Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:10 minutes | 829 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | @ Columbia
Greetings from Ashbury Park, N.J. is the debut studio album by Bruce Springsteen. Originally released in 1973, the album only sold about 25,000 copies but made a strong impression with critics and would go on to become a successful album, peaking at #60 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album featured two singles, “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit in the Night”. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #379 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Bruce Springsteen’s debut album found him squarely in the tradition of Bob Dylan: folk-based tunes arranged for an electric band featuring piano and organ (plus, in Springsteen’s case, 1950s-style rock & roll tenor saxophone breaks), topped by acoustic guitar and a husky voice singing lyrics full of elaborate, even exaggerated imagery. But where Dylan had taken a world-weary, cynical tone, Springsteen was exuberant. His street scenes could be haunted and tragic, as they were in “Lost in the Flood,” but they were still imbued with romanticism and a youthful energy. Asbury Park painted a portrait of teenagers cocksure of themselves, yet bowled over by their discovery of the world. It was saved from pretentiousness (if not preciousness) by its sense of humor and by the careful eye for detail that kept even the most high-flown language rooted. Like the lyrics, the arrangements were busy, but the melodies were well developed and the rhythms, pushed by drummer Vincent Lopez, were breakneck.
01 – Blinded By The Light
02 – Growin’ Up
03 – Mary Queen Of Arkansas
04 – Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
05 – Lost In The Flood
06 – The Angel
07 – For You
08 – Spirit In The Night
09 – It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City
The E Street Band:
Clarence Clemons – clapping, saxophone, vocals
Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez – clapping, drums, vocals
David Sancious – keyboards, organ, piano
Bruce Springsteen – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clapping, congas, electric guitar, harmonica, keyboards, piano, vocals
Garry Tallent – bass guitar
Richard Davis – upright double bass on “The Angel”
Harold Wheeler – piano on “Blinded By the Light” and “Spirit In The Night”
Steven Van Zandt – sound effects on “Lost in the Flood”
Louis Lahav – engineer
Jack Ashkinazy – remixing
John Berg – cover design
Fred Lombardi – back cover design
This release of Greetings from Ashbury Park, N.J. was remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working directly with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.