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  • Birthday 09/24/1985

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  1. I don't think his voice would be the problem - a lot of "the old man voice" is intentional, and a singing voice needs regular using. He will likely sound just fine once they start rehearsing and he screams a little dust off of his vocal cords. They're like a muscle - you don't use 'em, they'll be less flexible/powerful...start exercising/singing, and they will soon go back to normal.
  2. To be honest, at this point, I have no desire to see the ESB again, for many of the reasons that MrTrouble referenced. E Street shows live on Bruce's physicality and showmanship. I already skipped the 2016 tour even though I could have easily attended a show or two - seeing videos from that tour was one of the reasons I didn't go (others being rather uninteresting setlists for the Euro shows and my fanaticism scaling down a bit). I was quite shocked by Bruce's immobility, it was like he went from basically ageless to old man in those two years prior. He needed until the last leg to halfway being his old stage self... in the end, I decided I wanted to remember the band and Bruce the way they were.... I have no doubt that it would be musically top notch, but a big part of the show will be missing. That, I think, is guaranteed. I just hope they don't fall into the trap of doing that one last tour just for the sake of it.
  3. Album for me. I don't need to see Bruce and the ESB again. Already skipped the last tour.
  4. It's a video of Sherry Darling. Not much more to say about that. Leaves me cold. I'd really like to get all excited about this film...but I can't.
  5. I am less and less looking forward to reading this book (should it ever be delivered). https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/05/bruce-stevie-van-zandt-unrequited-infatuations There really are lots of theories, approaches and explanations as regards Bruce's success. Steven van Zandt masterminding/pulling the strings in the background? No. Just no.
  6. Right? Fits in pretty well with the struggles of the working man
  7. I post this everytime one of these threads comes up. Studio version of Prove it all Night: "I been wipin' real hard/trying to get my ass clean." Put it on and tell me it ain't in there...
  8. The whole schtick surrounding BITUSA was a conscious marketing decision. It's not like he came up with this version out of nowhere, not to mention the cover shot, the Rambo-with-a-guitar looks, the fist in the air, the giant flag on stage, particularly in that era...as for the song as such, he could have set the record straight (and kind of half-assed his way around it in his reaction to Reagan) in a heartbeat...but chose not to. Of course, the BITUSA songs are his most famous. It was his pre-planned super smash hit. And, of course, he has/had a massive body of work as well as a career spanning five decades, so I guess that's only natural. Most people know only the hits by most artists.
  9. True, but how much bigger could he get or have gotten? He consciously threw out potential super hits if he felt they they didn't fit on a particular record. Hell, he didn't put out BITUSA 2 in 86/87. He could have had 4 more BITUSA type records after the original one...did he always make the right decision? Putting Crush on You on The River answers that question. But I do believe his decisions are informed by his vision and his artistic integrity rather than chasing hits. In the long run, it resulted in his being one of the biggest rock stars of all time and an American cultural icon with global (universal) appeal.
  10. This. I'm sure Bruce appreciates his good friend's input - and may or may not go with it, but he calls the shots...hence all the comments from Steve about "lost arguments". And...going by the result, Bruce's decisions turned out to be good ones. Also, you could argue that Steve's solo career never really took off in the first place. The first two records were moderately successful because he still had the E Street connection (and MwW had E Street all over it, even Bruce sang on the record), but as soon as that was gone, the whole thing pretty much tanked. He came back only when the combined E Street reunion/Sopranos thing started. I love Steve's stage persona, but here, he comes across as rather self-indulged and full of himself. To think Sun City ended Apartheid is like saying Hasselhoff tore down the Berlin Wall. With all due respect...but no.
  11. This was a mixing issue - Bruce bent a note a half step up, but the bend itself got buried in the mix, which would have made the note in question part of an E minor scale for a riff in played in E major.
  12. I apologize for the multiple entries. I can't seem to delete them on my phone. Would any mod be so kind as to delete the last two for me? Thank you very much in advance.
  13. This was my original review...and nothing much has changed. Still listen to it a lot, mostly in the car. So…after a couple of listens about a week early (:-P), here’s my take on LTY. Generally, I think it’s a strong late-career album, though not on par with Western Stars. While there’s not a "bad song“ on the record and it’s sequenced very well, I believe there were some less-than-good-choices being made that actually deteriorated the album’s quality. One Minute: Really good opener, particularly in conjunction with the closer – sets the frame for the transitoriness of existence and the question of life and mortality in general. LTY – solid first single, but far from being the best song on the record, as usual for Springsteen singles. Establishes the second theme of the album (his reflections on being a musician) quite effectively. Burnin‘ Train – the first true rocker, nice guitars and rather emblematic lyrics typical of latter-day Bruce, though they’re pretty good. One of those songs that you could release on almost any Bruce record post Joad, but well done, played and sung. Janey – sounds like the famously raucous rehearsal take from 1979 that I suppose everybody knows. I wonder if they re-recorded the entire song, as the guitars sound just as out-of-tune as on the bootleg. It’s a good song with E Street all over and actually pretty creepy lyrics, but it’s about a minute too long. That "knows her style thing“ at the end is too long and just drags…It's one of those decisions... Last Man – one of my highlights. This one is close to the man’s heart. Strong lyrics, catchy tune, once again, E Street all over on this. The line about "counting off the missing as you count off time“ is brilliant. Power: Very similar to Last Man, classic Bruce inasmuch as it tries to find grandeur and even divinity in the mundane/everyday. Not so well-received on here, it seems, but I’m quite fond of it. Very catchy, and superbly sung. If they truly cut this live, I’m not worried about his voice at all. 1000 Guitars: Where are the guitars on this fucker? I like the sentiment, the lyrics, all that is fine with me. But goddammit, in the words of the man himself, "turn that motherfucker up as loud as she’ll go“. It's one of those decisions... Plods too much, though I understand its placement in the context of album and specifically the two preceding songs. Reflection, motivation, action – I believe that is the narrative this three-pack tries to tell. Rainmaker – strong, not too subtle lyrics, refreshingly different musical approach reminiscent of The Rising (the album). My only beef with this is the overly elongated „rainmakerrrrrrrr“. Not sure what he was going for here. Priest – this is amazing. Lyrics are hilarious and the recording is just brilliant. Ghosts - my favorite. Sounds like Stevie and Bruce told Aniello to go get fries from Mickey D’s and stay the fuck out of this song. This is so much fun and, apart from Janey, the most classic-sounding song on the record - it’s got everything a great Springsteen/ESB song needs – heartfelt lyrics, a rousing chorus, count-ins, sax, piano, guitar…and just lots of FUN! If this is not an instant classic, I don’t know what is. Orphans: I’ve always loved this song and this version is great, but the 2005 acoustic version is the absolute gold standard to my ears. Full band works fine, but maybe arrange it as a real ballad (something the record does not have) in the pace of the 2005 version. The third decision I that kind of steals some potential from the song. Lyrically, it sets up the end. He’s looking back on his bar-band, hand-to-mouth days and those left behind by the wayside before he closes with Dreams – nice enough song, but a tad schmaltzy, sounds like it could have been on WOAD. Wonder if that last „I’ll see you in my dreams“ holds any special significance…however, I gotta say this doesn’t hit me emotionally, even though it is the perfectly logical closer. All in all, I really do enjoy the record…it sounds like Bruce and the E Street Band sound today. When people refer to the „classic E Street sound“, they typically refer to BTR, Darkness and maybe The River, and there are elements of all them. We do have the Wall of Sound, there’s a certain rawness and also the live element that, for instance, defines The River. But, people, he has already written those three records. He will never try to copy them, and in fact, no two Bruce Springsteen albums have ever sounded the same. Lots of time has passed, and you can hear a lot of influences that have shaped Bruce and the current ESB over the past 4 decades. So yeah, it does capture E Street – but not what appears to be its constructed imagination and, I would argue, semi-fictional version that lots of people seem to be yearning for. As I said in the beginning, it is a strong late-career album, but I firmly believe his late-career masterpiece is Western Stars. That one will be hard to top. I would give this one about 8 out of 10 points (for reference, Magic and WS are 9 out of 10)
  14. I remember being sent a link to the title track a while before they had the AOL first listening thing...and was blown away. I pretty much wore out that mp3 file. The chorus, the lilis, that amazing guitar solo...exciting times to be a Springsteen fan, considering I'd only jumped on the bandwagon in 99/2000... Hard to believe it'll have been 20 years next year. Now "I'm 35/We got a boy of our own now"...how time flies...
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