The Classic Midnight Album – Greetings from Bruce Springsteen from Asbury Park, NJ
Tonight (January 2) on the famous midnight classic album on Radio Nova, we play Greetings from Bruce Springsteen from Asbury Park, NJ.
The album is presented in its entirety on vinyl without commercials or interruptions, courtesy of The Record Hub.
Inspired, like so many American musicians of his generation, by the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, Bruce Springsteen bought his first guitar in 1964. Throughout the 1960s he found himself leading various groups. in the New Jersey / New York area. . In 1969 he began to develop a cult with the band Steel Mill, which also included future members of the E-Street Band, Steve Van Zandt, Danny Federici and Vini Lopez.
By 1972, Springsteen had passed through several other groups and was recognized as one of the most talented singer-songwriters without a recording contract. That changed when he was discovered by Columbia Records talent scout John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan a decade earlier.
For his first album, Springsteen formed what would later become the E-Street group in the fall of 1972, but without Federici and Van Zandt. Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, keyboardist David Sancious and bassist Garry Tallent have joined the band.
To keep costs down, Springsteen manager Mike Appel hired his client at 914 Sound Studios. Appel also produced the album alongside Jim Cretecos. Springsteen recorded a mix of solo ballads and more rock songs with his backing band. When the recording was over, it led to a dispute between Springsteen, who preferred songs featuring the band, and Appel and Hammond, who preferred their solo songs. The three eventually settled on a compromise of five solo songs and five group songs.
When the album was submitted to Columbia Records in August 1972, the label’s president, Clive Davis, rejected it, believing it had no potential hit single. To counter this, Springsteen returned to the studio and quickly recorded Blinded by the Light and Spirit in the Night. Davis was impressed and Springsteen’s debut album – Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ – finally became a reality.
Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ features nine songs. On side A are blinded by light; To grow ; Mary Queen of Arkansas; Does this bus stop at 82nd Street? ; and lost in the flood. On side B is the Angel; For you; Spirit in the night; and it’s hard to be a saint in the city.
Springsteen’s debut album was released on January 5, 1973 with disappointing sales. He did not break the British charts until 1985, taking advantage of the success of Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
While audiences were slow to react to Springsteen, he became an immediate critical darling upon the release of his debut album. Many compared him favorably to Dylan while acknowledging the specifically working-class themes of his writing. “He sings with a freshness and urgency that I haven’t heard since I was rocked by ‘Like a Rolling Stone’,This is how Crawdaddy described Springsteen in a 1973 profile.
Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ is now considered one of Springsteen’s best albums, setting the pattern for the heartfelt explorations of life in the heart of the United States that would follow in decades to come. Rolling Stone ranks it 37th on its list of the best debut albums of all time.
You can hear Springsteen breaking out of the traps with his midnight debut tonight on Radio Nova.