Friday 18 October 2019

The top 6 Bruce Springsteen albums every record collection should have

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It's hard to believe but Bruce Springsteen could avail of a bus pass having turned 65 on September 24 2014.

In honour of one of music's living legends, here are his top six albums, some of which are included in The Album Collection box set which released in November, some of which you'll have to source separately, if you want the cream of Springsteen in your collection...

 

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Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA

Born in the USA (1984)

If you were purely to judge a Springsteen album by its cover then this one would win hands down.  But who would do that?  No, this album announced Springsteen's arrival as a rock superstar. 

He'd churned out 6 albums prior to this (two of which we include below) but this was The One for many Springsten fans.  It was the biggest selling album in the world in 1984 and is still the biggest selling of his carrer (30 million people have bought it).

 

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Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

Born to Run (1975)

He was only 24 when he wrote this album, his third, and it's one of his most hopeful and idealistic, and saw the future superstar make a concerted effort to branch out, become commercial, and go mainstream. 

Not that that's a bad thing - the album garnered widespread critical acclaim, particularly the single 'Thunder Road'.

 

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Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love (1987)

It's only when you consider the events in Springsteen's life at this time, peripheral to music, that you really appreciate the album. 

The E Street Band was on the verge of breaking up and his marriage to actress Julianne Phillips was crumbling.  He plays most of the instruments himself.  It all converges to deliver quite an insight into a vulnerable period in the superstar's life.

 

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Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball (2012)

Move over Miley Cyrus... Springsteen gets feisty and makes his views on bankers, economic collapse, unemployment, politics and everything in between plainly known.  It's an album from a mature musician who effortlessly fuses genres from Latino to gospel into the mix. 

A powerful offering from a man who shows no signs of slowing up creatively.  Thankfully he refrained from swinging naked on a wrecking ball for the album cover.

 

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Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Nebraska (1982)

Unhappy with the way recording and production was going on the album, Springsteen decided to release his demos instead.  They had been recorded on an old four-track cassette machine. 

Any other artist may not have made that particular move work but coming from Springsteen, perfectionist that he is, it was brilliant - bare and haunting and simple, yet rousing, and stunning in equal measure.

 

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Bruce Springsteen - The Rising

The Rising (2002)

Springsteen hadn't released an album in seven years before The Rising, which he wrote in response to 9/11.  He has said that a few days after the attack in New York city on September 11th, 2001, a man pulled up, rolled down the window of his car and said to Springsteen, "We need you now".  And he responded with one of the best works of his career.

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