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  1. “Review from The Age in Melbourne. Spoiler alert: it really is “legendary.” (Some Lakers might have to avert their eyes from the first review…) https://www.theage.com.au/culture/music/music-reviews-bruce-springsteen-and-the-e-street-band-sting-and-more-20211115-p598yt.html
  2. Out of left field there Dbro02, but yes! I was there too and it was heaps of fun.
  3. The live album is up (on iTunes in Australia, at least) so that’s my morning listening sorted.
  4. Little girl, I want to marry you Oh yeah, little girl, I want to marry you Yes I do Little girl, I want to marry you
  5. How about: ”I see the lonely ribbon in your hair Tell me am I the man for whom you put it there” 10 out of 10 for grammar, but not even Bruce can save that one.
  6. “Now I carry my operator’s license “ from Tucson Train. Not easy to sing along with that one without a bit of practise. And would anyone but Bruce sound smooth singing, “Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade...”?
  7. How about Bruce, every single musician on the album, Paramount Theatre, twenty cameras and no audience, a couple of days of recording and a landmark Netflix special/Bluray/DVD release on the 23rd of September this year? I’d take that.
  8. Sadly true. During our youth our world becomes bigger but as we enter those last years it shrinks again, smaller and smaller. Wayfarer has a discordant edge that I’m not sure I really like. I’m wondering if there’s an outtake that missed out for it? Who knows what’s still in the vault. And, yes, I’ve thought of a playlist of the album with TT first and Hitchhiker a little deeper into the album but I keep thinking the young traveller’s story has to be the lead off... Damn it, she is on that damn train!
  9. We mightn’t ever get to hear Electric Nebraska, but at least now I feel like we have Orchestral Nebraska.
  10. TBH I haven’t kept up with the newer albums- when I stopped following the new releases I guess I fell right off the cliff. If I’ve been missing out I only have myself to blame for losing faith, so I’ll make the effort to catch up.
  11. It crossed my mind this morning, “Hmm, I wonder which category/categories the Grammy nominations will be?” As as someone who has really enjoyed both Bob Seger and JCM in the past but then drifted away when I began to feel they had passed their peak, I think I can guess that there’s no way they could have come up with an album this good. The connections with Bruce’s earlier themes plus the sharp detour into more unfamiliar aural territory are what kept me listening to Bruce when I no longer bought new Seger or Mellancamp records. I honestly don’t know if this is a classic, either, but it is a great listen in a winter Sunday morning.
  12. First listen, over breakfast this morning, Jan (same age as Bruce less one day) says, “He sounds old...”
  13. Sleepy Joe’s Cafe / Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own? Anyone?
  14. Remember this? Billboard, December 2015 Bruce Springsteen won't be retiring anytime soon. As if a box set, Saturday Night Live appearance and full tour weren't enough to do, the musician announced Wednesday morning (Dec. 9) that he has plans to release a new solo album. "The project I've been working on is more of a solo project," he told E Street Radio. "It wasn't a project I was going to probably take the band out on. So I said, 'Gee, that's going to push the band playing again until a ways in the future.' It'll be nice to get some playing in so you don't wind up being two or three years between E Street tours. This will give us a chance to get out there and stretch our muscles a little bit." Or this? Billboard, July 2016 Next up for Springsteen is a solo album, which Landau calls “a very different kind of record” from Springsteen. As for a release date or supporting tour, “it’s premature to say much about it,” Landau says. “It’s a wonderful record, and we’ll see how the next year unfolds. We’re terrible planners. You have people who know where they’re playing 18 months from now and have all of next summer’s festivals booked, and we just have a knack for not planning that far ahead. That’s our way.” Landau did provide a little insight into Springsteen’s creative direction. “All I can say is that there is a solo record -- and when I say solo record, I’m not talking about an acoustic record,” he says. “It is, in fact, a very expansive record, a very rich record. It’s one of Bruce’s very creative efforts. Stay tuned, and we’ll see exactly how that shapes up next year.” Maybe this one... “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements," explains Springsteen in a statement. "It's a jewel box of a record.” Well, I guess we now know how that all turned out, hey?
  15. In case anyone missed this a few pages back. Daisey, you should write at 2am all the time, this is probably as good a review as any we’ll read in the next few days.
  16. 12:01 Friday morning, full album appeared on Apple Music in eastern Australia.
  17. For those of us waiting for the shops to open in time zones on the dark side of the planet...
  18. Same for me. As the album is taking shape everything is starting to make sense, like a blurry photograph coming in to focus. And when you read the track by track review... http://www.badlands.co.uk/news/bruce-springsteen-western-stars-album-review/ well, you can’t help but want to hear the whole thing.
  19. Arrived home after a 24 hour haul from France to find the new track up. Made jet lag disappear instantly. Have spent Saturday morning playing the three tracks loud and on repeat. Feels like an album I’ll have on heavy rotation in when it arrives in full. Have to admit to skipping past TGMM a couple of times, though, so I guess my favourites are already finding their way to the top of the pile. I’m imagining listening to WS back-to-back with, say, Darkness at some future time. Wonder how that journey will sound...
  20. This is shaping up to be a fantastic sounding album: the production on all three songs we’ve heard is brilliant. Liking TT a lot, in the grand tradition of waiting-on-a-train songs like this one...
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