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Released: January 5, 1973

Rating: 3.991 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: heartland rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Blinded by the Light [5:04]
  2. Growin’ Up [3:05]
  3. Mary Queen of Arkansas [5:21]
  4. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? [2:05]
  5. Lost in the Flood [5:17]
  6. The Angel [3:24]
  7. For You [4:40]
  8. Spirit in the Night [4:59]
  9. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City [3:13]
All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

Total Running Time: 36:56


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 60,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 60
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Blinded by the Light (2/73) --
  • Spirit in the Night (5/73) --

Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Bruce Springsteen
“Bruce Springsteen's debut album found him squarely in the tradition of Bob Dylan: folk-based tunes arranged for an electric band featuring piano and organ (plus, in Springsteen's case, 1950s-style rock & roll tenor saxophone breaks), topped by acoustic guitar and a husky voice singing lyrics full of elaborate, even exaggerated imagery. But where Dylan had taken a world-weary, cynical tone, Springsteen was exuberant. His street scenes could be haunted and tragic, as they were in Lost in the Flood, but they were still imbued with romanticism and a youthful energy. Asbury Park painted a portrait of teenagers cocksure of themselves, yet bowled over by their discovery of the world. It was saved from pretentiousness (if not preciousness) by its sense of humor and by the careful eye for detail that kept even the most high-flown language rooted. Like the lyrics, the arrangements were busy, but the melodies were well developed and the rhythms, pushed by drummer Vincent Lopez, were breakneck” Ruhlmann).

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Last updated March 29, 2008.