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Recorded: 10/18/75 to 9/30/85

Released: November 10, 1986


Rating: 3.975 (average of 13 ratings)


Genre: heartland rock


Quotable: --


Album Tracks, Disc 1:
1. Thunder Road 2. Adam Raised a Cain 3. Spirit in the Night 4. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 5. Paradise by the “C” 6. Fire 7. Growin’ Up 9. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City 9. Backstreets 10. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 11. Raise Your Hand 12. Hungry Hearts 13. Two Hearts

Album Tracks, Disc 2:
1. Cadillac Ranch 2. You Can Look But You Better Not Touch 3. Independence Day 4. Badlands 5. Because the Night 6. Candy’s Room 7. Darkness on the Edge of Town 8. Racing in the Street 9. This Land Is Your Land 10. Nebraska 11. Johnny 99 12. Reason to Believe 13. Born in the U.S.A. 14. Seeds

Album Tracks, Disc 3:
1. The River 2. War 3. Darlington County 4. Working on the Highway 5. Promised Land 6. Cover Me 7. I’m on Fire 8. Bobby Jean 9. My Hometown 10. Born to Run 11. No Surrender 12. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 13. Jersey Girl


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.3 *
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 7.5

* The RIAA certifies multiple-disc collections for the number of collections x the number of discs, so they certify this as having sold 13 million.


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 7
peak on U.K. album chart 4


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Spirit in the Night (5/73) --
  • Born to Run (9/20/75) #23 US, #16 UK
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (1/26/76) #83 US
  • Badlands (7/78) #42 US
  • The Promised Land (10/78) –
  • Hungry Heart (11/8/80) #5 US, #28 UK
  • Cadillac Ranch (3/28/81) #48 AR
  • The River (6/13/81) #35 UK
  • Johnny 99 (10/9/82) #50 AR
  • No Surrender (6/16/84) #29 AR
  • Born in the U.S.A. (6/23/84) #9 US, #5 UK, #8 AR. Gold single.
  • Cover Me (6/23/84) #7 US, #16 UK, #2 AR. Gold single.
  • Bobby Jean (6/23/84) #36 AR
  • I’m on Fire (2/16/85) #5a US, #5 UK, #6 AC, #4 AR
  • My Hometown (12/7/85) #6 US, #9 UK, #1 AC, #6 AR. Gold single.
  • War * (11/22/86) #8 US, #18 UK, #4 AR
  • Fire * (11/22/86) #46 US, #54 UK, #14 AR
  • Because the Night * (12/6/86) #22 AR
  • Raise Your Hand * (12/20/86) #44 AR
* Actual live songs taken from collection; chart information for other hits is for original studio versions.


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


Live 1975/1985
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Review:
“Long before he sold substantial numbers of records, Bruce Springsteen began to earn a reputation as the best live act in rock & roll. Fans had been clamoring for a live album for a long time, and with Live/1975-85 they got what they wanted, at least in terms of bulk. His concerts were marathons, and this box set, including 40 tracks and running over three and a half hours, was about the average length of a show. In his brief liner notes, Springsteen spoke of the emergence of the album’s ‘story’ as he reviewed live tapes, and that story seems nothing less than a history of his life, his concerns, and his career. The first cuts present the Springsteen of the early to mid-'70s; these performances, most of them drawn from a July 1978 show at the Roxy in Los Angeles, present the romantic, hopeful, earnest Springsteen. The second section begins with his first Top Ten hit, Hungry Heart — this is the Springsteen of the late '70s and early '80s, an arena rock star with working-class concerns. After an acoustic mini set given largely to material from Nebraska — songs of economic desperation and crime — comes a reshuffling of Born in the U.S.A., songs in which the artist and his characters start to fight back and rock out. Finally, he brings it all back home to New Jersey, starting with the unofficial state anthem, Born to Run. Fans could rejoice in the seven previously unreleased songs, but Live/1975-85 wasn't as funny, moving, or exhilarating as a Springsteen show could be. Maybe no single album could have been, but where Springsteen impressed in concert because he tried so hard, here he seemed to have tried a little too hard to make a live album carry the freight of everything he had to say.” WR


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Last updated February 14, 2011.