Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen in the Reflecting Pool

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run – 1975

Oh, seriously, what can I say that hasn’t been said before?

This album is the culmination of vision, artistry, toil, craft and showmanship. It’s the pinnacle. It’s one of the greatest albums of all time and there’s little more I can say.

So, I won’t.

Or should I? This is a Reflecting Pool, after all. I can’t remember when I first heard BtR. Greetings was loaned to me by a friend when I was a teenager in Maine and I was astounded by what I heard coming from my shitty little turntable. He also lent me Don McLean’s American Pie but I only listened to that once, Greetings was the real discovery.

And WIESS was something I came to much much later. On vinyl, but in my 30s. Cuz I missed it.

Born to Run has just….always been there. It’s always been a part of the tapestry of my musical life. Woven in through classic rock and contemporary rock in the 70s and 80s. It’s a friend I can visit who always seems fresh and welcoming and never boring or bored.

The life of rock and roll lives in this 40 year old record. For me, at least. I’m sure there are some Beatles fans out there, somewhere.

Grade: A+

ASide: Thunder Road, Born to Run, Jungleland
BlindSide: Everything else if you haven’t heard it yet.

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