The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffleby Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen expanded the folk-rock approach of his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., to strains of jazz, among other styles, on its ambitious follow-up, released only eight months later. His chief musical lieutenant was keyboard player David Sancious, who lived on the E Street that gave the album and Springsteen's backup group its name. With his help, Springsteen created a street-life mosaic of suburban society that owed much in its outlook to Van Morrison's romanticization of Belfast in Astral Weeks. Though Springsteen expressed endless affection and much nostalgia, his message was clear: this was a goodbye-to-all-that from a man who was moving on. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle represented an astonishing advance even from the remarkable promise of Greetings; the unbanded three-song second side in particular was a flawless piece of music. Musically and lyrically, Springsteen had brought an unruly muse under control and used it to make a mature statement that synthesized popular musical styles into complicated, well-executed arrangements and absorbing suites; it evoked a world precisely even as that world seemed to disappear. Following the personnel changes in the E Street Band in 1974, there is a conventional wisdom that this album is marred by production lapses and performance problems, specifically the drumming of Vini Lopez. None of that is true. Lopez's busy Keith Moon style is appropriate to the arrangements in a way his replacement, Max Weinberg, never could have been. The production is fine. And the album's songs contain the best realization of Springsteen's poetic vision, which soon enough would be tarnished by disillusionment. He would later make different albums, but he never made a better one. The truth is, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll.
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Performance CreditsBruce Springsteen Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Maracas,Recorder,Vocals
David Sancious Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Clavinet
Clarence Clemons Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Blackwell Percussion,Conga
Danny Federici Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vincent Lopez Drums,Background Vocals
Vini Lopez Cornet,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Garry Tallent Bass,Tuba,Horn,Background Vocals
Albee Tellone Baritone Saxophone
E Street Band Group
Technical CreditsBruce Springsteen Composer
Mike Appel Producer,Audio Production
Louis Lahav Engineer
Jim Cretecos Producer,Audio Production
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Though Springsteen is famous for Born to Run and The River, this album is just as good. It has seven songs(each averaging about seven minutes long) and each one is blossoming with ideas and music. The style is that of reading poetry with a big band backing you up. The album also has a sort glamorous feel to it. Whether you are hearing about Spanish Johnny or Rosalita you will simply become enthralled in the story. By the time the song is over you feel as you have read a book. So sit back, turn the lights off, lay down, and let Springsteen take you apon his wild and innocent odyssey.
It is one of Bruce's least main stream albums due to long songs, and in some cases strange arrangements, but it is also one of his best. The lyrics are nearly unmatched on any other rock record in history, and the guitar playing is among Bruce's best on songs such as Kitty's Back and Incident on 57th Street. This album and Greetings from Asbury Park give a great early view of the characters that would later evolve in Bruce's music on later albumns.
First I have to admit that I am not a very big fan of the "boss", but I do like a great deal of his work. This collection is a very good excample to how cd`s like this should be put together. I like the previous work of Springsteen best, and I miss "The E street shuffle" among a few others in this collection. But all in all a very good summing up.
Have this from many years ago on vinyl. Wanted to have the CD, as my vinyl is scratched. Classic LP!!!
No Springsteen collection is complete without it.