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The Wild, the Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle

August 21, 1984 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 21, 1984
  • Release Date: August 21, 1984
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 46:29
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  • ASIN: B00136JM6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,116 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on August 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Bruce Springsteen won me over forever in 1973 with this album. I went to see him perform as an opening act for Dr. John in Santa Monica as a result of this album. My college roomate had a big quadrophonic stereo system that he'd use for dorm dances, and the one demand I made on him for helping him carry his stuff downstairs was that we could play "Rosalita" and "Kitty's Back" at every dance. All the kids at first would stop dancing, because it was the only unfamiliar stuff we'd play, but by the last dance, I had people lining up to find out who made this great music.
Bruce took the expansive, poetic, musical pastiche style of this album forward with "Born To Run," but then after that album, he decided to focus his artistry on shorter songs with tighter lyrics and clear, understandable points of view. So in many ways, this album represents the road not taken. But it exists, it's still in print, and it's a classic.
Some have objected to how it was recorded, and also to the relatively weak playing of the old drummer, Vini Lopez. Points conceded, but they don't mar the brilliance and enjoyability of this album. The pianist, David L. Sancious, more than makes up for any deficiencies by playing the most outrageous piano backup I've ever heard. As fine as Roy Bittan is, Sancious' departure from E Street for a career in jazz-rock fusion was a musical tragedy. Listen to his opening for "NY City Seranade"--Chopin meets Gershwin, easing into a beautiful duet with acoustic guitar that is otherwordly. Elsewhere, he provides Bruce with all the rhythmic support his drummer couldn't.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Joey D on April 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The heart of Rock N Roll can be boiled down to a few chords, a catchy riff, and the right attitude. But if you want the heart AND the soul, the mind, body, and the spirit, and all of its possibilities, THE WILD, THE INNOCENT & THE E STREET SHUFFLE is where you'll find it. It rebels against every preconceived notion of what Rock's limitations are supposed to be. Of structure and style and scope. It's Bruce's musical journey from the hangouts of his hometown in Jersey, as a guy with a dream, to the possibilities of what might be just over the river in New York City. Although no song addresses this head on, its implicit in the overall concept, that this story-song album is ultimately Springsteen's autobiography. "The E Street Shuffle" is the opener. As the band warms up, then starts to play, you know this is party time. It's Rock N Roll in the summer. No air-conditioning's allowed. All the windows are opened wide to meld with the sounds and the sights and the sweat of the streets. To mix with the heat and the humidity. To rub elbows with the proud and the profane, the winners and losers, the lovers and loners. It's the preview of coming attractions, and the album delivers on what this song promises. "Kitty's Back", the third song in, opens with a short blistering guitar in heat that gives way to a lazy summer afternoon lament about how dull life is now that the most lascivious creature the boys have ever known is gone from the neighborhood, and what she did to get out. As the mood shifts from shuffle to swing and back again, the song is sneakily building momentum,until hazily, the boys spot her walking towards them from the other end of the alley.Read more ›
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
the wild, the innocent, and the e street shuffle is simply an amazing work...we open with the e street shuffle, which contains a melodic orgy of horns, with springsteen telling tales of the boardwalk and the jersey shore in the summertime...the funky breaks and jazzy guitar work are not often recognized, but show that springsteen is much more of a competent player than most fans comes sandy, a tale of summer love told by a whispering springsteen, accompanied by accordian, melodic guitars, and the steady beat of mad dog lopez's keith moon-like drumming...kitty's back shows that the "boss" can play ferocious lead guitar, and the organ break in the middle, with the building of the band goes back to springsteen's early days in jersey bands steel mill and the bruce springsteen band...wild billy's circus story is a simplistic tale of the big top, told wonderfully by springsteen with the accompaniement of a tuba and accordian...the remaining 3 songs on the album are springsteen's sgt. pepper, they all tie in together and are not complete without the others...springsteen tells of spanish jonny and puerto rican jane in incident on 57th street, and continues with rosalita, the showstopping footapping rhapsody of guitar, sax, organ, and drums...but the highlight of the album comes in the 7th and final track, new york city serenade...the piano introduction, created by david sancious, is one of the most moving pieces ever laid down on record...the complexity and jazziness of sancious' keys are amazing, and are completed perfectly by springsteen's acoustic guitar lead at the beginning of the song...Read more ›
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