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Bruce Springsteen

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation, with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's career, the wonder of his nearly unbroken string of critical and commercial success is that he achieved it while periodically challenging his listeners by going off in unexpected directions, following his muse even when that meant altering the sound of his music or the composition of his backup band, or making his lyrical message overtly political. Of course, it may have been these very sidesteps that kept his image and his music fresh, especially since he always had the fallback of returning to what his fans thought he did best, barnstorming the country with a marathon rock & roll show using his longtime bandmates.

Bruce Springsteen was born September 23, 1949, in Freehold, New Jersey, the son of Douglas Springsteen, a bus driver, and Adele (Zirilli) Springsteen, a secretary. He became interested in music after seeing Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and obtained a guitar, but he didn't start playing seriously until 1963. In 1965, he joined his first band, the Beatles-influenced Castiles. They got as far as playing in New York City, but broke up in 1967 around the time Springsteen graduated from high school and began frequenting clubs in Asbury Park, New Jersey. From there, he briefly joined Earth, a hard rock band in the style of Cream. Also in the hard rock vein was his next group, Child (soon renamed Steel Mill), which featured keyboard player Danny Federici and drummer Vini Lopez. (Later on, guitarist Steve Van Zandt joined on bass.) Steel Mill played in California in 1969, drawing a rave review in San Francisco and even a contract offer from a record label. But they broke up in 1971, and Springsteen formed a big band, the short-lived Dr. Zoom & the Cosmic Boom, quickly superseded by the Bruce Springsteen Band. Along with Federici, Lopez, and Van Zandt (who switched back to guitar), this group also included pianist David Sancious and bassist Garry Tallent, plus a horn section that didn't last long before being replaced by a single saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. Due to a lack of work, however, Springsteen broke up the band and began playing solo shows in New York City. It was as a solo performer that he acquired a manager, Mike Appel, who arranged an audition for legendary Columbia Records talent scout John Hammond. Hammond signed Springsteen to Columbia in 1972.

In preparing his debut LP, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Springsteen immediately re-hired most of his backup band, Federici, Lopez, Sancious, Tallent, and Clemons. (Van Zandt, on tour with the Dovells, was mostly unavailable.) The album went unnoticed upon its initial release in January 1973 (although Manfred Mann's Earth Band would turn its lead-off track, "Blinded by the Light," into a number one hit four years later, and the LP itself has since gone double platinum). The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (September 1973) also failed to sell despite some rave reviews. (It too has gone double platinum.) The following year, Springsteen revised his backup group -- now dubbed the E Street Band -- as Lopez and Sancious left, and Max Weinberg (drums) and Roy Bittan (piano) joined. (In 1975, Van Zandt returned to the group.) With this unit he toured extensively while working on the LP that represented his last chance with Columbia. By the time Born to Run (August 1975) was released, the critics and a significant cult audience were with him, and the title song became a Top 40 hit while the album reached the Top Ten, going on to sell six million copies.

Despite this breakthrough, Springsteen's momentum was broken by a legal dispute, as he split from Appel and brought in Jon Landau (a rock critic who had famously called him the "rock & roll future" in a 1974 concert review) as his new manager. The legal issues took until 1977 to resolve, during which time Springsteen was unable to record. (One beneficiary of this problem was Patti Smith, to whom Springsteen gave the composition "Because the Night," which, with some lyrical revisions by her, became her only Top 40 hit in the spring of 1978.) He finally returned in June 1978 with Darkness on the Edge of Town. By then, he had to rebuild his career. Record labels had recruited their own versions of the Springsteen "heartland rock" sound, in such similar artists as Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (who actually preceded Springsteen but achieved national recognition in his wake), Johnny Cougar (aka John Mellencamp), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Meat Loaf, Eddie Money, and even fellow Jersey Shore residents Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, to name only some of the more successful ones. At the same time, the punk/new wave trend had become the new focus of critical devotion, making Springsteen seem unfashionable. Notwithstanding these challenges, Darkness earned its share of good reviews and achieved Top Ten status, selling three million copies as the single "Prove It All Night" hit the Top 40. (In early 1979, the Pointer Sisters took Springsteen's composition "Fire" into the Top Ten.)

Springsteen fully consolidated his status with his next album, the two-LP set The River (October 1980), which hit number one, sold five million copies, and spawned the Top Ten hit "Hungry Heart" and the Top 40 hit "Fade Away." (In 1981-1982, Gary U.S. Bonds reached the Top 40 with two Springsteen compositions, "This Little Girl" and "Out of Work.") But having finally topped the charts, Springsteen experimented on his next album, preferring the demo recordings of the songs he had made for Nebraska (September 1982) to full-band studio versions, especially given the dark subject matter of his lyrics. The stark LP nevertheless hit the Top Ten and sold a million copies without benefit of a hit single or a promotional tour. (Van Zandt amicably left the E Street Band for a solo career at this point and was replaced by Nils Lofgren.)

But then came Born in the U.S.A. (June 1984) and a two-year international tour. The album hit number one, threw off seven Top Ten hits ("Dancing in the Dark," which earned Springsteen his first Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, "Cover Me," "Born in the U.S.A.," "I'm on Fire," "Glory Days," "I'm Goin' Down," and "My Hometown"), and sold 15 million copies, putting Springsteen in the pop heavens with Michael Jackson and Prince. For his next album, he finally exploited his reputation as a live performer by releasing the five-LP/three-CD box set Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975-85 (November 1986), which topped the charts, was certified platinum 13 times, and spawned a Top Ten hit in a cover of Edwin Starr's "War." (In March 1987, "the Barbusters" -- actually Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, took Springsteen's composition "Light of Day," written for the movie of the same name, into the Top 40.)

Characteristically, Springsteen returned to studio work with a more introverted effort, Tunnel of Love (October 1987), which presaged his 1989 divorce from his first wife, actress Julianne Phillips. (He married a second time to singer/songwriter/guitarist Patti Scialfa, who had joined the E Street Band as a backup vocalist in 1984.) The album was another number one hit, selling three million copies and producing two Top Ten singles, "Brilliant Disguise" and the title song, as well as the Top 40 hit "One Step Up." The album earned him a second male rock vocal Grammy. (In the spring of 1988, Natalie Cole covered the Springsteen B-side "Pink Cadillac" for a Top Ten hit.)

Springsteen retreated from public view in the late '80s, breaking up the E Street Band in November 1989. He returned to action in March 1992 with a new backup band, simultaneously releasing two albums, Human Touch and Lucky Town, which entered the charts at numbers two and three, respectively, each going platinum. A double-sided single combining "Human Touch" and "Better Days" was a Top 40 hit. Of course, this was a relative fall-off from the commercial heights of the mid-'80s, but Springsteen was undeterred. He next contributed the moody ballad "Streets of Philadelphia" to the soundtrack of Philadelphia, film director Jonathan Demme's 1993 depiction of a lawyer fighting an unjust termination for AIDS. The recording became a Top Ten hit, and the song went on to win Springsteen four Grammys (Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, best song written for a motion picture or television, and another for male rock vocal) and the Academy Award for best song.

In early 1995, Springsteen reconvened the E Street Band to record a few new tracks for his Greatest Hits (February 1995). The album topped the charts and sold four million copies, with one of the new songs, "Secret Garden," eventually reaching the Top 40. Despite this success, Springsteen resisted the temptation to reunite with the E Street Band on an ongoing basis at this point, instead recording another low-key, downcast, near-acoustic effort in the style of Nebraska, The Ghost of Tom Joad (November 1995) and embarking on a solo tour to promote it. The LP won a Grammy for best contemporary folk album, but it missed the Top Ten and only went gold.

A much more prolific songwriter and recording artist than what was reflected in his legitimately released discography, Springsteen went into his vault of unreleased material and assembled the four-CD box set Tracks (November 1998), which went platinum. Whether inspired by the playing he heard on those recordings, bowing to constant fan pressure, or simply recognizing the musicians with whom he had made his most successful music, Springsteen finally reunited the E Street Band in 1999, beginning with a performance at his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. All the members from the 1974-1989 edition of the group returned. (Characteristically, Springsteen sidestepped the question of whether to use Van Zandt or Lofgren in the guitar position by rehiring both of them.) They embarked on a world tour that lasted until mid-2000, its final dates resulting in the album Live in New York City, which hit the Top Ten and sold a million copies.

Springsteen's writing process in coming up with a new rock album to be recorded with members of the E Street Band was given greater impetus in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the resulting disc, The Rising (July 2002), contained songs that reflected on the tragedy. The album hit number one and sold two million copies, winning the Grammy for rock album, as the title song won for rock song and male rock vocal. Following another lengthy tour with the E Street Band, Springsteen again returned to the style and mood of Nebraska on another solo recording, Devils & Dust (April 2005), taking to the road alone to promote it. The album hit number one and went gold, winning a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. One year later, Springsteen unveiled another new musical approach when he presented We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (April 2006), an album on which he played new arrangements of folk songs associated with Pete Seeger, played by a specially assembled Sessions Band. The album reached the Top Ten and went gold as Springsteen toured with the group. It also won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. The tour led to a concert recording, Live in Dublin (June 2007), which reached the Top 40.

Once again, Springsteen recorded a new rock album, Magic (October 2007), as a precursor to re-forming the E Street Band and going out on another long tour. The album hit number one and went platinum, with the song "Radio Nowhere" earning Grammys for rock song and solo rock vocal. (Another track from the album, "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," won the rock song Grammy the following year.) Sadly, longtime E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici succumbed to a three-year battle with melanoma on April 17, 2008, his death causing the first irrevocable change in the group's personnel (saxophonist Clarence Clemons would die on June 18, 2011 due to complications from a stroke). Federici was replaced by Charles Giordano who had played with Springsteen previously in the Sessions Band.

Springsteen finished the tour in 2008 and held several additional shows in support of Senator Barack Obama, whose presidential campaign had kicked into hyperdrive earlier that year. While playing an Obama rally in early November, Springsteen debuted material from his forthcoming album, Working on a Dream, whose tracks had been recorded with the E Street Band during breaks in the group's previous tour. The resulting album, which was the last to feature contributions from Federici (as well as his son, Jason), arrived on January 27, 2009, one week after Obama's historic inauguration. It immediately hit number one, Springsteen's ninth album to top the charts over a period of three decades, and it went on to win him another Grammy for solo rock vocal and to go gold. In February, Springsteen and the E Street Band provided the half-time entertainment at Super Bowl XLIII. The group's tour, which featured full-length performances of some of Springsteen's classic albums at selected shows, ran through November 22, 2009. In December, the 60-year-old was ranked fourth among the top touring acts of the first decade of the 21st century, behind only the Rolling Stones, U2, and Madonna. The same month he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Springsteen's 2010 was devoted to a revival of Darkness on the Edge of Town, with the 1978 masterpiece receiving an expanded box set called The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town; the set contained a feature-length documentary and a double-disc set of outtakes which was also available separately. As Springsteen began work on a studio album produced by Ron Aniello, who previously worked with Patti Scialfa, Clarence Clemons died from complications from a stroke on June 18, 2011. Clemons' last recorded solo appeared on "Land of Hope and Dreams," one of many politically charged songs on the resulting album, Wrecking Ball. Supported by a major media blitz that included a showcase week of Bruce covers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Boss delivering a keynote address at South by Southwest, Wrecking Ball appeared the first week of March 2012. Before the end of that month, he embarked on a mammoth world tour to promote the album, on which he eventually took in 26 countries over the course of 18 months.

Late in 2013, it was announced that the E Street Band would receive a belated induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in early 2014. Prior to the induction ceremony came High Hopes, Springsteen's 18th studio album. Inspired in part by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who had temporarily replaced Van Zandt for the last six months of the Wrecking Ball tour and also played on the album, High Hopes was a collection of covers, reintepretations of old songs, and leftovers; it appeared in mid-January 2014 and easily reached number one on the album charts. He toured with the E Street Band through the late spring, and also issued the EP American Beauty, which consisted of four unreleased songs from the High Hopes sessions.

In late 2015, Springsteen released another audio/video box set offering an in-depth look at one of his classic albums. The Ties That Bind: The River Collection offered a remastered version of Springsteen's 1980 album along with an expansive disc of outtakes, an early single-LP version of the album Springsteen pulled prior to release, an original documentary on the making of The River, and a complete concert filmed in Tempe, Arizona in 1980. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: High Hopes

1. High Hopes

2. Harry's Place

3. American Skin (41 Shots)

4. Just Like Fire Would

5. Down In The Hole

6. Heaven's Wall

7. Frankie Fell In Love

8. This Is Your Sword

9. Hunter Of Invisible Game

10. The Ghost Of Tom Joad (2014 Version)

11. The Wall

12. Dream Baby Dream

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Track List: Wrecking Ball

1. We Take Care Of Our Own

2. Easy Money

3. Shackled And Drawn

4. Jack Of All Trades

5. Death To My Hometown

6. This Depression

7. Wrecking Ball

8. You've Got It

9. Rocky Ground

10. Land Of Hope And Dreams

11. We Are Alive

12. Swallowed Up (In The Belly Of The Whale)

13. American Land

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Track List: Working On A Dream (Deluxe Version)

Disc 1

1. Outlaw Pete

2. My Lucky Day

3. Working On A Dream

4. Queen Of The Supermarket

5. What Love Can Do

6. This Life

7. Good Eye

8. Tomorrow Never Knows

9. Life Itself

10. Kingdom Of Days

11. Surprise, Surprise

12. The Last Carnival

13. The Wrestler

14. Working On A Dream

Disc 2
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Track List: Magic

1. Radio Nowhere

2. You'll Be Comin' Down

3. Livin' In The Future

4. Your Own Worst Enemy

5. Gypsy Biker

6. Girls In Their Summer Clothes

7. I'll Work For Your Love

8. Magic

9. Last To Die

10. Long Walk Home

11. Devil's Arcade

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Track List: Live In Dublin

Disc 1

1. Atlantic City (Live)

2. Old Dan Tucker (Live)

3. Eyes On The Prize (Live)

4. Jesse James (Live)

5. Further On (Up The Road) (Live)

6. O Mary Don't You Weep (Live)

7. Erie Canal (Live)

8. If I Should Fall Behind (Live)

9. My Oklahoma Home (Live)

10. Highway Patrolman (Live)

11. Mrs. McGrath (Live)

12. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time And Live (Bruce Springsteen Version) (Live)

13. Jacob's Ladder (Live)

Disc 2

1. Long Time Comin' (Live)

2. Open All Night (Live)

3. Pay Me My Money Down (Live)

4. Growin' Up (Live)

5. When The Saints Go Marching In (Live)

6. This Little Light Of Mine (Live)

7. American Land (Live)

8. Blinded By The Light (Live)

9. Love Of The Common People (Live)

10. We Shall Overcome (Live)

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Track List: The Essential Bruce Springsteen

Disc 1

1. Blinded By The light

2. For You

3. Spirit In The night

4. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

5. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

6. Thunder Road

7. Born To Run

8. Jungleland

9. Badlands

10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town

11. The Promised Land

12. The River

13. Hungry Heart

14. Nebraska

15. Atlantic City

Disc 2

1. Born In The U.S.A.

2. Glory Days

3. Dancing In The Dark

4. Tunnel Of Love

5. Brilliant Disguise

6. Human Touch

7. Living Proof

8. Lucky Town

9. Streets Of Philadelphia

10. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

11. The Rising

12. Mary's Place

13. Lonesome Day

Disc 3

1. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

2. The Big Payback

7. Lift Me Up

11. Dead Man Walkin'

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Track List: The Rising

1. Lonesome Day

2. Into The Fire

3. Waitin' On A Sunny Day

4. Nothing Man

5. Countin' On A Miracle

6. Empty Sky

7. Worlds Apart

8. Let's Be Friends (Skin To Skin)

9. Further On (Up The Road)

10. The Fuse

11. Mary's Place

12. You're Missing

13. The Rising

14. Paradise

15. My City Of Ruins

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Track List: Tracks

Disc 1

5. Bishop Danced

6. Santa Ana

7. Seaside Bar Song

8. Zero And Blind Terry

9. Linda Let Me Be The One

10. Thundercrack

11. Rendezvous

12. Give The Girl A Kiss

13. Iceman

14. Bring On The Night

15. So Young And In Love

16. Hearts Of Stone

17. Don't Look Back

18. Lucky Man

Disc 2

1. Restless Nights

2. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Pittsburgh)

3. Roulette

4. Dollhouse

5. Where The Bands Are

6. Loose Ends

7. Living On The Edge Of The World

8. Wages Of Sin

9. Take 'Em As They Come

10. Be True

11. Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own

12. I Wanna Be With You

13. Mary Lou

14. Stolen Car

16. Johnny Bye-Bye

17. Shut Out The Light

Disc 3

1. Cynthia

2. My Love Will Not Let You Down

3. This Hard Land

4. Frankie

5. TV Movie

6. Stand On It

7. Lion's Den

8. Car Wash

9. Rockaway The Days

10. Brothers Under The Bridge ('83)

11. Man At The Top

12. Pink Cadillac

13. Two For The Road

14. Janey Don't You Lose Heart

15. When You Need Me

16. The Wish

17. The Honeymooners

18. Lucky Man

Disc 4

1. Leavin' Train

2. Seven Angels

3. Gave It A Name

4. Sad Eyes

5. My Lover Man

6. Over The Rise

7. When The Lights Go Out

8. Loose Change

9. Trouble In Paradise

10. Happy

11. Part Man, Part Monkey

12. Goin' Cali

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Track List: The Ghost Of Tom Joad

1. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

2. Straight Time

3. Highway 29

4. Youngstown

5. Sinaloa Cowboys

6. The Line

7. Balboa Park

8. Dry Lightning

9. The New Timer

10. Across The Border

11. Galveston Bay

12. My Best Was Never Good Enough

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Born To Run

2. Thunder Road

3. Badlands

4. The River

5. Hungry Heart

6. Atlantic City

7. Dancing In The Dark

8. Born In The U.S.A.

9. My Hometown

10. Glory Days

11. Brilliant Disguise

12. Human Touch

13. Better Days

14. Streets Of Philadelphia

15. Secret Garden

16. Murder Incorporated

17. Blood Brothers

18. This Hard Land

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Track List: MTV Plugged (Live)

1. Red Headed Woman (Live MTV Plugged)

2. Better Days (Live MTV Plugged)

3. Atlantic City (Live MTV Plugged)

4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Live MTV Plugged)

5. Man's Job (Live MTV Plugged)

6. Human Touch (Live MTV Plugged)

7. Lucky Town (Live MTV Plugged)

8. I Wish I Were Blind (Live MTV Plugged)

9. Thunder Road (Live MTV Plugged)

10. Light of Day (Live MTV Plugged)

11. If I Should Fall Behind (Live MTV Plugged)

12. Living Proof (Live MTV Plugged)

13. My Beautiful Reward (Live MTV Plugged)

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Track List: Lucky Town

1. Better Days

2. Lucky Town

3. Local Hero

4. If I Should Fall Behind

5. Leap Of Faith

6. The Big Muddy

7. Living Proof

8. Book Of Dreams

9. Souls Of The Departed

10. My Beautiful Reward

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Track List: Human Touch

1. Human Touch

2. Soul Driver

3. 57 Channels

4. Cross My Heart

5. Gloria's Eyes

6. With Every Wish

7. Roll Of The Dice

8. Real World

9. All Or Nothin' At All

10. Man's Job

11. I Wish I Were Blind

12. The Long Goodbye

13. Real Man

14. Pony Boy

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Track List: Tunnel Of Love

1. Ain't Got You

2. Tougher Than The Rest

3. All That Heaven Will Allow

4. Spare Parts

5. Cautious Man

6. Walk Like A Man

7. Tunnel Of Love

8. Two Faces

9. Brilliant Disguise

10. One Step Up

11. When You're Alone

12. Valentine's Day

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Track List: Born In The U.S.A.

1. Born In The U.S.A.

2. Cover Me

3. Darlington County

4. Working On The Highway

5. Downbound Train

6. I'm On Fire

7. No Surrender

8. Bobby Jean

9. I'm Goin' Down

10. Glory Days

11. Dancing In The Dark

12. My Hometown

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Track List: Nebraska

1. Nebraska

2. Atlantic City

3. Mansion On The Hill

4. Johnny 99

5. Highway Patrolman

6. State Trooper

7. Used Cars

8. Open All Night

9. My Father's House

10. Reason To Believe

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Track List: The River

Disc 1

1. The Ties That Bind

2. Sherry Darling

3. Jackson Cage

4. Two Hearts

5. Independence Day

6. Hungry Heart

7. Out In The Street

8. Crush On You

9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

10. I Wanna Marry You

11. The River

Disc 2

1. Point Blank

2. Cadillac Ranch

3. I'm A Rocker

4. Fade Away

5. Stolen Car

6. Ramrod

7. The Price You Pay

8. Drive All Night

9. Wreck On The Highway

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Track List: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

1. Badlands

2. Adam Raised A Cain

3. Something In The Night

4. Candy's Room

5. Racing In The Street

6. The Promised Land

7. Factory

8. Streets Of Fire

9. Prove It All Night

10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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Track List: Born To Run

1. Thunder Road

2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

3. Night

4. Backstreets

5. Born To Run

6. She's The One

7. Meeting Across The River

8. Jungleland

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Track List: The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle

1. E Street Shuffle

2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

3. Kitty's Back

4. Wild Billy's Circus Story

5. Incident On 57th Street

6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

7. New York City Serenade

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Track List: Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

1. Blinded By The Light

2. Growin' Up

3. Mary Queen Of Arkansas

4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?

5. Lost In The Flood

6. The Angel

7. For You

8. Spirit In The Night

9. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City

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Track List: American Beauty

1. American Beauty

2. Mary Mary

3. Hurry Up Sundown

4. Hey Blue Eyes

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Track List: Dream Baby Dream (Single)

1. Dream Baby Dream

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Track List: High Hopes (Single)

1. High Hopes

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Track List: Radio Nowhere (Radio Single)

1. Radio Nowhere

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Track List: Save My Love (Radio Single)

1. Save My Love

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Track List: The Promise

Disc 1

2. Gotta Get That Feeling

3. Outside Looking In

4. Someday (We'll Be Together)

5. One Way Street

6. Because The Night

7. Wrong Side Of The Street

8. The Brokenhearted

9. Rendezvous

10. Candy's Boy

Disc 2

1. Save My Love

2. Ain't Good Enough For You

3. Fire

4. Spanish Eyes

5. It's A Shame

6. Come On (Let's Go Tonight)

7. Talk To Me

8. The Little Things (My Baby Does)

9. Breakaway

10. The Promise

11. City Of Night

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Track List: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

1. The Ties That Bind

2. Sherry Darling

3. Jackson Cage

4. Two Hearts

5. Independence Day

6. Hungry Heart

7. Out In The Street

8. Crush On You

9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

10. I Wanna Marry You

11. The River

12. Point Blank

13. Cadillac Ranch

14. I'm A Rocker

15. Fade Away

16. Stolen Car

17. Ramrod

18. The Price You Pay

19. Drive All Night

20. Wreck On The Highway

42. Roulette

43. Restless Nights

44. Where The Bands Are

45. Dollhouse

46. Living On The Edge Of The World

47. Take 'Em As They Come

48. Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own

49. I Wanna Be With You

50. Mary Lou

52. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

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Track List: We Take Care Of Our Own (Single)

1. We Take Care Of Our Own

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Track List: Working On A Dream (Radio Single)

1. Working On A Dream

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Awesome musician!!!
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People who bought tickets to the North Carolina show and the vendors and bar owners were inconvenienc e d for a day when Bruce cancelled the show. People who are forced to live as a gender other than the one they believe themselves to be are inconvenienc e d for their entire lives.
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There is no one better . The Boss
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My comment below was a reaction to posts angry at Springsteen' s refusal to perform in a state enforcing an ignorant and hurtful law about transgender patrons and bathroom access.
Regarding the Boss, I adore his music and his integrity.
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always The Boss - - - universal take me to saturn pluto . . . still The Boss
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The boss is one of the most talented people that I have ever heard
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Wow. You can believe in God and science at the same time - science does not oppose but is a gift from God. Jesus asked for our compassion. The word "freak" comes out of fear, not from knowledge. As does hatred for those who are seen as "other." I understand the fear, but please read up on the science, and think about the love of God. It takes courage to have a compassionat e and independent mind.
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I love his lifetime of work and talent to produce great songs and to play them with all his energy and heart.
But I can't believe he would cancel the NC show because of the gender law that state passed!
I believe in the law!
Keep the freaks out of the wrong bathrooms they don't belong in!
What about those people's rights?
How Hypocritical !!!!

I can't believe Bruce is a democrat!
Hard to believe that someone like him would fall into that f***ed up crooked party.

I tend to hate on him because
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Always standing up for what he believes in....like A Boss!
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The Boss
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cathy401
I have been a fan since 1974 – more than 40 years. But you lost me on this one. Never again will I spend my hard earned money on Bruce Springsteen.
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cathy401
What about the hotel reservations ? And the concessions vendors that ordered the appropriate inventory for that event? What about the employees of the Greensboro Coliseum & other local bars and restaurants that thought they were going to get to work that day but lost their wages? Lastly, we are all born into this world by God's grace and as he intended. God does not make mistakes. No amount of wishing and hoping, drugs or surgery can change what we are physically.
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cathy401
you have no problem penalizing thousands of your fans and local businesses and employees by your actions. Needless to say, tickets to your shows are not cheap. I myself paid more than $500.00 for 4 tickets. And while yes, we will get our money back on the tickets, there are fans that made sacrifices in their budgets to purchase them back in February when they went on sale. That was all for nothing now. And what about the fans that also booked airfare to come to Greensboro?
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cathy401
Shame on you Bruce for canceling the Greensboro, NC show!!! Your reasoning for doing so reeks with hypocrisy! If you were so opposed to the position NC has taken on this issue, then why did you wait until 48 hours before the event to cancel? The law went on the books March 23rd - almost three weeks prior to the day you canceled your show. Dramatic effect? Political correctness? Such BS!!!!! While you feel that transgender individuals are penalized by the law in NC, you have no problem penali
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The Boss.
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Man you are Amaing

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Great great show. Can't wait to hear it on recording. I just saw him a few weeks ago in St. Paul- My uncle is a 40 year fan.
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Just saw him-Man is he still powerful enough to do 3 Hours 25 Minutes (My show was that long). He has a site called live.brucesp r i n g s t e e n . n e t where they have many of his concerts which include: 12/31/75 Philadelphia , 8/9/78 Cleveland, 11/5/80 Tempe, 12/31/80 Uniondale, 8/5/84 East Rutherford, 4/23/88 LA, 7/31/05 Columbus, 3/9/12 New York, 7/11/13, Rome 2014 tour and this tour gradually. I have some of his live downloads. I have the CD and he did Rosalita at my concert in St.Paul.
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cvetterm
Bruce Springsteen: The Ultimate Concert Performer who always seems to leave the the crowd wanting more no matter how long he plays. He is a Prophet. He is a Visionary Performer who's music will never grow old. He is the BOSS. That really does say it all.
Rocco
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I LOVE YOU!
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THE BOSS........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t h a t says it all!
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Bruce Springsteen gave a shout out to Pittsburgh last night. The problem was he was performing in Cleveland not Pittsburgh.
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BRUUUUUUUUUU U U U C e
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My all time favorite entertainer, best concert I've ever seen, love the man and his music
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yep
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janiwt2003
Bruce come visit Quincy, Illinois
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Bruuuuuuuuuu u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u c e
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Oh, pleeeeeeeees e . . . .
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Neil young is better !!
Lol just say'n
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If you like this check out my Remembering the good times station.
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bnatelli2
This man and his band are truly one of a kind. His music sends me places only he can. Rock on Baby
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The " Boss " stationed in Jersey in the 70s wow the stone pony in asbury park
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He's amazing and so is the E Street Band. Glory Days and My Hometown are two of my faves.
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Nobody like the boss. Like watching him.
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Missing the Big Man :(
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Absolutely the very best
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Has been and still is , in a class of his own ! He is the definition of pure talent !
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Bruce is the best songwriter in the history of rock. No one even comes close. He is a master wordsmith, and the poet for his generation.
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This song just grabbed my heart right out of my chest. Thank God for our Bruce.
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medicinewolf 5 3 1 6
BRUCE FOR PRESIDENT ,, can't think of a better BOSS !!! Well maybe WILLIE NELSON ,,,LOL,,, Sure would be better than what we got
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medicinewolf 5 3 1 6
Truly an American Legend .. Keep on rocking BOSS .. I will keep dancing in the dark even when I'm old and frail and stiff in the tail ..
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced their 2016 North American tour. The River Tour, is a 9 week tour across North America. It's kicking off in Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, following his Dec. 19 performance on Saturday Night Live.
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Love the boss but would very much like to hear some of his early songs. Those are some of his best music. Tired of the same stuff. Variety please.
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His voice is extremely recognizable and always will be. The term BOSS is a huge honor in my eyes. But what is clear is the man enjoyed performing and having the world hear his music. My father loved Bruce and me and my brother truly enjoy him and what he's accomplished and I wish more ppl would open their eyes to that amazing voice
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can any springsteen fan listen to this without tearing up ?
It's got one of the greatest lines in rock n roll. It's a town for losers I'm pullin outta here to win
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Everyday
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oh the memories.... . c o l l e g e dorm room blasting this
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My Hometown.... . . love it!
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ill1725ini
Id like him better if he wasnt from the arm pit of the u.s.
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Im On Fire is just a great fvcking song...
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