Springsteen. Period.

Born to Run

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If I could only listen to one album the rest of my life, it would be “Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen hands down.

Max Weinberg watches as his son takes over the drumsticks on Born to Run

Jungleland is one of the greatest songs ever written on one of the greatest albums ever produced IMHO. Springsteen’s music is an experience. He tells stories that evoke a myriad of emotions, many of which are primal. I have already heard these songs literally hundreds and hundreds of times and they still give me chills. Musically, his songs have a way of building momentum, quickening your heartbeat, and leaving you gasping for air. The musical arrangements are layered and intense. There is a mix of wailing guitars, a moaning saxophone (from the “big man” himself), haunting harmonica strains, the somber piano and organ and violin, and finally the exploding percussion, which all work together leaving the listener with the feeling that they’ve been on one wild ride…

If you only had one album to listen to the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive

Everybody’s out on the run tonight

but there’s no place left to hide

Together Wendy we’ll live with the sadness

I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul

Someday girl I don’t know when

we’re gonna get to that place

Where we really want to go

and we’ll walk in the sun

But till then tramps like us

baby we were born to run

Side one

“Thunder Road” – 4:49

“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” – 3:11

“Night” – 3:00

“Backstreets” – 6:30

Side two

“Born to Run” – 4:31

“She’s the One” – 4:30

“Meeting Across the River” – 3:18

“Jungleland” – 9:34

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