Who’s the Boss? – Born to Run

Who's The Boss?
Hi Everybody! We are back with a new album for “Who’s the Boss?” If you are new, or missed the previous “Who’s the Boss?” articles, you can go ahead and see what this is all about. The first assignment given to me by Kristin, from Rock Out Loud, was to listen to Live/1975–85. It turned out to be a 40 song project that had to be split up into three articles – Disc 1, Disc 2, and Disc 3. My next album is not as extensive as Live/1975–85, but it is just as awesome. We are talking about Bruce Springsteen’s big breakthrough album, Born to Run. Instead of a 40 song extravaganza, this album only has 9 songs. 9 awesome songs! For the last album, I gave my initial thoughts, and then gave my feelings about the songs after listening some more. For this album, I loved every song right from the beginning. So, my initial thoughts did not change for any of these songs, other than liking them more and more.

Born to Run was Bruce Springsteen’s third album, and was his big breakthrough. I had thought that this was his debut album, but Springsteen had released Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. Born to Run was released on August 25, 1975, and was a critical and commercial success. As of 2000, 6 million copies were sold. It would reach all the way to #3 on the Billboard charts. Bruce Springsteen has pretty much been a household name since this album was released. So, let’s go check this out, and see what all the craze is about. As with the previous posts, you can click on the song title to listen to it and/or watch the video.

Side 1

1. Thunder Road

This song opened Live 1975/85, and opens this album. I love this studio version.

2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

I like this song (also first heard on Live 1975/85). If I didn’t hear this on the live album, I might not have liked this song as much. It sticks with you though.

3. Night

Never heard of this song before. I’m really enjoying this one. Pretty cool, upbeat song. As usual, Clarence Clemons is awesome. I like Bruce’s voice in this song.

4. Backstreets

This is a song that I liked right away on the Live 1975/85 album. I like this studio version just as much. And ow, he really turns it up a notch towards the end!

Side 2

1. Born to Run

Classic! Not much else I can say about this one. This is one of those songs I have always loved, and never got sick of it.

2. She’s the One

Whoa, I really like this one! They are firing on all cylinders in this song. Every instrument plays a big part, and this is another song where I love Bruce’s voice. I don’t know any details about playing music, but maybe it’s a lower key or range that he sings in some of these songs that I really enjoy.

3. Meeting Across the River

This is a little different from anything else I have heard from Bruce. It features a piano and trumpet. I think I will like this song more after a few more listens.

4. Jungleland

Holy crap! What an epic song! It is story that could be made into a movie. And the music is incredible. And the awesome sax and piano in the middle of the song reminds me of Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”, which is a great thing! This song is over 9 minutes, which would probably explain why there are only 8 songs on the album. But, it doesn’t feel like 9 minutes. So, so good!

Fun Facts

Fun Facts. Woo-ooo-ooo. Say it proud and Geek Out Loud, it’s fun facts

– The title from “Thunder Road” comes from the Robert Mitchum film Thunder Road. Springsteen declared that he was somehow inspired by the movie despite not having seen it. As he says: “I never saw the movie, I only saw the poster in the lobby of the theater.”

– While recording “Jungleland” the closing act of Born to Run, it took 16 hours to properly set up and record Clarence Clemons solo act. When Bruce told him how long it had been, Clarence was surprised. He had believed that only about 5 hours had gone by.

– A line from the song “Night” on Born to Run goes “the circuit’s lined and jammed with chromed invaders.” The Circuit is a nickname for the drive around Kingsley Street and Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park.

– Ernest “Boom” Carter doesn’t have the same name recognition as some other E Streeters, but even if you’re only a casual Bruce fan, you’ve heard his work. Carter’s only performance with Springsteen was his drum track on “Born to Run.” Carter’s successor to the drum throne, Max Weinberg, has said that he could never reproduce Carter’s drum parts in concert and eventually stopped trying.
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