I saw the Boss with the E Street Band a couple of times in the 70s and then again a few years ago during Clarence Clemmons last tour with the band. No pyrotechnics, no multi-media show, no fluff, just straight-ahead, high energy, no apologies Rock ‘N’ Roll performed by one of the best songwriters of the latter 20th with a tight combo of the hardest working musicians in show business.

Springsteen writes songs that resonate with every day people; Songs of life in the trenches, eking out a living, trying to get ahead, songs about love realized and love lost, songs with heart and soul and great, toe-tapping melodies.

Springsteen and The E Street crew are touring now in support of a remixed, expanded version of the band’s 1980 classic, The River. They are playing The Key at the end of March. If you can find a ticket, go!

 

My picks from The Boss's discography:

Greetings from Asbury Park (1973) The Boss’s first studio album was supposed to be released in late 1972, but was held back until early 1973. This is before Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan joined the band.

My faves are - Blinded by the Light (a hit for Manfred Mann), Growin’ Up and Spirit in the Night.

 

The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (1973)

My favorite Springsteen album and one of my Desert Island Discs.

Peter Ames Carlin, Springsteen’s biographer, stated that The Boss developed a "renewed passion for full-band rock 'n' roll" when he started to record this album. As with the first album, the critics liked it, but it didn’t sell until after Born to Run was released.

My faves are – every single track!

 

The River (1980)

The late 70s and early 80s were tough times for a lot of folks. The economy was slow, interest rates and unemployment were high and people struggled to get by. The River, Springsteen’s 5th studio album, is a snapshot of that bitter reality.

My faves are – Sherry Darling, Hungry Heart and The Price You Pay.

 

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