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Bruce Springsteen The River (Vinyl Record)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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The Album Collection, Vol. 1 1973-1984


Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records release 'Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.' He has released seventeen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: columbia
  • ASIN: B0071EHP0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why he's called the Boss. August 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The day this album came out I was scheduled to go to a Yes concert with a bunch of my friends. It was my day off from my job, and at about 3:30 in the afternoon my boss called and begged me to come in. So not only was my day off blown, but I missed the concert and since my friends couldn't find a replacement, had to eat the 20 bucks I spent on the ticket. But while I was working, I found out that Bruce Springsteen's new album had just come out, so I called my mom and begged her to go buy it. That night when I came home, it was waiting for me, already on the stereo, and my mom (who had already listened to it) said "It's great" Well, mom was right. That was a long time ago, but I have never for one moment forgotten that day, or regretted the fact that I missed the Yes concert. To me The River came out of no-where. Two albums of great music. From full-blown dramas (Point Blank, Stolen Car) rock and roll rave ups (I'm a Rocker, Ramrod, Crush on You) and heartfelt ballads (Little Girl I Wanna Marry You, Fade Away) In fact, The River has two of Bruce's most personal and beloved songs, Independence Day and the title track. Two songs that his fans connect with almost as strongly as the singer himself. Now, every double album has it's share of filler. Even classics like The White Album, Songs in the Key of Life, The Wall and London Calling have one or two songs that could or should have been left in the vaults. I'm sure the River has it's share. (My vote would be Jackson Cage, the third song in what is an otherwise fantastic blast of rock and roll that kicks this album off ---The Ties That Bind, Sherry Darling and Two Hearts) but one song out of 20 ain't bad odds. This album changed Springsteen's career. Read more ›
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank May 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
THE RIVER alternates between rockers like "Cadillac Ranch," "I'm A Rocker," and "Out In The Street," songs that sing of carefree summer teen years that sound like they're blasting from the windows of somebody's Camero along the boardwalk, and a big set of tunes that address the real world problems that tug at your heals behind those idyllic scenes.
The real heart of THE RIVER are Springsteen's characters struggles with love and relationships. They're all searching for somebody, finding somebody...but then what? So many of them run into brick walls, finding out all too quickly that the happy ever after ends before it starts. Haunting tunes like "Stolen Car" are hard to get past:
"She asked if I remembered the letters I wrote when our love was young and bold. She said last night she read those letters, and they made her feel one hundred years old."
But for all the hard times these characters come up against--losing love, driving girlfriends and their mothers to the unemployment office, struggling to keep a job--the final moment of THE RIVER is one of hope. After consoling a dying man at the scene of a horrific car crash, Springsteen sings of climbing in bed and watching his girl as she sleeps:
"I just lay there awake in the middle of the night, thinking about the wreck on the highway."
The road, which had been a vehicle of hope and escape on all of Springsteen's previous records, has been transformed into a black line between life and death; it is his love and home and security that suddenly seem comforting, instead of smothering.
But the next Springsteen LP, NEBRASKA, wouldn't stay at follows those characters who chose to cross that black line and follow the road.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Drives On September 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The automobile has always held a special place in Bruce Springtseen's songs. To Mr. Springsteen, a car is not just a mode of transportation, but is a metaphor for life. He has always used car themes in his songs, but they come to the forefront on this sprawling two record set. The car takes on many shapes, in "Stolen Car" it's used as a cry for help, in "Drive All Night" it symbolizes devotion to his woman, in "Wreck On The Highway" it exposes life's fragility. In "Sherry Darling", the car is a source of aggrevation as he has to use to cart his mother-in-law around instead of hanging with his boys. Even though the car is a theme that runs throughout the album, Bruce explores other areas. The album contains probably his most personal song "Independence Day", which details his troubled relationship with his father. The album is both dark with troubled songs like the title track, "Point Blank" & "Fade Away" and upbeat with rockers like "Out In The Street", "Two Hearts", "Cadillac Ranch" and his first top ten song, "Hungry Heart" with peaked at number five. The River was his most accessible album to date and was his first number one album. The album solidified his presence as an artist who mattered and as a force on the charts.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Springsteen album January 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a very poigniant album and one of the best albums by any artist. Springsteen is very expansive on this album, touching on many different facets of life with a minimum of pretention.
My favorite songs are "Point Blank" and "Stolen Car." Anyone who's lived through a failed relationship should be touched by these songs.
Parts of the album continue the ode to blue collar life begun in "Darkness on the Edge of Town" including rockers like "You Can Look but you Better Not Touch," "Sherry Darling," and "Out in the Streets." Then there is the heartfelt blue collar ballad, "The River," as well as the other great ballads "Fade Away" and "Independence Day."
Then you have a bunch of his best good-time, flat out fun, rocking numbers like "Ramrod," "Cadillac Ranch," "I'm a Rocker," and "Crush on You." And don't forget the top ten "Hungry Heart." Despite a variety of styles the album is a very unified whole.
This is Bruce at his best, which is to say, rock at its best. An essential CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Great album. Cassette in bad shape.
Published 1 month ago by Hap Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the music
Published 1 month ago by Rudolph Mckinley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, ABC-type lyrics don't lend themselves well to the more...
Springsteen has his "light" songs and his "heavy" songs. Personally, I prefer the "light" ones on this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Boss" "The River" Who needs more than that?
"The Boss" "The River" Who needs more than that?
Published 2 months ago by Susan J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love having this at my fingertips now.
Published 3 months ago by V. Decio
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for real fans
Not a big Bruce fan but my wife loves him. She's a huge fan and enjoys records more than digital. The sound is perfect.
Published 4 months ago by Edmund Hetrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great cd. Love all of the bosses music brings me back to my younger days. Bruce is the best hope he keeps going.
Published 4 months ago by douglas j spirak
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bruce!
One of my favorite "albums" and I love it. Don't know why I waited so long to get it on CD. Great variety of songs. Love it!
Published 6 months ago by judith l wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great!
Four sides of vnyl or two CDs of some of the greatest work by one of rock's greatest performers. Must Have!
Published 8 months ago by Alfred Monteiro Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
Bruce's entry into the 80s still rings with alacrity and relevency. Part party album, part self-reflective soul searching this double album on two CDs is only hampered by a lousy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bruce R. Bennett
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