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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars born to what? Jan. 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is just an ok album. No more, no less. The bombastic production and atmosphere paint an impressive portrait of the joys of being young, reckless, and "on fire" in 1974 New Jersey, and Bruce does a good job of coming up with flowery lyrics to suit that portrait. Roy Bittan, his piano player, is a fantastic musician; he's the real star of the album. Other than that, Born to Run falls well short of the standard set by The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce's previous album. The main problem is in the songwriting; there's little to no hook or catchiness in half the songs. Only "Born to Run" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" strike me as perfect pieces of pop music. "Backstreets" is an adequate rave-up, and "Jungleland" is a spectacular, theatrical album-ender, my pick for the best song on the album. Other than that, he's stuck in an musical rut, especially on the boring opener, "Thunder Road." Any of you who aren't familiar with Bruce yet, PLEASE hear The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle first before you pick up this one. Yes, I know, Born to Run was his breakthrough album, but that doesn't mean it's THAT incredible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Oct. 25 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Springsteen once realized that he would never play the guitar like Eric Clapton and some others, so his focus changed to writing songs.
Frankly I am glad he did, Springsteen rivals Bob Dylan in my mind.
This album is early Springsteen and is the beginning of some great songs.
I love the way he uses words like in the song Born to Run.
"Sprung from cages down highway nine, chrome wheel, fuel injected and steppin out over the line. This album in my mind is where he truly found himself.
This will always be his signature album (with the possible exception of Born in the USA)
10th Avenue freeze out and another masterpiece "Thunder Road also appear on this CD
If you want to hear Springsteen at his very best, you should start with this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic April 18 2004
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreal Sept. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have been amazed by Bruce Springsteen's popularity ever since I purchased this album amidst all of the hype that swirled around him. Let's critique Bruce and the E. Street band:
Has anyone ever heard Steve Van Zandt's guitar? I love him in the Soprano's and his cool radio gig, but he might as well not even plug in. The whole band sounds like Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell. Overproduced, mini operas tied together by a piano. The big man plays the same solo over and over. Bruce's voice is not what I would call a pretty thing to listen to either. Very limited vocal range. He screams more than he sings. I must be in the minority, but this sounds to me like corporate rock at its worst, heck, I would much rather listen to Southside Johnny or even Bon Jovi over this stuff.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow warning!! May 16 2003
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I think "Born to run" is a very over rated album. I own every Springsteen record and I believe "Born in the USA" together with "Tunnel of love" is his best work.
On this recording there's actually just two or three songs that are top class, namely "Thunder road", "Jungleland" and maybe "Born to run". The rest is not that exciting, at least not for me. Somehow, this album have achieved cult status, and almost no one question the actual quality - "you got to praise this one if you consider yourself a Springsteen fan". Please, listen and make up your own mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Short, Simple Look At "Born to Run" Aug. 29 2002
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One of the only special things about Bruce Springsteen's 1975 album "Born To Run" is that it flung him from rock-n-roll rags to rock-n-roll stardom. Other than that, it is actually quite generic when it comes to the Boss's standards. Much of its prime theme--the hopes and struggles of small town folk--is merely an echo of the things Springsteen expressed in his first two exceptional but unnoticed albums ("Greetings From Asbury Park" & "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle"). The bulk of "Born To Run" is standard Springsteen, again expressing small town frustrations, but without the grit or reality of "Darkness on the Edge of Town" or "Nebraska." The title track is energetic and legendary in its own right, but a lot of the album is less inspiring. Tracks that do their best to save any possible quality are possibly '10th Avenue Freeze-Out' and the generic but notable 'Thunder Road.'
Overall, "Born To Run" is exceptionally less inspired and surreal as the Boss's other works, especially those after it, but it should please those unfamiliar with his more reality-driven albums.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars a rock opera, everything bat out of hell wasn't........
this album is everything that "bat out of hell" wasn't, ie, non-pretentious, gritty, gutsy & earthy. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Heady 70'sRock
This album is fantastic because it brings back to life those wonderful heady, heavenly, tranquil sunny 1970's days. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic masterpiece that will never die
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... Read more
Published on June 18 2004
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 I love Bruce more than I love my dad
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... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by James Roche
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 Believe the hype...
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... Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Danny
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 15 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. 24 2004 by Erica Anderson
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