Box Set Special – Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen

iTunes, A to Z is still in a holding pattern while I sort out my future, so apologies for the false start back in May. Today, however, is the 40th anniversary of the release of Springsteen’s classic Born to Run, so here’s the post I made for that album back in November. Give the album a spin and give this a read.

iTunes, A to Z


Released August 25, 1975

39 min, 26 sec

There’s a special class of albums that are so prestigious, so beloved, that they have been written about to the point of being impossible to follow up on.

Born to Run was released in 1975. It celebrates its fortieth anniversary next year. In 2014, there is not a single thing that anyone could say about it that has not already been said dozens, maybe even hundreds of times before. Born to Run is a timeless, iconic classic, American music wrapped up in a single 40-minute package. Eight songs paint a portrait of America in the 1970s from the street level, with characters that overflow with raw emotion and heart. Though Springsteen would not become an American icon until 1984’s Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run provided the springboard that Springsteen needed to become a major player in the music industry.


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