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Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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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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1975 album from New Jersey's finest. Born To Run was the album that created the legend and set the stage for massive international success. Features classic Boss tracks like 'Thunder Road', 'Badlands' and, of course, 'Born To Run'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic April 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The lure of the open road on a pitch black night tempts and intrigues us. It's the romance of the highway, and the ghosts that call us out at night as we lay awake, beckoning, pleading, for us to leave the confines of our bedrooms to take a winding and lost drive. The fascination with the unexplored resonates in all of Springsteen's records, from the stark and minimalist Nebraska to the lush production of Darkness on the Edge of Town. The album Born to Run is brimming with bombast and sorrow, celebrating the plight and fortune of man, with a defiance rarely heard.
Springsteen drops bombs on the sonic landscape with punishing guitars and dizzying climatic saxophone solos that trigger vivid images of Springsteen's downtrodden characters. Mary in in Born to Run's opening track, "Thunder Road," bursts with brilliant life, an enigmatic woman that leaves an indellible image in every twentysomething hopeless romantic. She's introduced with a dancing piano piece and exits with a rousing arrangement of blistering saxophone work and crashing cymbals. At the end of "Thunder Road," Springsteen's voice exudes a genuine desperation and longing to escape with Mary, leaving us with sounds of engines roaring and the howling wind of the beach road he sings of.
"Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" rollicks joyfully and shakes our bodies in a myriad of blues infused guitar and boisterous trumpets that seem almost misplaced on such a "pure" rock and roll album. However, Springsteen pulls it off perfectly, paying homage to the wild R&B sounds of James Brown and jangle reminiscent of Chuck Berry. "Night" rips open with fantastic melody of a jarring piano clashing with smooth saxophone work , a song that captures the joy and tribulation of the working class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic masterpiece that will never die June 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Up until about 9 months ago I didn't know much of Bruce Springsteen outside of Born in the USA which is a great album but then I had his greatest hits album for about two years the only tracks I listened to were Born in the USA and dancing in the dark but then one day I decided to listen to the whole album I was amazed. I now own almost every album he's released. This one here stands above the rest. It has the power to get you through the hard times in life it's grabs you and never let's go some call this an overated album but their probaly jealous of the power this album has. I wished people now days would listen to something of this nature.In the past few years music has turned into an endless pursuit of sex and money. With Britney, Chrisina and Justin out their using sex to sell albums makes me wonder where is the heart that music once had. On tour the Boss makes a lot more than all of them because he's a descent human being who sings about the important things in life. A great example of a real American hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bruce more than I love my dad April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Born to Run is not his greatest album (that description should be reserved for "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle"), but it's definitely where we see Bruce's poetry at its peak. Starting with the amazing "Thunder Road", the album charts his departure from the small towns in New Jerset to seek a larger audience in New York City.
The album is amazing. Thunder Road is an absolute classic. That song might be his best-written work. "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" takes him into the city where he puts together his band. "Night" is amazing - every working man's anthem. I must say I'm not a fan of "Backstreets", but "Born to Run" was almost literally an anthem. Then, to close, "Meeting Across The River" serves as a metaphoric gathering of resources to prove his hometown detractors wrong. And finally, "Jungleland" takes the daunting task of taking over the NYC music scene by the short hairs and cements Bruce's standing as the king of music.
Can you tell I like Bruce Springsteen? I grew up with this music, but didn't buy my first Springsteen album until December 2003 at age 32. The music and poetry is staggeringly heart-felt, and this particular album makes the best use of Springsteen's empathetic narrative skills and shows his fans who's Boss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype... April 3 2004
By Danny
Format:Audio CD
I'll just go on record saying what countless other people have said: this is Bruce's best album.
It's kind of hard to describe what makes this better than the Boss's other work; it's not as if "Born to Run" is his only worthy album, mind you. The eight songs here simply come together splendidly. It's a concept album, so the flow of the album doesn't crash one song into the next. It follows a formula, yet none of the songs sound the same. All fresh. Even the ones that not too many people have heard. This little piece of rock history is a magical album; no other way I can really describe it. It really DOES transcend time. If I were to throw this on for someone not familiar with Bruce Springsteen and ask them what decade they think it might be from, their answer wouldn't be definite. It sounds like it could have either been made yesterday or 50 years ago.
Forgive my corny review for this fantastic album. It's pretty cheap, so do yourself a favor and buy it before Sony replaces it with some overpriced SACD version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
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Published on Oct. 25 2008 by Michael Wheeler
1.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen at his best!!
Springsteen was (and I'm going to make a number up here) 18 when he released this steaming turd onto the world. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2007 by Jason Beck
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this album is everything that "bat out of hell" wasn't, ie, non-pretentious, gritty, gutsy & earthy. Read more
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Published on July 17 2004 by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars RUNNING SCARED
Springsteen is that rarest of characters. He's scared but hopeful, indignant but steadfast. How else to explain contradictions like "maybe we ain't that young anymore"... Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Peter Fegan
5.0 out of 5 stars What else to say ... ?
Born to Run is a masterpiece.
Thunder Road is one of the best songs ever written by a human being.
If you don't have this album, something is very wrong with you.
Published on April 9 2004 by Fabio N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island CD
From the lonely piano/harmonica introduction to "Thunder Road" to the sorrowful cry at the end of "Jungleland", Born to Run is one of the greatest rock and roll... Read more
Published on March 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock and roll classic
I am not a big fan of Bruce Springsteen's music but I do own a couple of his cds, namely "Nebraska" and "Born to Run", the album that broke him into mainstream... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Erica Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's Calling Card
"Born to Run" is Bruce Springsteen's proclamation of his musical vision of all that he wants Rock and Roll to be; exciting, moving, and visionary. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by PJM
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