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The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
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The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle + Greetings From Asbury Park N.J + The River (2CD)
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1. E Street Shuffle
2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
3. Kitty's Back
4. Wild Billy's Circus Story
5. Incident On 57th Street
6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
7. New York City Serenade

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If Springsteen's debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. revealed just how ambitious a talent he was, it also fell just short of realizing those ambitions. No such problem with this, his second album. The Dylanesque wordplay is there, but with more narrative detail, as on "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," "Kitty's Back," and "Rosalita," each of which became instant Springsteen classics and were demanded by his concert crowds for years. But even on this record, the music isn't allowed to take a back seat to the words--the latter two, at least, are full-tilt rock & roll numbers, with abrupt tempo shifts, soaring instrumental parts, and production that's just chaotic enough to make you wonder if the whole thing is going to blow apart and then smile in appreciation when it doesn't. The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle was the first time Springsteen scaled the heights of rock & roll greatness--but it wouldn't be the last. --Daniel Durchholz

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1973 sophomore album from the singer/songwriter who would later become one of the biggest superstars in the world. Features future classics like 'Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)' and 'Incident on 57th Street'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars eclectic musical circus Jan. 15 2008
By klunker
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt, hands down, the best Springsteen CD EVER.

An eclectic mix of musical styles and the musicianship and production is utterly incredible. You have to be willing to switch gears on this one. The tracks run an incredible range and if you're stuck on Springsteen as a rocker only, you'll miss a lot of what's being dished out to you. It's the last album with Vincent Lopez and the band suffered from his loss, although rumor has it that it was necessary.

I've been listening to this album for over 30 years and I am still utterly amazed at how good it really is. Jazz, Latino, Classical, Blues, Rock and Folk all exist side by side and overlap in very brainy musical kaleidoscope. Punchy rock to very quiet, sparse musical poetry and all points in between.

Certainly not appealing to those who like a steady groove for a whole album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The launch ramp for Born To Run March 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
My first Springsteen album was The River, but I soon realized that there was a wealth of great music on the four albums that had come before it. (I'd heard Born To Run and Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but Greetings and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle had passed through while I was still in my top 40 phase.) Originally fished out of a dollar bin in a local used record store, I was amazed to find that it was nearly the equal of Born To Run. The only semi-clinker on the album was Wild Billy's Circus Story (but I'm sure there are others who LOVE this one.) I found early on that the six tracks that I loved from this album meshed with those that I loved from Greetings. They weren't cohesive in any way, but together they made a great side of one of my favorite driving tapes. At this point everyone knows about Rosalita, but this album offers so much more than just that admittedly great concert staple. I think what makes it one of my favorites in the car are the constant tempo shifts, from the placid New York City Serenade to the wildcat energy of Kitty's Back and Rosalita, this album delivers a whole spectrum of emotions and sounds and is a great find if you've never indulged before.
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By Volpe
Format:Audio CD
I will admit that I bought this album for "Rosalita" initially, as I'm sure a lot of fans did. See, I was introduced to Bruce from "Born to Run" on, so I had no idea that the man had more treasures in his collection just waiting for me to find. When I heard "Rosalita" on the Bruce Anthology video, I was hooked and it immediately became my favorite performance on the tape. It was raw, enthusiastic, and beautiful all in one. I had never wished that I could go back in time so much...just to be at one concert to have the fun that Bruce was having while performing that one song. Of course, I had to buy this album and "Greetings..." immediately.
After getting my fill of "Rosie" over and over again, I decided to let the whole album play and wow... This is definitely is what rock & roll is all about--the energy, the innocence, the passion, the rough edges and the over the top instrumental riffs. When you listen to this album, it makes you feel like you stumbled into a bar at exactly the right moment--when their star performer took the stage. And Bruce and the band would entertain the crowd into the morning just because they could and they loved it. The rousing instrumentals often seem like they were just the improvisations of a live show or that maybe they were competing behind the scenes to steal the show with an anthemesque riff. But...it tends to be difficult to steal a show away from you know who.
I definitely think this album was titled perfectly. Bruce never again would have the wild and wide-eyed perspective and the innocence of a young boy trying to have a good time while making a name for himself in the desolate streets of Jersey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't compare to later Bruce!! Jan. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
A Brilliant sophomore effort! No, this isn't "pop"...it is not traditional AABA songwriting (pay attention kids, I didn't say "ABBA"); but it is a young man with a lot to say.
Do NOT bother if you consider "Born in the U.S.A. to be "early Springsteen". This is a poet, an artist, a man with nothing to lose playing what he feels. "Kitty's Back", "Rosalita", "Incident on 57th St.", and "Sandy", all are brilliant, but they have so very little in common with what Bruce became!
I love Bruce today, I love Bruce then. He NEVER tried to make the same album over and over (like, oh, every artist since?), but he said what he felt like saying at the time. Brillaint, poetic, rocking, touching, songs of life, love, youth, understanding...they are all in this album. Love it for what it is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes you just gotta walk on April 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this recording makes me shiver its so good......what a gigantic accomplisment this is.........the strings on New York City....the tuba on circus story....its quite a joy to listen to many many people have asked me what they're listening to when they hear this for the first time....this is Springsteen??????? this is pretty good...even my daughter's punk ass boyfriend has a copy of this ....GIVE IT A LISTEN.....at least once......you gotta be impressed .......seen him a few times and the '75 tour when he did this stuff is etched..i'll never forget that night...remastering would be nice....
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