thefourthman wrote:So I never really got into Springsteen growing up.
I think an Uncle gave me a copy of Born to Run, but it didn't really impress. I have The Rising and think it is phenomenal and even bought the Pete Seger Sessions, cause I dig that kind of stuff...
Anyhow, I am a fan of the Killers and everyone always compares Brandon Flowers writing and delivery to Springsteen and it really hit home to me as I was listening to his solo album today.
So, I'm wondering which albums are must haves? Which one is the pinnacle of what he is all about?
Note to the people who will recommend some kind of greatest hit package, I really like the concept of a Rock Album and enjoy listening to Albums over songs, so while those are great if you are introducing yourself to an artist, I think given my age and the fact that I already have a couple of albums, I am past the introduction and looking for that pure statement from the guy.
My favorite Bruce albums are Darkness on the Edge of Town, Nebraska, Born to Run and the Rising. But really, the pure statement, the pinnacle of everything he's about, is the live material. As great as the albums are, they can't compare to passion and excitement of live Springsteen, whether it is the ramping energy of Prove it all Night from the Darkness Tour or the melancholy of the sax/piana/harmonica arrangement of reunion tour version of The River. So yeah, the live albums. Hammersmith Odeon. Live in New York. Live in Barcelona. The Promise box set includes a full concert from the '78 tour. And then there's a ton of stuff on youtube too.
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