Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run

Growing up in New Jersey in the 70s, it would have been an act of betrayal if I didn’t include this classic from Bruce Springsteen. While “The Boss” was still making a name for himself throughout the rest of the world, he was loved as a local boy who was making it good. Therefore not many people living in my neck of the woods were surprised when “Born to Run” sprinboarded Springsteen to fame.

One thing I notice about a lot of metal bands who haven’t quite made the big time, (yes I know Bruce Springsteen isn’t heavy metal) is that they are hungry and that hunger is reflected in the music. I can say the exact same thing about the “Born to Run” album. There is a definite hunger reflected in the tracks of this album and it is why many Springsteen officianados say that it is his best of all time.

Track Listing:

1. Thunder Road

2. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

3. Night

4. Backstreets

5. Born to Run

6. She’s th One

7. Meeting Across the River

8. Jungleland

The E-Street Band

Bruce Springsteen- lead vocals, guitars, harmonica and percussion

Roy Bittan- piano, backing vocals

Ernest “Boom” Carter- drums on “Born to Run”

Clarenece Clemmons- saxophone, tambourine, backing vocals

Danny Federici- organ

Suki Lahav- violin on “Jungleland”

David Sancious- piano, organ on “Born to Run”

Gary W. Tallent- bass

Steven Van Zandt- backing vocals, horn arrangement

Max Weinberg- drums

 “Born to Run” is one of those classics that even hardcore metal heads like me proudly say they love. Besides it can be said that the album did have an influence on heavy metal. Bruce Springsteen’s famous saxophonist, the late Clarence Clemmons, plays on the Twisted Sister song “Be Cruel to Your School,” which I will be looking at more in the distant future. I only wish I posessed hindsight so I could have made more of it in “Rock And Roll Children.”

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