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The Wild, the Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle

The Wild, the Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle

21 Aug 1984
4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Aug. 1984
  • Release Date: 21 Aug. 1984
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 46:29
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  • ASIN: B00HQPNKSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,218 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This is one of my favourite albums of all time! And everything that has been written by the other reviewers is correct - this is Bruce Springsteen's best album, it easily outshines his most successful albums ('Born to Run' and 'Born in the USA'), and it is sadly overlooked by the record buying public.

Just listen to the first three tracks - "E Street Shuffle", "4th Of July Asbury Park (Sandy)", and "Kitty's Back" - and realise what the world lost when Springsteen turned his back on the more jazzy side of his muse and focused on his rock leanings. And then listen to "Wild Billy's Circus Story" - possibly the saddest song ever written (and definitely the only one with the lyric "Elephants dance real funky") - and weep that this album isn't held in the same esteem as "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Sgt Pepper's". It really is that good - and it's the only Springsteen CD I can listen to all the way through without reaching for the skip button.

Do yourself a favour, get this CD in ya life: you won't regret it!!
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I only discovered Bruce Springsteen's music after having initially been put off his music by the likes of Born to Run and Born in the USA, which are a bit "in your face" for my tastes. There's no outstanding single track on this album (they're all very good), which does a brilliant job evoking 1970s New Jersey streetlife. It contains some of his very best songwriting without the jarring/over the top production of Born to Run (you're right I don't really like that album). He's created some great albums like Darkness at the Edge of Town, Nebraska and the River, but this is a far more poetic and uplifting album. Like most great albums it's a real grower. This is one of those rare albums that you can savour year after year.
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In contrast to what was to emerge with its follow-up, "Born To Run", "The Wild, The Innocent.." still finds Springsteen observing life from down on the city street corner, rather than heading out on the highway (in cinematic terms think Scorsese's Mean Streets rather than Bogdanovich's Last Picture Show). Yet then to fully assume the mantle of "the last of the rock & roll true believers" (to quote Rolling Stone), Springsteen pleasingly betrays here a very different set of influences from those of Elvis, Spector and Orbison, which would so obviously come to the fore over the remainder of the decade. Still in the story telling mode which characterised his debut album ("Greetings From Ashbury Park...") (and which was to have him burdened with the unfortunate but understandable "New Dylan" tag) "The Wild, The Innocent.." is, however, an obvious step forward. His debut's gratuitous word play is substituted here for a relaxed assurance, confidence and, above all, soul (in this respect check out the albums two explicit love songs: the beautiful "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and the pulsating "Rosalita"). Springsteen's epic ambition is fully realised here then for the first time (the scope of New York Serenade, in particular, is quite astounding) and, arguably, Springsteen has never sounded better - certainly never more interesting.Read more ›
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Really its all great but weeping lord, Rosalita is beyond words awesome. Being a bit of an ex grunge god and all round alt. rock man i got into the boss via Nebraska. But Rosalita just sums up everything good about Rock n Roll in a very short seven minutes and must be heard over and over and over and over again. Then listened to some more. God bless Bruce Springsteen, he'll get his own angel just for that one song.
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Anyone with a soul can't help but be touched by the heart, head and hand of Springtseen before he was famous -- or could know how famous he would be. This music of this album is life-affirming and raises us all above our everyday life, to that place where we want to be. What Springsteen showed was that this ambition was not only valid but possible. For that promise, we owe Springsteen a debt of gratitude; for some of us made it to our 'promised land', while for others of us, we we're still on the road.
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OK, the recording is just eh, and Vinnie Lopez is not Max Weinberg but everything else is perfection. This is the best, least commercial Springsteen album. The second side - with 3 tracks - is the best side available on any album I own. The first side is less spectacular, but has enough going for it. Looking like a bunch of Jersey scum compared to the slicked back, commercialised look and feel of Born to Run - this is the best album of 1973 and possibly the best of the 1970s. Its rock, its jazz, its folk, its great. Nothing he has done afterwards is better. I only wish Phil Ramone produced it. He was still learning how to record.

For those who never heard Springsteen before Jon Landau 'discovered' him, the 'Appel' Springsteen is a revelation. 'Greetings' was wonderful first album - this is the best second album ever. I mean it. Buy it.
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