Note: Last revised: 2007 or so
Rating the Records
There is no such thing as a bad Springsteen album. Here is the order I would get them in, and is definitely biased by my
25 30+! years of absorption with The Boss (with year of release and key songs):
- Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978), the whole fucking record!!!
- Born to Run (1975), the whole fucking record!!!
- The River (1980), almost the whole fucking record
- Greetings from Asbury Park (1973), For You, Growin’ Up
- Tunnel of Love (1989), Tunnel of Love, All That Heaven Will Allow*
- The Rising (2002), much, much to love
- Born in the USA (1984), Cover Me**, No Retreat, No Surrender
- Live in New York (2001), American Skin, Land of Hope and Dreams, just blasting!
- Tracks (1998), Where the Bands Are and a dozen others
- Live, 1975 -1985 (1987?), a whole bunch of the others, done live
- Magic (2007), Livin’ in the Future, Girls in Their Summer Clothes, Magic, Your Own Worst Enemy
- Nebraska (1982), Atlantic City, State Trooper, Johnny 99
- The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle (1973), Rosalita
- Human Touch/Lucky Town (1992)
- We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006) and Live in Dublin with the Seeger Sessions Band
- Devils & Dust (2005)
- Ghost of Tom Joad (1994 or 95), Sinaloa Cowboys
- Greatest Hits (1995), a real disappointment—the songs are great but how can you have only one CD?
More Springsteen Material
- Official Springsteen website
- My weblog entries for My City in Ruins (which I now have on DVD!), falling in love with the Boss, Bruce’s Hobbit name and Spin Magazine’s insult
- Candy’s Room, which links here from it’s news page
- Cornel Bonca’s excellent essay published in July, 2001, in the wake of the HBO concert, in which he describes Springsteen’s oeuvre as “dramatic enactments pitting a Dionysian spirit desperate for release against an equal and opposite force desperate for moral containment.”
- Musicians United for Songs In the Classroom
hashad several good student essays on Our Man:
- 8th grade student’s essay about Factory
- 10th grade students’ essays about The River