Bruce Springsteen - The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle Audiophile 1973 Classic Rock 180 Grm LP

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Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

Label: Columbia
Cat#: KC 32432
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered, 180-gram
Originally Issue: 1973
Record Store Day 2015 release
Country: US
Released: 2015
Genre: Rock


A1 The E Street Shuffle

A2 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

A3 Kitty's Back

A4 Wild Billy's Circus Story

B1 Incident On 57th Street
B2 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
B3 New York City Serenade

Manufactured By – CBS Records Canada Ltd.
Distributed By – CBS Records Canada Ltd.


* Accordion – Danny Federici
* Backing Vocals – Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, David Sancious, Garry Tallent, Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez
* Bass, Tuba – Garry Tallent
* Congas, Percussion – Richard Blackwell
* Drums – Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez
* Engineer – Louis Lahav
* Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Recorder, Written-By, Arranged By – Bruce Springsteen
* Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Organ – David Sancious
* Producer – Jim Cretecos, Mike Appel
* Saxophone – Clarence "Nick" Clemons

Bruce Springsteen won me over forever in 1973 with this album. I went to see him perform as an opening act for Dr. John in Santa Monica as a result of this album. My college roomate had a big quadrophonic stereo system that he'd use for dorm dances, and the one demand I made on him for helping him carry his stuff downstairs was that we could play "Rosalita" and "Kitty's Back" at every dance. All the kids at first would stop dancing, because it was the only unfamiliar stuff we'd play, but by the last dance, I had people lining up to find out who made this great music.

Bruce took the expansive, poetic, musical pastiche style of this album forward with "Born To Run," but then after that album, he decided to focus his artistry on shorter songs with tighter lyrics and clear, understandable points of view. So in many ways, this album represents the road not taken. But it exists, it's still in print, and it's a classic.

Some have objected to how it was recorded, and also to the relatively weak playing of the old drummer, Vini Lopez. Points conceded, but they don't mar the brilliance and enjoyability of this album. The pianist, David L. Sancious, more than makes up for any deficiencies by playing the most outrageous piano backup I've ever heard. As fine as Roy Bittan is, Sancious' departure from E Street for a career in jazz-rock fusion was a musical tragedy. Listen to his opening for "NY City Seranade"--Chopin meets Gershwin, easing into a beautiful duet with acoustic guitar that is otherwordly. Elsewhere, he provides Bruce with all the rhythmic support his drummer couldn't.

It is unbelievable that this seemingly inarticulate kid was able to pack so much American musical heritage into one inexpensively produced album, and in the process create new musical molds. And, as romantic and poetic as some of this album is, most of it is very lighthearted and fun, capturing better than any of Bruce's other albums the spirit of the great entertainer that his live shows have always displayed. This album is Bruce's cheeseburger deluxe--greasy and sizzling, with smoke rising into the summer ocean air, spreading delight everywhere.

My fondest hope would be that, one day, Bruce would return to this style, adding a few musicians who could help him bring it off, maybe even bringing Sancious back into the fold. On Nightline, it sounded like he was trying to write a few in that style when "The Rising" was in the works.

Bruce Springsteen - Kitty's Back - Hammersmith Odeon 1975

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Bruce Springsteen - Kitty's Back

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Bruce Springsteen - Wild Billy's Circus Story

This song is really amazing, it's really surprising that it's one of Bruce's less known songs. (Well, it's less surprising if you consider all the masterpieces he's produced through the years...)

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Once we were WILD AND INNOCENT, "singing" about an INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET and completely lost for our own ROSALITA... 20 minutes breathless...

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Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita

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More Information
Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Columbia
Color Black