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Born in the USA

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000025UW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
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1. Born In The U.S.A.
2. Cover Me
3. Darlington County
4. Working On The Highway
5. Downbound Train
6. I'm On Fire
7. No Surrender
8. Bobby Jean
9. I'm Goin' Down
10. Glory Days
11. Dancing In The Dark
12. My Hometown

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1984 album from the New Jersey rocker, the blockbuster album that made him a bona-fide international superstar. The album yielded an amazing seven Top 10 singles: 'Born In The U.S.A.', 'Cover Me', 'I'm on Fire', 'I'm Goin' Down', 'Glory Days', 'Dancing In The Dark' and 'My Hometown' .


Born in the U.S.A. is an album painted in big, broad strokes. But it was still too subtle for some--namely politicians who tried to tap the title track as a jingoistic anthem when it is in fact a bitter diatribe by a Vietnam War vet whose country forgot him. The rest of the album is a glorious grab bag of radio-ready populist anthems--his best display of pure pop songwriting ever--including "No Surrender," "Dancing in the Dark," "Bobby Jean," and "Glory Days" alongside more circumspect numbers such as "My Hometown" and "I'm On Fire." It's not true that there's no arguing with success, but in this case Springsteen's widespread acclaim was warranted. With Born in the U.S.A., all those predictions from a decade earlier--that Springsteen was the future of rock--had come true. --Daniel Durchholz

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Format: Audio CD
In music history, there are always those one albums that stand the test of time. Albums that are mentioned and referenced too for years and will be for decades to come. Albums where you can recite every single song on the whole thing. Albums that should of been mandatory listening to everyone and should of been issued to everyone as part of a law. Okay, so maybe that last part is stretching it. "Born In The U.S.A." is definitley one of those special albums. When it hit the streets in 1984, it exploded like a hurricane and pretty much defined the 80's stadium, chest thumping, blue collar rock for the time. The fact that it was Bruce's most commercial and radio friendly release to date didn't really matter much because the writing and singing and performing was still all Bruce and the brilliance of the E Street Band. The album is unfairly criticized for being too "poppish". It just goes to show you how some people just don't understand things. The album is just as clever and strongly written as any of his more serious a;bums. But because it has a certain sound, then it can't be as good. Geez. Some people don't understand music!. The album is one of the most consistent rock albums that has a straight line from the first opening drum beats of "Born In The U.S.A.", to the final eloquent and haunting sounds of "My Hometown". Not surprisingly, this was Bruce's most successful studio album, and one of his most consistent rocking albums. Slower tracks are few on this set, the only ones being the gorgeous "I'm On Fire", which is probably one of the best songs he's done, "Downbound Train", and the already mentioned album closer, "My Hometown". This album spawned 7 top ten hits.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Although it's inconceivable today, there was a time in 1982 when Bruce Springsteen was in a slump. His style of thoughtful, Anthemic Heartland Rock had seen it's heyday pass. As for Bruce Himself, his Record Sales indicated that he had a devoted core following, but was no longer a commercial force to be Reckoned with. He had the Fawning support of Critics, but they don't buy many records and won't help pay his bills.
Thanks to a new entertainment Medium, MTV, which showed "Music Videos" that would emphasize the Visual aspect of an Artist as well as the Music, Springsteen seemed very out of favor.
Bruce knew the Pressure was on him. The fickle public had written him off as a Guy who had a Spark in the 70's with "Born to Run" but his best days were behind him in 1984.
As he did before, For Production Bruce teamed with Himself, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, and Steve Van Zant but this time around they gave the Recording an added Sheen and Polish, making his sound cleaner and more Accesible to a Mass Audience. His supporting casts arsenal also received an Updating, Synthesizers were added to the mix to Bode with the musical climate. Which was slightly overdue. In my opinion for quite some time Bruce sound could've benefited from A current element and on "Born In The U.S.A" Thats just what it got.
No question, the End Result would sound like Bruce Springsteen, but with a modern twist that would Enhance it's effect.
This was a well-offered offering, borrowing elements from all his previous albums. This was Bruce's comeback that he desperately needed.
Liner Notes - Incredibly Thorough. Details are given on where the recording took place, who mixed, and The Full E Street Band Roster. Bob Ludwig mastered the recording.
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Format: Audio CD
To fully appreciate this album, you have to have "Nebraska", "Tracks", and "Live 1975-1985" as well as on its own. Both versions of the song "Born in the USA" are incredible in their own way.

Every song on "Born in the USA" were outtakes from "Nebraska" and vice versa. Even the b-sides were hits, and the outtakes have been played frequently on his tours. It's an unbelievable wealth of material from that period. I would love to see a box set documenting the journey from "Nebraska's" roots to the 4 hour marathon shows on the "Born in the USA" Tour, maybe also as a "Classic Albums" DVD.
Where Nebraska is dark and bleak to almost claustrophobic levels, this one wants to bust out all over. Born in the USA (the song) misled most listeners, and had it wound up on "Nebraska", the lyrics would have fit in perfectly. But here, it's not a celebration of patriotism, it's pure rage against a system that let him down. But the rest of the album talks about bonds between friends, sex, love, nostalgia, and watching changes in your neighborhood. It's truly about "American Life".
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This album, filled with brilliant songs, mostly up-tempo, is an excellent tribute to ordinary working people. The album yielded many hit singles in Britain, America and elsewhere.

It begins with the title track, a song about Vietnam that shows Bruce's disapproval of the war while paying tribute to the soldiers. Working on the highway is, of course, a tribute to those who build and maintain the roads. My hometown, the slowest song here, closes the album on a somewhat downbeat note, describing a town that has seen better days.
Dancing in the dark, Cover me, I'm going down and Glory days are all up-tempo slices of rock'n'roll updated for the eighties that became hit singles in Britain and America. No surrender (a hit in America but not Britain), Darlington county and Bobby Jean are similarly upbeat.
I'm on fire (yet another massive hit in Britain and America) is only mid-tempo, as is Downbound train. The pace of the songs may be different but the quality is still high.
This is a classic rock album, great for having a good time, but if you listen to the words you'll find that Bruce has a lot to say. Many of the songs are more serious than the mostly joyful music would suggest.
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