The Classic Midnight Album – Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Tonight (September 27) on the world famous classic album At Midnight on Radio Nova we play Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
The album is presented in its entirety, without advertising or interruption.
Springsteen’s first two albums – Greetings from Asbury Park, 1973 NJ and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle – had made the singer / songwriter a critical darling but failed to find a large following. That would change with 1975’s Born to Run, which propelled Springsteen to global stardom.
After releasing his first two albums that same year, Springsteen found himself stuck in the studio for months, supported by a healthy budget from Columbia Records, determined to make Springsteen a commercial success. Springsteen would spend a total of 14 months in the studio for Born to Run, including six months devoted to the title song alone. He later revealed that he was frustrated that he couldn’t communicate some of the musical ideas floating around his head.
In order to appeal to a wider audience, Springsteen ditched the New Jersey-centric lyrics from his first two albums.
Springsteen brought in producer Jon Landau and engineer Jimmy Iovine, who developed a “Wall of Sound” arrangement inspired by Phil Spector.
Bruce would play lead and rhythm guitar and harmonica on Born to Run. His backing group included trumpeter Randy Brecker, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker and baritone saxophonist David Sanborn. E Street Band members Roy Bittan (keyboards), Clarence Clemons (saxophone), Garry Tallent (bass), Max Weinberg (drums), Danny Federici (organ), David Sancious (keyboards) and Steven Van Zandt (backing vocals) were also present.
In its original form, Born to Run consists of eight tracks. On the A side is Thunder Road; the freezing of tenth avenue; Night; and alleys. The B side gives us Born to Run; It’s the right one; Meet across the river; and Jungleland.
Springsteen described taking a “four corners»Approach of the sequence of songs on the album. The opening song on either side (Thunder Road and Born to Run) is uplifting and filled with escape, while the closest (Backstreets and Jungleland) are soulful tales of loss.
Born to Run was released on August 25, 1975, supported by a massive promotional campaign from Columbia Records. After debuting at number 84 on the Billboard album chart, Born to Run rose to number 8 in its second week, eventually peaking at number 3.
The hype around Springsteen started to explode, with the singer / songwriter appearing on the covers of Time and Newsweek the same week. Springsteen was uncomfortable being labeled “the future of rockBy Colombia. At his first UK gig, he tore up posters with the message “Finally, the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen,“and ordered badges that declared it”the future of rock n ‘roll“not to be distributed.
Born to Run returned to the Billboard charts in 1980 and 1985, following the release of hit albums The River and Born in the United States.
The album continued the critics’ love affair with Springsteen. Rolling Stone’s Greil Marcus called Born to Run “Gorgeous.The Village Voice’s annual critics poll ranked Born to Run as the third best album of 1975. Rolling Stone places it at # 21 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is listed in the National Register of Historical Records of the Library of Congress.
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