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Born In The U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
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In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (26 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00008Z5G9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Born In The U.S.A.
2. Cover Me
3. Darlington County
4. Working On The Highway
5. Downbound Train
6. I'm On Fire
7. No Surrender
8. Bobby Jean
9. I'm Goin' Down
10. Glory Days
11. Dancing In The Dark
12. My Hometown

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BBC Review

East Berlin, 1988. Under a graphite sky, a familiar synthesizer riff echoes out over a vast arena. As a thundercrack snare drum underscores one of the most consistently spine-chilling intros ever, Bruce Springsteen, telecaster in hand, stares out toward half a million East Germans who've all started singing the chorus - before he's even begun the first verse.

500,000 Germans shouting "Born In The USA" in some huge-ass park in the late-eighties is plainly quite weird. But they're not American. They're not singing about being American, are they? Are they??

"Born In The USA", the title track of The Boss' mega-selling 1984 album, was much misunderstood. Accused at the same time of being repulsively nationalistic, and viciously Anti-American, the track was endorsed by conservative US politicians (including Ronald Reagan) as an exemplar of "classic American values" whilst the bitter lyrics actually tell the story of disaffected Vietnam veteran, chewed up and spat out by his own country:

'I had a buddy at Khe Sahn Fighting off the Viet Cong They're still there, he's all gone He had a little girl in Saigon I got a picture of him in her arms'

Fire up YouTube and watch John Sayles' music video for the track. The killer punch comes near the end where you see the smiling veteran with a hole where his left eye should be. Despite the poor sync between the video and audio, Springsteen's leather-clad delivery is scarily fierce. Heard alongside the visuals of Bruce spitting the hopeless verses, the song is revealed as far more than a knuckleheaded, jingoistic sing-a-long. It's a ragged-lunged hymn to long gone friends, a treacherous government, a stupid war, having no job, but f*** it, let’s shout the chorus until we cough up our lungs.

Springsteen’s much-discussed genius lies in finding the humanity in the everyday, punching it out with a grizzled kind of grandeur, and managing it dressed as Mad Max. That’s why our German friends, with their cold war blues and bad blow-dries, are singing along in their hundreds of thousands. Despite huge political and national gulfs, there are more similarities than there are differences.

The other songs on the album? Apart from the unsettling, tender "I’m On Fire", it’s familiar fare throughout, reliable rock and soul courtesy of Bruce and his band of E Street musos, with the added bonus of "Glory Days" and the irrepressible "Dancing In The Dark" chucked in too. But at no point does it become as stupid, or as complex, as track 1. --P J Lucas

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Mega hit-filled 1984 album from The Boss! Includes the title track + 'Cover Me','Dancing In The Dark','Glory Days', 'I'm On Fire' & more.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll 22 Oct 2007
By lhdps
Format:Audio CD
I was 13 years old when i first heard this album and of Bruce Sprigsteen.
It made me an instant fan. The same day i bought the other "born" album - Born to Run. In less than a week i had the entire Bruce Springsteen collection in my hand. Altough great this album may be, for me it has that "discovering" quality that has made it one of my favorite albums of all time. If you want to start hearing Bruce Springsteen, star with this one. You won't be dispointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR MELANCHOLIA YOU CAN DANCE TO 8 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure someone, somewhere, has already coined the 'melancholia(y) you can dance to' phrase, but it perfectly describes this great album. Springsteen's BITUSA divides Brucefans simply because there are those who saw it as a sell-out, while others just saw it as a natural progression from what he'd produced before. I fall into the latter camp - his earlier classics like 'Sandy', Born to Run, 'Jungleland' and Badlands' had helped to raise Springsteen's stock, but BITUSA was so full of melodic hooks that it simply couldn't fail. Many heard the noise but hadn't listened to the words - Ronald Reagan for one - but beyond the familiar tunes were words as hard-bitten and melodramatic as anything he's produced before or since. The title track itself is a stone cold classic, while my favourites were the songs of regret and melodrama - 'Bobby Jean', Glory Days' and 'No Surrender'. Springsteen reportedly recorded 100s of songs for this album and what a double it could have been! Imagine 'None but the brave', 'Frankie', 'This hard land' and 'My love will not let you down' added to this platter! Anyway, not everyone is 45 and over, and there will be new listeners wondering what the fuss was all about; so for them, it's loud, it's noisy, it's melodic, it's tells great stories, it might make you cry, it's full of melancholy...and you can dance to it. Enjoy it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a definition of rock at its finest 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
in my opinion, born in the USA is one of the best albums ever! it has everything any rock or pop music fan could ever ask for. from its opening collection of thundering stadium rock tracks ('darlington county', 'working on the highway'and the title track 'born in the USA') further listening to them tells a much darker, meaningful story than the music suggests. included are the more softly spoken tracks such as 'I'm on fire' and 'my hometown' which are just as thought provoking and help to demonstrate bruce's vocal skills. this album launched bruce into a global megastar and its easy to see why. this is an essential purchase for any springsteen fan or any music fan in general!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Born In The USA 20 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
`Born in the USA' is one of those albums that has become a classic and epitomises the times it was written and released in. This lead to Bruces famous stadium tours that left him exhausted, but showcased his music to a wider audience. Although the title track has been overplayed and feels slightly cliched as a result, it still has great power when it starts and this album has so many great tracks that you are left in awe at the amount of talent on one CD. From excellent, more low key tracks such as `Cover Me' to `Darlington County' via full on rockers like `Glory Days' and `Bobby Jean' and touching on the more brooding and moving songs like `I'm on Fire' and `My Hometown', this albums has a selection of tracks to suit any mood or taste. All of this, coupled with the now iconic album cover and you will have in your hands a slice of music history that has rarely been surpassed. It has become a classic for a reason and is well worth a try.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to replacelong lost album 18 April 2014
By jim s
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album to replace my original vinyl one which I have lost in the midst of moves and travels over the years. I first originally bought this in the eighties as a teenager(one of my first purchases with my first wage), and what can I say WOW, still as I remember, good rocking rifts, meanigful lyrics and it was amazing how all those things also buried in the memories from those teenage years came flooding back. Already looking through the sellers inventory to see if there are any more of my long lost albums available. Delivery was quick, good price, and the actual case and insert in almost pristine condition many thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs that paint pictures 10 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
Forget the common misconceptions about this album.

I can't think of many songs that sound as fiercely, raggedly, righteously ANGRY as 'Born In The U.S.A'.
I can't think of many songs which portray smalltown helplessness as well as 'Dancing In The Dark'.
I can't think of a more perfect couplet of songs on an LP as 'Downbound Train' followed by 'I'm On Fire'.

That's all I wanted to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars onlyme 22 Feb 2014
By a guy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
it is well known that this is one of brucies best bits of musical magic as he shimmies and sweats away (he does on any live versions )well I am quite happy to concur though I do wonder what the hell is he up to on the cover 1/digging for loose change , 2/ getting ready to bowl a maiden over at Lords , 3/ pissing on old glory I am not to sure
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5.0 out of 5 stars the boss 17 Jan 2014
By frank h
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i have seen the boss many times live and this tour, at wembley, was my first experience! could not believe i did not have a copy until recently. what a great album!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab
Amazing album. Sounds amazing both trough my speakers and my headphones.
A true classic rock album, must have for any collection.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. S. C. Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars He's on fire
Anyone interested should use this as a starter and then explore an amazing body of work that has 40 odd years of the highest standard of music. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars only wanted one song
not really fair to give this a bad review as my husband just wanted the song I`m on fire, but having said that we didn`t like the rest of it but I`m sure Springsteen fans would... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it
fanastic I love this CD I bought the record way back when, got rid of my record player and have wanted it for a while now. It's as good now as it was then
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. At Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss
A classic,as everyone knows.

I downloaded this from the MP3 store and was immediately transported to the good old USA of Springsteen.

Published 3 months ago by Harold 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
God I love this guy and cheap as chips which was a big plus if you haven't got it,what you waiting for,get it in your basket
Published 3 months ago by the big mans lady
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it is a very good cd. the boss old or new good. more bruces please. good work.enjoyed it. thanks again
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars More from the Boss
I used to have this but must have loaned it to someone. Good to get it back, and great to get it on Cloud player
Published 4 months ago by W. Fenwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Born in the USA
I had owned this album on cassette tape many years ago.
It is a timeless classic and is still a wonderful and l am delighted
to hear it again
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