsteen's live performances at London's Royal Albert Odeon in support of the album. I did hear the deluxe edition of Born To Run in it's original formaton disc one and the live DVD edition on disc two where I found the deluxe edition even better than the single CD version, because the deluxe edition delivers more of the album's rich and timeless legacy in a bigger and enhance version that include several songs not included on the album (like Thunder Crack) from the second disc. If you are looking to buy Born To Run, make sure you get the deluxe edition, because it will give you 100% of lasting pleasure from this rock and roll masterpiece. The deluxe 2-CD edition of Born To Run is the definitive edition!
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