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This review is from: Live In Concert 1975 - 85 Bruce Springsteen & The Street Band (Audio CD)
If you only own one Bruce Springsteen album, then this should be the one. When John Landau claimed to have discovered the future of rock 'n' roll way back in the early 70's he was foreseeing the rise of the most influential singer / songwriter of the century, bar Bob Dylan.
Live 75-85 captues The Boss at his absolute best, and on the later shows, at the peak of his commercial appeal. Thunder Road remains a modern classic, but to hear it live leaves you breathless. Cover versions are here and Bruce adds his own twist, with venom on the anthemic "War" and with subtlety on Tom Waits beautiful, under-rated "Jersey Girl".
When Bruce sings "We bursted outta class, had to get away from those fools,/ we learned more from a 3 minute record than we ever did in school" on a superbly re-arranged "No Surrender", you believe every last syllable!
Springsteen for me, is the quintessential American songwriter, knowing just how to tap into the feelings of everyday blue-collar America (and you and I)and carry you along at a breathtaking pace, taking you to highs and lows and leaving you with a feeling of sheer exaltation. Seeing Springsteen live in these heady days was not a concert, it was a religious experience, with the Rev. Bruce earnestly preaching to his captive flock.
The man exudes charisma from every pore on his body, and on stage he makes the most of it. This record compiled personally from 10 years on the road is the closest you will ever get to being there.
With a relatively quiet 90's, commercially speaking, and the creative well seeming to dry a little, The Boss bounced back withy his post-9/11 album "The Rising" which sees a return to the flag waving, standard bearing form shown on Live 75-85, but never again will he be as good as this. Truly a remakable record and a must for every serious music fan,