2020 Album Draft- Round 2 Pick 4- Cincinnati Babyhead Selects- Bruce Springsteen- The Wild, The Innocent & The E-Street Shuffle.
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I was going to bend the rules and take everybody’s picks. That way I could take Mike’s ‘Born To Run’ choice and that would take care of Bruce. But if I did only get 10 I would have to take some Springsteen with me.
I’m going to plagiarize the take I did on this record when I first started the CB thing. “Sparks fly on E Street”. When I hear that I’m gonesville. I heard a cut from this record on a late night FM radio station when I was a kid. I couldn’t remember the name of the cut but I did remember the guys name. Off to the record store. ” The guys name is ah .. Bruce Springsteen? He sounds a little like Van Morrison”. Luckily CB ran into a hip record store guy because this record wasn’t real popular. Got the record home. From the first cut to the last, this music did it for me. It moved me in all sorts of ways.
The singer was painting a world that was seductive, forbidden for a young kid. Pool halls, arcades, greasers, girls, fights, hustlers. Things I knew like beaches, circuses, midways. railroad tracks, nicknames. This Bruce guy knew this world and he filtered it through his talent and made this music. Magic!
The music. Horns , organ, drums, guitars, congas, accordion, tuba, backing vocals and Bruce Springsteen’s great vocals. ‘Kitty’s Back’ What a song. (CB knew a couple kittens). The organ rips it up. The boys on the chorus “Here she comes, here she comes,” Then a sax solo at the end. Yup! This one still gives me goosebumps. I love a good story song. Especially with a happy ending. Kitty came back. The boys are celebrating. I could write up every song but just take my word for it. They’re all good.
This album did it for me. I became a life long fan. This is the Bruce album I have listened to the most. It really did shake things up for me. It brought a lot of different styles together. Springsteen was letting his influences out. His lyrics conjure up so many images for me. I’ve been singing them for a long time. The band was was a perfect accompaniment for his songs. This band is good. Plus they all looked like guys from my neighborhood. This record just made me want more of this Bruce guy’s music. I got it in droves. An absolute CB favorite. One of those special records we all have.
“God save the Human Cannonball” and CB.