Human Touchby Bruce Springsteen
ock music, using it as a vocabulary for what he wanted to say about weightier matters. He has always written generic pop as well, but Human Touch was the first album to consist entirely of this kind of genre material, which he seems capable of turning out endlessly and effortlessly. Having largely/i>
Bruce Springsteen has always been steeped in mainstream pop
ock music, using it as a vocabulary for what he wanted to say about weightier matters. He has always written generic pop as well, but Human Touch was the first album to consist entirely of this kind of genre material, which he seems capable of turning out endlessly and effortlessly. Having largely jettisoned the E Street Band, Springsteen enlisted some sturdy minor talent to play and sing, among them ace studio drummer Jeff Porcaro, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, and Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers. It's pleasant enough stuff, easy to listen to, and at nearly 59 minutes it was the longest single-disc album of his career. And although it was Springsteen's first album that didn't aspire to greatness, Human Touch did contain several songs that could have been big hits: the "Tunnel of Love" sound-alike title track, which actually made the Top 40; "Roll of the Dice," an AOR radio favorite; and "Man's Job."
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Performance CreditsBruce Springsteen Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Isham Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Bobby King Vocals,Background Vocals
David Sancious Organ,Hammond Organ
Ian McLagan Piano
Bobby Hatfield Vocal Harmony
Patti Scialfa Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Roy Bittan Keyboards
Michael Fisher Percussion
Douglas Lunn Bass
Jeff Porcaro Percussion,Drums
Tim Pierce Guitar
Kurt Wortman Dumbek,Drums,Doumbek
Sam Moore Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Randy Jackson Bass
Bobby "Blanco" King Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBruce Springsteen Arranger,Producer
Roy Bittan Composer,Producer
Jon Landau Producer,Management
Chuck Plotkin Producer
Toby Scott Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Rob Jaczko Engineer
Sandra Choron Art Direction
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Listen to the samples for yourself and decide. It bought this CD when it first came out and never really listened to it until years later - and it has become on of my favorites.
Another of Springsteen's thought provoking and heart warming masterpieces! One of my favourites (of all musicians) of all time.
This is a good album that gets the kind of critic reviews that border on slanderous. This album is well worth listening to. What I wish would be put on this CD (at some future date) are the remixes of '57 Channels'. Back in the early 90's we had the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles and Bruce put out a special CD with 3 L.A. Riot remixes of the song "57 Channels and nothings on" complete with clips of local and national news reports and crowd reactions integrated in the song. Frankly, that little CD was one of the most powerful things Springsteen has ever put out, yet those cuts don't even find a place in the rarity and outtake boxes. There is just no excuse for the exclusion of these great mixes. At least they should reissue the CD: "57 Channels (and nothing On) The Remixes" - a 4 song CD (the forth song being "Part Man, Part Monkey").
Having just upgraded this album to CD, I listened last night and was forced to re-evaluate it. I recall that when it first came out, most reviews were positive. As time has gone by its stock has fallen. I think that the reasons may be the so-so backing by the studio pro rhythm section and that the writing was more down to earth than previous Springsteen albums. Only the title track is played much on the radio, not always a true measure but in this case probably an accurate one. Had the best songs from this album and its sister project Lucky Town been released on a single disc, the results may have been better. The MTV Plugged disc supports that theory, although most of its tracks are from Lucky Town. Still, this is a bargain price-I paid more for the original LP.