BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN


"Tougher Than the Rest"


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Springsteen was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1949.

Springsteen had been inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1965, he went to the house of Tex and Marion Vinyard, who sponsored young bands in town. They helped him become the lead guitarist of The Castiles, and later lead singer of the group. The Castiles recorded two original songs at a public recording studio in Brick Township, New Jersey and played a variety of venues.

From 1969 through early 1971, Springsteen performed around New Jersey with guitarist Steve Van Zandt, organist Danny Federici and drummer Vini Lopez in a band called Child, later renamed Steel Mill. They went on to play the mid-Atlantic college circuit, and also briefly in California. During this time Springsteen also performed regularly at small clubs in Asbury Park and along the Jersey Shore, quickly gathering a cult following.

Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1972, with the help of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same record label a decade earlier. Springsteen brought many of his New Jersey-based colleagues into the studio with him, thus forming the E Street Band (although it would not be formally named as such for a couple more years). His debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., released in January 1973, established him as a critical favorite.

In September 1973 his second album, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was released, again to critical acclaim but no commercial success. Springsteen's songs became grander in form and scope, with the E Street Band providing a less folky, more R&B vibe and the lyrics often romanticizing teenage street life.

With the release of Born to Run on August 25, 1975, Springsteen finally found success: while there were no real hit singles, "Born to Run", "Thunder Road", "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out" and "Jungleland" all received massive radio airplay.

By the late 1970s, Springsteen had earned a reputation in the pop world as a songwriter whose material could provide hits for other bands. Manfred Mann's Earth Band had achieved a U.S. number one pop hit with a heavily rearranged version of Greetings' "Blinded by the Light" in early 1977. Patti Smith reached number 13 with her take on Springsteen's unreleased "Because the Night".

Springsteen continued to consolidate his thematic focus on working-class life with the double album The River in 1980, which finally yielded his first hit Top Ten single as a performer, "Hungry Heart".

Springsteen probably is best known for his album Born in the U.S.A. (1984), which sold 15 million copies in the U.S. alone and became one of the best-selling albums of all time with seven singles hitting the top 10, and the massively successful world tour that followed it.

Springsteen's most recent album, entitled Magic, was released on October 2, 2007. Recorded with the E Street Band, it featured ten new announced Springsteen songs plus "Long Walk Home," performed once with the Sessions band.
source: Wikipedia


Discography:


1. Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. - CBS 1973

Tracks:
1. Blinded By the Light / 2. Growin' Up / 3. Mary Queen of Arkansas / 4. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? / 5. Lost in the Flood / 6. Angel / 7. For You / 8. Spirit in the Night / 9. It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Rating : 5


2. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle - CBS 1973

Tracks:
1. E Street Shuffle / 2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) / 3. Kitty's Back / 4. Wild Billy's Circus Story / 5. Incident On 57th Street / 6. Rosalita / 7. New York City Serenade
Rating :

3. Born to Run - CBS 1975

Tracks:
1. Thunder Road / 2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out / 3. Night / 4. Backstreets / 5. Born To Run / 6. She's The One / 7. Meeting Across The River / 8. Jungleland
Rating : 7


4. Darkness on the Edge of Town - CBS 1978

Tracks:
1. Badlands / 2. Adam Raised a Cain / 3. Something in the Night / 4. Candy's Room / 5. Racing in the Streets / 6. Promised Land / 7. Factory / 8. Streets of Fire / 9. Prove It All Night / 10. Darkness on the Edge of Town
Rating :


5. The River - CBS 1980

Tracks:
1. Ties That Bind / 2. Sherry Darling / 3. Jackson Cage / 4. Two Hearts / 5. Independence Day / 6. Hungry Heart / 7. Out in the Street / 8. Crush on You / 9. You Can Look / 10. I Wanna Marry You / 11. River // 1. Point Blank / 2. Cadillac Ranch / 3. I'm a Rocker / 4. Fade Away / 5. Stolen Car / 6. Ramrod / 7. Price You Pay / 8. Drive All Night / 9. Wreck on the Highway
Rating : 8


6. Nebraska - CBS 1982

Tracks:
1. Nebraska / 2. Atlantic City / 3. Mansion on the Hill / 4. Johnny 99 / 5. Highway Patrolman / 6. State Trooper / 7. Used Cars / 8. Open All Night / 9. My Father's House / 10. Reason to Believe
Rating : 6


7. Born in the USA - CBS 1984

Tracks:
1. Born in the U.S.A. / 2. Cover Me / 3. Darlington County / 4. Working on the Highway / 5. Downbound Train / 6. I'm on Fire / 7. No Surrender / 8. Bobby Jean / 9. I'm Goin' Down / 10. Glory Days / 11. Dancing in the Dark / 12. My Hometown
Rating : 8


8. Tunnel of Love - CBS 1987

Tracks:
1. Ain't Got You / 2. Tougher Than the Rest / 3. All That Heaven Will Allow / 4. Spare Parts / 5. Cautious Man / 6. Walk Like a Man / 7. Tunnel of Love / 8. Two Faces / 9. Brilliant Disguise / 10. One Step Up / 11. When You're Alone / 12. Valentine's Day
Rating : 7


9. Human Touch - CBS 1992

Tracks:
1. Human Touch / 2. Soul Driver / 3. 57 Channels / 4. Cross My Heart / 5. Gloria's Eyes / 6. With Every Wish / 7. Roll of the Dice / 8. Real World / 9. All or Nothin' at All / 10. Man's Job / 11. I Wish I Were Blind / 12. Long Goodbye / 13. Real Man / 14. Pony Boy
Rating :


10. Lucky Town - CBS 1992

Tracks:
1. Better Days / 2. Lucky Town / 3. Local Hero / 4. If I Should Fall Behind / 5. Leap Of Faith / 6. The Big Muddy / 7. Living Proof / 8. Book Of Dreams / 9. Souls Of The Departed / 10. My Beautiful Reward
Rating :


11. The Ghost Of Tom Joad - CBS 1995

Tracks:
1. The Ghost Of Tom Joad / 2. Straight Time / 3. Highway 29 / 4. Youngstown / 5. Sinaloa Cowboys / 6. The Line / 7. Balboa Park / 8. Day Lightning / 9. The New Timer / 10. Across The Border / 11. Galveston Bay / 12. My Best Was Never Good Enough
Rating :


12. Tracks - 4 CD of outtakes - CBS 1998

Tracks:
1. Mary Queen Of Arkansas / 2. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City / 3. Growin' Up / 4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? / 5. Bishop Danced / 6. Santa Ana / 7. Seaside Bar Song / 8. Zero And Blind Terry / 9. Linda Let Me Be The One / 10. Thundercrack / 11. Rendezvous / 12. Give The Girl A Kiss / 13. Iceman / 14. Bring On The Night / 15. So Young And In Love / 16. Hearts Of Stone / 17. Don't Look Back //1. Restless Nights / 2. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Pittsburgh) / 3. Roulette / 4. Dollhouse / 5. Where The Bands Are / 6. Loose Ends / 7. Living On The Edge Of The World / 8. Wages Of Sin / 9. Take 'Em As They Come / 10. Be True / 11. Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own / 12. I Wanna Be With You / 13. Mary Lou / 14. Stolen Car / 15. Born In The U.S.A. / 16. Johnny Bye-Bye / 17. Shut Out The Light // 1. Cynthia / 2. My Love Will Not Let You Down / 3. This Hard Land / 4. Frankie / 5. TV Movie / 6. Stand On It / 7. Lion's Den / 8. Car Wash / 9. Rockaway The Days / 10. Brothers Under The Bridges ('83) / 11. Man At The Top / 12. Pink Cadillac / / 13. Two For The Road / 14. Janey Don't You Lose Heart / 15. When You Need Me / 16. The Wish / 17. The Honeymooners / 18. Lucky Man // 1. Leavin' Train / 2. Seven Angels / 3. Gave It A Name / 4. Sad Eyes / 5. My Lover Man / 6. Over The Rise / 7. When The Lights Go Out / 8. Loose Change / 9. Trouble In Paradise / 10. Happy / 11. Part Man, Part Monkey / 12. Goin' Cali / 13. Back In Your Arms / 14. Brothers Under The Bridgee Big Muddy / 7. Living Proof / 8. Book Of Dreams / 9. Souls Of The Departed / 10. My Beautiful Reward
Rating :


13. 18 Tracks - CBS 1999

Tracks:
1. Growin' Up / 2. Seaside Bar Song / 3. Rendezvous / 4. Hearts Of Stone / 5. Where The Bands Are / 6. Loose Ends / 7. I Wanna Be With You / 8. Born In The U.S.A. / 9. My Love Will Not Let You Down / 10. Lion's Den / 11. Pink Cadillac / 12. Janey Don't You Lose Heart / 13. Sad Eyes / 14. Part Man, Part Monkey / 15. Trouble River / 16. Brothers Under The Bridge / 17. Fever, The / 18. Promise, The
Rating :


14. The Rising - CBS 2002

Tracks:
1. Lonesome Day / 2. Into The Fire / 3. Waitin' On A Sunny Day / 4. Nothing Man / 5. Countin' On A Miracle / 6. Empty Sky / 7. Worlds Apart / 8. Let's Be Friends / 9. Further On / 10. The Fuse / 11. Mary's Place / 12. You're Missing / 13. The Rising / 14. Paradise / 15. My City Of Ruins
Rating :


15. Devils and Dust - Sony 2005

Tracks:
1. Lonesome Day / 2. Into The Fire / 3. Waitin' On A Sunny Day / 4. Nothing Man / 5. Countin' On A Miracle / 6. Empty Sky / 7. Worlds Apart / 8. Let's Be Friends / 9. Further On / 10. The Fuse / 11. Mary's Place / 12. You're Missing / 13. The Rising / 14. Paradise / 15. My City Of Ruins
Rating :


16. We Shall Overcome - Sony 2006

Tracks:
1. Old Dan Tucker / 2. Jesse James / 3. Mrs. McGrath / 4. O Mary Don’t You Weep / 5. John Henry / 6. Erie Canal / 7. Jacob’s Ladder / 8. My Oklahoma Home / 9. Eyes On The Prize / 10. Shenandoah / 11. Pay Me My Money Down / 12. We Shall Overcome / 13. Froggie Went A Courtin’ / 14. Buffalo Gals / 15. How Can I Keep From Singing / 16. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live / 17. Bring ’Em Home / 18. American Land
Rating :


17. Magic - Sony 2007

Tracks:
1. Radio Nowhere / 2. You'll Be Comin' Down / 3. Livin' in the Future / 4. Your Own Worst Enemy / 5. Gypsy Biker / 6. Girls in Their Summer Clothes / 7. I'll Work for Your Love / 8. Magic / 9. Last to Die / 10. Long Walk Home / 11. Devil's Arcade
Rating :


18. Working on a Dream - Sony 2009

Tracks:
1. Outlaw Pete / 2. My Lucky Day / 3. Working on a Dream / 4. Queen of the Supermarket / 5. What Love Can Do´/ 6. This Life / 7. Good Eye / 8. Tomorrow Never Knows / 9. Life Itself / 10. Kingdom of Days / 11. Surprise, Surprise / 12. The Last Carnival / 13. The Wrestler
Rating :


19. The Promise - Sony 2010

Tracks:
1. Racing in the Street / 2. Gotta Get That Feeling / 3. Outside Looking In / 4. Someday / 5. One Way Street / 6. Because the Night / 7. Wrong Side of the Street / 8. The Brokenhearted / 9. Rendezvous / 10. Candy's Boy // 1. Save My Love / 2. Ain't Good Enough for You / 3. Fire / 4. Spanish Eyes / 5. It's a Shame / 6. Come On (Let's Go Tonight) / 7. Talk to Me / 8. The Little Things (My Baby Does) / 9. Breakaway / 10. The Promise / 11. City of Night
Rating :


20. Wrecking Ball - Sony 2012

Tracks:
1. We Take Care of Our Own / 2. Easy Money / 3. Shackled and Down / 4. Jack of All Trades / 5. Death to My Hometown / 6. This Depression / 7. Wrecking Ball / 8. You’ve Got It / 9. Rocky Ground / 10. Land of Hope and Dreams / 11. We Are Alive / 12. Swallowed Up / 13. American Land
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My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


1. Tougher Than the Rest ( Springsteen ) Tunnel of Love
2. I Wanna Marry You ( Springsteen ) The River
3. Independence Day ( Springsteen ) The River
4. Point Blank ( Springsteen ) The River
5. Born to Run ( Springsteen ) Born to Run
6. Jungleland ( Springsteen ) Born to Run
7. Fade Away ( Springsteen ) The River
8. Nebraska ( Springsteen ) Nebraska
9. Price You Pay ( Springsteen ) The River
10. My Hometown ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
11. Hungry Heart ( Springsteen ) The River
12. I'm on Fire ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
13. Downbound Train ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
14. The River ( Springsteen ) The River
15. No Surrender ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
16. Glory Days ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
17. Dancing in the Dark ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
18. Bobby Jean ( Springsteen ) Born in the USA
19. Tunnel of Love ( Springsteen ) Tunnel of Love
20. When You're Alone ( Springsteen ) Tunnel of Love
21. All That Heaven Will Allow ( Springsteen ) Tunnel of Love

Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - December 29 - 2007

4 Born to Run - 1975
9 Nebraska - 1982
13 Darkness on the Edge of Town - 1978
30 The Seeger Sessions - 2006
37 The River - 1980
40 Born in the USA - 1984
61 Magic - 2007
64 The Wild, The Innocent - 1973
98 Tunnel of Love - 1987
117 Greetings From Ashbury Park - 1973
157 The Rising - 2002
238 The Ghost of Tom Joad - 1995
251 Devils and Dust - 2005
613 Lucky Town - 1992
665 Wrecking Ball - 2012
746 Human Touch - 1992
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