Anyone else listen to this? It ranks Bruce's top 70 songs as of when he turned 70 years old. I am not finished yet but have listened to a few episodes.
I don't care much about the ranking (more on that later), but the stories surrounding the songs are interesting. There is a guest on each episode with some inside knowledge re Bruce and the music industry. That makes for some enjoyable listening.
As for the rankings, it's always so subjective of course. It serves as a reminder of the diversity of Bruce's musical career. Like all truly great artists and bands, he is never looking to repeat himself. If you like folky music, you've got it with Greetings, Tom Joad, Devils and Dust, etc. If you like arena rock, BITUSA is your ticket. If you like pop, maybe WOAD is your guilty pleasure. Anyway, so much to choose from and Bruce has never stood still. One of the guests, when asked for his favorite Bruce song, said Growin' Up easily. I laughed because I think if I did rankings they would change daily, although I'm not sure anything can replace Jungleland as my personal #1 (has everything IMO).
At heart I am a rock music fan, so I chafed at some of the rankings but then just reminded myself of the above. The comments that have rankled so far include BITUSA being overproduced and relying too heavy on synthesizer and that Cadillac Ranch and Ramrod should have been left off The River in favor of a couple of outtakes that didn't make the cut. Honestly, had to laugh a bit when Mary Queen of Arkansas made the top 50 (with apologies to fans of the song). Yes, BITUSA used synth but in the hands of Roy Bittan it was used judiciously and mostly to create an atmosphere for the songs. Bruce's overuse (IMO) of electronics came later. Cadillac Ranch is a great song. If you don't think so, have a listen to the lifeless Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover (again with apologies to NGDB fans). Ramrod is a nice departure from most of Bruce's stuff, so excluding that would have been a mistake IMO. The host said he much prefers Human Touch to Lucky Town, and I couldn't disagree more. Living Proof would likely be in my personal top 10 or 15 songs. But to each their own.
The host also calls BTR the "quintessential" ESB sound. Since Bruce has always changed things up from album to album, I'm not sure such a sound exists. BTR is the quintessential ESB piano sound maybe.
Anyway some interesting stories on there and I enjoy hearing a different take on the music, even if I don't always agree. Just wondering if anyone else has listened and has thoughts on the podcast or the subject matter in general.