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Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen

1975

Born To Run

Album Summary

Born to Run is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on August 25, 1975, by Columbia Records. As his effort to break into the mainstream, the album was a commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually selling six million copies in the United States. Two singles were released from the album: "Born to Run" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"; the first helped Springsteen to reach mainstream popularity. The tracks "Thunder Road", "She's the One", and "Jungleland" became staples of album-oriented rock radio and Springsteen concert high points. Born to Run garnered widespread acclaim on release. It has since been considered by critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time. On November 14, 2005, a 30th Anniversary remaster of the album was released as a box set including two DVDs: a production diary film and a concert movie. The album was remastered again in 2014 by veteran mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, who has worked on much of Springsteen's audio output since 1982, for release as part of The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973–1984, a boxed set composed of remastered editions of his first seven albums. It was later released in remastered form as a single disc as well.

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Rating

3.63

Votes

5026

Genres

  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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5

“The screen door slams/Mary’s dress waves” This will always be a magic album for me. The way everything builds to the climax of Born to Run and then the denouement that follows is perfectly sequenced and a testament to Springsteen’s talent as a storyteller. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but this time around, “Backstreets” was the one that grabbed me the most.

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5

More expansive and cinematic than I was expecting, and I'm pretty familiar with the singles off this album. The saxophone is arguably the lead instrument here, and there are some jazzy moments where it and the keyboardist can really shine. Bruce's lyrics are excellent and invoke a "working class" urgency: inspirational-via-the-gallows, a bleak sort of joy.

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5

Where to begin..... I'm not insightful or smart enough to explain the deeper meanings of the album and why it resonates. My best attempt is to say that it manages to convey most, if not all, of the elements that get buzz my mind: the difficult marriage between hope & despair, the desire to belong to something and finding beauty in the ordinary. Favourite track: Jungleland

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5

I love this album's big sound. It's simply one of the most passionate albums I've ever heard. I would say it was raw passion except that you can tell the album was very carefully crafted - channeling that passion into a thing of beauty - striking a near perfect balance. Springsteen displays more authentic passion on this album than many artists seem to be able to muster in their entire careers. I have tried, but can't seem to get into, Springsteen's first two albums, and I think alot of it has to do with the lyrics. On this album, while going for a bigger sound musically, he chose to go in a more refined direction lyrically, foregoing his more cryptic Dylanesque approach of the first two albums for something more direct and heartfelt than intellectual, and it makes all the difference. Though you definitely can hear the Dylan influence throughout, especially in songs like Jungleland, I think this is where Springsteen really comes into his own and becomes "The Boss." This is one for the ages. Coincidentally, I just listened to this on vinyl the other day with the family. It's in pretty regular rotation in our house and everyone enjoys it.

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3

Always been pretty indifferent about Springsteen. Never hated his music nor really got into his stuff either. I'd heard the hits from this album, but the stand out tracks for me were "Meeting Across the River" and "Jungleland." I feel like The Boss and the E-Street band aren't really exploring any new musical ideas composition wise, other than some bomb-ass sax. Its Springsteen's writing and storytelling that has made him such an American staple, and I felt those two tracks really let his writing shine. Being aligned so strongly with 'MURICA is kind of what kept me from getting into him, but his songs are very much proletariat anthems. I guess that's what you get for saying USA a bunch of times in a song. Overall a pretty enjoyable listen, but there's nothing calling me back.

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bruce sings like he has marbles in his mouth. this sucks. the piano sucks. lame. saxophone is lame. rock and roll for geriatrics

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5

- Thunder Road - greatest song of all time by a considerable distance - Tenth Avenue Freeze Out - an absolute bop - Night - one of the more forgettable tracks but would be the standout on most other records on this list - Backstreets - Up there with Thunder Road and Born To Run. 3rd best track on the album. Bruce at his very best. Born To Run - Lovely stuff She's The One - was never that arsed about this before but it's fucking class Meeting Across The River - skippable Jungleland - The bollocks

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5

Anyone who does not vote 5 stars on this masterpiece is a Communist and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

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5

Very chill, good bboomer vibes, listen to again

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3

Sounded like Meatloaf. Not as good.

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5

Sounds like America

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5

Show a little faith there's magic in the night You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright Oh and that's alright with me. What a classic

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5

Where's the option for 6 stars?

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5

Quite simply one of the greatest albums of all-time with some of Springsteen's most evocative lyrics. Best track: Thunder Road

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5

Sometimes an artist is so fully flooded with inspiration that everything they touch turns to gold. Bob had it with Blonde on Blonde, Van with Astral Weeks, the Boss has it here.

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5

🖤 Favourite Song: Thunder Road 🖤

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5

Never been a big follower of the boss, and I’m shocked never to have listened to this album end to end. He’s got a lot to say and does it well. Extremely good album across all tracks. Gonna buy this one on vinyl.

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5

Although, at times, Springsteen flirts with histrionic and melodramatic motifs in his music via a maximalist sound which risks drowning out any subtlety and poetry in the lyrics (and there is poetry here, but it's almost as if the smart kid in class has to hide it for fear of being laughed at) this is an American classic, chrome wheeled and fuel injected by a great band of talented musicians and Bruce's musings on growing up poor and hard in the city. The Great American Novel in musical form, Springsteen conjures up romantic images of highways, motorbikes, picking up your sweetheart to a Wall of Sound in homage to The Ronette's Be My Baby and the Shangri La's Leader of the Pack ('Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!').

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3

Gotta hand it to the boss for being cool. This is a fun album but it does seem a bit long even at 40min, just cause every song is almost identical. It's a good song though. 3/5.

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3

He isn't bad but to me was never the icon everyone considered him. A reliable rocker but never really had that swing. Could probably have profited from listening to Mink DeVille back in the day.

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3

So saxy I mistook it for Meatloaf.

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2

I definitely get why it’s popular, but it honestly just doesn’t I much for me.

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5

9.5/10 FT: Thunder road

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5

Vintage Springsteen!

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5

5*

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5

So good. The title track is obviously a classic and the whole album is just fantastic

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5

One of favorites of all time. 5/5.

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5

Here we go.

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5

Easily in my top 5 albums

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5

Great songs by a great artist and great band

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5

Listened to it before. Great album. Favorite track: Meeting Across The River

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5

One of my all-time favorite albums!

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5

Piano sound on "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" gives it great energy. Very nice overall flow of the album. Always has the Bruce's way of saying words that are clear and somehow mush at the same time. Backstreets closes out side one perfectly.

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5

Great album and lots of known songs & didn't know it was this old. Came out in '75. 9/10.

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5

Pietra Miliare

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5

Fuckin sick

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5

Just a brilliant album from start to finish. Classic rock and roll don't get much better than this.

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5

The Boss is my godfather's favorite artist so I tried to listen in high school and didnt really enjoy it much. Now on this re-listen with more mature ears, I really enjoy the sound. Thunder Road and Born to Run are obvious stars but 10th Ave Freeze Out was probably my favorite.

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5

GOAT

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5

Classic, listened twice

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5

nice

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5

Born To Run remains my favourite Springsteen record, and I always thought that was because it was my first. But listening again after all these years, I can safely report that every moment of this record is perfect. Springsteen's wails about breakin' out of the places that have always trapped him works as the perfect allegory for a suppressed working class that slowly realized that the American Dream was not meant for everyone. The sax work my Clarence, the drumming of Mad Dog/Weinberg, the keys provided Roy J. Bittan are absolute magic here. Heartbreaking to listen to, but still exhilarating after all these years. Fav Tracks: Thunder Road, Backstreets, Jungleland, Born To Run, et. al.

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5

What can you say about this album with its amazing storytelling combined with the Spectorish wall of sound. Rock and Roll at its height with a piano base. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and Born to Run are favorites.

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5

Was soll ich dazu sagen?

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5

Superb album, love every track

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5

Bem americano, muitos artistas que ouvi dos anos 80/90 tiveram uma grande influência desse estilo.

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5

Intricate storytelling about the American Dream and bombastic instrumentation. Gorgeous record from beginning to end and the title-track is a masterpiece.

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5

Great album no weak songs in the album great rock album from start to finish 5/5

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5

The album starts off incredibly strong with "Thunder Road" and keeps up the energy and strength as it moves, hitting a crescendo with "Born to Run" before coming down to prepare you for the end. I won't claim to know everything that Springsteen is trying to say, but his lyrics speak volumes and his voice just works with the words he sings, kind of like Dylan.

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5

The best album of the boss.

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5

I was looking forward to putting the needle down on “Thunder Road” all day long. The record that made The Boss a star, and deservedly so.

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5

One of my all time favorites. What a great way to begin this experience.

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5

This needs no comment. Top 10 album of all time, without question.

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5

A masterpiece.

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5

Classic

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5

Is this my favorite Springsteen album? I don’t know. That changes periodically. But this is definitely his best, most iconic, and the purest distillation of everything that he does great. Truly one of the best albums of all time. It sounds like the soundtrack to the greatest movie that doesn’t exist.

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5

A masterpiece. I love his storytelling, and the muscle of the band. The gradual build up of Thunder Road, the note-for-note perfection of the title track, then THAT saxophone solo in Jungleland. Loved it for years, and it's still astounding every time I hear it.

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5

way better than I thought it'd be. Incredibly impactful at the beginning and end

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5

September 13, 2021 I've rated several other albums five stars but this is one of my all-time favourites. So. Fucking. Good. I honestly would have a really hard time picking a favourite track because there are so many good ones. This time "Jungleland" did it for me.

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5

Захотелось куда нибудь поехать по шоссе

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5

Listened to the first bit of Thunder Road, closed Spotify and pulled up some bootlegs. Amazing record; songs meant to be heard live.

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5

Masterpiece

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5

Classic album that I haven't listened to in a long time. Long overdue re-familiarizing myself with this album no fewer than 5 or 6 absolutely brilliant songs that sound as fresh as ever. Though still not my favourite Springsteen album, that distinction goes to Darkness On The Edge of Town with it's harder edge, still a no-brainer 5 star pick

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5

What an album. So many great songs and each one paints a picture. Close your eyes and listen to the song and you could be there. Absolutely brilliant

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5

We're all Springsteen fans right? We all know his hits. We all know how amazing he is. But have we ever listened to one of his albums? I hadn't. But chose a cold, windy dog walk to listen, and it hit all the right spots. Amazeballs.

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5

One of his finest albums. A great entry point for anyone who wants to hear The Boss

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5

What else is there to say about this beast of an album. Starts off with a bang with the rocky track "Thunder Road" Gives this dusty, electromagnetic vibe that the album is notorious for. That edge in Springstreen's voice is so smokey and deep that it sounds captivating for the ears. That combination of trumpets, guitar and piano make this album what it is! "Jungleland" is an out of control track, that changes theme every minute. It's brilliant yet exciting, since you have zero idea where the song is going next. Of course "Born To Run" is a household name. Being a jazzy/ flashy dance segment to an intense series of verses at the end. Have a listen! Excellent lyrics as well, meaningful and thrilling

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5

Well what can I say? It's a masterpiece. I think this album is the perfect all round Bruce album which I'd suggest to anyone who doesn't know him. Thunder Road is the quintessential Bruce song in my opinion, if you don't get that song, you just don't get Bruce. I've heard that song countless times but I still find it completely mesmerising. I'll prattling on, FIVE STARS

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5

Unas baladas de Bruce.

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5

It’s Bruce

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5

I was so excited to get this album, as it's definitely one of my top all time favourites. I'll be the first to admit the The Boss doesn't exactly re-invent the wheel with his sound, but he does what what he does brilliantly. This album is no different, and it's equally an ode to the saxophone and to the American working class. I wish I could give it six stars! It's so hard to have a top pick, but it's gotta be 'Thunder Road', with honourable mentions to 'She's The One, 'Jungleland' and of course the title track.

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5

Fruitful and hearty sound signature capturing the rock and roll spirit. Bruce Springsteen delivers sonically elaborate arrangements and structure, complete with hummable melodies. At its core, it can be considered one of the best Springsteen albums due to its charm.

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5

This album seems familiar to me though I'm not sure if i've heard it prior to today. it feels very danceable while trying to express his curiosity within the neighborhood his singing about.

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5

Parto con aspettative molto alte, anche se non sono un perfetto conoscitore del Boss. 'Thunder Road' si apre subito con l'armonica e la voce talmente calda, che basta per farti emozionare, che carica poi sul finale! 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-out' continua invece su una nota più allegra, che aiuta a rilasciare la tensione e l'emozione della precedente. Anche in 'Night' sono presenti degli accordi che, pur non essendo al livello delle precedenti, richiamano a qualcosa di epico e emozionante. Ecco ascoltando 'Backstreets', forse ho capito cosa mi succede in questo ascolto: le canzoni hanno un qualcosa delle power ballad tipiche dell'Hard Rock, ma senza esasperarne i tratti, sono emozionanti senza essere struggenti, sono vivaci senza essere "potenti" e sono belle. (Ho paura di mettermi a piangere a leggere i testi, quindi lo farò in un secondo ascolto) Tutte queste canzoni portano al climax: 'Born to run', un classico. E inoltre anche la stessa canzone è tutta indirizzata al ritornello, come un piano inclinato. 'She's the One' è più tranquilla e con 'Meeting along the River' aiuta a rilassare. 'Jungleland' è la giusta conclusione: emozionante, ma su un tono più tranquillo. 6/5

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5

When I first heard Born to Run on the radio, it didn’t make me want to run out and by the album, even though there was a lot of buzz about it. I think I gave in when I saw Bruce on the cover of Time Magazine. Thunder Road and Jungleland have a real epic feel to them, with the big production, the piano intros and the signature sax solos to close out. I like the jumbled, lyric-heavy feel, the way he doesn’t follow traditional song structures – unusual for a rock n’ roll guy. He jumps from rockers to ballads to soul: stylistically Tenth Avenue freeze Out and Night are miles apart (except for his energy) but they sound perfect back-to-back. There’s really no filler on this LP and I there are probably at least a dozen tracks that didn’t make the cut.

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5

I hadn't heard of Bruce until the Born to Run LP. I saw Bruce and the E street band twice but I saw him play Thunder Road, my favourite Springsteen song, only once. The die hard Springsteen fans will say this isn't possible since T-Road has a permanent spot on the playlist. Read it and weep. I moved to Toronto in 1985 and lived in a high-rise apartment building that overlooked Ryerson Theater. On the day I moved a few people started to hang around the Ryerson entrance and by the next morning those folks were joined by a 100 more.  I went and asked what they were doing and found out that two days later Springsteen tickets were going on sale. So if you had the time and inclination to stand in line for two days, you could get a seat in the first 10 rows. I called a couple of friends from Sudbury and asked if I should get a few tickets. They were ecstatic so I got the tickets and a month or so later we went to see Bruce. The crowd went crazy  when he started to play Thunder Road and it was amazing how many people knew all the words. This song is a long one and it doesn’t have a chorus. Every line is unique. When Bruce was a few lines into the song, around “Roy Orbison singing for the lonely'', the crowd was signing louder than Bruce was. By the time the second verse started, Bruce tapped out and just let the audience sing alone from the line “Don’t run back inside” until the line “You ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright”. Bruce had to cut back in with a long and loud “Oh” since there is an unusually long pause before “that’s alright with me” and the audience would have sung it too early and fucked up the musicians’ timing. Even with Bruce singing again, you could hear the crowd sing the rest of the words. To be sure, the crowd singing this song isn’t like the crowd singing the chorus to “I want to rock n roll all night” at a fucking Kiss concert.  There were a lot of words to know and the crowd knew them all. I was impressed by the die hard Bruce fans.  Fast forward to 2013 and I am in Rio for business the week that Rock in Rio is on. A local who is a good friend says I should stay an extra day as he has concert tickets. I say "shut up and dance" even before he tells me The Boss is headlining. There must be 500,000 at this gig. I knew Bruce would play Thunder Road at some point and was ready to howl every word. It was around 300AM, he had been playing for around 2 hrs and he just finished playing the full Born in the USA LP. He finally starts to play some stuff from Born to Run. Great news! Or not.  My friend's new girlfriend says she is tired and wants to leave. Fothermucker. I couldn’t believe we had to leave before he played Thunder Road but I couldn’t be unhappy. She was a typical Brazilian woman- you know  a complete smokeshow. If someone who looked like her asked me to take her home then,  I would have pulled a Houdini in about 10 seconds. C'est la vie.  

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5

I've never listened to this album all the way through, though I have probably listened to every track. Thunder Road is brilliant - it's gift (beyond the great lyrics and sense of yearning) it that it isn't allowed to do the same thing for more than a couple of bars at a time. It's constantly shifting and changing. Born to Run itself, is of course one of the greatest songs ever. Not sure what else there is to say there. The rest of the album has great intros, so much good saxophone it stole all the good sax breaks, resulting in all 80s songs (except Careless Whisper) featuring sax being terrible, and beautifully desperate lyrics. It's so piano led too. The pianoiest album that rocks ever? Soz Billy Joel. I'm still only giving it four stars, because a few songs (She's The One and Backstreets) outstay their welcome. Yet Jungleland at just shy of 10 minutes could be even longer and I'd still love it. I'll see how I feel in the morning, cos my judgement feels harsh! Update - like Kanye, this is an amazing album which I have very minor gripes about. I can't not give it 5

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5

He’s the boss for a reason

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5

Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce The Boss’ best album. One of the best albums of all time. Tramps like us, baby we were born to run

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5

I’m not one of those cult fans of Bruce Springstein, but I am a fan of America, so I will inflate his rating to 5 instead of 4.

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amazing

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5

I love this album, there is an unowned nostalgia to these songs. It takes be back to a time I never lived. Fantastic imagery and musicality.

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Born To Run: The breakthrough album. Actually prefer its predecessor The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle and also Darkness on the Edge of Town, above Born To Run. The songs on Born To Run are perhaps a bit less special. And also: the way the band is playing on WIESS is great - the songs go on for much longer and have this live feel. On Born To Run, songs are shorter and Jungle Land is for me the best song of the album (of course, the title song is iconic). Nevertheless, Born To Run is great too and a 5-star album of course.

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5

Every minute of this album oozes craft and greatness - from starting with Thunder Road to the title track Born to Run - the guitars drive - the saxophone blares and the piano thoughtfully sets the mood for this all American blue collar carnival - but it’s Bruce’s masterstroke that pulls it all off with his ridiculous car metaphors and blue jeans gung-ho storytelling. On paper all this sounds like my nightmare but it’s so much more than the sum of its parts

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5

A great album by the boss. Probably his best songwriting and my second favorite album. So many good songs on this and born to run is arguably his best. Not much wrong with this one. 8.8/10

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5

One of the best albums of all time in my opinion. Thunder road opening and jungleland closing is an incredible way to bookend a piece of art.

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5

Fabulous. What more can I say? Excellent from start to finish. Five stars

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5

I'm not really a Springsteen fan but I can't deny that this is a strong and well crafted album.

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It's not the biggest-selling Bruce album, or the best. But it made him a superstar, and it contains three all-time classics in BTR, Jungleland and Thunder Road. A relisten reveals how much it's about Roy Bittan's piano and Clarence Clemons' sax. Possibly the most 'E Street' record of them all. Favourite bit ' the 1-2-3-4 count in during the middle 8 of BTR.

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5

third album i’ve gone through from this generator; first one where springsteen really clicked for me.

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5

Know it. Love it.

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5

Pros: A+ songwriting / storytelling A+ instrumentation. Took rock and made it even cooler with Spector-esque wall of sound production and made saxophone a rock and roll instrument Cons: Misc: - Somehow I did not grow up with Bruce and didn't get into him until college and probably because of Jake Ehrlich. My metal friends all made fun of his voice and thought he was too storyteller-y; that he couldn't write a song unless it met a criteria of mentioning A. the road he lived on when he was a kid, B. every car on that road, and C. workin' hard. I've of course since come to the realization that those same friends who would make fun of that would listen to bands that couldn't write music unless it mentioned something like "trampling people with tanks" and had lyrics like "why should the fire be shared by so few, let bombs explode- cause that's what they do. Nuke Mecca, New York, the Vatican too- give me a bomb, I'll drop it on you!" So to that I really say to each their own. Bruce is a true king and no one captures that very specific idea of growing up, leaving your hometown and doing your own thing better than him. And Born to Run probably does it best. Part of the magic of him for me is that his sound is inherently tied to a time period. I'll speculate that it's a reason why people our parents age like him so much; because 5 of his best albums (this, darkness, the river, nebraska, born in the usa) all came out when my mom was between her early teens and late 20s. Of course those are really formative years and he's there singing about New Jersey and growing up and getting out of the town. Hard to not resonate with that. Many of his lyrics are specific to those lived years and that helps that idea of gluing the listener to the songs. Unfortunately I think that it would be hard for future generations to appreciate the artistry in the storytelling due to this deep set tie-in to the time periods, but I am hopeful and optimistic that the music itself would stand the test of time. Part of what made it work for people our age is that a lot of us grew up listening to Bruce on the radio on car rides. For me it looked like this scenario: school ends for the year and it's in late June, it's 90 something degrees out, you're on your way to the Jersey shore, you just spotted the first girl in a bikini of the summer, and Bruce is on the radio. Magic.

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5

Short and sweet album with some absolutely CLASSIC hits! I love the full band feel, and the overall storytelling vibe that The Boss brings to his lyrics. Obviously, the NJ connection makes this one a bit more personal. The fact that this came out in ‘75 makes the occasional cheesiness more acceptable.

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5

Bruce’s best? (Talk to me on a hot summer afternoon and I’ll tell you it’s “Born in the U.S.A.”) This is certainly the album where he perfected his signature sound. How do you even describe the E Street Band’s style here? Heartland rock spiked with jazz and doo-wop? Listening to the album again, I wondered: What is it about this music that makes it so timeless? Is it that saxophone wail? The twinkle of the piano? The way Bruce distills a wide variety of influences and makes them his own? (On “Backstreets,” he croons like Elvis and screams like John Lennon.) Or maybe it’s just the sheer drama of it all. Few songwriters can take small moments like driving with the windows down or going out for drinks after a long day of work and make them feel like the huge, existential things they are when you’re in them. And who else can write preposterous lines like “The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive” and get away with it? (The answer is probably Meat Loaf but he got it from Bruce.) A classic album and a thrill to listen to.

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5

Just a great album from beginning to end.

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5

I resisted listening to Bruce Springsteen for years. I had long suspected that I would eventually become a fan, but I came to believe it to be the final step away from youth and into middle age. The day I turned 35, I went out and bought vinyl copies of Born To Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Nebraska. Oddly enough, a dear friend also fell for the Boss aged around 35, having been given tickets to a gig and swept away in the joy felt by both the Boss and the audience. It would appear that Springsteen is nowadays both the condolence a man gives himself when he gets his first grey hair and the reassurance he gives himself that he isn't impotent just yet. But anyway, Born To Run was Springsteen's breakthrough after his first two (fine) albums sank commercially, an all-or-nothing, budget-breaking last chance that thankfully paid off. And a colossal attempt such as this warrants a colossal sound, with Springsteen fulfilling his ambition of cutting a record that sounded like Roy Orbison singing Bob Dylan, produced by Phil Spector. The album seeks to, and manages to, resurrect Spector's Wall of Sound aesthetic, basking in utter bombast. However, the album establishes the now-defining Springsteen message of the emptiness of dreams, of how a life spent pursuing a fantasy is only likely to end abjectly. Of course, the album is astute enough to realise the power of reverie; just listen to the title track. But though he and Wendy may be born to run, the album ruefully considers that they have to run somewhere, that the real world is always there. Also, the photo on the cover, of Springsteen chummily leaning on Clarence Clemons, is one of the most charming, uplifting images in rock. By the by, I have not had a grey hair yet, and my penis still works.

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5

He's The Boss for a reason~

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Easy 5/5 for me. I enjoyed this album so much. Bruce is an underrated yet amazing songwriter and storyteller, I think he's one of the best. This album alone justifies that. Thunder Road is my favourite track but all of them are so so good.

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My favourite album ever made. Doesn’t miss on a single track. He shot for an unholy hybrid of Orbison, Dylan and Spector—and actually reached it. "Come take my hand", he invited in the opening lines. "We're ridin' out tonight to case the Promised Land." 5/5

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Spectacular album

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One of the best classic rock albums of all time

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I'm not gonna lie, my heart grew two sizes when this album popped up today, I love it so much. I'm back and forth sometimes between this album and Darkness on the Edge of Town as my favorite Springsteen album, but ultimately Born to Run really is The One. It's a perfect album, perfectly executed, the album I would recommend to any new listener who wants to get into Springsteen. The screen door slams, Mary's dress sways. From that first instance Springsteen pulls you into another world that feels so lived in and real, with riveting stories and characters you can really care about. His songwriting style is earnest, poetic and frequently surprising. His vocal is both sensitive and achingly passionate. And wow, what a big, beautiful sound. Musically this album is a deep bench of everything you could ever want out of a rock record. You can have a soulful, laid back song like "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" contrasted with the tension and doom in "Meeting Across the River" or the sonic catharsis of "Born to Run," and they all sound absolutely beautiful together. Bruce is pushing all the buttons here and it's magical to experience as a listener. The band is in top form, in what could arguably be called their best work. Special props for Roy Bittan, who is a genius on the piano. He wrings every bit of joy and pathos out of those keys in ways I didn't think possible. As with Clarence, these songs don't work without him. What an album. Exhilarating to listen to. A masterpiece. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Thunder Road, Backstreets, Born to Run, She's the One, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Jungleland, Meeting Across the River, Night

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that sweet sweet smooth Saxophone will forever ring out in nothing but Patriotism.

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5

This album sounds like summer. Bruce is a supreme story teller, and this album is the best example of his songwriting. His tales weave an arc through love, loss and genuine lostiness to put you in the middle of the angst of America. And it all starts with the perfect description… 'The screen door slams. Mary's dress sways.' I've listened to this album to easily know it's a five-star must listen. This is the album that broke Bruce from local boy to international superstar. His perseverance and drive to create the perfect album that would save his failing recording career is an emotional drive that is perfectly crafted for album listening. This is Bruce's masterpiece. He's created others that are great, this is the best. 5/5.

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Springsteen's magnum opus. *Darkness In The Edge Of Town*, *Nebraska*, and *Greetings Form Asbury Park, NJ* are also quite nice, by the way. The rest is not worth your attention if you're not a fan already, especially *The River*, too long and self-indulgent, or *Born In The USA*, too damn cheesy overall (and I'm not even talking of the records after that). What about this one? It's nice, really, really nice. Catchy piano riffs and intricate guitar solos abound. The title track is both immediatly gripping AND sophisticated (that incredibly complex bridge towards the end), but each of the other cuts have something specific and moving to say (special mention to opener "Thunder Road", "She's The One", "Night" and epic closer "Jungleland"--rarely have blue-collar stories of love, work and everything in between been depicted in such a grand and precise scope). Awesome lyrics overall, which justify the Boss being so chatty during those songs--a problem if you like vocals that allow you to grasp some fresh air once in a while, but the lyrical outpouring is still (mostly) justified in here. Urban romanticism at its best. And the fact that the sound is a little dated actually brings another layer of charm to the whole thing. Oh, and for once in a rock album, the sax solos are a great addition here. RIP, Mr. Clemons. Bruce Springsteen put New Jersey in the map of rock'n'roll for eternity. And it's the world that can thank him for it. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 897 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 54 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 27 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 23

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"Born to Run" is Springsteen's third studio album. There was a lot of pressure for Bruce to produce as he was given an enormous budget. It took him 14 months to record but produce he did. Bruce wanted a "Wall of Sound," as he described "Roy Orbison singing Bob Dylan as Phil Spector produces." Very high goals. I don't know if he achieved that exactly but I do hear the wall of sound; the album does sound big. A lot of these songs were/are US rock radio staples. Nowadays, I listen less to rock/classic rock radio but when I do, it's usually when they play vinyl sides. And, they always seem to play a side of this album. So, my view of this album has definitely changed from a collection of rock radio songs to more of an album as a whole. That is a good thing. By the way, both sides are equal in my opinion. I would think the artist and producer give a lot of thought to the order of songs on an album. A fair number of times I can't figure the reason though. On this album, the song order is important as the album is cornered or bookmarked; both album sides start off with songs about escape, running away, freedom - ""Thunder Road" and "Born To Run." And both sides end with sad epic songs focusing on the neighborhood -"Backstreets" and "Jungleland." All iconic songs and highlights in Springsteen concerts. I'm also a fan of "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" - the horns and 60's sound and "She's the One" - love the initial piano and how the songs builds. Sometimes it's difficult to think of anything to say about an album as iconic as this. Luckily, I heard at least one side recently which made me think differently and gave me at least something to say.

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5

Absolute belter of an album. Nearly every track is compulsory for a road trip playlist.

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5

Bruuuuuuuuuce

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5

I am not sure if I have ever listened to a Bruce Springsteen album. I’ve met a lot of super fans and haters over the years, but didn’t ever develop my own strong opinions. Knowing that he was sure to be in this project, I have been wondering how I’ll react to when he comes up. Listening to the album I immediately noticed a lot of musical influences at play in the intricate arrangements. The lyrics tell vivid, emotional stories. No greater example of this can be found than in the title track, a stunning masterpiece I have taken for granted. I was surprised at how moved I was by it when I sat down for a focused listen. Born to Run is a thrilling listen that deserves its legendary status. I'm embarrassed it has taken me forty-seven years to appreciate how truly great it is.

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A lot of songs that feel like they'd fit in perfectly as title tracks. Born to Run was immediately identifiable but Springsteen filled this album with songs that feel made to be massive hits. From the catchy piano tune behind "Backstreets" to the hard-hitting "Jungleland" lyrics and solo, this album felt very solid.

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5

bruce springsteen é demais

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J'adore l'albume t l'artiste mais darkness est min préferé, quoi que celui-ci est tres pres 5

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5

It’s not even my favorite album by the boss, but still a 5 star classic. The album where Bruce really came into his own.

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5

Almost every song could’ve been and/or was a single. Everyone has their favorite Bruce album and this one isn’t mine (The River for me) but this is as close to objectively being Bruce’s best record as it come. A classic.

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El disc on Springsteen va començar a ser Springsteen. Tot és aquí. La grandiositat del so, les magnífiques intros, les lletres evocadores... i vuit temes immortals

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5

A song can carry an album, doesn’t have to, but an album where I don’t love everyone can still be 5/5

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5

Gimme that raspy voice, B.

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5

Jenkkirockin huippuja. Ei huonoja biisejä, pelkkää rautaa.

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5

Ikoninen! En kyllästy koskaan! 5/5

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5

This shit rules.

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5

Yikes classic alert. Haven't listened to the whole thing for 10 years. Here we go. Its America. Its wall of sound. Its blue collar mis/adventures. It's sequenced well. (Each side starts with a "up" song and finishes with a "down" song.) The tunes are epic, maybe too epic. Its hard to fault tbh. I notice it has a average of 3.6 so there a lot of people knocking down those 4s and 5s that really don't like Bruce And he saves Jungleland till the end. 4 or 5?

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5

The boss!

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5

I’ve never been a huge Springsteen fan, though I have appreciated some of his songs that got air play. I’ve admired his evolution as an urban folk storyteller over the years. But having never really listened to this album all the way through before, I now see that those talents were there from the start. I can see how rough-edged disappointed but dreaming young adults of the 70s would have heard his lyrics and felt his passion and identified with his art. It all fits together so well, I don’t think I’d want to hear the songs separately again, but would rather hear them as this fiercely empassioned whole.

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5

Peak Bruce. A absolute game-changer in popular music

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5

Great. Similar throughout but not worse for it.

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4

It has a sound. Leaves me a bit cold mind

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4

1975. Key Songs: Born to Run, Night, Thunder Road

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4

One of those albums where you're like "Meh, Springsteen", but you're super into it anyway

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4

Pretty Sick album. Whatever I can tell that a lot of artists took inspiration from Springtein. He's got a very interesting storytelling style and the buildup and release his lyrics have going into the hook is cathartic. Good Album

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4

Nice one! Never listened to a full album by the Boss

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4

Album was... fine. It definitely felt like a product of it's time in the way he sings. The music itself was really good though.

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Fav song: Jungleland Really great album, love the production and sound. Great piano melodies too!

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Yeah, it’s good

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4

Didn’t think I could be converted into a Bruce fan but this album may have just done the trick.

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4

Some classics I've heard before that the rest of the album gave some interesting new context to.

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4

A classic

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Eat song is its own mini story but yet part of a while experience. The writing is superb and the guitar work is excellent. I never got into Springsteen but I can see that wasn't a good thing. This albums is really good. Although over it is short run time, it delivers all it needs to say in the short time. I found that the start was a little softer than the rest of the album but once it gets going it is something that you can just visualize. The story in the lyrics is clear and concise and able to give you an experience that you were almost there.

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Kanonskiva! Är det nåt jag skall klaga på, så är det för få låtar. Troligtvis den bästa, jämnaste Springsteenskivan. Inte en dålig låt egentligen tycker jag. 4+

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love this album

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The piano and sax throughout were a dang treat. Feels like old americana, joyful, sad, honest. He’s the boss for a reason!

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Very fun

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4

Pretty solid. I’m not a huge fan of Bruce’s voice, but there are some really well don tracks in this album. Favorite tracks: “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Born To Run,” and “Jungleland”

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This one is pretty cool

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went into this one expecting to give it a 5 but i wasn't blown away by it

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4

Muy personal y bien construído y elaborado. Inconfundible voz

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4

Sounds epic, definitely needs a closer listen than I can give to it.

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4

Surprisingly I've inky very listened to one Springsteen album in its entirety before this! Liked this a lot.

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4

it was a blur

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Nämä Brucen levyt ovat aika tasalaatuista suorittamista. Thunder Road ja Born to Run olivat ne kohokohdat.

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I definitely preferred this to Darkness On the Edge of Town and see why it’s considered the best album by Bruce Springsteen. So many of these songs are classics and it seemed like Bruce Springsteen at his best. Although Bruce Springsteen is still not my absolute favorite it was still a great album. Favorite songs: Night, Backstreets, Born to Run, Jungleland Last favorite song: Thunder Road Light 8/10

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I really like this album. It can be tough to review since the songs are so well known and played so much. Some haven't aged as well as others, but Thunder Road and Jungleland will always be rock anthems.

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Bruce Springsteen is the main guy here but the E Street Band really add so much to the overall compositions. They keep things from getting too boring, too formulaic, and elevate Springsteen with sweeping instrumentals that allow for a fuller sound with more personality. Springsteen brings his own, and the E Street Band give it more ground to stand on. Helluva band. Anyway, Springsteen basically IS heartland rock, and he's very much in this sound. Undeniably solid album.

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It's okay. I like meeting across the river. and Jungleland

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false

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Thunder Road, Backstreets, She's the One, Jungleland Cutting Edge: Born to Run Overall Notes: While I can't say I fully understand the insane hype for this guy, I will say that this is the best of this type of album that I've ever heard. Was going to give it a 3, but that felt wrong so I'm bumping it up to a 4.

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Great album. Never really liked Thunder Road all that much but also hadn't listened to it much and after this album I like it a lot more. Born to Run is just a phenomenal song and my favorite of Springsteen's. Already Saved: Born to Run Saved After Listening: Thunder Road, She's the One

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Solid Springsteen. Hated Jungleland

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4

A cracker! Evocative, emotive, stadium Rock 'n Roll. This album just screams USA! Favourite tracks: Born to Run & Thunder Road.

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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.

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4

So many of the elements of music I live seemed to have been born here. It’s bombastic and enormous and energetic and feels important and meaningful.

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chris dusseld tes commentaire commencent serieusement a m'agacer, 4/5

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Noch nie bewusst gehört! Schon n besonderes Album.

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4

solid. I am not a huge fan, but can respect it.

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LeviBANGER

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solid

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good

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4

Good Album. Amazing Songs. I loved how the album was structured. Thunder Road as an overture, than the big one born to run and on the end, the emotional peak, Jungleland. I simply love the saxophone solo's.

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4

Classic Americana. I think everyone has heard the title track and Thunder Road.

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Great album with some classics On it. BRUCE IS ALWAYS SO BELIEVABLE WHEN HE SINGS AND always sounds like it is just the way he talks!

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Bruuuuuuuuce

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4

Prima album!

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When I was younger I really didn't like Bruce Springsteen's music, but I think it has gotten through to me slowly over time, and these songs hit me pretty good now. Some heavy hitters here really - 10th Ave Freeze Out, Born to Run, Jungleland... The saxophone solos are one of the things that would have turned me off in the past, now I find them quaint.

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The boss brings it, this might be my favourite Springstein album.

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Amazing album that had some great early hits that launched Bruce.

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4

Eight tracks! Do one, Kanye.

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Enjoyed more than I expected.

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4

One of the best ever to do it. This album isn't his peak but it still slaps

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In my Springsteen top five, for me Born to Run still holds up after all these years, but Jungleland is the true pinnacle of the album.

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4

This album has great production and instrumentals. The songs are truly beautiful. The vocals aren’t exactly my favorite, but still complement the songs well.

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4

Cinematic.

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4

What a sweet sweet album. Jungleland was a new find for me, wow I loved it.

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I always assumed this came out in the 80s, but it makes sense in the mid-70s, exactly halfway between Dylan's folk heroism and swaggering stadium rock. Born to Run is a terrific ode to the small towns where the American dream has come to die.

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4

Never really got Springsteen, but this album comes close - 3.8

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Good music, not used to Springsteen‘s voice yet. Mastering a little off? Lyrics hard to understand (spotify).

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Never been a fan of Bruce. Not that I don’t like his music, I like it a lot. I admittedly, do not know a lot about his music. I feel like I should. Best Tracks: “Tenth Avenue Freezeout” “Shes the One” and “Jungleland”

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Liked it quite a bit, super american

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I would give this album 5 stars for the music, but the lyrics and the vocals don't work for me.

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Really like the full band instrumentals, the sax and piano really add to the songs. Obviously knew Born to Run already, but was surprised how much of this I like, this is definitely something I would want to return to. Meeting Across the River stood out for the storytelling Bruce is known for. Jungleland feels long after an album of songs that seem the perfect length.

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Guter, pazifistischer Rock

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Klassisker. Kan man få för mycket saxofon på ett album. Svar nej

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Since I'm a white collar Canadian I'm certainly not the demographic that Springsteen is targeting so its hard for me to relate to his songs about racing big V8s, working on the farm, and general Murican mythology. But I must say that this album is a landmark achievement in American Rock. Wiki tells me that he spent over 14 months in the studio recording this album, and over 6 months on the song Born To Run alone! Well he certainly got his "wall of sound" effect with standout performances by Roy Bittan on piano and Clarence Clemons on Sax. Bruce's gruff voice is in itself another instrument able to convey tremendous passion and emotion. There are many really solid songs on this album, but the highlight for me is Jungle Land with multiple tempo and mood changes. But his mic drop moment comes at the 8:38 mark when the piano builds to an incredible crescendo and he howls with incredible passion.... and that's why they call him The Boss. This could have been a 5 star album but it falters a bit with Night and She's the one, so there's a minor deduction for that.

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Bruce's breakthrough masterpiece. This is my 5th or 6th time hearing it, and it still hasn't clicked for me, so expect a re-review in the future. The lyrics are the main highlight for me. Reflecting the American dream, very optimistic as the narrator makes telling stories about leaving his past behind for a better future, and the relationships he makes along the way. Whether that be his lover, a gay best friend, or his star sax player (who is cut from the cover). Springsteen's delivery is dramatic, sometimes Wagnerian, and his words poetic, often mesmerizing. Fills the audience with motivation and hope. I didn't find the music to be very engaging (beyond "Born to Run" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"), but I did find it all to be rich and full of substance, well-produced with all the instruments and vocals balanced well. There's never a second missed of action. I hear stories of other people completely mesmerized at various points, like the extended sax solo in "Jungle Land." I'm not in love with it as most people, but it is incredibly impressive and full of heart. I'm hoping I'll grow to appreciate the others songs as much as I love "Born to Run." I'll be coming back to this album frequently. Highlights: Thunder Road, Backstreets, Born to Run, Jungle Land

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Bruuuu(r)ce. Wat ben je goed

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4

pretty good album, I wouldn’t call myself a Springsteen fan but this was a really nice listen 8/10

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4

Took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it.

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I grew up in an extended family that worshipped the ground Bruce walked on so I’m a bit biased. That being said, for me Bruce is a rock star. Not necessarily the most talented vocalist in the land but he sings with his heart, and his band is outstanding. Born to Run is of course a classic, but I also loved Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and Thunder road, of course.

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Good album. Great guitar and i really enjoyed the bass playing in this one. The title track was the only huge banger on this one.

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OK, I maybe get the idea now. If I was born in the late 50s in New Jersey and had just bought my first car and was going to take my best girl to the prom, this would all be very rousing. But I don’t drive, I’m from Northern England, I don’t have a porch or a screen door so a lot of this ‘poetry’ comes off as a bit silly to me. Still got a couple of very good songs on there though.

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Sounds even more like The Killers than I would have thought, clearly one they spent a long time studying. Thunder Road, jungleland, and the title track were the best songs, but it probably works best as a whole piece. I'm sure it won't be the only album from the boss on this list

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Superb

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