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Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (1975)

October 18, 2012

[Album 104/1001]

One of my rules guidelines loosely adhered to intentions of this project was to have no repeat artists or albums that I already knew & loved in the first 100.  Now that I’m past that milestone, let the repeat artists &/or beloved albums begin!

Born To Run as an album is quite urgent, particularly the title track.

Though I still hear Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind whenever he hits the line “Together we could…”

Which incidentally, when I asked friends & family to borrow albums from the list, they were flabbergasted to see Gordon Lightfoot was not so much as acknowledged in the 1001 album book.

Though the pride of Orillia, Ontario should probably be here, it shouldn’t be at Bruce’s expense.  This one is right where it belongs.

And whenever the late Clarence Clemons launches into a sax feature, if it doesn’t bring a smile, I don’t know what will.

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From → 1970s

8 Comments
  1. “Though I still hear Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind whenever he hits the line “Together we could…””

    I’m familiar with both, but never made the connection. Somewhere, there is a web page with comparisons of songs which sound surprisingly similar. Actual theft is rare. However, sometimes it might happen subconsciously and unintentionally. Sometimes it is coincidence.

    • In this case, I definitely don’t mind the similarity – both good tunes and certainly very different delivery.

  2. Hi Geoff,
    One of the best songs…ever. I hadn’t heard the similarities to Gordon Lightfoot and will listen for them.
    Big Man…he had the magic, didn’t he?

    • I enjoyed hearing his saxophone on Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory – nice to hear 40 years later, different style & audience, he still had it!
      It’s funny about the song similarities, I think they used to bother me but now I’ve acceptable them as inevitable. Or enjoyable, as it’s neat hearing possible influences in unexpected places (like Lady Gaga inspired by the Boss & the Big Man!)

      • You know, I’ve never listened to any Lady Gaga…although I’ve probably heard her music played here and there. Big Man had a gift that must have been there from the beginning and never left. His collaboration is enough for me to seek out this Lady Gaga work :).
        Song similarities are all over the place and you must be right that they’re inevitable.

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