Top Ten Bruce Springsteen Albums (10-6)
The Month of Bruce:
A new album about hard times, a world tour, and an impending infiltration of your late night television set have officially made March 2012 the Month of Bruce. Here are Long After Dark’s Top Ten Bruce Springsteen Records, Albums Ten Through Six:
10) Live/1975-85 – Although not a studio album like the first nine records on the list, Live/1975-85 is the extensive collection of the E-Street Band’s first live era. Due to the band’s unique financial arrangement (Springsteen receives full songwriting credit and the band exists as well-paid studio musicians, in deference to an equal split of the concert revenue), it is the first record officially credited as Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. Best Cover: “War.”
9) Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. – The first record from Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. gave the public its first view of things to come: terrific music under the banner of the Garden State. Best Song Covered By Another Band: “Blinded By the Light” by Manfred Mann Earth Band.
8) The River – Constructed from many of the leftovers from the Darkness sessions, sales of The River gave Springsteen the first of his seven number one records in the United States. Favorite Track: “The River.”
7) Human Touch – I know. I know. There are those among you who believe the “other band” to be a time of sacrilege and lost souls akin to the Dark Ages. Solo Bruce was not without success, however, and of his three albums from 1992 to 2002, Human Touch was the best and most pop-savvy record. That being said, the comments tab is available below this post for your chastisement. Best “Other Band” Song: “Human Touch.”
6) Magic – The youngest record on this list, Magic produced one of Springsteen’s most radio-friendly songs, the infectious “Radio Nowhere.” Unlike Wrecking Ball and Working On A Dream, Magic seemed to be a more conscious effort to record with the band. Best Hidden Track: “Terry’s Song.”