|Springsteen and Clemons|
|Born to Run remained relentlessly optimistic in contrast to Springsteen's following album Darkness on the Edge of Town. Born in the USA took it one step further with it's portrait of an America in decay.|
Not only are the stories uplifting, but listen to the music. It's big, it's bold and bombastic. It announces, it broadcasts the bright future with uptempo tunes featuring Springsteens big vocals, Clemons' wailing sax, Roy Bittan's buoyant keyboards on She's the One, or Born to Run. Together with the lyrics, this music is hopeful, it is optimistic, it's fun. It's what rock and roll should always be about. Set Born to Run into its historical context and compare it to Led Zepplin's 1975 release, Physical Graffiti. Great album, but would you rather listen to Jungleland and Meeting Across the River, or Kashmir and In My Time of Dying with your buddies? What about disco? Would you rather listen to Thunder Road or Van McCoy's The Hustle, or KC and the Sunshine Band's Get Down Tonight, both big 1975 hits? Give me Springsteen's streetsmart yarns, with his relentlessly positive view of a better life. Born to Run remains my favorite American album of all time, a statement I don't take lightly or without careful consideration.