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The River (2CD)

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The River (2CD) + Darkness On The Edge Of Town + Born To Run
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Disc: 1
1. The Ties That Bind
2. Sherry Darling - Bruce Springsteen
3. Jackson Cage
4. Two Hearts - Bruce Springsteen
5. Independence Day
6. Hungry Heart
7. Out In The Street - Bruce Springsteen
8. Crush On You
9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) - Bruce Springsteen
10. I Wanna Marry You - Bruce Springsteen
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Point Blank - Bruce Springsteen
2. Cadillac Ranch - Bruce Springsteen
3. I'm A Rocker - Bruce Springsteen
4. Fade Away - Bruce Springsteen
5. Stolen Car - Bruce Springsteen
6. Ramrod - Bruce Springsteen
7. The Price You Pay
8. Drive All Night - Bruce Springsteen
9. Wreck On The Highway - Bruce Springsteen

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Two CD set. 1980 album from the singer, songwriter and Rock icon The River is a double album opus that alternates between fun rockers like 'Hungry Heart', 'Two Hearts', 'Sherry Darling' and 'Cadillac Ranch' and such weighty ballads as 'Pointblank', 'Independence Day', 'Stolen Car' and the title track.


Despite the acclaim accorded Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town, this is the album that broke Springsteen into the big leagues, thanks to "Hungry Heart," then his most pointedly commercial song; it had new fans swooning but some old ones grumbling for the "poetic" Springsteen of days gone by. Not to worry--though more economical lyrically, The River had something to offer nearly everyone: There's old-time frat rock ("Sherry Darling"), empathetic character studies ("The River," "Stolen Car," "Independence Day"), passionate rockers ("Out in the Street"), dramatic ballads ("Point Blank"), and even a couple of good-natured goofs ("Cadillac Ranch," "Crush on You," "Ramrod"). A sprawling double-disc set, The River offers proof that Springsteen could do it all and could do it better than virtually anyone else. --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what else I can say Oct. 5 2003
By Volpe
Format:Audio CD
I really don't think I have enough good words for "The River" and I know that a maximum of 1,000 words cannot possible be enough for the epic I could write about this album! What I will say is that this is probably the only album in my CD collection that just gives me an instant good feeling when I listen to it. Even if the song is beautifully depressing like Bruce does wonderfully, it still feels me with sheer delight. In my opinion, this IS what an album should be--two discs of pure mastery. "The River" is so perfect that I couldn't rate the songs if I wanted to--every single one would get 5 stars. My favorite, though, would have to be "Stolen Car" (if I HAD to choose). It is just so painstakingly brilliant, solemn, and it exemplifies the quiet desperation that I love from Bruce...gorgeous in one word. I love everything I can get my hands on from Bruce Springsteen, but "The River" just flows through my veins. How about that corny plug, eh?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome achievement July 22 2006
Format:Audio CD
These songs are no less than majestic, lyrically and melodically. The singing and playing are equally impressive and convey the various moods of the album so well. The ecstasy, the joy and the sadness of life are captured here with an honesty very rarely matched in the history of rock.

The Ties That Bind, Sherry Darling and Hungry Heart are passionate rockers, while Independence Day is a mournful ballad full of memories and regret. Point Black is a slow ballad, whilst Cadillac Ranch and I'm A Rocker are blistering slabs of energetic rock. Fade Away is a slow and anguished ballad with beautiful piano work and a stirring arrangement, while the sad and fragile Stolen Car almost sounds like something from Nebraska.

Traditional rock 'n roll rears its pulsating head on Ramrod, while the next three songs all have cars and driving as their theme: The Price You Pay is sombre and melancholic, Drive All Night sad and soulful, and this masterpiece of an album concludes with the sorrowful Wreck On The Highway, one of Springsteen's most moving songs. In its dignified resignation, acceptance and the renewed appreciation for loved ones that it inspires it reminds me of Lou Reed's The Bed or Song For My Father by The Angels Of Light.

The River is such a great album that it's almost too much to digest all these wonderful songs in one uninterrupted listening session.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Boss' s first megahit! April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Springsteen was driven to superstardom in 1975 with BORN TO RUN which followed two little-acknowledged albums. In 1978 came DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN,and two years later came this album,Bruce Springsteen's first megahit. This a two CD set like the 2 LP set. Every song was composed,both words and music,by Springsteen. Hits from this album are HUNGRY HEART,the title track,FADE AWAY,THE TIES THAT BIND and RAMROD. I heard OUT IN THE STREET on the radio also. Only the title track and HUNGRY HEART have been recycled for 1995's GREATEST HITS. Springsteen mentions actor Burt Reynolds,in a Trans Am,on CADILLAC RANCH. Another car song is RAMROD. Another song involving cars is WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY. And DRIVE ALL NIGHT is another. And THE PRICE YOU PAY is another. SHERRY DARLING involves cars also("Your mama's yappin' in the back seat"). And so does STOLEN CAR of course! Man,this album is full of car songs just like the songs recorded by the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean in the sixties. A major nationwide tour followed the release of this album. Springsteen also performed at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford,NJ just after it opened in early 1981.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It rocks, it has heart May 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
It makes sense that this was the first really successful Springsteen record ("Hungry Heart" is famously his first top ten hit) - the blazing anthems are especially energizing, the slow numbers are tender and deeply human. That makes for an amazing slew of songs, most of them outstanding, but a less thematic, cohesive outing than Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. Compare the difference - say, the peppy summer anthem "Sherry Darling" and the sprawling balladry of "Drive All Night" - you have two brilliant songs that don't seem to belong on an album together. In which case, it means that it happens to be only as good as a great rock record should be, as opposed to his masterpieces which fly past any of those standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars do you still say your prayers, little darlin? Oct. 28 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i cannot believe the bad reviews this album has had! i love it.
i first heard it back in the '70s & was in love with "drive all night" & "point blank" being strong, atmospheric tracks, with beautiful lyrics, really heartfelt.
also "ram rod" is a great "rock & roll" song, with a great big sound.
"the river" is gut-wrenching for it's honesty,
"independence day" also sounds like a confession, & one close to the knuckle!
it is an ambitious piece of work, & maybe contains a track or two too many, but overall the work contained herein i think defines the artist as a true legend!
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