Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

by Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen


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Bruce Springsteen's debut album found him squarely in the tradition of Bob Dylan: folk-based tunes arranged for an electric band featuring piano and organ (plus, in Springsteen's case, 1950s-style rock & roll tenor saxophone breaks), topped by acoustic guitar and a husky voice singing lyrics full of elaborate, even exaggerated imagery. But where Dylan had taken a world-weary, cynical tone, Springsteen was exuberant. His street scenes could be haunted and tragic, as they were in "Lost in the Flood," but they were still imbued with romanticism and a youthful energy. Asbury Park painted a portrait of teenagers cocksure of themselves, yet bowled over by their discovery of the world. It was saved from pretentiousness (if not preciousness) by its sense of humor and by the careful eye for detail that kept even the most high-flown language rooted. Like the lyrics, the arrangements were busy, but the melodies were well developed and the rhythms, pushed by drummer Vincent Lopez, were breakneck.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750987426
catalogNumber: 509874
Rank: 15938

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Conga,Electric Guitar
Richard Davis   Upright Bass
David Sancious   Organ,Piano
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Garry Tallent   Bass
Harold Wheeler   Piano
Vincent "Loper" Lopez   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Mike Appel   Producer
Jim Cretecos   Producer
Louis Lehav   Engineer
Jack Ashkinazy   Remixing
John Berg   Cover Design
Fred Lombardi   Back Cover Photo

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