Born to Run [30th Anniversary Edition]by Bruce Springsteen
What's the best way to celebrate a landmark birthday of a musical touchstone? For a blueprint, look no further than the 30th anniversary edition of Born to Run. No new material has been tagged onto the album itself, a decision that makes perfect sense when you consider how iconic the original is. Like Sgt. Pepper or the fourth Led Zeppelin album, Born to Run is a world unto itself, a realm with a beginning and end so defined, and a character-driven story so precise, that it would be almost impossible to tinker with it. The anniversary edition does, however, offer a huge amount of bonus material in the form of two DVDs that tell the story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band circa 1975 in incredible detail. The first, a concert recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon, highlights both the power and the often overlooked subtlety that made the Boss stand out from the pack starkly enough to merit those simultaneous Time and Newsweek covers. The choice of a British venue is intriguing, given the degree to which Springsteen was -- and, arguably, still is -- considered to be an avatar of American music. Cultural barriers, however, are all but absent here, as evidenced by the rabid response to the music -- fiery versions of "Spirit in the Night" and the galvanizing "Detroit Medley," as well as more nuanced takes on "For You" and "4th of July Asbury Park" -- and to Springsteen himself, in this instance a looser (goofier, even) performer than he would become in later years. The second DVD, more or less a "making of" documentary, is even more illuminating, as it delves into the mind-set of an artist who had yet to experience real success, and who clearly felt any chance at doing so slipping from his reach. Footage from the era finds Springsteen and his band (some of whom were kicked to the curb in the process) fretting over just about every note on Born to Run, building the songs from spare rock beginnings to the wall-of-sound grandeur that would eventually win over arenas full of fans. That footage, captured over the course of two years, appears alongside more contemporary interviews with the principals, telling the whole story with a minimum of revisionism and self-satisfaction. It's the sort of thing that could even win over Springsteen doubters -- and will offer plenty of food for thought for his legion of admirers.
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- She's the One
- Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
- Spirit in the Night
- Lost in the Flood
- She's the One
- Born to Run
- The E Street Shuffle
- It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
- Kitty's Back
- Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
- 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
- Detroit Medley
- For You
- Quarter to Three
- The Journey
- Third Album Pressure
- Born to Run
- A New Band
- The Studio
- The Mix
- The Record Release
- The Hype
- End of the Journey
- Spirit in the Night
- Wild Billy's Circus Story
Performance CreditsBruce Springsteen Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Horn,Vocals
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
David Sanborn Baritone Saxophone
David Sancious Keyboards
Clarence Clemons Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Andre Trombone
Mike Appel Background Vocals
Roy Bittan Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Randy Brecker Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Calello Conductor
Ernest Carter Drums
Danny Federici Organ,Keyboards
Garry Tallent Bass,Bass Guitar
Steven Van Zandt Background Vocals
Max Weinberg Drums
Suki Lahav Violin
Steve VanZandt Horn,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBruce Springsteen Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Mike Appel Producer,Audio Production
Charles Calello String Arrangements
Barbara Carr Executive Producer,Management
Jimmy Iovine Engineer
Louis Lahav Engineer
Jon Landau Executive Producer,Audio Production,Management
Steven Van Zandt Horn Arrangements
Joe Landau Producer
David Bett Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Barry Rebo Director,Producer
Tammy Comstock Management
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Alison Oscar Management
Thom Zimny Director,Producer
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There is no better rock 'n roll album than Born to Run. It is an essential part of any rock music collection.
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.
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
Al Leiter's theme song is Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, which makes this CD cool!
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'.
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.
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!
A gem, enough said.
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? ;-)
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?
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!