We Are Sony Legacy
40 Years of Born To Run

40 Years of Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen

August 25, 2015

Born To Run.  40 years old.  Wow, how did that happen!

You can imagine Bruce taking the album into the folks at Columbia and saying it’s called Born To Run. Even the title is Epic and that’s without hearing a single note of it. They must have been jumping up and down with excitement at the thought that this is the album we’ve all been waiting for. And then they would have listened to it. 40 minutes of Epic.  An album that has a unique sound, but draws on so many influences. An album that Bruce gave his whole life and soul to, with painstaking detail. The hours of takes to translate the sound in his head onto the tapes is legendary, but it was worth it.

It’s 8 tracks that tell a story, that make the album feel like one complete story. Every track could be a book or a film. Imagining the whole album as a film is easy. In these days of playlists and tracks, ‘Born To Run’ (the album) should be exempt. No one should listen to one track, you have to listen to the whole album, without stopping. The opening bars of “Thunder Rd” pull you straight into the story and you stay with it to the last notes of “Jungleland”. On “Thunder Rd”, Bruce sets the scene for the album, talking of girls, cars and night time adventures. “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” brings in the wonderful horn section and lets Clarence loose to weave his magic.  Then we have “Night” and “Backstreets”, both of which have more passion and intensity in them than most bands can create in a whole career.  “Born To Run” is the ultimate American epic track. The song that 40 years on still sends his audiences into raptures and the biggest ‘1,2,3’4,’ sing-along you can imagine. With “She’s The One” Bruce gives us a good old fashioned rock n roll song, with the influences of guitar legends in there, which then leads into the beautiful tale of petty crime with “Meeting Across The River.”

And then there’s “Jungleland”.  You could write a book on this track, with the emotional rollercoaster it takes you through.  I defy anyone not to feel any emotion with the incredible piano section at just 27 seconds into the song.  And if that doesn’t get to you Clarence’s incredible sax solo will, as it hits like a train.  Possibly one of the greatest songs ever written.  No hang on, it is the greatest song ever written. ‘Born to Run’ sounds as good today as it did 40 years ago. I imagine many people thought Bruce couldn’t pull off another album with such passion.  He did, 3 years later.

-JC

 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – ‘CADILLAC RANCH’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – ‘CADILLAC RANCH’

The chances are that we ain’t ever going to agree on what the best Bruce Springsteen album is….

Read more
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S MUSIC TAKES STARRING ROLE IN NEW FILM

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S MUSIC TAKES STARRING ROLE IN NEW FILM

The music of Bruce Springsteen takes a starring role in new film Blinded By The Light.

Read more
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY – ALBUM & NETFLIX SHOW

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY – ALBUM & NETFLIX SHOW

As Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out one man show, ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ comes to a close in New York, we’re excited to announce the release of the accompanying soundtrack set and Netflix show.

Read more
‘BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE ALBUM COLLECTION Vol. 2, 1987-1996’ – OUT NOW

‘BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE ALBUM COLLECTION Vol. 2, 1987-1996’ – OUT NOW

Presenting a new limited edition box set of some of The Boss’ finest work, long out of print, on remastered vinyl for the first time and available now.

Read more
Artist of the Month: Bruce Springsteen

Artist of the Month: Bruce Springsteen

As we revisit one of The Boss’ most urgent, powerful eras, our artist of the month for May is the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

Read more
VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Dancing In The Dark’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Dancing In The Dark’

This week we turn to our attention to a watershed moment from The Boss (and not just because of Courtney Cox’s Dad dancing…)

Read more
VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’

Well, what else could it be this week?

Read more

80 smash hits

80 smash hits
The playlist time machine! Travel back to the 80s with retro hits from Michael Jackson, Wham, Madonna and more!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – ‘A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL’ – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’

Some fantastic reviews for Bruce Springsteen’s genre-defining autobiography, ‘Born To Run’.

Read More...
LEGACY READER DIGEST

LEGACY READER DIGEST

A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from September

Read more
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Learn about Bruce Springsteen’s new book ‘Born To Run’!

Read more
Win a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s new book!

Win a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s new book!

Enter our prize draw for your chance to win a copy of the new book ‘Born To Run’…

Read more
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Chapter and Verse’

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Chapter and Verse’

Bruce is back with a new book and a new album!

Read more

Bruce Springsteen – Top tracks

Bruce Springsteen – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Meet me in the city
    Bruce Springsteen
  2. The man who got away
    Bruce Springsteen
  3. Little white lies
    Bruce Springsteen
  4. The time that never was
    Bruce Springsteen
  5. NIght fire
    Bruce Springsteen
  6. and lots more!
    ...
10 Facts About Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions

10 Facts About Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions

It’s the 10th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Seeger Sessions’! Here are 10 facts about the album…

Read more
Iconic photographs mapped around London

Iconic photographs mapped around London

Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.

Read more
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’

A comprehensive collection from ‘The River’ era.

Read more
Happy Birthday Bruce!

Happy Birthday Bruce!

It’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, and we’re taking a look back through his musical timeline…

Read more
40 Years of Born To Run

40 Years of Born To Run

Today we celebrate the spectacular album that is ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen…

Read more

Born in the USA

Bruce Springsteen

Video of the week: Bruce Springsteen

Video of the week: Bruce Springsteen

Happy belated 4th of July y’all

Read more
Bruce Springsteen On Vinyl

Bruce Springsteen On Vinyl

You can now get Bruce Springsteen’s first 7 albums on vinyl with re-mastered audio.

Read more
Win a bunch of our favourite box sets!

Win a bunch of our favourite box sets!

We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…

Read more

Dancing In The Dark

Bruce Springsteen