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June 12, 2017

Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

by Record Facts

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances—with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Bruce Springsteen
Title:  Born In The U.S.A.
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS 86304

Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released on June 4, 1984, by Columbia Records. It was written by Springsteen and recorded with his E Street Band and producers Chuck Plotkin and Jon Landau at The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City.

Born in the U.S.A. showed Springsteen embracing a livelier mainstream sound than on his previous records but continued to express progressive themes and values in his lyrics. It´s a “defiantly rock ‘n’ roll” album,  incorporated “electronic textures” with music he “kept as its heart all of the American rock & roll from the early Sixties”. Although Springsteen’s previous record Nebraska had darker songs, he said Born in the U.S.A. was not entirely different: “If you look at the material, particularly on the first side, it’s actually written very much like Nebraska – the characters and the stories, the style of writing – except it’s just in the rock-band setting.” Springsteen considered leaving “No Surrender” off of the album, explaining that “you don’t hold out and triumph all the time in life. … You compromise, you suffer defeat; you slip into life’s gray areas.” E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt convinced Springsteen otherwise: “He argued that the portrait of friendship and the song’s expression of the inspirational power of rock music was an important part of the picture.”

The title track of the album inspired the Annie Leibovitz photo of Springsteen’s backside against the backdrop of an American flag, which was used as the album cover. Springsteen commented on the origin of the concept: “We had the flag on the cover because the first song was called “Born in the U.S.A.”, and the theme of the record kind of follows from the themes I’ve been writing about for at least the last six or seven years. But the flag is a powerful image, and when you set that stuff loose, you don’t know what’s gonna be done with it.” Some people thought that the cover depicted Springsteen urinating on the flag. He denied it: “That was unintentional. We took a lot of different types of pictures, and in the end, the picture of my ass looked better than the picture of my face, that’s what went on the cover. I didn’t have any secret message. I don’t do that very much.” According to political writer Peter Dreier, the music’s “pop-oriented” sound and the marketing of Springsteen as “a heavily muscled rocker with an album cover featuring a giant US flag, may have overshadowed the album’s radical politics.

 

Side one
1.  Born in the U.S.A. (4:39)
2.  Cover Me (3:27)
3.  Darlington County (4:48)
4.  Working on the Highway (3:11)
5.  Downbound Train (3:35)
6.  I’m on Fire (2:37)

Side two
1.  No Surrender (4:00)
2.  Bobby Jean (3:46)
3.  I’m Goin’ Down (3:29)
4.  Glory Days (4:15)
5.  Dancing in the Dark (4:00)
6.  My Hometown (4:34)

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