So I got a new studio and I got a record player and a bunch of records. From Bruce: "The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle," "Born to Run," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River." I need Greetings, Nebraska, and Born in the USA to have all the albums made to be RECORDS at the time, right?
Just listened to "The River" for the first time. And I mean that. I've heard the CD thousands of times, but I've never heard the RECORD. WOW. I love it. It is SO good. It's immense and sprawling and long and a journey and focused and thematically right on. Etc. It's great.
This is interesting because I don't feel that way about "The River" on CD. Never liked it. Rarely listened to it. LOVED the songs, but it just didn't do it for me as a recording (I still think best Springsteen recordings are "Nebraska" & "Wild and Innocent").
Curious to hear thoughts on this. I'll start:
The way the sides break down on the LP is PERFECT. It's a four act structure instead of two. Works much better for the story. "Point Blank" can't start the second act, but it can start the THIRD act of FOUR.