Born To Run- Bruce Springsteen
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Year Released: August 25, 1975Genre: Rock, "Hearland Rock", "Rock Opera"Label: Columbia Records
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Garry Tallent, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, "Little Steven" Van Zandt, Danny FedericiBand Members:
  • Bruce Springsteen - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Roy Bittan - piano, electric piano, backing vocals
  • Clarence Clemons - tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, backing vocals, percussion
  • Danny Federici - organ, accordion, glockenspiel, backing vocals
  • Steven Van Zandt - backing vocals
  • Garry Tallent - bass, tuba
  • Max Weinberg - drums

Vital StatisticsThe album won gold, platinum and multiplatinum awards. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1986. It also ranked #18 on the Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 1987 it was ranked #8 on the Rolling Stones 100 Best Albums of the Last 20 Years, and in 2001 was names the 27th greatest album of all time by VH1. It debuted on the Billboard chart on September 13, 1975 at #84. The following week it went to #8, then spend two weeks at #4, and during the weeks of October 11 and October 18 it reached #3.
Album:
Year
Chart
Position
1975
U.S. Record World
1
1975
U.S. Billboard 200
3
1975
U.K. Album Chart
36
1980
U.S. Billboard 200
66
1985
U.S. Billboard 200
101
1985
U.K. Album Chart
17
2005
U.S. Billboard 200
18

Singles:
Year
Single
Chart
Position
1975
“Born To Run”
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
23
1975
“Born To Run”
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles
17
1976
“Tenth Avenue Freeze- Out”
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
83
1976
“Tenth Avenue Freeze- Out”
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles
63
Technical DetailThis album includes more than 30 guitar tracks. Bruce Springsteen incorporated Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production style. The "Wall of Sound" was a production technique for pop and rock music recordings. It created dense, layered and reverberant sounds. They have a number of electric and acoustic guitarists perform the same parts in unison, adding musical arrangements for large groups of musicians up to the size of orchestras and then records the sounds using an echo chamber. "Born To Run" took six months to record. Bruce Springsteen rewrote, retooled, overdubbed and tried "every conceivable arrangement" including doo-wop vocal choirs and drag racing noises. In "Thunder Road" he moved the saxaphone solo from the middle of the song to the end which made the song even better. On the outtakes of "Born To Run", there are strings, sound effects and double echoed voices that they removed. Instruments and solos were altered to make the songs sound better. This album was recorded in mono and was originally released on CD and casserre. "Born To Run" was written for studio production only, not for live performances. The theme in this album includes desolation and redemption. It explains how working class America is doomed but there is hope and passionate rage against these cirumstances.Cultural AnalysisThe lyrics he used were to tell the story of the American Dream and even though America was going through hard times, they would fight for what they wanted. He wrote about his experiences and how he wanted to get out of New Jersey and start a new life. He left for love and opportunity. In his lyrics, he introduced his audience to characters such as the Magic Rat, Maximum Lauman, Terry, Wendy and Mary. This was the album that showed Bruce Springsteen's energy on CD. It captured the energy that he had live on tape which was why it became such a hit. This band and album has influenced different kinds of bands, from postpunk, to alternative rock, to metal. Bruce was influenced by many bands as well. In fact, the opening riff of "Born To Run" came from Norwegian Wood from the Beatles.Songs
Side one
  1. "Thunder Road"– 4:49
  2. "Tenth Avenue Freeze- Out – 3:11
  3. "Night" – 3:00
  4. "Backstreets" – 6:30
Side two
  1. "Born to Run" – 4:31
  2. "She's the One" – 4:30
  3. "Meeting Across the River" – 3:18
  4. "Jungleland" – 9:34










Thunder Road- Bruce Springsteen


Sources:
http://www.mahalo.com/born-to-run-album
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_to_Run
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1112221