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Greetings From Asbury Park N.J


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  • Audio CD (March 1 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000024ZT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blinded By The Light
2. Growin' Up
3. Mary Queen Of Arkansas
4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street
5. Lost In The Flood
6. The Angel
7. For You
8. Spirit In the Night
9. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
I shun all you who speak of this ablum in low regard. How can you honeslty talk of "Born in the USA" ever living up to "Lost in the Flood". Please open your ears sometime and listen to both songs, then tell me that I'm right.
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And so it begins. "Spirits in the Night". Is there a better song about being young, going out to "party"? It is SO much more than sex. Hhits it then, and it still works today. "For You"? Isn't this so much more "real" than ANYTHING out there today? "Lost in the Flood"? Who speaks with this passion anymore?
No, it isn't perfect; no, it isn't his best; no, it isn't "essential". But the seeds are planted; It is raw, poetic, soulful, full of the sounds of a man that had NO interest in making "hit" music; he wanted to say what he wanted to say. They just don't make many like this anymore.
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With it's dense-packed lyrics and folky musical feel, Bruce's debut was an album that barely hinted at what was to come. Caught between the record company's desire to make a singer/songwriter out of him and his own desire to be a flat out rocker, Greetings comes out sounding uneven, but despite this several songs manage to creep out as flat out classics. Future Manfred Mann fodder Blinded By The Light and For You hinted at his genius, but in my opinion Growin' Up, Spirit In The Night and It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City confirmed that what we were dealing with was the next big thing.
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Like he has said, this was the last time he made music without wondering if anyone would ever hear it.
It shows. It's rough, but verbally virtuous. There are more lyrics on this album than on his next three combined! He can't stop.
Compared to his subsequent albums, it's terrific to see his progression...but as a start, it's merely average.
There are a handful of stone classics...like "Growin' Up" and "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", but having been exposed more to his incendiary live versions, these pale.
But, in my opinion, if you get ONE Springsteen album, you should get them ALL. Like The Beatles. Even their "weak" albums are essential, if you know what I mean.
Besides, it's fun to put on "Blinded By The Light" for your uninitiated friends and watch them say, "He covered this song?"
Then they wonder why you're laughing...
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By A Customer on Oct. 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
Stunk, BOO! I'm not even sure what this is supposed to be. Sounded like the tape got caught in the tape deck. I can't believe Manfred Mann heard 'Blinded By the Light' and said, "Oh ya...let's cover that tune."
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How anyone can listen to "For You" and not think it is simply one of the greatest songs ever written is a mystery to me. A lot of folks here seem to think this album was nothing more than a vehicle for a young Springsteen to hone his songwriting skills and go on to bigger and better (read: commercial) things. I think with the exception (maybe) of Nebraska, this is it. It's a much more complicated album than, say, "Born in the USA". It has a desperation he never again quite found. Beautiful. Essential.
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Bruce Springsteen obviously had a lot to say on his debut album (I don't think he ever wrote songs this long on any of his subsequent albums), but don't expect anything like "The River" or "Born In The USA" on this one.
"Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey" contains several fine songs, such as "Blinded By The Light", the Dylan-inspired "Growin' Up" and "Lost In The Flood", but the truly strong melodies are few and far between. Most of the lyrics are great, sure, but the music isn't always.
There is definitely something appealing about Springsteen yelling out his exuberant lyrics with barely any kind of recognizable melody, but it wears out a little bit after a while. Just listen to "Mary Queen Of Arkansas" - classic, strong Springsteen lyrics, not a hint of an actual tune.
Some fans and critics accused Bruce Springsteen of selling out when he released "The River". They felt that he had "gone pop" with songs like "Hungry Heart" and "Cadillac Ranch".
Well, compared to this album "The River" certainly is more of a pop album, if tunefulness equals pop that is.
A bit more pop would have been kinda nice, actually.
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This is where it all started, raw, hungry, and always entertaing. Bruce proves that he has alot to say about America and it's seedy underside of kids and trouble and growing up.
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