Lucky Town

Lucky Town

by Bruce Springsteen
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Overview

Lucky Town

Reportedly, Bruce Springsteen recorded most of Human Touch in 1990, but left it unreleased. He returned to work in the fall of 1991, intending to add a song, but ended up recording a whole new album, Lucky Town, and then decided to release both records at the same time in the spring of 1992. He might have been better off pulling a couple of the stronger songs from the earlier album, adding them to the later one (which runs less than 40 minutes), and shelving the rest. While Human Touch was a disappointing album of second-rate material, Lucky Town is an ambitious collection addressing many of Springsteen's major concerns and moving them forward. Here was the rage and the humor, the sense of compassion, the loyalty and commitment that had been the stuff of Springsteen's best music from the beginning. Songs like "Better Days" and "Local Hero" commented on and deflated the commercial success with which Springsteen clearly felt uncomfortable; "If I Should Fall Behind" and "Book of Dreams" expressed romantic fidelity and generosity; "Souls of the Departed" contained scathing social commentary; and "My Beautiful Reward" was a meditative epilogue. The lyrics were better, the arrangements tighter, the performances more powerful than those on the companion release. If Lucky Town, like Tunnel of Love and Human Touch before it, sounded a little under-produced, it nevertheless had the mark of the major artist Springsteen is, and if he had released it alone, it might have had a more significant impact.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972387024
catalogNumber: 723870
Rank: 11899

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Bobby King   Vocals
Ian McLagan   Hammond Organ
Patti Scialfa   Vocals,Background Vocals
Zachary Alford   Drums
Roy Bittan   Bass,Keyboards,keyboard bass
Gia Ciambotti   Vocals
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Cleo Kennedy   Vocals
Lisa Lowell   Background Vocals
Angel Rogers   Vocals
Tommy Sims   Bass Guitar
Crystal Taliefero   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Soozie Tyrell   Background Vocals
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Randy Jackson   Bass
Carol Dennis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Roy Bittan   Producer
Jon Landau   Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Plotkin   Producer,Audio Production
Toby Scott   Engineer
Sandra Choron   Art Direction
Victor Weaver   Type Design

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Lucky Town 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection of songs with themes that get deeper as the record progresses, presaging at the end the same serious themes that were found three years later on The Ghost of Tom Joad album. This is an underrated effort that deserves more attention.