Tracks from the Past: Bruce Springsteen — Born To Run

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 14, 2012 6:30 AM

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Bruce Springsteen has cranked out several masterpieces over the course of his nearly 40 years in the music business, but none can match the majesty of his third album.

Born To Run was released in 1975, charted as high as No. 3, and launched the Boss into the American consciousness.

The album opens with a plaintive duet of harmonica and piano on "Thunder Road," but the E Street Band quickly picks up the pace as it hurtles through "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Night."

That slow-to-fast theme continues over the course of the record — the piano-driven "Backstreets" melts into the rock 'n' roll of the title track, while "She's the One" and "Meeting Across the River" give way to the crescendo of the 10-minute long epic "Jungleland" — and makes the eight-track, 39-minute long Born To Run feel as if it runs forever.

Rolling Stone named Springsteen's masterwork the No. 18 album of all time, and it isn't hard to see why. Born To Run is a landmark of American rock music, and 37 years after its release, it remains the perfect album to belt out while driving with the top down.

Turn it up.

— by Seth Roberts

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