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Born To Run

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  • Audio CD (March 28 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000255F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
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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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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'.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dale Turner on March 26 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is how all box sets should be made. First, the remastering of the original album will definitely make you sit up and take notice. Every instrument is much more easily heard except for maybe on the title track because there was so much overdubbing done on it. (Even that song sounds a lot better.) The "making of" DVD explains all that. The DVD also has Bruce driving us around New Jersey and even taking us to the house where he wrote all the songs as well as footage that was shot in the studio while the album was being made. Also, there is a really nice bonus of three songs filmed in California in 1973 with Bruce, Danny Federici, Gary Tallent, Clarence Clemmons and original drummer Vinnie Lopez. However, the real find of this set is the live show from the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1975. (Read my review of the audio release of that show.) I became a Springsteen fan in 1978 with the release of "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and, although I saw him with the E Street Band in 2003, I've always wished I could have seen them in their heyday. Well, now I can. And so can you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wheeler on 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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By PGB on Aug. 8 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was the make or break album for Springsteen - he was changing managers and some E Street Band personnel (all documented in the included documentary film - excellent!) - and the record company was going to drop him if this album wasn't successful. Well, the rest is history as they say. Also included in this set is a beautifully mastered 5.1 version of the film of the Hammersmith Odeon concert in London in 1975. As mentioned, the 90-minute documentary Wings For Wheels by itself is great: it chronicles the making of Born To Run from songwriting to production. The revelation to me was the crucial role played by Steve Van Zandt, both as a consultant (and eventual band member) in the documentary, and the lead playing in the concert.

I bought this on Amazon's Canada site in the Marketplace, and assumed it the DVDs would be NTSC North America compatible. Only after I bought it, I realized it was coming from the UK, therefore PAL Region 2 which doesn't play on most North American DVD players. Fortunately (for me) I have an all-region player, and so no problem for me. But my advice for those who buy through the Marketplace is to check the country the vendor is located, as it may affect the type of DVD you're buying.
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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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