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Some rank this 1978 album as Bruce Springsteen's very best (well a recent poll in The Telegraph did!) and it does hit really hard: with tunes (every one's a winner) sound (powerful, dense Rock with some skyscraping guitar solos) and ofcourse, with words. Here Bruce's characters are blue collar dreamers, down but defiantly not out. It's like a Raymond Carver short story set to music. The record was a huge triumph after a court case (musical) enforced a 3 year hiatus which was unheard of in the 70's. This was after his breakthrough album, Born To Run, so maybe a frustrated and even angry Boss poured all of his energy into making this record the beast that is. Anyway, it's an incredible piece of art. A must-have classic rock LP!
Andy says: A stunning document of blue-collar America full of hard times but most importantly: dreams. This is newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.