50 Years, 50 Albums 1975: Bruce Springsteen ‘Born to Run’

50 Years, 50 Albums 1975: Bruce Springsteen ‘Born to Run’

Well, it comes with no surprise that Bruce Springsteen came in with the most votes this week for the Hall of Fame although Kiss’s Alive and Queen’s Night at the Opera certainly got their fair share of votes. It was Bruce’s third album and a make-it-or-break-it scenario; the first one Greetings from Asbury Park and the follow up The Wild, The Wet and the E Street Shuffle musically are classics, but were not commercially successful. This third album needed to be more mainstream with a bigger sound. As Bruce says, he was after a Phil Spector Wall of Sound arrangements and production, which is certainly evident in the song “Born to Run” and the rest of the album. This is the first album to feature pianist Roy Bittan and drummer Max Weinberg. The album was released in August of 1975 and has since been considered by critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time. We are proud to welcome Bruce Springsteen’s album Born to Run into the WPLR Hall of Fame. Thanks for your votes.

Learn more about the album:

Born to Run and the Decline of the American Dream

Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, and more reflect on Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run on its 45th anniversary

How Bruce Springsteen Made Born To Run an American Masterpiece

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