Born to Run

Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750987525
catalogNumber: 509875
Rank: 2319

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
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
Danny Federici   Organ
Garry Tallent   Bass Guitar
Max Weinberg   Drums
Suki Lahav   Violin
Steve Van Zandt   Background Vocals
Ernest "Boom" Carter   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Mike Appel   Producer
Charles Calello   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer
Louis Lahav   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
Eric Meola   Cover Photo
Steve Van Zandt   Horn Arrangements

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