Tag: Bruce Springsteen

Thursday 12/10/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The River (1980)

The River is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released on October 17, 1980, by Columbia Records. Springsteen’s only double album, The River was produced by Jon Landau, Springsteen, and bandmate Steven Van Zandt. The album was Springsteen’s first to go number one on the Billboard 200 and spent four weeks at the top of chart. “The River” was nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance at the 1982 Grammy Awards.

1. “The Ties That Bind” 3:34
2. “Sherry Darling” 4:03
3. “Jackson Cage” 3:04
4. “Two Hearts” 2:45
5. “Independence Day” 4:50

1. “Hungry Heart” 3:19
2. “Out in the Street” 4:17
3. “Crush on You” 3:10
4. “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” 2:37
5. “I Wanna Marry You” 3:30
6. “The River” 5:01

1. “Point Blank” 6:06
2. “Cadillac Ranch” 3:03
3. “I’m a Rocker” 3:36
4. “Fade Away” 4:46
5. “Stolen Car” 3:54

1. “Ramrod” 4:05
2. “The Price You Pay” 5:29
3. “Drive All Night” 8:33
4. “Wreck on the Highway” 3:54

Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, twelve-string guitar, harmonica, percussion, piano on “Drive All Night”, producer

Roy Bittan – piano, Hammond organ on “I’m a Rocker” and “Drive All Night”, background vocals
Clarence Clemons – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, background vocals
Danny Federici – Hammond organ, glockenspiel
Garry Tallent – bass guitar
Steven Van Zandt – rhythm electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lead guitar on “Crush on You”, harmony vocals, background vocals, producer
Max Weinberg – drums, percussion
Additional vocals

Flo & Eddie (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) – backing vocals on “Hungry Heart”

Saturday 11/28/2020 4:30am ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen – Live 1075 – 1985 (1986)

Live/1975–85 is a live album by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. It consists of 40 tracks recorded at various concerts between 1975 and 1985, released as a box set by Columbia Records on November 10, 1986.

In November of ’85, Springsteen wrote in the liner notes, “Jon Landau sent a four-song cassette of ‘Born in the U.S.A.’, ‘Seeds’, ‘The River’ and ‘War’ down to my house with a note attached saying he ‘thought we might have something here’. Over the following months we listened to 10 years of tapes, the music did the talkin’, and this album and its story began to emerge. We hope you have as much fun with it as we did. I’d like to thank Jon for his friendship and perseverance and the E Street Band for 1,001 nights of comradeship and good rockin’. They’re all about the best bunch of people you can have at your side when you’re goin’ on a long drive.”

It was released as a box set of five vinyl records, three cassettes, or three CDs. There was also a record club only release which came on three 8-track cartridges.

“Thunder Road” – 5:46
“Adam Raised a Cain” – 5:26
“Spirit in the Night” – 6:25
“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” – 6:34
“Paradise by the “C”” – 3:54
“Fire” – 2:51
“Growin’ Up” – 7:58
“It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” – 4:39
“Backstreets” – 7:35
“Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” – 10:00
“Raise Your Hand” (Cropper/Floyd/Isbell) – 5:01
“Hungry Heart” – 4:30
“Two Hearts” – 3:06

“Cadillac Ranch” – 4:52
“You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” – 3:58
“Independence Day” – 5:08
“Badlands” – 5:17
“Because the Night” (Springsteen/Smith) – 5:19
“Candy’s Room” – 3:19
“Darkness on the Edge of Town” – 4:19
“Racing in the Street” – 8:12
“This Land Is Your Land” (Guthrie) – 4:21
“Nebraska” – 4:18
“Johnny 99” – 4:24
“Reason to Believe” – 5:19
“Born in the U.S.A.” – 6:10
“Seeds” – 5:14

“The River” – 11:42
“War” (Strong/Whitfield) – 4:53
“Darlington County” – 5:12
“Working on the Highway” – 4:04
“The Promised Land” – 5:36
“Cover Me” – 6:57
“I’m on Fire” – 4:26
“Bobby Jean” – 4:30
“My Hometown” – 5:13
“Born to Run” – 5:03
“No Surrender” – 4:41
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” – 4:21
“Jersey Girl” (Waits) – 6:30

Wednesday 11/11/2020 10pm ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen – Tracks (1998)

Tracks is a four-disc box set by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1998 containing 66 songs. This box set mostly consists of never-before-released songs recorded during the sessions for his many albums, but also includes a number of single B-sides, as well as demos and alternate versions of already-released material.

The project began in February 1998, when Springsteen and his chief recording engineer, Toby Scott, began going through his massive collection of unreleased songs. Springsteen had been known as a very prolific songwriter (Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Born in the U.S.A. each had more than 50 songs written for them), and by 1998 the number of unreleased songs was up to more than 350— 3/4 of all his recorded material. Scott had begun on a computerized database of Springsteen’s archives in 1985 in order to allow Springsteen to find specific songs that hadn’t been released yet, and it was understood by Scott and others since the 1980s that Springsteen would eventually compile a selection of these unreleased recordings into a box set.

1. “Mary Queen of Arkansas” (Demo Version) May 3, 1972 4:27
2. “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” (Demo Version) May 3, 1972 2:52
3. “Growin’ Up” (Demo Version) May 3, 1972 2:38
4. “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?” (Demo Version) May 3, 1972 1:58
5. “Bishop Danced” January 31, 1973 4:18
6. “Santa Ana” July 1, 1973 4:35
7. “Seaside Bar Song” July 24, 1973 3:33
8. “Zero and Blind Terry” August 7, 1973 5:56
9. “Linda Let Me Be the One” June 29, 1975 4:24
10. “Thundercrack” August 9, 1973 + 1997 8:25
11. “Rendezvous” December 31, 1980 2:48
12. “Give the Girl a Kiss” October 11, 1977 3:51
13. “Iceman” October 27, 1977 3:17
14. “Bring On the Night” June 13, 1979 2:36
15. “So Young and in Love” June 1, 1974 3:47
16. “Hearts of Stone” October 14, 1977 4:29
17. “Don’t Look Back” July 2, 1977 3:00

Disc two
1. “Restless Nights” May 2, 1980 3:44
2. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh)” May 6, 1982 3:15
3. “Roulette” April 12, 1980 3:51
4. “Dollhouse” August 21, 1979 3:31
5. “Where the Bands Are” October 9, 1979 3:43
6. “Loose Ends” July 18, 1979 4:00
7. “Living on the Edge of the World” December 3, 1979 4:17
8. “Wages of Sin” May 10, 1982 4:51
9. “Take ‘Em as They Come” April 10, 1980 4:28
10. “Be True” July 18, 1979 3:39
11. “Ricky Wants a Man of Her Own” April 10, 1980 2:44
12. “I Wanna Be with You” May 31, 1979 3:21
13. “Mary Lou” July 13, 1979 3:21
14. “Stolen Car” (alternate version) September 24, 1979 4:26
15. “Born in the U.S.A.” (Demo Version) January 3, 1982 3:08
16. “Johnny Bye-Bye” January 4, 1983 1:49
17. “Shut Out the Light” January 19, 1983 3:51

Disc three
1. “Cynthia” June 15, 1983 4:13
2. “My Love Will Not Let You Down” May 5, 1982 4:28
3. “This Hard Land” May 11, 1982 4:46
4. “Frankie” May 14, 1982 7:22
5. “TV Movie” June 13, 1983 2:48
6. “Stand on It” (alternative version) June 16, 1983 3:05
7. “Lion’s Den” January 25, 1982 2:18
8. “Car Wash” May 31, 1983 2:06
9. “Rockaway the Days” January 12, 1984 4:40
10. “Brothers Under the Bridges ’83” September 14, 1983 5:06
11. “Man at the Top” January 12, 1984 3:19
12. “Pink Cadillac” May 31, 1983 3:33
13. “Two for the Road” February 1, 1987 1:57
14. “Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart” June 16, 1983 3:24
15. “When You Need Me” January 20, 1987 2:54
16. “The Wish” February 22, 1987 5:14
17. “The Honeymooners” February 22, 1987 2:04
18. “Lucky Man” April 4, 1987 3:31

Disc four
1. “Leavin’ Train” February 27, 1990 4:05
2. “Seven Angels” June 29, 1990 3:26
3. “Gave It a Name” August 24, 1998 2:47
4. “Sad Eyes” January 25, 1990 3:47
5. “My Lover Man” December 4, 1990 3:56
6. “Over the Rise” December 7, 1990 2:38
7. “When the Lights Go Out” December 6, 1990 3:05
8. “Loose Change” January 31, 1991 4:18
9. “Trouble in Paradise” December 1, 1989 4:37
10. “Happy” January 18, 1992 4:51
11. “Part Man, Part Monkey” January 1990 4:28
12. “Goin’ Cali” January 29, 1991 2:59
13. “Back in Your Arms” January 12, 1995 4:35
14. “Brothers Under the Bridge ’95” May 22, 1995 4:55

Saturday 10/24/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Letter To You (2020)

Letter to You is the twentieth studio album from Bruce Springsteen; it marks his first new studio album with his regular backing band the E Street Band since 2014’s High Hopes. The release has been met with critical acclaim by critics, particularly with the album’s ability to face mortality and aging in a profound manner.

Letter to You was met with universal acclaim reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. This release received a weighted average score of 89 out of 100, based on 19 reviews. With three reviews, aggregator Album of the Year sums up critical consensus as a 83 out of 100. Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club gave the album an A rating, calling it “one of the finest achievements of Bruce Springsteen’s career” for the songwriting’s profound look at loss and the fact that listeners can hold up “nearly any track as a microcosm of its overall scope”. Kory Grow of Rolling Stone awarded this four out of five stars for Springsteen’s deep ability to express his emotions in the “self-therapy” of the lyrics and sums up the music as “the sound of Springsteen accepting that for himself”. Richard Williams of Uncut devotes a lengthy review of Letter to You that places it in the context of Springsteen’s career as a milestone release that is ultimately about Springsteen, his relationship with his band, and their relationship with the audience, particularly in their ability to interpret American culture, history, and politics; he gives it a nine out of 10. Writing for the Associated Press, David Bauder has a mixed take on the material, noting how it’s ironic that the composer of “Glory Days” spends so much time looking back and while Springsteen “is not, by any means, a nostalgia act”, between this album and his Broadway show, his current output “is less about pulling out of here to win than pulling back in to appreciate what he has”; the review praises some songs but notes that Springsteen sometimes slips into cliché.

Adrian Thrills in the UK’s Daily Mail gave the album 5 stars and called it “life-affirming to the core”.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich reviewed the documentary, characterizing it as a “rockin’ meditation on death” which is also “an upbeat portrait of someone who isn’t going anywhere, even when he leaves us”; he gave the film a B rating. In Time, Stephanie Zacharek also gave a positive assessment of the film, calling it “captivating” in its perspective on aging and as a retrospective on Springsteen’s career.

“One Minute You’re Here” – 2:57
“Letter to You” – 4:55
“Burnin’ Train” – 4:03
“Janey Needs a Shooter” – 6:49
“Last Man Standing” – 4:05
“The Power of Prayer” – 3:36
“House of a Thousand Guitars” – 4:30
“Rainmaker” – 4:56
“If I Was the Priest” – 6:50
“Ghosts” – 5:54
“Song for Orphans” – 6:13
“I’ll See You in My Dreams” – 3:29

Roy Bittan – piano, vocals
Jake Clemons – saxophone
Charles Giordano – organ, vocals
Nils Lofgren – guitar, vocals
Patti Scialfa – vocals
Bruce Springsteen – guitar, vocals, harmonica, production
Garry Tallent – bass guitar, vocals
Steven Van Zandt – guitar, vocals
Max Weinberg – drums, vocals

Friday 9/18/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss”, he is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class, sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances—with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length. His artistic endeavors reflect both his personal growth and the zeitgeist of the times.

Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984) find pleasures in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the United States, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 2009, Springsteen was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in 2013 was named MusiCares person of the year, and in 2016 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He married Patti Scialfa in 1991, and the couple have had three children – Evan James, Jessica Rae and Sam Ryan.

Saturday 9/5/2020 – Sunday 9/6/2020 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

It’s the Labor Day Weekend, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all of our music will reflect “Work,” Working,” “Jobs” (or the lack thereof) by artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, William Powell & the O’Jays, Donna Summer, the Heartbeats, the Impressions, Ike & Tina Turner, the Silhouettes, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Mary J. Blige, Chuck Jackson, James Brown & Marva Whitney, the Sensational Nightingales, Arthur Prysock, Sam Cooke (live in concert) and more.

Our “Job” begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Following at 9PM CT, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where we’ll continue with “Work” songs from the likes of: Gary U.S. Bonds, Dolly Parton, the Highway QC’s, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Prince & the Revolution, Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, the Bangles, Aaron Neville, Bruce Springsteen, Donna Summer, Huey Lewis & the News, Ella Fitzgerald, the Jacksons (live in concert) and several others.

Tomorrow Sunday, our encore airings start at 7PM eastern time. So join me for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” later this evening when we’ll get busy and go to “Work” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and please, please stay safe and healthy. Everybody, do the right things.


Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen – Collection: 1973 – 2012 (2013)

Collection: 1973–2012 is a compilation album by Bruce Springsteen released on Columbia in 2013 containing 18 tracks spanning forty years of Springsteen’s musical career. Fourteen of the songs on the album are credited to Springsteen as a solo act and four (namely “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”, “Hungry Heart”, “Born in the U.S.A.”, and “Dancing in the Dark”) are credited to the formation Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Two of the tracks, namely “Badlands” and “The Promised Land”, were remastered for the compilation edition.

“Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) (7:01)
“Thunder Road” (4:48)
“Born to Run” (4:30)
“Badlands” (4:04)
“The Promised Land” (4:29)
“Hungry Heart” (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) (3:19)
“Atlantic City” (3:56)
“Born in the U.S.A.” (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) (4:39)
“Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) (4:02)
“Brilliant Disguise” (4:15)
“Human Touch” (5:09)
“Streets of Philadelphia” (3:14)
“The Ghost of Tom Joad” (4:22)
“The Rising” (4:47)
“Radio Nowhere” (3:18)
“Working On a Dream” (3:28)
“We Take Care of Our Own” (3:53)
“Wrecking Ball” (5:49)

Tuesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of the 80s we feature music from:  Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Van Halen, T’Pau, Living Colour, Red Rider, Peter Gabriel and more . . .

Thursday 9pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 7)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Pam Tillis, Roy Orbison, Barry Manilow, TG Sheppard, Bruce Springsteen, Space Monkey, Osmonds, Association and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Thursday 8pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 6)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Rob Thomas, Martina McBride, Carlene Carter, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Harry Chapin, Marvin Gaye, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s.  Edward Bear, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Supertramp, America, Abba, Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin, Marshall Tucker Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive and more. . . 

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature your requests and music from:  Boz Scaggs, John Mellencamp, Reba McEntire, Peter Gabriel, Julian Lennon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Ramones, Steve Carlisle, Journey and more . . . 

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (2019)

Western Stars is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released through Columbia Records on June 14, 2019  It was produced by Ron Aniello, who worked with Springsteen on his two previous albums: Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014). The album marks Springsteen’s first new studio album of completely original material since Wrecking Ball.

Springsteen said a documentary on the making of the album is being planned. However, he is not expected to do a tour for the album and announced that he will shift focus towards recording a new album with the E Street Band in the fall of 2019.

Springsteen stated in April 2019 that the album was influenced by “Southern California pop music” of the 1970s, including artists such as Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach. Upon announcing the album in April 2019, he called it “a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements”, with a press release characterizing it as about a “range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope”.

1. “Hitch Hikin'” 3:37
2. “The Wayfarer” 4:18
3. “Tucson Train” 3:31
4. “Western Stars” 4:41
5. “Sleepy Joe’s Café” 3:14
6. “Drive Fast (The Stuntman)” 4:16
7. “Chasin’ Wild Horses” 5:03
8. “Sundown” 3:17
9. “Somewhere North of Nashville” 1:52
10. “Stones” 4:44
11. “There Goes My Miracle” 4:05
12. “Hello Sunshine” 3:56
13. “Moonlight Motel” 4:16

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. . 

Friday 6pm: Feature LP: Springsteen on Broadway (2018)

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Never in rock & roll history has there been a production like Springsteen on Broadway. Following a busy 2016 which opened with him touring a revival of The River with the E-Street Band and concluded with the publication of his autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen decided to stay in one place for 2017 — New York City, to be specific, where he began a residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre in October 2017, performing a show based on his memoir. Springsteen on Broadway turned out to be a runaway success, staying on Broadway through December 15, 2018 and commemorated with a Netflix special supported by this double-disc document of the show.

All of the strengths of the production are apparent on the album: the clever construction of the show, where his story is closely tied to his songs, the good humor and earned sentimentality, the illusion of intimacy. What’s striking about Springsteen on Broadway as an album, as compared to either its stage or screen version, is that it’s possible to hear the pure theatricality of Springsteen’s performance, both in his oversized spoken introductions and singing. It becomes very clear that Springsteen is playing the part of Springsteen, exaggerating certain aspects of his life and persona for dramatic effect. This has a ripple effect through the songs — many of which are quite familiar, with a couple of latter-day numbers thrown in for good measure — which, in this context, feel written instead of live. Perhaps that punctures the Boss’ myth of authenticity for some listeners, but the net effect is a revelation of just how thoroughly and carefully Springsteen turns his life into art: first into song, then into verse, then finally onto stage.