In 1973, the year before Bruce Springsteen was tagged "The Future of Rock n Roll", he released "Greetings from Asbury Park" and "The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle". Sandwiched between the two releases were two seminal radio broadcasts now officially available for the first time on CD. Tracks 1-5 capture his first radio interview interspersed with live songs, tracks 6 -12 capture the exuberance of a great concert from The Main Point, a coffee house venue in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia.
As a talented apprentice, absorbing influences and learning his craft, "Bound For Glory" is an appropriate title for the Guthrie loving future "Boss". The songs and performances capture the essence of that transition perfectly.
These are the days before the E-Street Band. But they're there. Bruce nervously introduces Clarence, Garry Tallent and Danny Federici as family members. Let's face it, The E-Street Band are his professional family with all the love, additions and loss that a family has.
"Circus Story" AKA Wild Billy's Circus Story which appears both the studio interview and the live concert are highlights. Recently performed, by request on Elvis Costello's "Spectacle" TV show,the song stands the test of time.
If Springsteen to you is "The Boss" and you know the "greatest hits", but want to find out more, this CD will be a great complement to your deep dive. If you're a true fan,"Bound For Glory" is an absolute essential. It will inform and delight in equal measure. If you've got tickets for next summer's shows, this is worth purchasing to acquire some historical perspective of what it was like before it all got so out of hand. FIVE STARS