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  • Birthday 02/18/1969

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  • Springsteen fan since?
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    I've absolutely no idea...
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    Punk Rock. Cricket. Reading. Radio. Family. Work.
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  1. No, it's all good. I'm learning loads here. I'm slightly wary of ruffling too many feathers - a cursory glance at this place necessitates one being 'careful' about what he/she says. Maybe. I'm not here to criticise. I'm here to learn about someone whose first four albums and autobiography have (in the main) blown me away. Also, I thought it may interest one or two of you what a newbie thinks of Patti's husband. Like I said, all is good.
  2. Great advice everyone. I'm grateful for the recommendations, really. I know 'live is where it's at - one doesn't need to be a Brucie afficiando to know that. I think it's my OCD, but I'm doing him chronologically. Hence why I was waiting to give the live album a go when it was released ('86?). He'd understand....
  3. Can I just say this: You people know your Bruce. I don't. Christ, I discovered the guy about three months ago. I take everything on board that you've suggested. Of course, I'll re-visit. I'll listen again. How many songs do we dislike initially, but grow to like? Hundreds. And who likes every single song by an artist? That would just be creepy. I think I've been incredibly generous. I posted my reviews sooner rather than planned due to imminent work commitments. Strewth, I'm someone who spent his musical youth (and beyond) in seedy punk clubs. To me, the best thing to come out of the States was the Dead Kennedy's. Some things take time. PS I stand by the Frankie statement.
  4. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen by A. Novice Thunder Road: Oh. My. God. Tenth Avenue F-Out: Remarkable stuff. Night: Another great song. Backstreets: All good. Born to Run: FGTH did it better. She's the One: Yep. Meeting Across the River: Disappointing. Jungleland: That sax... Overall: 9.5 out of 10. I was/am blown away. If you don't like this album, I suggest you visit your doctor.
  5. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen by A. Novice The E Street Shuffle: Wow. Some serious grooves. 4th of July: Slushy. Corny. Not for me. Kitty's Back: Much more like it. Love this song. Wild Billy: Odd. I like odd. Incident on 57th: Don't like it. Rosalita: Jeez. Unbelievable. New York Serenade: Bad sex music. Overall: 8.5 out of 10. Dress them up all you like, but give me just seven songs, I'm gonna feel short-changed. I don't care who you are. Neither should a song be longer than four minutes. Mind you, this could be the old punk in me. There's three gems in there though.
  6. As promised.... Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. by Bruce Springsteen by A. Novice Blinded by the Light: Best song on the album. Growin' Up: Corny. Mary: n/a. Does this Bus..: Reasonably good. Lost in the Flood: Two minutes too long. The Angel: Not good. For You: Back on track. Good song. One of the highlights. Spirit in the Night: Ending on a high. 2nd best song on the album. It's Hard to be a Saint..: Disappointing end to proceedings. Overall: 7 out of 10. First couple of times I heard this, most songs seemed to just merge into one other. I initially wondered what all the fuss was about. Repeated listens have unquestionably improved it. If I'd have bought this in 1973, I'd have said the guy shows promise, would have gone to see him live, and would definitely have bought his follow-up. A good (if somewhat frustrating) debut.
  7. 'Jumping the shark', eh? Never heard that one before. Anyway, as a newbie, I know absolutely nothing about absolutely nothing. However, what did surprise me in my tentative foray chez Bruce was the extortionate cost of The Ties That Bind on iTunes. Sixty-something quid (100 bucks?). Seems I wasn't the only one aggrieved - several of the reviews on there weren't too complimentary either. I realise Mr B doesn't dictate retail prices, but surely he has some sway (much like Mary's dress, I suppose). Sorry, it was just something I had to get it off my chest. As you were....
  8. Was it really? I'm gonna learn so much in the coming weeks and months. I quite like it here....
  9. Well done, Sir. I can't listen to it. Twice was too much. It just seems to go on. And on. And on. Oh, and on.
  10. Jackson Cage is a great song. It's not that. I haven't said which album.
  11. Young Neil. ☺. No sooner said than done, Ann.
  12. Young Neil. Marvellous. It's very rare I'm called that these days. And you know what janeymarywendy, you're correct in your assumption. Every day I've been listening. The first four I'm playing on a rotation basis. I've even dipped me trotters into The River... I'm struggling with some songs, while others are clearly the work of someone rather special. Imminent work commitments mean my listening will be curtailed somewhat, but I'll do what I can. Expect a novice's review in a matter of weeks not days.
  13. To you all, can I just say a massive 'thank you'. I'm overwhelmed. The recommendations, the YouTube clips, the stories, the advice, I will undoubtedly give them all a whirl. And I will keep you posted. I promise. I may ask the odd silly/obvious question along the way, so please forgive me. I've been a huge Bruce fan for about, er, 8 weeks, but better late than never, eh? Thanks again everybody. I'll look forward to contributing as I progress.