Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
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1973 debut album from the singer/songwriter who would later become one of the biggest superstars in the world. Features future classics like 'Blinded By The Light', 'Growin' Up', 'Spirit In The Night' and 'For You'.
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"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.
That aside, though: "Blinded by the Light" wasn't even good as a mainstrem hit, and the Boss' version (he wrote it, after all) is pretty bad as well. The rest of the album is really a labor of love, not only for the young E Streeters just finding their groove, but for diehard fans who want to make it through this sometimes abrasive, sometimes just embarassingly naive effort. Really, only the diehard need apply--this one is anathema for the merely curious, but, curiously, a must-have for hardcore Bruce fans. Naturally, it's a product of the musical times--everyone was doing experimental folk/rock/jazz in 1973; but that doesn't make it good. Thank God Springsteen outgrew it! Being able to say that your collection is complete might balance out the purchase price for some people, but I'd avoid "Asbury Park" if at all possible. Anybody want my copy?
"Go-cart Mozart was checking out the weather chart to see if it was safe to go outside/
Little Early-Pearly came by in her curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride/
Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer playing backyard bombardier."
His redemption is that the stories he told needed every single one of the words he chose for his sagas. One word less, and they would be choking for breath.
Early and first-time listeners of this record didn't really know that two years later, they wouldn't be hearing this folk-rock Springsteen sound again till about 20 years later. If they had known, they would have paid more attention. "Greetings" was a commercial failure, despite a relatively above-average critical response. It's a difficult record to get into - much easier if you were already a Springsteen fan weaned on Born To Run (1975) and Born In The USA (1984), although the fact that only Garry Tallent and Clarence Clemmons from the now permanent E Street Band play here may be somewhat of a damper, too (what, no Little Steven? No Mighty Max?). It's difficult for the reasons stated earlier - when you have what's amounted to a song poem of Chaucer proportions set against minute musical maneuvers, where does your attention go?Read more ›
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You ever hear the phrase, "it's gone from bad to worse?" I'd love to use something like that to describe this and all subsequent Springsteen albums, but it kind of falls apart... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2007 by Jason Beck
With it's dense-packed lyrics and folky musical feel, Bruce's debut was an album that barely hinted at what was to come. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by William J. Eichelberger
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Alex W Lorenz
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". Read morePublished on Dec 14 2003
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. Read more
Stunk, BOO! I'm not even sure what this is supposed to be. Sounded like the tape got caught in the tape deck. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by B. Herring
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.Published on May 29 2003
Bruce's debut is a big winner. Don't miss it. The ballads drag, but five tunes - Blinded By the Light, Growin' Up, For You, Spirit in the Night, and Hard to Be a Saint In the City... Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Daniel Rosenberg