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Few albums are as fueled by hope, possibility, and the lure of the open road as Born to Run, a virtual concept album about small-town Jerseyites in search of a better life via hot-rodding out on the turnpike, scoring some small-time hustle, or blowing out of town altogether, either across the river to New York City or west for parts unknown. Songs like "Jungleland," "Thunder Road," "Backstreets," and the title track are epic productions, both sonically and lyrically, borrowing from Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and West Side Story. When Born to Run was released in 1975, it earned then-unknown Springsteen the rare honor of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek. The attention was warranted then, and it still is now. --Daniel Durchholz
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Mike in Jersey | Sewell, NJ United States | 10/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was the summer of 1975. I was entering my senior year in college. And popular music was languishing, still not recovered from the breakup of the Beatles in 1970. The music charts included such hits as "My Eyes Adored You" by Franki Valli, "Mandy" by Barry Manilow and "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain and Tenille. The critics, just like myself, were waiting for the next "big thing" in music. Something ground-breaking, earth shattering, mind-blowing. The Beatles had done that with "Sgt. Pepper" a long 8 summers earlier. Would we ever have an experience like that again listening to music?
Then out of nowhere(well actually from the swamps of Jersey) came Bruce Springsteen with this album. From the first drop of the needle, it was obvious that this was something special. This wasn't KC and the Sunshine Band or John Denver...heck, this wasn't even Paul McCartney and Wings. No this was something unique, powerful and important. Music had its new voice.
Bruce has gone on to make other great music. He continues to provide 3 hours of some of the best live concerts you could ever hope to see. But it was with this album, it was at that moment in August '75, that many of us got to have that experience for the first time. The experience of Bruce's greatness. The experience of his music transending the average, the mundane of daily life. Taking us on a journey that we will never forget.
Carly Errebo | kansas | 08/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Happy 35th birthday, "Born To Run" by "The Boss" Mr. Bruce Springsteen. It was released August 25,1975.
After 2 moderate selling albums "Greetings" #60 and "Innocent" #59, this record surprised everybody, the hooks and the anthems were everywhere. Led by the new E-Street Band, Roy Bittan, Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, Danny Federici,Gerry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt and Max Weinberg, Bruce and the boys would have 8 songs that still get played in concerts today. With classic rockers like the hit title track #23, "Thunder Road", "She's the One", "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" #83 and "Night", and the classic anthems "Jungleland" and "Backstreets". And the pensive ballad "Meeting Across The River". "Born to Run" hit #3 in the charts and they have never looked back. Saw Bruce perform the "Born To Run" album in St.Louis on his last tour, Awesome! Again Happy Birthday "Born To Run" 35 years old, today. One of rock's classic covers."