Greetings From Asbury Park (1973) Songs Ranked
Submitted by TenthAvenueFreezeOut on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 12:20
- Album ranked #15 of all.
- Blinded By the Light - Track 1 of 9
- Grabbing poetry with full force throttle thrust. Perhaps the music overshadows the vocals but the need to move to it is irresistible. A perfect introduction to the Boss summing the excitement that this album represents.
- Growin' Up - Track 2 of 9
- Shows his development and talent in making music with simple symmetry let alone lyrics. Adds a lot to his character. I love the acoustic version included in Tracks and can play that one. There's also an explosive version on Live 1975-1985 with an anecdote in the middle, of which is my secondary source for my screenplay involving Springsteen's youth, name for the song, Born to Run.
- Spirit in the Night - Track 8 of 9
- A deserved crowd-pleaser. The whole band is together and clearly having fun, having that reflect right through the recording.
- For You - Track 7 of 9
- It has a welcome urgency, definitely captures the essence of what it's trying to say. The solo version on the official live album at Hammersmith in 1975 also manages this though in a different way, perhaps altering the intention. Very effective.
- It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City - Track 9 of 9
- Good nearly great, perhaps self-reflective. Bruce seems more comfortable in this final track of the album. I prefer his more alive recording on that Hammersmith show.
- Lost in the Flood - Track 5 of 9
- Too dark in tone and context to enjoy but is gentle swaying music, definitely working it's mood across.
- Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? - Track 4 of 9
- Playful, though the irritating and lazy lyrics lets the song down from the superior music. At least it compliments the vocals. I prefer the acoustic version included on Tracks.
- Mary Queen Of Arkansas - Track 3 of 9
- Nice and somber, though despite the pleasantness it dilutes the ability to pay close attention to the lyrics. Can't help but admire his passion. It's probably overlong and too early.
- The Angel - Track 6 of 9
- Like a mix in tone between Mary Queen of Arkansas and Lost in the Flood though on the piano. Unfortunately it's too forgettable to step over the average mark.