Bruce Springsteen's debut album found him squarely in the tradition of Bob Dylan: folk-based tunes arranged for an electric band featuring piano and organ (plus, in Springsteen's case, 1950s-style rock & roll tenor saxophone breaks), topped by acoustic guitar and a husky voice singing lyrics full of elaborate, even exaggerated imagery. But where Dylan had taken a world-weary, cynical tone, Springsteen was exuberant. His street scenes could be haunted and tragic, as they were in "Lost in the Flood," but they were still imbued with romanticism and a youthful energy. Asbury Park painted a portrait of teenagers cocksure of themselves, yet bowled over by their discovery of the world. It was saved from pretentiousness (if not preciousness) by its sense of humor and by the careful eye for detail that kept even the most high-flown language rooted. Like the lyrics, the arrangements were busy, but the melodies were well developed and the rhythms, pushed by drummer Vincent Lopez, were breakneck.
Performance CreditsBruce Springsteen Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Conga,Electric Guitar
Richard Davis Upright Bass
David Sancious Organ,Piano
Clarence Clemons Saxophone,Background Vocals
Garry Tallent Bass
Harold Wheeler Piano
Vincent "Loper" Lopez Drums
Technical CreditsBruce Springsteen Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Mike Appel Producer
Jim Cretecos Producer
Louis Lehav Engineer
Jack Ashkinazy Remixing
John Berg Cover Design
Fred Lombardi Back Cover Photo
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Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This album (along with THE WILD, THE INNOCENT, & THE E STREET SHUFFLE) shows Bruce at his earliest stages when he was most poetic. This is also the album where he, in my opinion, rightfully garnered the Dylan comparison. Yet while Dylan was wistful, Springsteen was youthful and exuberant, which is what makes the album work. This album, although a rock album, has strong hints of folk, blues, jazz, and classical. From "Blinded By the Light" to "It's Hard to be a Saint in the City," Bruce signature songs of the downtrodden are here, just in more positive outlook than most Bruce fans are used to. Unlike later albums, his characters here may occasionally recognize they're in a loosing situation, but the night is young and so are they. Although all songs are superb, the cream of the crop are as follows: The underrated and folksy "Mary Queen of Arkansas," the piano ballad of "The Angel," and "Sprit in the Night," which is quite possibly the best jazz-rock song ever made by a white musician. Poetry, eclectic musical styles, passion. What more could you want from the Boss?
If anyone has been to the Jersey Shore either as a kid or an adult, this album reminds ya of walkin down the boardwalk at night listening to the music pouring out of the corner bars at every block, your favorite hot rod, and your honey, hand and hand watchin the sun go down, I know I was there.
I am 13 i have been to two of the bosses concerts. he is my favorite singer/band whatever. I listen to all of his cds(my dad is a fan too) and this is my second favorite.(behind born in the usa). I like it. But in the song "lost in the flood" i usually dont like it when there are blatent foul words in music but this fits and i think this is a great choice to add to your "boss" collection.