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Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Daniel Durchholz

If Springsteen's debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. revealed just how ambitious a talent he was, it also fell just short of realizing those ambitions. No such problem with this, his second album. The Dylanesque wordplay is there, but with more narrative detail, as on "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," "Kitty's Back," and "Rosalita," each of which became instant Springsteen classics and were demanded by his concert crowds for years. But even on this record, the music isn't allowed to take a back seat to the words--the latter two, at least, are full-tilt rock & roll numbers, with abrupt tempo shifts, soaring instrumental parts, and production that's just chaotic enough to make you wonder if the whole thing is going to blow apart and then smile in appreciation when it doesn't. The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle was the first time Springsteen scaled the heights of rock & roll greatness--but it wouldn't be the last.

1. E Steet Shuffle5. Incident on 57th Street
2. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
3. Kitty's Back7. New York City Serenade
4. Wild Billy's Circus Story


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"Springsteen is the most over-rated musician in the history of American rock and roll."


"This album made me a Springsteen fan. Sitting in a dorm room with some friends (one of whom was from the Jersey shore), I suddenly lost all interest in the conversation. I was transfixed by the images and sounds, the raucus fun, and that great sax. "Who is THIS?" was all I could manage to get out of my completely blown mind. Sure, there are better produced albums in his catalog. But none evokes more of the spirit of what the orinal E Street Band was like live, not even the later live releases. And as you can tell by the nickname, I am still hooked. "

--The Magic Rat

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Artist: Bruce Springsteen

Released: September 11, 1973

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (2)

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