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The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle Import
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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|
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'.
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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This album is the follow-up to Bruce's debut album, making it his second album. (It's canny observations like that that make me the great review that I think I am). Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2007 by Jason Beck
this is a great album. The music the lyrics everything is perfect. This album shows bruce is the bossPublished on March 28 2004 by Patricia Govoni
I'll say this for Bruce - he can truly write. His lyrics alone make this album listenable. For years I had this album simply for Rosalita, ignoring the other tracks. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Eric James Cooper